With the popularity of social media, the profile photo has become a modern-day calling card. Today I am sharing my best tips for taking a profile photo to capture your personality while looking your best.
The photo above is the original, while the one below would be the profile photo cropped. The first thing you might notice is that I am not taking a selfie. At almost sixty-two, I never want a camera that close to my face. Lighting and the camera angle are the most important things to consider when someone takes your photo. Never stand in full sun at high noon for a picture. When the sun is high in the sky, it will always cast harsh shadows on your face.
Great pix and tips! I so enjoy reading your blog!
Is the camera referenced in this post the same one you use for outdoor/nature photography? My hobby is outdoor/nature photography, and I’m looking for a new camera. Camera choices can be overwhelming! Thank you.
It is the only camera I use at the moment. I have owned many different cameras over the past seven years. The Sony is the best and easiest to use. I leave the settings on auto and work with the available light whenever possible.
So helpful! Thank you!
These are super helpful tips. Thank you!
You always take lovely photos. Happy to see you’ve lightened up on the bangs. They seemed a little heavy when you changed your hairstyle.
If I wear any earrings at all with a statement necklace, they will be small and not very noticeable. My goal is to cover the piercing only.
You have beautiful teeth.
Thank you for these photo tips. I never like the way I look in family pictures, and I am going to (subtly!) try your suggestions. Hopefully I will become brave enough for social media postings!
Radiantly beautiful Susan! Thanks for all the great tips and instruction.
Super helpful, proven tips! I’m camera shy but will have to try these. Thank you so much!
Wonderful suggestions, thank you. Your pictures show such warmth and grace!
Thank you for these tips! All of your photos look wonderful!
Thanks for this post, Susan! It’s very helpful. My husband takes most of the photos for my weekly fashion posts and we are both still learning. Until we started this, he had hardly ever held a camera!
Great tips and love your glowing complexion! May I ask if you wear eyeliner on your upper lids and if so what kind? I find my eyes just wash out as I age but don’t want to deal with too much makeup. You have the right touch with yours.
I do smudge some eyeliner pencil into the base of my top lashes only. Putting anything on the bottom lashes or lining the lower lid makes me look too harsh. The liner I use most often is by Beautycounter.
I just absolutely love your posts! Substantial though short; crisp though warm — I never feel I’m wasting a minute of my time. There are so many blogs to grab my attention but yours is never passed over! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge!
You look radiant! The tips for the most flattering poses when photographed are incredibly helpful for those of us that are beyond the bloom of youth. Thank you for sharing your wisdom.
Excellent tips Susan! May I add another? Be aware of the background if you are going to be cropping the photo for a profile shot. Backgrounds that look fine for a full length shot may look strange when in a close-up. How many times have we seen ourselves with a lamp or part of a painting “growing” out of our heads! Been there. done that LOL.
A great outfit and you look beautiful in it. Somehow the length of jacket and the back flair is just perfection.
These pictures are wonderful! You are a beautiful woman, Susan, on the inside and out. (I can’t believe you look that good with no mascara on your lower lashes.) I have learned so much from you on good eating habits and simplifying my life. Was able to pick up and go last weekend on a quick trip to St Louis because of your easy packing tips and ease of packing pieces that go together. God bless you.
Susan, you are truly photogenic! Not many people take as wonderful a picture as you have with full face to camera. Your face is very symmetrical – perfect! God has blessed you with physical beauty and talent!
Thank you for this kind comment.
Oh I love this post! Your photos are always amazing. I’ve always thought that sparkle in your eyes is because Mr. Mickey is behind the camera. Thank you for sharing the type of camera as well. I still like to shoot with a camera other than my phone. Thank you!
Great post. Your outfit is perfect. But how is it you have no wrinkles? That last picture is just beautiful. You’ll have to tell us about your beauty regime.
I do have some wrinkles around my eyes and mouth. Keep the photographer about six to eight feet away from you. (That’s one of my secrets.) I have mentioned what I eat and the Beautycounter products I use to keep my skin looking the best it can. Here is the link to the line of products I use. I will be happy to help you determine which products will be best for your skin.
Great tips. Thanks, Susan. X.
Great pictures and great photo tips.
I would add: always have the camera slightly higher than your head. It elongates you’re neck and “stretches” the skin under the chin. I have to fight with the photographers all the time about this. For some reason, people want to hold their phone/camera chest height. I’m tall so am either forced to look down (never the beat option ) or brow-beat them into holding the device higher.
Chest high is the right angle for a full-body photo, but you are correct, for a profile photo, you should be looking slightly up.
I love your blog. I am 80 and have Stage 4 cancer. I want to look my best. I am tiny only 4′ 11″ and weigh 121. My goal is 115. I pass for 65.
Love to wear jeggings, shirts. All of my clothes are purchased at Talbots.
Thank you for sharing your comments, Barb. Your positive energy emanates from your words. You inspire me.
OMG You are getting younger each day!