What does your profile picture say about you?

Science reveals that Headshots on bright backgrounds like orange are eye catching_Photographer Brooke Clark Here's a fun fact (backed by science) -- Humans can draw conclusions about people based on their photo in less than one-half of one tenth of a second...or in other words --  we can make a positive visual impression in 40 milliseconds. (Or the opposite...but I'm a "glass is half full" kind of gal so we'll just go with that!)  I found the coolest article from Kevan Lee on the subject and it has a ton of really interesting research-based data and suggestions... including:

  • 7 Elements of the Best Profile Pictures
  • How to appear approachable, helpful, and attractive
  • What makes you seem likable, competent, and influential
  • To face the camera or not to face the camera
  • The importance of the background color ...and SO much more, but I'm not going to lie...I was pretty fired up that my current profile picture (above) is the EXACT one they recommended for maximum impact (100% coincidence but I'm going to act like it was on purpose ;-) )

Jokes aside... my un-scientific experience says that preparation and confidence are likely going to take you the farthest in your pursuit of a strong profile headshot for social media but if you've got a minute -- this was a great read!  Oh and if you are looking for headshot inspiration and samples you can check out our Studio B Headshot Gallery

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