Profile Pictures - Truth In Advertising

The finished product. This is much closer to what I look like in person.

It seems like it was only a few years ago (the key word is "seems") someone would ask my age, I would tell them and they would say "no way, I thought you were twenty-something." Now when people find out my age they get a confused, awkward expression. Apparently they think I am in my fifties (or more).

Anyway, I was looking at my LinkedIn profile image and realized that it was a poor representation of what I look like today. I'm a big advocate for truth in advertising so you know what that means. Time for a living room photo session!

The Set-Up


Two compact fluorescent fixtures in soft boxes, one above the camera and one below, were used to light me. These were both part of a cheap three light kit I have been using for video projects for about three years. How cheap? The whole kit was $150. A third fluorescent soft box was illuminating the painting in the background.


I used my rusty-but-ever-trusty Canon T2i with a Canon 50mm f1.8.


  • Shutter 1/125
  • Aperture f2.8
  • ISO 100
  • Manual White Balance


It needed just a touch of Photoshop. I fixed a few (ok, many) blemishes, removed a yellow glow from the window curtains and cropped the image because I've heard it's hip to be square.

Leave a comment and let me know what you think!