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Does being photogenic have anything to do with the profile pics people post? I mean, if you think you are not photogenic, you make more classic mistakes while posing or planning?

How often have you seen someone hiding behind a hand, or only showing an eye in a close-up, or with their head tilted, or, or, or…

Does it have to do with lack of self-confidence when one does not use a great picture?
As one might suspect it IS important to have a great picture – but as far as the studies go, it has nothing to do with being more or less photogenic.

This article that I came across sums up studies on how one is perceived, according to their pic.

There is quite the science behind it, but rest assured – if you follow these simple guidelines, you have nothing to worry about.

I’ve taken the following excerpt direct from his original article.
I also suggest going to the following web site: https://www.photofeeler.com/

It grades how others see you in these three profiles:

  • business (competent, likeable, influential)
  • social (confident, authentic, fun)
  • dating (smart, trustworthy, attractive)

Here is an overview of all the best practices for coming up with the best profile picture on social media:

  • Smile with teeth
  • Dark coloured suits, light coloured button-downs
  • Jawline with a shadow
  • Head-and-shoulders, or head to waist photo
  • Squinch (not fully wide eyes)
  • Asymmetrical composition
  • Unobstructed eyes

Worth trying out:

• Facing the camera (or not)
• Bright background

And things to avoid:

• Hats
• Sunglasses
• Hair, glare and shadows over the eyes
• Laughing smile
• sexiness


Suggested homework:

  1. Do you think the photograph included is appropriate for a CV?
  2. Why or why not?
  3. Try uploading and running the test for yourself, comment on your thoughts and reactions?