Social Media Portraits
Social media is a powerful platform in both our professional and personal lives. It goes without saying that having a good profile portrait is a key part of sending out the right message to our audience. Whether it's LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook or Tinder, a good profile portrait will open doors for you and help you extend your social reach.
Online Dating Portraits
When it comes to creating a good first impression people are more savvy now than ever before. Whether your using Tinder, OK Cupid or RSVP, your online dating profile portrait will be the first point of connection between you and a potential partner. It therefore needs to be flattering, engage the eye of the viewer and convey a genuine sense of who you are.
Putting time into your own personal branding by creating a good profile portrait can instantly change the way in which others perceive you.
Enhance Your Social Media Profile
Social media is all about connecting with others. In order to create a more personal experience for the person viewing your photos, it’s important to be authentic. Use an up to date portrait that is both flattering and on-brand.
One piece of advice I can't stress enough is to project energy in your photos. Professional actors and models know how to deliver this on cue. For most people however, this can be quite daunting, which is why I've developed a step by step process that almost anyone can utilise. Along with tips on what to wear and how to pose, first timers will gain confidence in front of the camera and possibly even learn a little bit more about themselves along the way.
Your online dating portrait session includes wardrobe advice and professional on-camera direction to make your experience easy and enjoyable.
What to wear
Having two decades of experience as both a fashion photographer and a professional model, I’ve spent a lot of time casting people as well as being cast myself for various TV ads and magazines. It’s given me a fist hand insight into what goes on in the minds of people when they are viewing profile pictures and assessing potential candidates.
When deciding on what to wear, my advice is to choose clothing that is flattering to your physique and colours that compliment your complexion. If you wish to look slimmer, wear darker colours and avoid white. If you wish to look more genuine and convey trust, wear mid-tone blue. On-line dating is a visual medium, so it’s worth investing a bit of time into what you’ll be wearing on the day of your shoot.
If you're including 3 outfit changes, show diversity by styling them from casual to semi formal. Add more dimension to your outfit choices by layering your clothing. Include everyday props such as hats, scarves and bags. Remember, on-line dating is not meant to be like a job interview, so avoid anything too formal or corporate. Finally, feeling comfortable in your clothing choices will help you to feel more confident and relaxed in front of the camera.
Hair and Make Up
Like clothing, hair and make-up for your social media portrait is going to come down to your personal style. If your daily make-up routine resembles that of Robert Smith from The Cure, then you know what you need to do. For most of us, who wear none or very little in the way of make up in their day to day life, you may want just enough to enhance your look, not create a new one. For this reason it’s not necessary to hire a make up artist.
Generally, for men I’d suggest a bit of lip balm, some hair product and a good night’s sleep before the day of your shoot. For women, you’ll want your skin to look fresh and vibrant. Avoid powder and foundation, as it will make you look older and flatten out your features. Issues like skin blemishes can be retouched afterwards. Long hair is best left down or tied back in a low tail. Having your hair up tends to look too formal and less approachable. If you intend to get a hair cut, book an appointment at least 3-5 days before your shoot. This will allow your hair time to settle back into it’s natural shape.
As everyone's social media requirements are different, I recommend emailing me for a range of options and prices.
Turn Around Time
Digital proofs from your social media portrait session will be available within 2 business days from the date of your shoot. You can easily view and download these on-line. Once you've selected your hero shots they will be hand retouched and emailed to you within 3 business days from the date of your order.