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Photographer
Kenahn Ghazal
Posts: 2
Chandler, Arizona, US


Would a photographer page have their avatar a high quality picture of themself? or a picture they've taken?
Or does it not really matter and am I overthinking it.
right now its a picture of me..
Jun 25 13 12:09 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Magic Forests
Posts: 530
Pleasant Hill, California, US


I think it should be whatever you consider to be most interesting, or your strongest piece. An avatar should draw people in to look at your profile. Usually they're not self shots.
Jun 25 13 12:13 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Kenahn Ghazal
Posts: 2
Chandler, Arizona, US


Okay, thank you!
Jun 25 13 12:18 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Magic Forests
Posts: 530
Pleasant Hill, California, US


Oh, and welcome to MM! smile
Jun 25 13 12:19 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
robert b mitchell
Posts: 1,242
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


The Avatar should be your "hook" or calling card that gets peoples' attention. Something weird, artistic, sexy, or exceptional will get you the hits you want. smile
Jun 25 13 12:23 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Images by MR
Posts: 7,480
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


robert b mitchell wrote:
The Avatar should be your "hook" or calling card that gets peoples' attention. Something weird, artistic, sexy, or exceptional will get you the hits you want. smile

+1

If I was you I'd pick this one smile

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130207/17/5114545762579_m.jpg

Jun 25 13 12:45 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Liquid Lace Studios
Posts: 195
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia


Images by MR wrote:

+1

If I was you I'd pick this one smile

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130207/17/5114545762579_m.jpg

+2 absolutely agreed smile

Jun 25 13 12:50 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Kent Art Photography
Posts: 2,656
Ashford, England, United Kingdom


I agree with everyone else.  After all, you don't see many shopkeepers standing in their own shop windows!
Jun 25 13 01:57 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
B R U N E S C I
Posts: 25,319
Bath, England, United Kingdom


With all due respect, nobody really wants to see a photo of the photographer - unless SHE happens to be super hot!

Your avatar is supposed to excite people about your work. For a male photographer who shoots mostly females, a self-portrait is about as useful for that as a photo of a pile of bricks.

Also, some models may feel that by putting a self-portrait as an avatar, a photographer is giving away the fact that he's really more interested in meeting pretty girls than in producing quality work.





Just my $0.02

Ciao
Stefano

www.stefanobrunesci.com
Jun 25 13 04:22 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
zaxpix
Posts: 1,988
New Brunswick, New Jersey, US


Kenahn Ghazal wrote:
...does it not really matter

Yep.

Kenahn Ghazal wrote:
...and am I overthinking it

Nope.


Kenahn Ghazal wrote:
...right now its a picture of me..

Time for a change.

Z.

Jun 25 13 05:00 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Jerry Nemeth
Posts: 26,840
Dearborn, Michigan, US


I would never use a photo of myself as an avatar!
Jun 25 13 05:03 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
salvatori.
Posts: 3,709
State College, Pennsylvania, US


That Italian Guy wrote:
With all due respect, nobody really wants to see a photo of the photographer - unless SHE happens to be super hot!

Just my $0.02

Ciao
Stefano

www.stefanobrunesci.com

Can we make an exception for me? I've been told I'm 'super hot' by every girl I've ever gotten a lap dance from...

tongue

Jun 25 13 05:07 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
salvatori.
Posts: 3,709
State College, Pennsylvania, US


Kenahn Ghazal wrote:
Would a photographer page have their avatar a high quality picture of themself? or a picture they've taken?
Or does it not really matter and am I overthinking it.
right now its a picture of me..

Welcome to MM; and I would agree with the others who say that the pretty blonde is your best bet for an avatar (right now, anyways...)

smile

Jun 25 13 05:09 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
SayCheeZ!
Posts: 17,726
Las Vegas, Nevada, US


Kenahn Ghazal wrote:
Would a photographer page have their avatar a high quality picture of themself? or a picture they've taken?
Or does it not really matter and am I overthinking it.
right now its a picture of me..

The ONLY photos that can be displayed in a photographers portfolio are photos that the photographer actually shot, so IF you choose to use a photograph of yourself, be sure it's a self portrait.

This issue has come up at least once in the past.  A photographer had a pretty lousy portfolio, but it was good enough to be accepted.  He was also a model and posted a quality photo of himself that someone else had shot.  It's considered deceptive because the average person would think he's the photographer.

Jun 25 13 05:29 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Walter Green
Posts: 14
Washington, District of Columbia, US


Not sure why, but I thought it was cool to post a self-portrait.
Jun 25 13 05:33 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Paige Thomley
Posts: 572
West Bend, Wisconsin, US


As a model, when I'm going to be traveling to a city I use the browse function and type in the city and go through the profiles. Because there are at least hundreds, if not thousands of profiles, I only click on the avatars where the model looks good or whathaveyou. I never click on profiles of what look like self-portraits of the photographer. I would have completely missed yours. We want to see your very best image as the avatar to bring us into your port, not a photo of you. If you want to include your face in your bio or at the bottom of your port, that would help ease a model's concerns because then she'll know what you look like before the shoot.
Jun 25 13 05:49 pm  Link  Quote 
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