I'm sure 3 out of 4 of you reading this don't have good quality photos to give to the media if a reporter calls you today. Three out of four people have poor quality photos or none at all.
It's amazing writing articles to position yourself as an expert in your field, sell more products and services, and drive traffic to your website. But don't stop there. For a publisher like me who wants to use it online or offline and wants to give you lots of free advertising, you need high-quality shoulder-length photos.
If you're one of the 3 out of 4 people who don't have it, stop being multimedia and act like a real ad hound. You can hire a professional photography studio that can help you out with taking amazing click of yourself.
If your cousin has a new digital camera or camera phone and offers to take your picture to save money, consult a professional. Trust me, the cost will be worth it.
Many of the poor quality photos I've seen are too dark, blurry, grainy, not scanned properly, or taken against a busy background – often by amateur photographers. I've seen pictures that look like people have plants growing out of their heads. An author gave me a picture showing him with his eyes closed.
Some people offer photos to share with friends and family. Most editors won't bother cutting babies, husbands, or friends. They will not use your photo.
So always go for a professional click rather than taking the help of someone who doesn't have any idea about photography.