Uploading a series of great photos to your Thumbtack profile is your best opportunity to showcase your work and help clients decide if you’re the right fit for their project. Since we understand how daunting it can feel to conjure “a series of great photos” out of thin air, we’ve compiled a bunch of useful tips to help you find, create, or hire-someone-else-to-create those great photos simply and successfully. We know your business is fabulous and we want everyone else to know it too!
The more appealing your business is visually, the more likely customers are going to spend time browsing through your profile – and ultimately hiring you. Not to worry, this list is just a few simple nods to crisp, properly-sized photos that show your work in its best light – literally.
If you have photos from projects you’ve already completed or photos of yourself that you love, here are a few things to look for when choosing among them.
How to Choose Your Most Engaging Photos
- Be sure the subject is shown clearly: Whether it’s a project or a person, make sure they’re sharp and in focus.
- Check the lighting: Is the scene well-lit? Are there any shadows? You don’t want an unfortunately placed chest of drawers to overshadow your perfectly frosted cake.
- Make sure the background is tidy: Don’t use photos taken in a messy or crowded room.
- Share what makes you unique: Do you have a wrench from the 1940s passed down from your grandfather? A hand-carved massage table? Sometimes it’s the small details that make a photo – and your business – the most appealing.
- Feel free to use photos taken with your smartphone: Cameras in smartphones these days are so advanced that they can take great profile shots.
- Photos should be 500 x 500 or larger: The bigger the image, the sharper it appears on screen.
- Caption your photos: This way viewers understand the scope of your handiwork. Examples: “A wedding dress I designed and stitched.” “A leaky sink I fixed.”
If you don’t have photos already or don’t think what you have will entice customers, we’ve gathered some easy photography tips and behind-the-scenes advice from pros to help you get the best shots to feature your friendly face and professional know-how.
How to Take New Photos Like a Professional
- Steady your camera: If you have a tripod, make sure to pull it out of storage and put it to use. But if you don’t, simply use a handy table or a stack of books.
- Turn off the flash: Most camera flashes make photos look washed-out and unattractive.
- Shoot during the day: Open the curtains to let in as much natural light as possible and turn on all the lights.
- Tidy up: When arranging a photo, give your subject the opportunity to shine by removing any clutter that would pull attention. Professionals working in home improvement should take extra care to remove debris.
- Focus the camera away from windows: Most cameras adjust for brightness by darkening the rest of the image.
- Take a lot of photos: The more you click the button, the more likely you’ll get the perfect shot. You’ll discard most of them, but all you need is one.
- Take photos from every angle: Sometimes it isn’t obvious which side will look best on camera, so give yourself a range so you can choose your favorite.
- Aim the camera toward a corner: If you’re photographing a home, aim the camera toward a corner to show the broadest range of space. Shooting flat against a wall can make a room seem smaller than it is.
Or Hire a Photographer So You Don’t Have To Worry About Checklists
For photographs that beautifully capture your work and your personality, hiring a professional is an investment in your business that’s well worth the money. A great photographer is only a click away and can give you precisely what you need to make your business look its best. If you’re ready to hire a pro to help you with your business photography, request a photographer in your area.
Ready To Get Started?
Upload photos to your Thumbtack profile now. We can’t wait to see your new profile shots! If you have any photos that make you particularly proud, let us know in the comments below. We’d love to check them out.