A day not selfied, is a day not lived. Words for every millennial to live by. At least, at one point in our lives. I get asked a lot who takes the pictures of me on my blog. I used to put the camera on a tripod and I’d use a remote control to take the photos. I would take an endless amount of photos to get the right one. For any of you who have been there, it’s hard to take a photo when you can’t actually see the result. Nowadays I have the luck of having K doing all the hard work for me. He’s getting quite good at it, but I don’t think he’ll ever develop a passion for photography, not any time soon at least. I look forward to the day when taking self-portraits is made much easier, perhaps through some sort of device that takes the photo exactly like the one you have in mind and all you have to do is blink (hey, hoverboards are also happening now). K could go back to doing things he actually loves, and I, I could continue living the selfie life, less selfless.
The Perfect Workselfie!
Today is going to be about a particular type of selfie: the workselfie. I’m not talking about the photo of you working you send to your friends. I’m talking about the photo you have on your LinkedIn profile, the way you want to present yourself to the rest of the professional community. As a selfie enthusiast, I couldn’t let the opportunity pass to create this post in collaboration with LinkedIn. If you have a LinkedIn photo that you’re not satisfied with, or you don’t have one at all (for which, shame on you), here are some tips to help you along.
1. Who are you?
The first thing you want to consider is how you want to be seen by the rest of the (professional) world. What should the photo say? What kind of people do you want to attract? Who is going to view your profile? Basically what it all comes down to is, who are you? Think about how you want to look, what you’re wearing and what you want to use as a backdrop. Are you a professional in the legal field? Stay away from anything that may get you to the bottom of a headhunter’s list (no party, vacation or random selfies). Are you a professional in the creative field? Get creative!
2. Photo gear
It’s a general misconception that you need expensive photography gear to create the best photos. I have taken tons of pictures with my 4mp Canon Ixus camera in the past that beat some of the photos I now take with my more professional gear. Unless you are in marketing and you want to make a smashing impression with your creative abilities, there is no need to go over the top. For selfies, all you need is a profile photo that shows the world who you are. There’s no need for bokeh, flashes, filters and other technical options – any camera will do!
3. Let there be light!
The key to every good photo is light. Let there be light and preferably, lots of it. I have tried exploring the world of flash photography in the past, but it is not doing it for me. Nothing is as good as natural light, period. For a good workselfie, stand by the window with the light facing you. This will compliment your face (avoiding harsh shadows) and will look natural.
4. The right angle
There are people who look great from whatever angle the photo is taken. We want to hate those people (damn them for their symmetrical faces!). Most people, normal people, have a certain angle that works best for them. Have a big forehead? Try tilting your head up a little bit. Have small eyes? Tilt your head down to make your eyes appear bigger. Have a round face like me? Tilting your head left and right will create the illusion of having a smaller face. It’s not about creating a different image of yourself but more about avoiding unflattering images. The devil is in the detail and knowing how to present yourself is always valued.
5. Avoid cliches
Whatever you do, don’t overdo it. Don’t do the duckface, fishlips, sparrow face or Rodin’s The Thinker. Don’t pout, kiss or stick your tongue out. And as easy as it would be, don’t do photos in restaurants, the gym, the beach or one of those I’m-on-top-of-a-mountain photos either. Keep those on your Facebook instead (privately I hope) and show LinkedIn the professional side of you only.
Now, off you go guys! Good luck! And be sure to check out my LinkedIn profile (and add me) to see what workselfie I decided to go with!