Showing your face on social media can be really effective to cultivate a following online. However, many people are nervous and / or intimidated about showing their faces, and unsure how to go about taking photos of themselves that will serve their needs.
- People are naturally drawn to faces on social media.
- Selfies are difficult to shoot! They are often at odd angles and are tough to do well.
- To get a good selfie, you probably need to shoot 20, and then pick the best one.
- One of the most common problems with selfies is poor indoor lighting.
- Natural light looks much better, and the color tends to be a lot more accurate.
- When you show your face on social media, it lets your viewers into your world, and connect with you socially.
- Sometimes intentionally not showing your face can feel evasive to a viewer.
- You don’t have to be in your 20’s and gorgeous to show your face, in fact it’s important that people of different ages and backgrounds are seen.
- Showing your hands using your materials is a great way to photograph images for social media, but it’s a gigantic different to show your face.
- Privacy and safety are a concern, especially for artists who are under 18.
- We don’t recommend that artists under 18 show their faces online.
- When people discover a new artist on Instagram, a lot of people will look for a photo of the artist on your profile page first.
- Ask yourself: how is a photo without a face, different than a photo with a face?
- Get creative with photos of yourself: show yourself with friends and colleagues, family, silly photos from your childhood all help your audience connect with you.
- Make shooting photos fun for yourself, it’s pretty obvious when someone is uncomfortable in a photo.
Prof Lieu’s Tips
I once was going to sign up my kid to take a comics class. There were 2 teachers for this comics class, so in order to decide which teacher to choose, I looked both up online
One artist had a website with a nice photo of them. The other artist had no photo of them anywhere, and I looked on several of their sites. Guess which teacher I signed my kid up for.