When it comes to creating public profiles on your favorite social media website, you want to provide the perfect picture that shows who you are. While many people simply upload sportsteams’ logos or cartoon characters, many more will place pictures of themselves in order to provide a face for social interaction. Unfortunately, many of these images are in the form of “selfies” and lack a sense of professionalism – not to mention the various pictures that have backfired for those taking them.
While technology has made it far easier to take your own pictures, should you really do so? While it can save you money from having a professional picture taken, it could be detrimental to what you’re trying to accomplish. What could make a selfie present badly on social media outlets?
1. Background Photo-bombs – When many people take selfies of themselves with their smartphone, they tend to use mirrors in the house regardless of where they are. Sometimes, these people will be oblivious to the background of the room because they are looking at themselves and posing. Unfortunately, this has led to some very disturbing images that wound up becoming viral for all of the wrong reasons. If you are content with taking a selfie in the bathroom, make sure you flush the toilet.
2. Ridiculous Poses – It seems that holding the smartphone up to the mirror to take a picture of yourself taking a picture encourages many to pose in ways they wouldn’t normally pose. Whether it is thrusting a hip out or flexing, many of these images really don’t do much for the target audience. If you were a runway model, you wouldn’t need a selfie. Relax and take a casual picture of yourself being natural.
3. Birds-eye View – Another method that many have been drawn into for taking selfies is the “birds-eye view” overhead shot looking down. Again, this has proven embarrassing for many people as they don’t really notice the debris in the background. If you are going to take a shot from above in order to make yourself look slimmer, creative, or any other reason you have, make sure the area around you doesn’t contain items that could make you blush later on.
4. Lack of Professionalism – Never take a selfie to use for your professional persona. Aside from it looking tacky, your customers or clients will have less faith in your abilities. It’s all about presence, and showing an image of yourself holding up a camera can be damaging to your reputation.
5. It’s in the Eyes – In order to engage someone in conversation, you look them in the eyes. It’s the same effect for images. You want people to look you in the eyes – which is why you look at the camera. Too many selfies involve people looking at the LCD screen instead of the lens. With the exception of artistic “looking-away” effects in professional studios, not looking at the camera could make it seem you are not interested in the individual.
Many selfies are sent out almost immediately within text messages and such through smartphones before any editing has been made. This can be problematic if there is something in the background that can be damaging to your persona. Take the time and have a friend or family member take your picture for you. You’ll have a far greater response regarding any of your endeavors.
This post is contributed by Christine Maddox. Currently she is pursuing her Master’s degree from University of Texas as well as blogging for 4nannies.com. She loves to write anything related to parenting, kids, nanny care etc. She can be reached via email at: christine.4nannies @gmail.com.