Poll: How well does your ProZ.com profile picture represent you professionally?
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Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 07:16
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
+ ...
I don't know Jan 4

I don’t have a photo on my profile, I have a logo. BPT started life in 1985 in Brussels as a small translator’s cooperative. More than 30 years later, some of us left to work for the EU Institutions, in 2017 I decided to move back to Lisbon for family reasons and we are no longer a cooperative. Now we are just two, I’m the “front of the house” and my associate deals with the “back of the house”. I still use the same logo as it appears in many places: business cards, website, invoic... See more
I don’t have a photo on my profile, I have a logo. BPT started life in 1985 in Brussels as a small translator’s cooperative. More than 30 years later, some of us left to work for the EU Institutions, in 2017 I decided to move back to Lisbon for family reasons and we are no longer a cooperative. Now we are just two, I’m the “front of the house” and my associate deals with the “back of the house”. I still use the same logo as it appears in many places: business cards, website, invoices, letterhead, and envelopes. I don’t think a different logo or a good photograph would get us more work. That's not why clients come to us. I must say also that on the few occasions I have outsourced work to other translators I have been more interested in their qualifications to do the job than in their appearance.Collapse


 

Nilton Junior  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 05:16
Member (2009)
English to Portuguese
+ ...
I don't know Jan 4

My picture was taken casually by a friend at college. He wanted to test the camera on his new phone, asked me to look at him and that was it. Since you can see a keyboard and a project screen in the background, I thought it was good enough for my online profiles (I dislike taking pictures, mind you) and use it everywhere to this day.

I don't think a different picture would have changed anything for me, but I believe having any picture is better than having none at all.


 

Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 08:16
Member (2009)
English to German
+ ...
It's just right. Jan 4

My photo, taken at the Grand Canyon, represents... the creative side of translation within.

[Edited at 2020-01-04 12:39 GMT]


 

Kay Denney  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 08:16
Member (2018)
French to English
. Jan 4

I don't know that it's for me to say!
It's just a selfie of me in my living room, deliberately blurred to hide the wrinkles. I use it for all professional stuff, on LinkedIn and wherever else one is needed.
Clients don't need to know what I look like, so just anything that shows that I'm not an ogre will do, AFAIAC.


Elizabeth Tamblin
 

Jan Truper  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 08:16
English to German
+ ...
It couldn't be better Jan 4

It was done years ago by a good friend of mine who was a cartoon & tattoo artist. Originally it served as a logo for the music production / composing business I had going at the time, but when I switched to the translation world, I slightly changed it by adding the flags.

[Edited at 2020-01-04 11:50 GMT]


 

Angie Garbarino  Identity Verified
Member (2003)
French to Italian
+ ...
Other: it is just me Jan 4

Just me at my age now, it was taken last summer,

 

Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 08:16
Member (2012)
English to Danish
+ ...
I don't know Jan 4

but I invested in this professional photo to use for my business-related profiles

(my friends and family love it, but they may be bias )

[Edited at 2020-01-04 13:23 GMT]


Kay-Viktor Stegemann
Vi Pukite
Dan Lucas
 

Elizabeth Tamblin  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 07:16
Member (2012)
French to English
It's pretty bad Jan 4

I would like a better one, maybe of me sitting at my desk looking studious, but I just don't photograph well.

 

Platon Danilov  Identity Verified
Ukraine
Local time: 09:16
Member (2014)
English to Russian
+ ...
it's just fine Jan 4

isn't it?

Elizabeth Tamblin
Kay Denney
 

Liena Vijupe  Identity Verified
Latvia
Local time: 09:16
Member (2014)
French to Latvian
+ ...
I don't know Jan 4

I don't like taking photos of myself and don't have many of them, this is the one I use for professional purposes. It was taken on my birthday a couple years ago and originally included also a glass of champagne which got cropped out. I think it does a good job showing I have a face and also making me look nice, other than that I really don't know.

Elizabeth Tamblin
 

Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 05:16
Member (2014)
English to Portuguese
+ ...
Freelancer working at home Jan 5

Representing a freelancer who works at home in a small picture is a bit hard. A picture of myself wearing bermuda shorts and slippers and sitting by my desktop would certainly not be better than the picture I'm using right now.

[Edited at 2020-01-05 02:22 GMT]


 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 23:16
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
+ ...
Probably not Jan 5

This is a rather informal photo. I used to use a professional photo but I got tired of it, and it's 8 years old. The current photo is 3 years old. I have cut my hair since then.

I'd like to use this opportunity to say that I really like to see people's photos, rather than cartoons or logos. I feel more connected.

[Edited at 2020-01-05 07:52 GMT]


Kay Denney
Dan Lucas
Elizabeth Tamblin
 

IrinaN
United States
Local time: 01:16
English to Russian
+ ...
You be the judge Jan 7

I am pathetically non-photogenic. No, it's not about being much younger and ten times prettier in real life:-), it's just that most of the time I can't see and recognize my nature and my character, the way I feel about myself. 5-6 pictures over the years are all I really like, and all have been taken on the fly. At least this one at the launch pad of Antares rocket proves my hard labor as an interpreter. I'm 62 on it:-).

 


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