End of the £25 Profile Picture

Shhh! Don’t tell anyone but I haven’t raised my rates in about 5 years. I restructured how I charged just to make it easier for clients, but I never actually put them up. Shocking I know!

Drum roll please…you have one week to get in touch to get 2017/18 rates. Most of the general photography pricing isn’t going up by much, but there are going to be options to add tailoring of images for accessibility and SEO amongst other things.

Don’t panic! You don’t need to get the photography done immediately, as long as we have started the consultation process this week (5pm Friday 6th April 2018) you get the 2017/18 rates. Lets be honest as I write this it is currently snowing…I have no problem waiting for warmer weather 😉

On it’s way out is the £25 profile pictures, so you have one week left to book for the 16th of April 2018. If you need an updated headshot or know someone who does send them this link.

If you’re thinking about raising your rates too here’s a great article by Denise at Sandstone Castles on why and how you can go about it – When was the last time you raised your rates?

Give me a call on 0776309221 or email claire@clairewatson.co.uk if you’d like to chat about projects you have coming up. Otherwise book your £25 profile picture here NOW!

C x

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The Best of Week One

So 9 days in to the 30 day blogging challenge and its 11pm…oh well not exactly to plan but it’s going to be done before midnight! Here is the edited highlights for you to see all of this weeks ideas.

Day 1: Getting started: taking action and setting goals. The start of my 30 day blogging challenge. Lessons, goals and getting started. With links to Sarah Arrow’s 30 day blogging challenge.

Day 1 Getting started

Day 2: Finding a Commercial Photographer. How do you find the right commercial photographer for you and your business?

Day 3: The Myth of Only being Online. Why I think business needs face to face interaction more than just an online presence. People buy from people.

Day 4: They Importance of Systems to a Creative. How do you find time and headspace to be creative? I need a system.

Day 5: Learning from others. Learning from other people is a key part of business. Here is some great tips from Sanja Moll of the Salt Yard Group and LeCoq restaurants.

Day 6: How do you keep your productivity? Weightlifting is great for entrepreneurs. It’s all about maximising productivity!

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Day 7: Why do you need a professional profile picture? Why are professional profile pictures important to have and to use? Ultimately, you are your brand. With links to William Arruda’s ‘22 LinkedIn Secrets LinkedIn Won’t Tell You’ article fro Forbes.

Day 8: Your message your market. The importance of images to get your message across to your target market. With links to Mark Parkinson: The Power of Visual Communication, Dove: Campaign for Real Beauty, Red Bull: Stratos.

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Why do you need a professional profile picture?

Why are professional profile pictures important to have and to use? Ultimately, you are your brand. We are all highly attuned to reading images whether we are aware of it or not. You wouldn’t turn up to a networking event in your holiday clothes with a glass of wine so why would you put that on the internet? Why would you want that to be the first thing people see when they look you up online? There are lots of tips for improving your LinkedIn profile, but I have never seen one that doesn’t recommend a professional picture.

This is one of the most interesting and entertaining articles I’ve come across. Pictures don’t come up till number 20, but there are lots of other tips in ‘22 LinkedIn Secrets LinkedIn Won’t Tell You’. Here’s what he says about what your picture.

“Make sure your headshot is high quality, with good lighting and ultra-sharp focus. LinkedIn is not the place to run a casual snapshot. Also, make sure that you’re either facing forward or turned toward your left shoulder, in the direction of your content. If you’re looking to your right, gazing off the screen, this sends a subtle message that you don’t believe the content of your own page.” William Arruda, Forbes.

Your profile picture should represent you and make a connection with your prospective clients or employers. An image from a professional photographer should do that. So the only question left is…what does your picture say about you?

Professional Profile Picture Gallery

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Business with personality – SpinTop Media

A few weeks ago I had a great shoot with the girls from SpinTop Media. We had lots of fun doing profile pictures, team photos and lots of stock images for them to present their brand.

Need someone to look after your social media marketing? Check them out!