A few days ago, I attended a Better Headshot Tweetup. The idea behind it was simple. A bunch of people get together, network a little, drink some beer and get a few photos taken by a pair of professional photographers from Studio You Photography.
The Tweetup was at MindWorks Multimedia in Durham. It was a great choice because it’s a really cool rehab’d building downtown. Tera Simon did a great job bringing together her company, their awesome workspace and reaching out to Lonerider Beer for FREE BEER!
The photo on the left was taken that night in front of a green screen. I think it’s an awesome photo of Tera. Which is easy because Tera is beautiful. It almost captures her energy and happiness, but not quite.
The thing is, what does Tera think of it? If she’s like most people, she can point to a couple of things she doesn’t like about it.
We all have certain hang-ups about ourselves. Sometimes they are real. For example, I look fat in photos because… well, I’m not skinny. Other times I think I look old in photos, you know why? Right.
Here’s the thing, we usually look better than we give ourselves credit for. When was the last time you looked through a dozen photos of yourself and said, “I look good in every single one.”
How often does someone say, “that’s a great picture of you.” and we then assume they’re just being nice.
That’s the reason I usually tell people to let a friend choose their profile picture. The reason is that your friend/spouse/neighbor can see the real you in a photo instead of just the imperfectness that you zoom in on.
With the growth of social media profile pictures, it’s important that you feel like confident in yourself and the photos you use to present yourself with.
How many photos have you see of yourself where you thought you looked good? Here’s my scale:
- I’ve never seen a photo of myself I’ve liked
- I’ve only liked 1 0r 2 photos of myself
- I can usually find at least one photo from an event that I like how I look
- I usually like how I look in photos
- The camera loves me
I’m about a 3. How about you?