Taking the Perfect Profile Photo

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I’m often asked about the best way to take a profile photo for silhouettes.

You really don’t need a fancy camera or to be an expert photographer. If you use the phone on your camera and follow these tips then you can’t go wrong.

  1. A plain white wall is best to create a strong, clearly defined profile. Top of the head and the shoulders need to be visible.
  2. Ask your subject to stand side on to you. The image needs to be precisely in profile.
  3. If the subject has long hair, take some pictures with the hair tied up in a ponytail or bun, plus some down too, showing the whole length of the hair.
  4. Mouth slightly parted always seems to work best.
  5. Selfies are fine, but make sure you get the angle of the pic perfectly side on.
  6. If taking a pic of a wriggly child or pet, get help showing them a toy or put them in from of the TV! This might take a few attempts…
  7. Take a few pictures of the subject.

Once I receive your photo, I’ll confirm that it’s suitable to create the portrait. If there are any issues, I’ll be in touch to give you help and advice.

Happy snapping!

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