Forums > Critique > Does your Avatar make me want to see your port?

Photographer

Peach Jones

Posts: 6375

Champaign, Illinois, US

Cecilia Or wrote:
Please give me your kind advice. Thank you very much. Have a nice day.

Hello Cecilia,

There are avatars that will catch my eye when I post on another person's photo, thread or even on the main page, some avatar's will catch my eye. What makes those Avatar's stand out? Here is a short list:

1. bigger is usually better. Far away photos don't work on a small avatar. They have to grab my attention in about 1/4 of a second at most, and if my eye/brain has to figure out the avatar photo because you are too small in it or it is too busy, then it will not catch my eye

2. Colors.....bright colors catch my eye better. White (not so much a color but you get the idea) and red do the job the best. If you do a B/W then make sure that it really pops me in the face and says "HEY!! Look at me!!"  That is why I use the avatar that I use. It stands out. If the photo was smaller, it would not stand out. Do you agree?

3. Photos with curves and lines work very well. I will quantify this up front by saying I am a huge heterosexual. Just the way I am. We all have things about the opposite sex that really catch our attention. Look at the previous comments I have made... There is something in the photo that sets the female apart.......legs, curves, behind, eyes, ........those catch my eye alot. And if you can highlight them, then I will more likely look at your port.......and maybe even list  or want to work with you if even possible.

4. Males. As I said before, I am a heterosexual. So you are already at a disadvantage if you are a male model. However, I will look more if you have a very creative avatar (because I like creativity no matter what your sex is), and I also enjoy beauty. Beauty can be male or female, but once again I inherently believe that females have more inherent beauty. Just the way I am.

OK, now to your avatar. I do like the photo. But if I was quickly scanning a page, yours probably would  not stand out. The lack of color might be detrimental, but it does have some good contrast. That is good.  Once again, all this is my opinion, and someone else may give you a different opinion. So value this as much as you choose. It is beautiful, and you are beautiful (duh, a model)....but IMO I don't believe it is your best bet as an avatar. But I will say that you have other shots that will have a much better chance of getting you seen and getting the attention you deserve. 

So based on these simple guidelines, which photo or photos do you think would work best?

Have a fabulous evening!!

Mar 14 13 04:30 pm Link

Photographer

Peach Jones

Posts: 6375

Champaign, Illinois, US

AngelicaDemonica wrote:
I'll give it a shot, would you take a look at mine based on my avatar?

No. I like the shot but would most likely not get my attention

Mar 14 13 04:32 pm Link

Photographer

R Fraticelli

Posts: 115

San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico

What about now?  I dug up my old 2011 underwater shoot and found it still had one more little gem to give..  smile

Mar 15 13 10:38 am Link

Photographer

DXM Productions

Posts: 10

Houston, Texas, US

I hope it does.  My model is beautiful in that shot.  For sure you would at least want to see if I had more shots of her.  :-)

Mar 15 13 02:00 pm Link

Photographer

Peach Jones

Posts: 6375

Champaign, Illinois, US

R Fraticelli wrote:
What about now?  I dug up my old 2011 underwater shoot and found it still had one more little gem to give..  smile

It is a gorgeous shot!!Congrats on doing such great work. But I am not sure it would make me want to see your port. IMO you have some others that I see that would work better. Thanks again for stopping by!

Mar 15 13 06:20 pm Link

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Peach Jones

Posts: 6375

Champaign, Illinois, US

DXM Productions wrote:
I hope it does.  My model is beautiful in that shot.  For sure you would at least want to see if I had more shots of her.  :-)

Yes she is beautiful indeed. But the lack of pop would most likely cause me to pass by

Mar 15 13 06:21 pm Link

Model

Jhomel

Posts: 180

Singapore, Singapore, Singapore

is mine alright?

Mar 15 13 09:20 pm Link

Photographer

mmphotographyca

Posts: 1

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Mine?

Mar 15 13 09:38 pm Link

Photographer

907Benjamin

Posts: 1712

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, US

yes, i'd like to know.

Mar 15 13 09:44 pm Link

Model

Vega

Posts: 5

Seymour, Indiana, US

Sure why not, does it?

Mar 15 13 10:06 pm Link

Model

DaniNikole

Posts: 129

Sacramento, California, US

Me smile

Mar 15 13 10:42 pm Link

Photographer

Peach Jones

Posts: 6375

Champaign, Illinois, US

Jhomel wrote:
is mine alright?

You have a good look and that is a good avi........60% yes

Mar 16 13 07:39 am Link

Photographer

Peach Jones

Posts: 6375

Champaign, Illinois, US

mmphotographyca wrote:
Mine?

The darkness is going to hurt you. While I like the shot very much, the lack of light and color will most likely mean no

Mar 16 13 07:40 am Link

Photographer

Peach Jones

Posts: 6375

Champaign, Illinois, US

907Benjamin  wrote:
yes, i'd like to know.

It is too far away and the lack of color means no

Mar 16 13 07:41 am Link

Photographer

Peach Jones

Posts: 6375

Champaign, Illinois, US

Vega wrote:
Sure why not, does it?

You do simply fabulous work! I very much like the shot and it shows how beautiful you are. However the lack of color may cause me to skip over your port, which would be a shame. IMO you have some other works that would do better in drawing attention to your port

Mar 16 13 07:45 am Link

Photographer

Peach Jones

Posts: 6375

Champaign, Illinois, US

Dani Nikole Feist wrote:
Me smile

Your curves are top notch, but with the colors a bit muted it mike cause me to pass over your port. I will say 50-60% yes

Mar 16 13 07:47 am Link

Photographer

SoftLights

Posts: 332

New Orleans, Louisiana, US

How about mine.

Mar 16 13 03:14 pm Link

Photographer

Peach Jones

Posts: 6375

Champaign, Illinois, US

Soft Lights wrote:
How about mine.

I like the dramatic lighting. The lack of color may hurt you, but if I did notice it I will say yes to wanting to see more.

Mar 16 13 04:55 pm Link

Model

Chelsea Booth

Posts: 10

WILKES BARRE, Pennsylvania, US

Tell me, tell me... smile

Mar 17 13 02:02 am Link

Photographer

Gulf Coast Glamour

Posts: 493

Bradenton, Florida, US

Ok, I'd like to hear the truth

Mar 17 13 02:11 am Link

Makeup Artist

MRM Make-up Artistry

Posts: 1

New York, New York, US

I think it does. What do you think?

Mar 17 13 02:43 am Link

Photographer

Peach Jones

Posts: 6375

Champaign, Illinois, US

Chelsea Booth wrote:
Tell me, tell me... smile

the horizontal orientation along with lack of color hurts you. I like the shot, but if you can get a vertical one with more color to pop it then IMO you will do much better. On this current one though, probably not

Mar 17 13 04:13 am Link

Photographer

Peach Jones

Posts: 6375

Champaign, Illinois, US

Gulf Coast Glamour wrote:
Ok, I'd like to hear the truth

the truth is I cannot tell what it is on a glance. Or even after several seconds of staring.  With thousands of other avatars out there that don't make me have to try to figure out what is in the frame, I will look at theirs before I look at yours.

Mar 17 13 04:15 am Link

Photographer

Peach Jones

Posts: 6375

Champaign, Illinois, US

MRM Make-up Artistry wrote:
I think it does. What do you think?

Sorry but no. The lack of color and the darkness of the photo means I will most likely pass it by

Mar 17 13 04:17 am Link

Photographer

ELiffmann

Posts: 1407

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, US

How about this one?  Thanks in advance.

Mar 17 13 10:55 am Link

Model

Lisa Verhoeks

Posts: 73

Nieuwegein, Utrecht, Netherlands

okay smile

Mar 17 13 11:41 am Link

Model

Jeff Nemec

Posts: 5

Dallas, Texas, US

Mine!?

Mar 17 13 11:58 am Link

Photographer

Keddy Davis

Posts: 187

Birmingham, England, United Kingdom

I'll play smile

Mar 17 13 01:12 pm Link

Model

Celine Sophia

Posts: 503

Santa Barbara, California, US

please tell me

Mar 17 13 03:01 pm Link

Model

Vega

Posts: 5

Seymour, Indiana, US

Peach Jones wrote:

You do simply fabulous work! I very much like the shot and it shows how beautiful you are. However the lack of color may cause me to skip over your port, which would be a shame. IMO you have some other works that would do better in drawing attention to your port

Thank you! I appreciate the opinion. smile

Mar 17 13 09:09 pm Link

Model

Leone P

Posts: 515

Batley, England, United Kingdom

Hey!
I have joined in this game in the past and you have liked my Avatar but what i would like to know is this.. Is there an image in my port that wold make a better Avatar? x

Mar 18 13 03:54 am Link

Model

Lilly Rae

Posts: 3

Ashland, Oregon, US

So what about mine? Ive been wanting to change it for a while, but have had many good responses.

Mar 18 13 04:49 am Link

Photographer

cwwmbm

Posts: 457

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

I'd love to play as well smile

Mar 18 13 10:35 am Link

Model

Jessica Model

Posts: 46

London, England, United Kingdom

Do me smile

Mar 18 13 06:29 pm Link

Photographer

Peach Jones

Posts: 6375

Champaign, Illinois, US

ELiffmann wrote:
How about this one?  Thanks in advance.

Probably not. Too far away and colors are not very bright

Mar 18 13 09:11 pm Link

Photographer

Peach Jones

Posts: 6375

Champaign, Illinois, US

Lisa Verhoeks wrote:
okay smile

not bad....50/50

Mar 18 13 09:13 pm Link

Photographer

Peach Jones

Posts: 6375

Champaign, Illinois, US

Jeff Nemec wrote:
Mine!?

The bright coloring may get my attention initially, but subject is too far away to draw me in

Mar 18 13 09:14 pm Link

Photographer

Peach Jones

Posts: 6375

Champaign, Illinois, US

K Davis Photography wrote:
I'll play smile

The lack of brighter color may hurt you, but the subject is nice. 60-70% yes

Mar 18 13 09:17 pm Link

Photographer

Peach Jones

Posts: 6375

Champaign, Illinois, US

Jessica Henderson wrote:
Do me smile

Great curves and lines. Yes

Mar 18 13 09:17 pm Link

Model

Michelle White

Posts: 39

Moline, Illinois, US

my turn.

Mar 18 13 09:18 pm Link