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Do you have any suggestions for taking a picture of yourself for the About page on your web site or blog? What makes a professional looking photo? Should you have a family member (DH) take a pic at home, or should you go to a portrait studio (Sears, JC Penny, etc.)?”

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  • I think you can go either way but no matter what path you choose, if you aren't COMFORTABLE in front of the camera you will hate your photos. Good luck!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by KathyHowe on 30th October 2007

  • of you can also create a graphic of something you like, something that symbolizes your or your ideas. my rhino doesnt mean i *look* like a rhino LOL but it was always my favorite animal for silly reasons when i was a kid, and it stuck. so hubby drew it for me for IM and there you go - it's now my symbol!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Kate on 29th October 2007

  • It depends who lives in your house--if you live with a person who is good with a camera, you shouldn't need to go to a professional studio. Wear something with a bit of tailoring, a crisp white shirt. Go for an uncluttered background. Think a bit about the feature of your face that you like the best/want to emphasize, and the one you want to de-emphasize-- for example, if you have a double chin, shooting from slightly above will put the focus on your eyes and throw the jaw line slightly out of focus. Most important, take about 100 frames-- now that everything is digital it doesn't cost anything-- and play around with poses and lighting. Don't be afraid to look silly-- you can delete those shots and keep the best.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by KatieK on 29th October 2007

  • You know, I think this depends - how formal do you want it to be? If you'd like to appear formal and very professional, I do think it's a good idea to get a professional photo taken. If you're ok with appearing more casual, then definitely ask a family member. (I once found someone on craigslist who was a photographer and took some great shots for only $75 - I still use them!)

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Nataly on 29th October 2007