Today is day 10 of our 31 Days to a More Reader Friendly Blog Series. Check out all of the posts here.
If you’re a blogger, you need a good headshot to make your blog more reader friendly because readers want to connect. They want to connect with you – not your brand, cause, or opinion. They are seeking community with real people. The right photo can build credibility, trust, and promote engagement. So you need a good headshot!
5 Tips for Getting a Good Headshot
1. Be professional.
I know not everyone can afford to hire a professional. But at least do the best you can to make your headshot as professional as possible. Use the best camera you have and get as clear a picture as you can manage.
2. Get up close.
You want the focus to be on your face. It’s a headshot! So have your photographer come in close.
3. Capture your personality.
Don’t just grin and bear it. Smile with your whole face!
4. Look directly into the lens.
Don’t look at the photographer, and definitely don’t look at the trees behind him or stuffed animal on his head. Look directly into the lens of the camera. Try to find his eyes in the lens (that’s what we tell the kiddos we photograph).
5. Use editing software.
Sometimes a basic edit is all you need – crop the picture in tight. Done!
In order to make your blog more reader friendly, put a face to your words with a good headshot! Once you have your headshot, be sure to put it on your about page at the very least! We also encourage you to put it somewhere on your home page or side bar. Make it easy for your readers to connect with you!
Both of our head shots were taken by Duttons Photography – a fancy way of saying my husband took ours for us.
Do you have a headshot?