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“Make Sure Your Photo Looks Like you”

I think the other point about matching your energy is make sure your photo looks like you.  Personally I’ve had photos taking of me and actually I’ve thought that actually doesn’t look like me.  I’ve thought that’s not my expression.  Show who you are.  Have you ever met someone that looks nothing like their profile photo? Or it’s out of date.  It doesn’t even look like them.  I Remember one scenario, I was at an event and someone came up to me and said ” oh hello, your Jane aren’t you?” And I remember thinking who are you? And when she said who she was, I just thought …. you  look nothing like your profile photo….  I’d say make it real.  Equally, if you are a woman who doesn’t normally wear a lot of makeup, don’t wear full face makeup, because it’s not you.  If mascara and lippy, is all you do and that’s all you ever do, then do that. Of course you want to present yourself the best that you can but don’t feel pressure to you’re over the top.

“What about Hair ?”

Regarding hair. Don’t have your photo taken the day you have your haircut, even a few days after.   I suggest two weeks is really good because it’s had a chance to settle and then its natural to you, it’s authentic to you.  If you’re having your hair styled for the shoot go for something that’s familiar and natural rather going for something that you’re trying out for the first time.  Keep it simple, nothing over straightened or big unless that’s natural for you.

More about Colour and Energy.

Wear a great colour.  If you don’t know what a great colour is, think about your personality.  If you don’t know about colour and you’ve never had your colours done or anything.  If you are high energy and a bright bubbly person, you are very likely to suit bright colours.   You could ask a few peoples opinion, would you choose this or that?  I would also say, trust your photographer, choose several to take with you.  Conversely, if you’re low energy, then you might want to go for softer colours but not too soft because then you won’t see it.  Maybe choose a mid depth colour.  There are people who suit black but not many.  I would shy away from black because it can look a bit safe, harsh and dense.  It’s wonderful on the right person, just be wary of it.  Maybe look at your wardrobe and the type of colour that you wear regularly.  For example if you notice that you’ve got a lot of orange in your wardrobe, chances are, that you should go with that.  Basically, trust in your gut, ask for a few opinions, ask your photographer and consider your energy for sure.  Regarding pattern, unless you’re a bold person who is always in bold, strong pattern, I’d avoid it.  Keep the necklines in keeping with who you are.  If you never wear a collar, then don’t for your photo session, just because it’s for LinkedIn.  Never wear necklaces very high on the neck as it cuts the neckline off and it cuts off our area of communication too.  Avoid anything with a high neckline such as scarves wrapped high around the neck.  Keep earring in keeping with what you normally wear and don’t put things in your hair either.  Unless you are a highly creative person and that’s your business.  Choose clothing that’s not brand new, straight out of the packet.  Just make sure that it’s clean and freshly pressed.  Check the clothing over and make sure there are no threads hanging or marks on it. Where sleeves are concerned.  The shoulders and the arms need to be covered.  Many of us don’t have “the arms” and even more don’t know that they haven’t got “the arms”.  So go with three quarter or long sleeves. Another important tip is to choose a top or tops that you would not only wear in winter but in summer as well.  Under a cardigan or jacket.

Personality Styles

If we look at personality now and if we look at the personal styles that I use in my work.  We have the natural, casual dresser.  So for example, many natural women will have “natural” hair.  In other words they will have movement in their hair but the danger is that you might say to yourself…well it’s a photoshoot so I should smarten up and get it straightened but that’s not you, so let’s see it.  If you’re a guy and you’re a natural kind of a guy and you’re not looking for a corporate job.  Then let’s not have you in a suit. Let’s have you in an open collar shirt, because that’s who you are.

Then we’ve got the classic lady or classic guy.  These are the people that are in suits. They love that smart, tailored look.  That’s just their essence, their energy will match that, so go with that look.  I’d go with a contrasting tie against the shirt and similarly if you’re a women and you’re in a jacket let’s have a different colour underneath.

We then have the dramatic personal style.  This is the bold lady.  Unafraid to say “here I am”.  Lots of colour, bold necklace, earrings and make up to match.  A softer version of that that would be “glamorous”.  It’s still about colour but these ladies can be quite energetic but there is a softness to them.  Can you have an elegant guy? absolutely you can!  Rather than a classic guy with a suit and tie, done up to the neck.  The elegant man would be a bit smooth, think Italian.  So instead of a suit they may have a blazer. A shirt with the collar open.

Then we’ve got the creative.  The “Boho”, hippy chick, whose jewellery would be wooden or beaded.  So if you’re in a creative job, lets’ say an e-learning designer.  Within reason you want that to come through the photo.  If you are an alternative dresser and you’re going for a creative job I would tone that look down but still express that.  Then we have the feminine or romantic dresser.  For a guy think Lawerence Llewellyn Bowen and I would say if you have longer hair, then show it.  Don’t assume that you should pin it back.  Also if anyone is wearing floral in a  shirt or blouse, to balance it out  mix it with a solid colour.  It will tone it down a bit.  One thing for “Romantic” styled women to be a little wary of is to make your that the make up doesn’t drown out their personality.

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