But what if you could make the images people find, great? You can with a headshot.
This is something I discussed with librarians last week in a workshop about taking control of your digital image. For the workshop, I also was able to secure a teacher with a passion and profession as a photographer to take headshots.
Robert Lieberman gave back to his colleagues and we benefited. I have a lot of serious headshots. I asked him to take one of me being silly. Here it is:
You can help do the same with your students and staff. Barter services with a talented teacher. Work with the photography club to take headshots of staff and/or classmates. Use a service like Fiverr where you can get a headshot for just $5.
When taking a head shot, it's important to think about what story your image tells.
- What is your image saying?
- Is your image reflecting how you want to be perceived by students, parents, colleagues, and potential employers?
- What are you wearing and why?
- Do you want props?
- Is your image conveying a consistent personal brand?
- Upload your image as your profile picture to your social networks (i.e. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter).
- Crop it (and props if you have them) tight. Your face is often in a little thumbnail. You want people to see it.
- Upload it to photo sites like Picassa and Flickr.
- Make sure it is public. It won't be searchable if it is not.
- Tag your photo with your full name. Be consistent with your tags.
The end result will be a Google search that eventually will look something like this:
Here is an example of how to do that on Facebook.
Owning your image is important. What image will your headshot capture?