How to choose a good profile picture

This article will help you understand why a profile picture is so important and how to choose one for best results.

When a student is looking for a music teacher on the Musiprof platform, their first impression comes primarily from the teachers profile picture.  Therefore, your picture should be viewed as the most important part of your profile.


Tips for choosing a great profile picture:

  • Show your face clearly.
  • Look at the camera directly.
  • Frame the shot around your head and shoulders.
  • Smile and show your teeth.  Genuine smiles connect best.
  • Show your personality, while looking friendly and open.
  • Look professional to build trust.
  • Use a quality camera if you can.

Real world example:

Charles vs Jacquelin

*Comparing these two profile picture side by side, you can see that the one on the left is framed with head and shoulders, and the subject is smiling and looks very open and inviting. The picture on the right has the subject looking away from the camera, which doesn't give us a sense of her personality. 

Result: The teacher on the left is a Musiprof best seller.

 

Lighting:

  • Use good lighting (an easy way to get good lighting is to position yourself near a window or shoot outdoors.  This will provide all the natural light you need.)
  • Avoid mixing light sources. When you mix a yellow light (tungsten bulb) with a white light (fluorescent bulb) the colours will look off and the picture won't look professional.

Real world example:

Jinu vs Ana

*The subject on the left is professionally lit, while the subject on the right has a bright yellow spotlight and mixes lighting sources (yellow and white).

 

Clothing:

  • Wear professional, yet comfortable and stylish looking clothing.

Real world example:

Mike vs. Hamid

*the subject on the left is wearing a professional yet stylish outfit, while the subject on the right is wearing a coat. This makes him look unprofessional.

 

Background:

  • Use a solid colour background to avoid distractions.
  • Make sure there is a nice contrast between the background and the subject.
  • Use a shallow depth of field (background out of focus while the subject is sharp).

Real world example:

Kevin vs Asher

*The subject on the left has a solid white colour background, while the subject on the right has a distracting image in the background.