The right picture for your artist
Do you remember your first selfie? How many times did you try before you picked that special one which later became your face on the social media sites? It’s the same with artist pictures, yet many artists choose random images or stock photos to represent their music.
As we are all visual creatures and we live in an image-driven era, a good profile picture is as much part of your artistic persona as is your music.
Choose a picture of yourself...
What’s more, if you’re serious about your music career, investing in a professional photo session could be a good idea. Or maybe you have a friend who is very passionate about taking pictures. We all relate to familiar faces and build stronger connections with artists who we think we know thanks to their pictures. Similarly, a bad photo can discourage people from listening to otherwise good music, so you want to avoid this.
...or create a logo
Some artists create a logo or a cartoon drawing. This can become your trademark and will make it really easy for fans and customers alike to recognize your music very easily. Think for example about the Rolling Stones stretched out tongue. The picture should, of course, represent yourself and/or the music you are creating. Spend some time thinking about the concept and get some advice from friends and other musicians if you are not sure.
One picture is enough
The more experience you have as a musician, the clearer your idea becomes of what you are representing. Over time you might change your music style and the quality of your productions. In the same sense, it is okay to change your profile picture and choose one that better represents the professional artist you are becoming.
However, it is not recommendable to change your picture on a regular basis. If you already have a good fan base, you are more likely to confuse them then to surprise them by changing pictures. They might not recognize that the new picture is you. Rather, use the artworks of your albums to surprise with new creative pictures, while your profile picture stays the same.
To summarize, do not underestimate your artists profile photo. It is an important part of your image!