Well, David Zanes has genius ideas for looking good for the camera. He has an eye for detail and I know first-hand that his ideas are sound. Thank you Jackie for putting this information in our hands.
ByÂ Jackie Silver
Every few weeks I get a new Facebook friend request from some long-lost high school acquaintance, a few of whom I barely recognize. It could be because high school was, um, more than 30 years ago, but sometimes their profile photos just donâ€™t do them justice.
Since yourÂ Facebook timeline cover and profile pics are the first things people see, make a good impression with a lovely photo that has your friends saying, â€œWow, she looks amazing even after all these years.â€
I asked NYC-based Fashion and Celebrity Photographer,Â David Zanes, for some Facebook profile photo tips from a pro. â€œIf you have features you are proud of, show them off â€“ tastefully. Bright teeth? Big smile. Great hair? Make it a feature. Cleavage? Well, you know what I mean,â€ says Zanes.
Consider your wardrobe, too. Look up-to-date by wearing the latest colors. For 2012, the Color of the Year from Pantone is Tangerine Tango. Not everyone looks amazing in bright orange, but you can certainly find some shade of orange or red that suits your coloring and style. In fact, if youâ€™re single and available, wearing red might just give you an advantage in your Facebook profile photo.
Through five psychological experiments, Andrew Elliot, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the University of Rochester, and Daniela Niesta, post-doctoral researcher, demonstrate that theÂ color red makes men feel more amorous toward women and the men donâ€™t even realize it!
â€œMuch is known about color physics and color physiology, but very little about color psychology,â€ said Elliot. â€œWe typically think of color in terms of beauty and aesthetics. But color carries meaning as well and affects our perception and behavior in important ways without our awareness.â€
Or, try a shade of blue, which is said to inspire trust. In fact, thatâ€™s where the saying â€œtrue-blueâ€ originates.Â Dictionary.comâ€™s definition of â€œtrue-blueâ€ as an adjective is, â€œUnwaveringly loyal or faithful.â€
Here are more of Zanesâ€™ tips for achieving a great Facebook profile photo that youâ€™ll be excited to post:
- Hire a professional or ask a trusted friend youâ€™re not shy with to help. You will want to explore different ideas and expressions without judgement. Donâ€™t have other friends watching.
- Have the pic taken from above as this angle helps stretch out the skin and muscles for a more youthful look.
- Go for soft lighting. If you have a net curtain or gauze that you can put in front of the light or window, the light will be lovely and muted.
- Keep the makeup on the natural side. Focus on bringing out your eyes and look directly into the lens. Remember to wear an expression that conveys the message you want to send. Stay relaxed.
- Once you find an angle you like, try looking away from camera and quickly glancing back. Repeat this a few times and have a â€œlookâ€ ready when you face the lens.
- Crop the photo fairly close â€“ you donâ€™t want a ton of headroom in the photo. Let your friends see you and not be distracted by what else is going on in the room.
Sign up for Cynthiaâ€™s FREE newsletter:
CynthiaRowland.com â€” http://www.cynthiarowland.com
FOLLOW her on Twitter:
@cynthiarowland â€” http://www.twitter.com/cynthiarowland
â€œLIKEâ€ her Facebook page:
Cynthia Rowland â€”Â https://www.facebook.com/cynthiarowlandfans