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Creative Outsourcing

I've been slacking in getting my picture updated. I love my baseball cap, but it doesn't work when I do interviews.

So… today, I gave my 11 year old son my digital camera and we did a photo shoot in the backyard. I really *despise* having my picture taken, so he was the only one who I trusted not to laugh at me. (I love my boy!)

He took about 50 pictures. I loaded them up to my computer, but this is how I felt when I looked through all of the pictures (and yes, this is one of them, lol):

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What does this have to do with Outsourcing? Well, after I had him take the pictures, I looked through them, and, of course, didn't like any of them. (Anyone else not like pictures of themselves?)

So… I zipped them up and shot them out to my helpers to choose 5-10 that they liked.  That helped me to eliminate quite a few.

I know — I'm going to start paying them hazard pay. 😉

I got some great feedback about the impression that each picture gave them of me.

My favorite picture, I was told, made me look too vulnerable. I thought that it made me look trustworthy.

Another that I liked, I was told made me look like a sexpot! So, that one obviously isn't going up here. (Thanks, Mom, for that!)

I very often see people post pictures of themselves that look downright odd or creepy and I wonder “didn't they get feedback first?” If you don't want to show family or friends — send them to your Virtual Assistants!

Warmly,
Nicole

PS> Do you have any creative Outsourcing experiences? Please post below.

I adore comments! Please share your thoughts.

  • Cassie
    Reply

    Hmm, definitely something I haven’t really thought about before. My daughter takes pictures of me a lot and I often put them up. I change my Twitter avatar once in awhile and I have a couple different ones on each of my blogs. I’ve never actually asked for feedback on them though. Now that I’ve read this post, I think I will. I may be offending people and now know it!

    By the way, I love the picture you posted. I think it’s cute 🙂

  • Arika
    Reply

    Anxious to see which one you pick! 🙂 Don’t keep us in suspense too long k?

  • debbiegirl
    Reply

    Really luv that pic Nicole! Maybe you could post one or two of your pics every time you make an entry here and we’d even like to see the “sexpot” ones too! lol
    You’re a very pretty lady and it shouldn’t hurt a thing for your readers to see just How Pretty and Fun you are along with the great content you provide! Just an idea IMHO!

  • Tracy
    Reply

    I with Arika! I wanna know which picture you ended up choosing. 😉

  • KC
    Reply

    Waiting…. LOL!

    I need an updated pic too. One of these days.

  • Nicole
    Reply

    I guess saying that I “very often” see people that look creepy sounded mean. I don’t think they NORMALLY look creepy. Just bad pictures. 😉

    Thanks for the kind comments!

  • Amanda (Mom Blog)
    Reply

    You know I never thought of this before. I put up photos alot and many of them are clearly zany self portaits for fun! I just put a photo in one of my posts – how bad is it? LOL.

    BTW, you look great!

  • Nicole
    Reply

    Oh, Amanda, I don’t think you COULD take a bad picture! Too stinkin cute. (Yes, I’m jealous!) 🙂

    I, on the other hand, have to slather on a coat of makeup two inches thick. lol.

    Geesh. Sorry to hear about the wrinkle cream. Yikes!

  • Melissa Ingold
    Reply

    Well, which picture did you pick you “sexpot” you 😉

  • Monica
    Reply

    Fun post. It reminds me I want to get a new picture. My problem is I want to look better now than 2 years ago. Maybe some play with lights will do the trick 😉

    Looking forward to see what picture you choose.

  • Angela
    Reply

    I think people are way too shy with pictures on the net. I figure if we were doing business in person people would see it all – good side, bad side, silly looks, 20 extra pounds and all.. it makes us more human. I have a real pet peeve about people not updating their pics, lol…

    If you get enough pictures of yourself out there people will see your personality much more than if you just have ONE for years. It’s the know, like and trust factor right? If people feel like they know you more won’t they trust you more?

    Anyway, sorry, I’m starting to rant. I want to see your pics too! At least show us some of the finalists 😉

  • Angela
    Reply

    Ohh – sorry for the double post. Just wanted to say I saw one of your pics on the giveaway for the Work at Home Success Bible and you look great!

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