How to take a professional profile photo of yourself with a little help from a friend
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Following is a step-by-step tutorial for taking a professional profile photo. Don't underestimate how important this is, you only get one chance to make a first impression. Your Profile Photo should be vertical in nature and at least 244 pixels wide.
To take the best profile picture we suggest you have a friend take the picture for you if a professional photographer is out of your budget.
- Relax, the best side of you is a relaxed you. When people are relaxed their smile is genuine.
- Background makes the picture, if you are wearing white, choose a darker background to avoid blending in and vice versa for a dark outfit. We suggest a textured background such as a brick wall or natural wood.
- Lighting is key so try and avoid using a flash if using your phone. Shadows across the face are not flattering. Ensure you have plenty of light.
- Distance control. A great profile picture is from the waist or mid torso up, not a close headshot. Avoid having to use the zoom on your camera as it distorts the photos. Have the photographer fill the screen from your waist or mid torso up to just above of your head.
- Camera positioning. A slightly angled shot is flattering, have your photographer stand in front you, then have the photographer take one step to the left or right, depending on your best side, for the picture. Once your photographer is in position, turn your body slightly away from the side your photographer is and turn your head back towards the camera. Slightly cock you head away from the camera
- Avoid doubling your double chin. A common pose used by professional photographers is called the down angle. Have the photographer raise the lens of the camera slightly above your eyes, this will ensure the bottom of your chin is hidden.
- Strength in numbers. Take at least 10 pictures (the more the better) so you can choose your favorite.
- Editing. With most cameras today, especially smart phones, you have options to change the tint of the photo. Scroll through and see which one complements your features and fits nicely with your profile. Remember, Presentation is Everything.
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- Capture all of those volunteer hours at festivals and special events by listing the most prestigious under your "Experience" tab.
- Post interesting wines that you are drinking now.
- List organizations that you belong to, such as the Guild of Sommeliers, under your "Memberships & Affiliations" tab.
- Post a link to your Somm's List profile on all of your social media outlets and if you are listed on a restaurant, company or event's website, be sure to ask them to link to it.
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