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What to do about a bad profile photo

Of course you’d get a great portrait if you could afford one. This post is not for you ;)

Nor is this post for those who think they’re too unattractive and <sifting through one bad photo after another> “this one isn’t too bad”. All those in this group need is a good photographer + a good makeup artist.

This post is not for those who say “I don’t have time for that”. You need to read more about PR. Ooops. Sorry. You don’t have time for that ;)

This post is for those who can’t afford to get one just now. And OK, those who say “I’ll do it when I have the time”. I’m on the fence about you.

So the first thing to do is delete your current profile photo. An unprofessional look is worse than none at all.

Better no profile than a foolish one...

This is awesome if you’re in comedy….

Not that much better, you say? I disagree. Potential clients and collaborators can see your achievements, skill set and ambition without distraction. It looks clean and it means business:


But the creative facebook pic above made me wonder if there was more you might do while waiting for the perfect fit and the cash to match. Here, for your amusement, are just a few. By all means feel free to copy and use….

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Here are the images I used. Feel free to use them….


6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Hello, David,

    Just stopped in to take a quick peek and wound up staying longer from enjoyment.

    Thank you so much for the follow on The Last Half, and for a pleasant visit!
    (My favorite: Oddities.)

    –O. Babe

    March 23, 2015
    • Thanks for your kind comments, Outlier Babe! Glad you liked the fun stuff!

      March 23, 2015
      • Sorry, David, I saw your second comment today and see I had missed this first reply. How rude of me!

        March 30, 2015
      • No problem. I’m a half-assed blogger who never noticed these things:)

        March 30, 2015
    • Thanks, O. Babe. I’ve enjoyed finding Oddities since the eighties. If you want to see more photography on the lighter side, I recommend Eliot Erwitt and Gary Winograd.

      March 30, 2015
  2. Appreciate the steers, David! Most of my fav’s in photos are of buildlings–Aspie here–colors, angles–but if I ever get a moment to breathe, I may check them out.

    March 30, 2015

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