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

Think Small, Get High

Shelley Goodstein


Shelley Goodstein, Ford model and author, in flattering upward head-tilt pic.

Remember, your Facebook pic is small. Add to that the fact that many people are checking status updates from their phones, and you go from small to teeny-tiny. To get an ideal pic, Debi Gomez (fan of window light) suggests head and shoulder shots. “They’ll be more flattering than full-body ones AND allow all your friends—and would-be friends—to actually SEE you,” she says.

She warns not to face squarely into the camera (I hear where she’s coming from; whenever I do this, I feel like my face is a mile wide). Instead, Gomez advises turning shoulders “about 45 degrees from the camera, then turning your head slightly back towards camera.”

She also suggests positioning the camera higher than eye level so you have to tilt your head upward slightly as you look into the lens. “You do not want to tilt your head comically far backward, just a slight tilt upward,” she says. This elongates the face for a more flattering look.

I’m with her on this one. I don’t care who you are, up-the-nostril nose hair shots ain’t sexy on anyone.

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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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