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

Be Yourself


A Facebook profile pic “don’t.”

Getting your glam on is one thing. But when it comes to posting your FB profile pic, don’t overdo it. “Your profile picture should actually look like you,” says Zunzanyika. “Avoid dramatic makeovers that render you unrecognizable.”

I must add my two cents: This “unrecognizable” concept should also include pets. Sure, your cat, bird or iguana Louie is adorable, but I want to see YOU, not a closeup of cutie-patootie-Louie. You WITH your pet is okay, but pass up one that shows ONLY your furry friend.

As Mendes confidently reassured me, “You are the director of your own show.” I loved that! Point is, be yourself. “We weren’t designed to pose in front of a camera,” he says. “And we certainly don’t walk around all day with a huge smile.” So he recommends doing what comes naturally. Smile if you want, stay neutral if you prefer, but always stay in your comfort zone.

Just be careful of getting overzealous in the molar department. “Don’t use a profile photo with a huge smile showing every tooth,” says Goodstein. “That will expose your gums and turn your eyes into slits.”

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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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