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

Photographer

Peach Jones

Posts: 6397

Champaign, Illinois, US

Mike Williams Photo wrote:
I'm game.

subject is too far away and colors are not vibrant. so no. IMO you have some other works that would serve much better as an avi

Mar 19 13 05:01 pm Link

Photographer

Peach Jones

Posts: 6397

Champaign, Illinois, US

Northern Lights Images wrote:
does mine?

Probably not. A bit muted on the contrast and model doesn't stand out well. You have some great works that would me a better avatar IMO

Mar 19 13 05:03 pm Link

Photographer

Faces of Vegas

Posts: 49

Neuss, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Ok, I'm in. smile

Mar 19 13 05:11 pm Link

Model

Jordan Diane

Posts: 7

Nashville, Tennessee, US

Oh, pick me. I need a little advice anyway. :3

Mar 19 13 05:26 pm Link

Photographer

Peach Jones

Posts: 6397

Champaign, Illinois, US

Faces of Vegas wrote:
Ok, I'm in. smile

The legs get my attention. Probably 55-60% yes

Mar 19 13 06:41 pm Link

Photographer

Peach Jones

Posts: 6397

Champaign, Illinois, US

Jordan Diane  wrote:
Oh, pick me. I need a little advice anyway. :3

Everything is a bit dark. Probably not

Mar 19 13 06:42 pm Link

Photographer

I Ference Photography

Posts: 1152

Rochester, New York, US

Moi?

Mar 19 13 06:58 pm Link

Photographer

Peach Jones

Posts: 6397

Champaign, Illinois, US

I Ference Photography wrote:
Moi?

I have noticed that shot before, and I even have it listed. If I would notice it....because there is not a great deal of separation between your subject and the background.......if I were to notice it then it would def be 100% yes. The noticing part, due to what I said, would be the only issue.........heck, I LOVE all your work!!!

Mar 19 13 07:02 pm Link

Model

Jordan Diane

Posts: 7

Nashville, Tennessee, US

Thanks for the input.

Mar 19 13 07:56 pm Link

Photographer

Gulf Coast Glamour

Posts: 493

Bradenton, Florida, US

Peach Jones wrote:

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.

Thank you, I can see your point

Mar 21 13 01:16 am Link

Photographer

sharifudin

Posts: 16

London, England, United Kingdom

would appreciate your opinion..

Mar 21 13 04:08 am Link

Model

Nichole Golinvaux

Posts: 3

Pueblo, Colorado, US

Mirror Mirror on the wall............

Mar 21 13 04:04 pm Link

Model

Danielle Hieronimi

Posts: 238

Chicago, Illinois, US

I'm curious enough.

Mar 21 13 04:12 pm Link

Photographer

PDF IMAGES PHOTOGRAPHY

Posts: 4603

Jacksonville, Florida, US

???? you decide smile

Mar 21 13 04:18 pm Link

Photographer

Peach Jones

Posts: 6397

Champaign, Illinois, US

sharifudin wrote:
would appreciate your opinion..

Yes. Extremely beautiful capture of an extremely beautiful model!

Mar 22 13 08:13 am Link

Photographer

Peach Jones

Posts: 6397

Champaign, Illinois, US

NicholeSG wrote:
Mirror Mirror on the wall............

yes. The legs and being a redhead will get you many looks

Mar 22 13 08:14 am Link

Photographer

Peach Jones

Posts: 6397

Champaign, Illinois, US

Danielle Hieronimi wrote:
I'm curious enough.

Sorry Danielle but no. Nothing to really draw me in

Mar 22 13 08:15 am Link

Photographer

Peach Jones

Posts: 6397

Champaign, Illinois, US

PDF IMAGES PHOTOGRAPHY wrote:
???? you decide smile

good use of color, lighting and contrast. 60-70% yes

Mar 22 13 08:16 am Link

Model

Lilu Lynn

Posts: 55

Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico

I know it isn't pro=taken but..?
Thanks for your time!

Mar 22 13 08:27 am Link

Photographer

Peach Jones

Posts: 6397

Champaign, Illinois, US

Lilu Love wrote:
I know it isn't pro=taken but..?
Thanks for your time!

The red will most likely get my initial attention. Other than that there is nothing in the photo that sells yourself. Actually, you look bored

Mar 22 13 08:32 am Link

Photographer

Peach Jones

Posts: 6397

Champaign, Illinois, US

FYI, these are the types of avatars that will most likely make me (and probably most people) want to see more of their port:

http://www.modelmayhem.com/176128
http://www.modelmayhem.com/169262
http://www.modelmayhem.com/18463
http://www.modelmayhem.com/575418

Mar 28 13 12:26 pm Link

Model

Celine Sophia

Posts: 503

Santa Barbara, California, US

Just changed my avi, what do you think?

Mar 28 13 06:42 pm Link

Photographer

Peach Jones

Posts: 6397

Champaign, Illinois, US

Celine Cardona wrote:
Just changed my avi, what do you think?

You are making progress......50/50

Mar 28 13 07:54 pm Link

Photographer

Edge of the Moon

Posts: 431

New York, New York, US

Did I make you look? smile

Mar 28 13 08:03 pm Link

Photographer

NGNphotos

Posts: 20

New York, New York, US

waddyathink ?

Apr 01 13 11:28 am Link

Model

Dora Ray

Posts: 43

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

does mine?

Apr 01 13 12:54 pm Link

Photographer

AndyD10

Posts: 350

Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

My first change of avatar in a long while.  Does it work?

Apr 01 13 02:15 pm Link

Model

Victoria_Rose

Posts: 31

Jacksonville, Florida, US

How about me?

Apr 01 13 02:48 pm Link

Model

Cecilia Or

Posts: 215

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Peach Jones wrote:

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!!

Thank you for your detailed explanation. I changed my avatar to a different image; hopefully, it's comparatively better than my previous one. Have a nice day.

Apr 01 13 08:22 pm Link

Model

AlinaNguyen

Posts: 1

San Francisco, California, US

You tell me smile

Apr 01 13 08:26 pm Link

Model

LeighN

Posts: 224

Frederick, Maryland, US

might as well ask! i would love to know first impressions!

Apr 01 13 08:28 pm Link

Model

Ashley Alexiss

Posts: 291

Boston, Massachusetts, US

Hiiiyaaaa

Apr 01 13 08:31 pm Link

Photographer

allPhoto London

Posts: 7

Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand

yes, I think avatar is essential when deciding which place on web page you wanna click.
Most people are visual.... ;-)

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Apr 02 13 10:18 am Link

Model

Lisa Mae Russell

Posts: 71

Petoskey, Michigan, US

Oooohhh. I'd like to know!

Apr 02 13 10:23 am Link

Model

ErinPaige

Posts: 85

Salt Lake City, Utah, US

Ooh yes! I just started modeling after like a year hiatus so I'd like to know if my new photos grab your attention.

Apr 02 13 04:07 pm Link

Model

Isis Davenport

Posts: 5

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

Mine Maybe?

Apr 02 13 05:59 pm Link

Photographer

Daniel DeArco

Posts: 89

San Francisco, California, US

I would think so wink

Apr 03 13 08:37 pm Link

Photographer

Ricky by Ric and Joo

Posts: 2

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Moment of the truth! Fun but nervous~
Do u recommend just one instead of using two images as a avatar?

Apr 04 13 07:10 am Link

Photographer

Peach Jones

Posts: 6397

Champaign, Illinois, US

Edge of the Moon wrote:
Did I make you look? smile

The angle looks a bit weird to me. Maybe......but probably not

Apr 04 13 07:41 am Link

Photographer

Peach Jones

Posts: 6397

Champaign, Illinois, US

NGNphotos wrote:
waddyathink ?

very sexy photo. However, the lack of color and minimalism will probably hurt your chances. So.....probably not

Apr 04 13 07:51 am Link