Photos are not a requirement on your marketing pieces though they are an option on many designs. When submitting your photo please consider the following:

Have a nice photo taken. It doesn’t need to be artsy but it does need to be professional. Many department store photo centers do a good job for the type of photo you’ll need. Treat yourself to a hair cut and wear a nice collared shirt. Try to look like you do while on the job. You want to portray yourself as a professional, everyday person. Someone who’s trustworthy and dependable.

DO

  • Send a digital, high quality image. 300 dpi is best.
  • Get a photo taken by a professional.
  • If you take your photos yourself put your camera on a high quality setting, turn off the flash and take a photo of yourself against a clean wall in a well lit area.
  • Get a release waiver from your photographer to use the image.
  • Submit one of the following file types: JPG, TIF, BMP, PSD, PNG

DON’T

  • Send a low quality image. At least 150 dpi, and that may be a bit pixelated when printed.
  • Send a weird cropped out Facebook profile photo or a picture from your wedding day. This will not present a good image.
  • Mail a printed image for us to scan.
  • Scan in a low quality image.
  • Choose a photo that is too dark or has heavy shadows.
  • Send an image you stole from Google.
  • Paste images into Microsoft Word, Publisher or another program and upload the document instead of the original image file.

How to test if your photo is high enough quality.

Do a browser test.

  1. Right click on the image and select open with internet explorer (or another browser).
  2. Click to zoom in on the image all the way.
  3. High Resolution – If you view the photo at full size in a browser it should almost fill up the screen.
  4. Low Resolution – If your photo is smaller than eight inches by eight inches when viewed in a browser it’s probably too small.

Check the file size.

  1. Right click on your image and select properties.
  2. Look at the image size. Is it measured in MB or KB?
  3. High Resolution – More than 2 MB and you’re in the clear, you have a high quality image.
  4. Low Resolution – Less than 1 MB will be measured in KB, your image will most likely be too small.
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