Listen Up: Models and Photographers Teach You How to Take Awesome Profile Pics

Great Eyes and Face in a Flash (and Even Without a Flash)

Olivia Wilde


The eyes have it. Olivia Wilde.

It’s been said that the eyes are the windows to the soul and a great way to get more FB friends. (I made that last part up). So show ‘em off in your profile pic, but go easy in the makeup department. Goodstein told me, “Avoid glittery eye shadow because it will sparkle unnaturally when the flash hits. Plus, the glitter will fall on other places of your face.”

We at TBF think you sparkle just by being your wonderful, beautiful self and totally agree with Goodstein’s sparkle-less pic suggestion. To get that just-right glimmer, she suggests heading outdoors, positioning yourself so your eyes catch the sunlight in what she calls that “magic spot” (when it’s just a little hard to keep your eyes wide open).

Debi Gomez of Life’s Images Photography adds, “Light can be your friend or your frenemy. If you have a large window, sit so that it is in front of you and slightly to the side of you.” When it comes to outdoor shots, she, like Goodstein, says to stay out of direct sunlight. Gomez mentioned that when the sun’s directly overhead, it can create the appearance of dark under-eye circles (yucko).

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  1. Guest says

    So glad I don’t even bother with a photo for any of my profiles. All I have right now is a blog — no FB, Twitter, Form Square or whatever else is out there (and new sites pop up every day). I just use either an icon or comment anonymously on Disqus with the silhouette logo. Not looking for love or friends in any of these places. On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog — and I’d prefer to keep it that way. Woof.

  2. Guest says

    So glad my profile picture is either a generic icon representing something about my personality or the silhouette icon on Disqus. Probably the best thing to happen to public commentary since the invention of the megaphone. Not looking for love OR friends in any of these places — Twit Book, Form Square, Tumble-Rumble or whatever these umptillion sites are (with new ones “starting up” every day, it seems). On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog — why would I or anyone else for that matter want to expose myself as an ugly pit bull, a wrinkled Shar Pei, or the worse piece of Shih Tzu no one should have the misfortune to see?

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