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Requesting your help

I'm in the process of redesigning my website. I want to include a picture of myself in the "About SP Web Design" section. I want your feedback to help me decide which of these photos are most appropriate (look the most professional/appeal the most to a prospective client/etc.).

  1. Derek at Logan
  2. Derek in TUG
  3. Derek at Pulmonary
  4. Derek in London
  5. Derek in Jacksonville

Any thoughts? Comments? Thanks!


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Apr. 8th, 2006 04:01 pm (UTC)
derek @ pulmonary makes you look TOO eager. derek in london looks like you might be in a bar of sorts, not what potential clients might want to see. ditto derek in jacksonville - especially since there's a girl hanging all over you! i think you should use derek @ logan, because it's a purdy, purdy and sexy picture of you without anything superfluous in the background.
Apr. 8th, 2006 04:03 pm (UTC)
"Derek in Jacksonville" was included as a sort of joke. Of course I would never use that photo! I mean, who's gonna look at me instead of those breasts, especially given how fat I was back then?!

I think I'm leaning towards "Derek at Logan" as well. It's a good mix of somewhat professional with approachable.
Apr. 8th, 2006 04:07 pm (UTC)
Ah. I thought "Derek in Jacksonville" was a joke...but one never knows (I mean you could've been considering cropping it or something).
Apr. 8th, 2006 04:04 pm (UTC)
I'm not a big fan of self-photos on professional websites (unless the profession is connected to appearance (e.g. acting, performing*) or the profession is photography/art including self-portraiture, that sort of thing.)

However, in the anticipated case that you put up a photo despite my opinion against it, I vote for TUG, and hope you weren't really considering the Jacksonville photo.

*My impression is that this website is for your webdesign work. If you were to put up a website focused on your singing, I'd say putting up a photo or few would be appropriate.
Apr. 8th, 2006 04:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the Jax photo was a joke.

I was thinking it might be good to put a photo in the "about" section (not the front page) to breakup the text monotony.
Apr. 8th, 2006 04:10 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I don't think it's a horrible idea (even if I've got some preference against them). I mean, my doctor has his photo on his practice's website, and it does contribute to the sense of him being a kind and approachable practitioner.

And it is true that it adds some variety to an otherwise text-mostly page.
Apr. 8th, 2006 04:13 pm (UTC)
Apr. 8th, 2006 06:08 pm (UTC)
If you have a picture, I think it should be of you working at a computer or showing off a something you've done to a client.
Apr. 8th, 2006 06:11 pm (UTC)
I wish I had one of those! Alas, the closest thing I have to me working at a computer is the "Derek at Pulmonary" photo, and I don't think that's better than the others.

I will have screenshots of some of my work in the portfolio section, so that's something, I guess.
Apr. 8th, 2006 06:57 pm (UTC)
I think the Logan picture is the best. It has a very crisp, clean feel to it. Both professional and artistic.
Apr. 8th, 2006 08:33 pm (UTC)
1. Derek at Logan -- my 1st choice. Dead sexah.
2. Derek in TUG -- a bit over-eager, as someone else said.
3. Derek at Pulmonary -- my 2nd choice. Nice work-ish background.
4. Derek in London -- overexposed.
5. Derek in Jacksonville -- no, you're not a fat frat boy anymore!
Apr. 8th, 2006 09:54 pm (UTC)
Actually, it was the "Derek at Pulmonary" that was thought to be overeager. Anyhow, I think "Derek in TUG" is more appropriate for a theatrical/operatic self-promotional site than for my web design business.

Oh, and I was never a frat boy type … but I will always be the rowdy sports fans when me and my Chargers friends travel to road games! ;)
Apr. 8th, 2006 09:37 pm (UTC)
I vote for the top two. Although #3 makes you look kind of upbeat and energetic which could be good. I'd pass on the pub type pictures though.
Apr. 8th, 2006 10:07 pm (UTC)
Most appropriate for what profession?

#1 seems to present you best but, like all of them, is rather casual. In #2 you seem to have bloodshot eyes and your eyes don't coordinate (they're looking in slightly different directions), which gives you a goofy look. #3 would be good except for the cluttered background. The remaining pair both make you look too fat and should be cropped to eliminate superfluous glassware, with makes it appear that you drink too much.
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