Having a keen interested in people photography means I’m bound to be a stickler when it comes to having the right profile and header pictures on my social media. Sorry, but I’m just not the type to turn on the front facing camera of my iPhone and take a snap.
This is my most recent profile picture. It’s very formal, but I do like to dress up. If there’s an excuse to put on a tie and pocket square, I’ll be there. In fact, I always wear a pocket square if I’m wearing a jacket. It’s become one of my trademarks, and I’m often overdressed, but that’s just me I suppose.
So, I decided to make “often overdressed” a personal branding thing, and did a matching header image for my LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.
The light setup for the first picture was quite simple – the main light was a Canon Speedlite shooting into a large white reflecting umbrella a few feet in front of me, just to camera right. The back light was good old fashioned sunlight through a large window. I decided to leave in some background for a bit of context.
The second picture was done with the same setup, but here you can only see the main light, as the sun is blocked out behind me.
I’ll end this with a couple of quotes from men’s style icon, David Gandy…
To walk into a room knowing that you are well dressed is such a confidence boost. Remember, there is no right or wrong in fashion. Someone might criticise you, but who are they to do so? Have the confidence to do something slightly different.
A very British thing is sarcasm and dry humour, so of course you’re going to take some stick from your boys if you do look different, but you can take that as a compliment for having the confidence to do your own thing.