The seven elements of a good profile photo

Social media has become a big part of daily life for so many of us, and a way to share information and our lives with people we know (and strangers). But it is also something that people use to judge us. 

If you use any social media platform, you can be found and judged by anyone who searches for you, whether they are a user of that platform or not. 

So, whatever your privacy settings, you need to ensure that your profile photo is an image that best represents you. Read these seven tips to ensure you have a good profile photo.

1) Take a professional photo

Getting a professional headshot can take you a long way. A professional photo will incorporate the right background, positioning and the perfect lighting that will make your use of absorbing sheets well worth it. If professional headshots aren’t in your budget use a neutral background and good lighting.

2) Have a great attitude

Smile and project a positive attitude. They say that the eyes are the windows of the soul, so having pleasant thoughts in mind with a smile on your face will really translate into your still photo.

3) Choose a recent photo

A recent photo of you is best. It shows people who you are now and sets expectations, especially if you’re looking for employment or building a business. If your picture is from 15 years ago, you definitely need to update your photo. And if you’re not sure if you should update, ask someone you trust.

4) Make sure it’s the right size

Changing the size of a photo or cropping it can sometimes alter the resolution, making it look distorted, blurry or grainy. Not one of these effects is going to represent you in your best light. Be sure to check the recommended photo size so that you don’t have to make any adjustments and compromise the quality of your profile photo.

5) Dress to Impress

You want to look good and you want to look your part. If you’re a doctor a lab coat, stethoscope or a suit are good options. But if you’re a graphic designer something less formal is definitely the way to go. However you present in your line of work should be taken into account when choosing a good profile photo.

6) Show your face

It may seem silly to suggest this, but it’s necessary. Make sure that you’re showing your face. It doesn’t have to be full frontal, but you definitely want to make sure that you are seen. Whether you sit or stand, is up to you. But keep in mind that seated photos sometimes give you the appearance of an odd posture.

7) Go solo

Your profile picture needs to be just you. Cropping out other individuals can make the photo look strange, especially if you’re close together. It’s also difficult for someone to know which person is you in a group photo.

You’ve got to face it, first impressions matter. If you plan on using social media, it’s a good idea to make sure that it’s working for you. A great profile photo that incorporates these seven elements is sure to shine and help you to stand out in the best way possible.