I can understand the value of using vacation pics to sell the lifestyle. But don't you need something more than snapshots, cool cell phone pics and 'hold your own camera' portraits?
Why don't you invest $30-$200 of those profits on some high-quality, professional studio headshots?
I learned a long time ago that first impressions are lasting impressions. Whenever I go in for a client consultation, I'm dressed to kill. So why aren't you doing the same for your sales? Good headshots build immediate trust and say "I'm taking this seriously...so should you".
Why am I bringing this up? Lately I've been building some sites for Brian McElroy and Brad Semp and I've noticed they took that extra step. And it definitely conveys professionalism in their websites.
And don't tell me you're ugly. Professional photographers are trained to handle the very worst mugs and make them look like rockstars.
And don't tell me Photoshop will fix it. Photoshop can do a lot, but it's all about your foundation.
If you still can't invest in a decent studio set, here are some tips to get a decent photo of yourself at home...
- Wait for a really, really sunny day.
- When that sunny day comes, around noon or so, find a nice bright window. The brighter, the better. Indirect light is best. You should not be able to 'feel' the sun while sitting.
- Place a chair to sit on by the window.
- Setup the camera at the same level as your head using a tripod a good 5-10 feet away from you. Zoom in on your upper (elbows up) torso. Zooming in will reduce barrel distortion in the lens. You want a mid-way zoom.
- Turn off the flash.
- Place a light on the opposite side of the window near the floor to give a highlight to the darkened side of the photo. You can experiment with it's placement. Some photogs place it behind on the floor, others place it above in front. Have someone hold it and move it around to achieve the best balance. By the way, the lightbulb will need to be a Reveal or similar "daylight" bulb.
- Turn your body 45 degrees away from the camera and point your face in the direction of the camera. Almost like you're slightly looking over your shoulder. Women, tilt your head towards the shoulder closest to the camera. Men, tilt your head towards the shoulder furthest from the camera.
- Clean out the background. The less that's behind you, the better.
- Clean up. If you shave, do it 3 hours before or the redness will show. Iron the clothes, look good.
- Start taking pics with the self-timer. Having someone press the shutter button will present slight shaking. Experiment raising and lowering your chin. Smiles are always best. Teeth are optional.
- If you find too many "hot spots" in the pic (strong white spots), try throwing a sheer, white cloth over the window (bedsheets). This will soften the light and give a great effect.