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.
- 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
- 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.
- Right click on the image and select open with internet explorer (or another browser).
- Click to zoom in on the image all the way.
- High Resolution – If you view the photo at full size in a browser it should almost fill up the screen.
- 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.
- Right click on your image and select properties.
- Look at the image size. Is it measured in MB or KB?
- High Resolution – More than 2 MB and you’re in the clear, you have a high quality image.
- Low Resolution – Less than 1 MB will be measured in KB, your image will most likely be too small.