How to create a Gravatar photo

gravatar-photographDo you need to create a Gravatar photo?

Screen Shot 2015-06-23 at 16.24.28A Gravatar is an image that follows you from site to site appearing beside your name when you do things like comment or post on a blog.  More importantly, Gravatars help identify your own posts, articles and features when they appear online. So, for example your image will appear automatically next to your name whenever you are credited as the author or owner of anything web-related that has Gravatars enabled.

Gravatars are very simple to set up.  You can set up your Gravatar here (where you'll find very simple instructions):

Essentially, all you need to do is sign up (for free) and add the photo you want to follow you around the web like a lost puppy!


Using the right photo

Remember, your Gravatar will follow you around everywhere, so it's important you use the right image.

If you need a high-impact, professional image, you can book an SWNS award-winning photographer for as little as £150. Contact our friendly bookings desk today for a no-fuss quote (you’ll be calling a busy pictures desk so we won’t bore you with any fluff or sales spiel!).

We will come to wherever you are, or you can visit one of our 13 regional offices. Of course, we will supply all of the equipment required to fulfill your your brief. Whether you need several hundred headshots, or just one for yourself, speak to our bookings desk today.


Common mistakes

As discussed on our LinkedIn Photographer page, Promoting yourself is becoming as important as promoting your business. These days, successful people create a personal brand to help sell themselves as well as their own businesses or their employer’s businesses.

Your Gravatar image will appear (almost) everywhere you do online.  Many individuals make the mistake of using a picture ripped from their Facebook profile, or cut out of a family beech holiday photo. However, this is a big no-no according to SEO specialist Oliver McAninch. He says "Heard the saying 'You can never be overdressed, but you can be underdressed'? Don’t make the mistake of using something funny, wacky or inappropriate as your Gravatar image. Nobody wants to see your latest tattoos.  One client used a humorous selfie as his Gravatar and was mortified when he realised it showed up next to an extremely sensitive article that he had written.  Just use something professional and you can't go wrong."


Invest in your photo

SWNS is the largest independent press agency in the UK. Our pictures department provide hundreds of photos to the national press every day. We work with multiple corporate clients as well as individuals and small business. Many clients also utilize our PR, television and news departments.

Our competitive rates start from £150 for a corporate headshot shoot.  A small investment for your online image.

Gravatar profile pictures will become increasingly important as Google continues to place more emphasis on 'authorship'. First impressions count, so you need to look the part when your future employers or clients are finding you online.

Your photo can portray whatever image you need to project to your clients. Whether you want to look professional, creative, or just friendly and approachable, SWNS photographers can capture your brief.

You might consider any of the following:

  • Studio style professional lighting, plain background.

  • Contemporary relaxed natural lighting, background, less staged, approachable.

  • Casual. Working environment on the job. Third person. Less staged.

It really is incredible the difference a professional photo can make to your online profile, so if you'd like to discuss a project with our friendly bookings team, contact us today.  Our bookings staff are straight forward and efficient, so you won't get any fluff, and we won't ask for your life story!


Are you looking for a LinkedIn photo instead?  See our LinkedIn Photographer page here.

Get your Gravatar photo shoot booked for as little as £150

Speak to our bookings desk today