Profile Image Guidelines
The aim of our artist profiles is to help NZ Artists present themselves online in the very best way and to provide a professional platform for all artists to do this. We certainly don't want to stand in the way of you expressing yourself creatively, but to ensure consistency and quality we do have a set of guidelines for profile images. Please check these before submitting your profile image.
Simple profile photos
Good profile images are crisp and clear and have a simple background that allows you to stand out. The quality of the photograph is what we consider first and foremost. Images from mobile phones will be accepted if they are crisp and clear, but images taken on a good camera are preferred. Rather than Artful profile images are also great! Choosing a profile image that communicates something about you and your personality is great, so we encourage you to get creative!
Creatively distant photos
We understand that not everyone wants to have their face at the top of their profile, and we're very happy for you to provide us with a creative image that overcomes this. Each of the photos above would be acceptable profile photos. Even thought they obscure the face, they say something about the person. Some over- or under-exposure is acceptable in creative photos such as these (as long as it is deliberate and effective).
Images that won't be accepted
Group Photos and Headless Bodies
Photos with more than one person, or photos where you've cropped out your head won't be accepted.
Overly Corporate Photos
Creative studio photos are okay, but photos that lack personality or are overly corporate in appearance won't be accepted.
Over-exposure happens when there's too much light.
What about "selfies"?
In some instances where it is particularly appropriate for the artist, "selfie" profile photos may be appropriate. But for most profiles, a selfie is not an acceptable image for a professional profile photo.
Not sure about your photo?
If you've got a photo you'd like to use, but you're not sure about it. Please send it in and ask. Most people provide us with great photos that we're happy to use. If there's a problem we'll let you know what it is, and we'll help you to resolve it.
Why are we such a stick in the mud about this?
We realise that it may be annoying to have a profile photo rejected, but we believe it's really important to get this right. If you're adding a profile to our site, you're making an effort to promote your work and yourself. We're simply aiming to guide you to do this in the very best way.