Are You Hiding Something? Show Yourself and Get Noticed

Does your LinkedIn profile picture and header look like this image above? In other words, no profile photo and the default header?

LinkedIn studies have shown that users with a profile picture get 21% more views than LinkedIn accounts with no profile image.

Since your profile on social media, whether on LinkedIn or other social media (business and personal) sites are your first, you want to make the best impression possible. A blank profile picture sends a subliminal message that maybe you’re trying to hide something about yourself.

So to make the best impression to business colleagues and prospective recruiters it’s critical to have a great headshot for a profile picture. For business purposes, go with a professionally produced headshot. You’ll more likely get higher a higher amount of views for your profile vs. a smartphone photo in bad light or a cropped shot from a vacation or dinner at a restaurant.

The lighting of your business headshot should be bright and focused on you, and your background uncluttered so it doesn’t distract from your image. And it’s best to be in professional attire for your industry as well as having confident and approachable expression that will get people to stop on your profile page.

I’ve heard the excuse, “I’m not photogenic”. EVERYONE is photogenic, it’s just that you haven’t had a good image made of you by someone providing direction and good lighting and composition. That’s what a good professional headshot photographer will offer you.

Invest in yourself with a professional headshot and you’ll find will pay dividends for you long-term. And, if you’re getting a professional headshot done, also bring along casual shirts/tops to change into for your personal social media sites’ profile pics. It likely won’t cost you much more—if anything. Since you’re scheduling a professional headshot session anyway, take advantage of the time you have and make the most of it.

Now go get that headshot done and upload that image to your profiles!

Rob Feiner is the owner of RZF Images, a New York City professional photographer, specializing in headshot and portrait photography. Reach him


7 Seconds to Make an Impression with your Headshot

7 Seconds.

That’s how much time you have to make an impression with your social media profile photo. Whether it’s on your LinkedIn profile, your corporate website, job recruiting site or, for entrepreneurs, your small business website, you have just a few blinks of an eye to catch someone’s attention before they may move to the next profile.

Take a look at your profile pictures and ask yourself if they’re the best representation of you.

  • Does it make people stop and want to learn more about you?
  • Do you project confidence, trust and approachability in your profile photo?
  • Is it a recent image?
  • Was your current profile pic shot cut out of a group shot of you in a bar with friends, or on vacation?
  • Does your skin tone look correct or is it off because of bad lighting?
  • And, is your profile pic in focus?

If any of these questions raise concerns, maybe you need to think about investing in a professionally produced headshot.

Headshot photos are an investment – in yourself, and they’ll pay dividends. For example, many HR managers looking at LinkedIn profiles have noted that vacation photos in your profile – or no photo at all – implies that you can’t be bothered to look professional. That first impression with your photo may be a subconscious way to stand out from other potential job prospects they’re looking for.

Make 7 those seconds count.

Rob Feiner is the owner of RZF Images, specializing in headshot and portrait photography. Reach him at:

Coney Island Mermaid Parade ’16

One of the best parades in NYC is the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. It’s a home-grown effort that anyone can participate in and it’s free of corporate floats. It’s also one of the best parades in New York City to photograph for both it’s colorful costumes and flamboyance.

I photographed the parade both at the staging area as well as on the parade route this year, getting some new perspectives of the parade participants. If you’ve never been to this parade you’re missing out on a great way to usher in the summer season. Here are a few images from the parade. More are on my website:

Jazz Age Lawn Party 2016

Been a little while since I’ve added an entry to my blog. I’ve been busy helping lead some modeling photo workshops and working on growing a headshot business. So if anyone needs headshots, let me know. I’ll post some of my work in that area shortly.

Last week the 11th annual Jazz Age Lawn Party was held on Governor’s Island, a 5-minute ferry ride from lower Manhattan. This Prohibition-inspired gathering attracts now thousands of people, many in period dress from the ’20s, ’30s & ’40s.

Here are a few images from last week’s event. More can be seen on my website:

SantaCon Gets an Undeserved Bad Wrap in the Media

I did my personal SantaCon photowalk yesterday (12/12/15) around the East Village in Manhattan getting some images of the revelers. While SantaCon kicked off in Brooklyn this year, vs. Times Square, I decided to be lazy and shoot the assorted Kris Kringles, Elves & Reindeers later in the day in my home borough.

Being out around 4pm the conventional wisdom would have said that SantaCon participants–reveling since 10am–would have been all liquored up by then. But from what I saw, it was far from the case. People were having a good time but were far from drunk, and I went around to several of the sanctioned bars on SantaCon’s route to take pics. The NYPD, it was reported, make no (zero, nada) arrests for drunk & disorderly conduct.

Yet, it seems several New York media outlets (The Daily News, NY Post and Gawker being fairly egregious) have a narrative they want to put forward of a bunch of rowdy drunks in red, instead of seeing this as a fun celebration — which is what I’ve found over the years with people attending SantaCon. Frankly, I’ve seen worse behavior from spectators at the NY Marathon than at SantaCon.

Okay, rant over. Here are a few images from my SantaCon photowalk. More images on my website.

All photos © 2015 RZF Images, all rights reserved. Neither these nor other images on this site or my website may be used without written permission.

NYC Marathon 2015

It was a picture-perfect day for the annual NYC Marathon. The weather was cool and the overcast sky kept the temps both comfortable and great for photographing this incredible race. Some 50,000 participants went the distance this year and what was striking to me, was something that while not unusual, and in fact quite typical, was the focused demeanor of the serious runners compared with those just wanting to participate, not worrying about their time, but just finishing and enjoying being in the moment.

Here are a few images from the Marathon. More can be found on my website.

All photos © 2015 RZF Images, all rights reserved. Neither these nor other images on this site or my website may be used without written permission.

A Life Story Foundation Benefit

Last week a call was put out by renowned NYC headshot photographer, Peter Hurley, to his Headshot Crew to photograph an event dear to his heart, the NYC Best Chef’s Ultimate Family Dinner Benefit and auction for the A Life’s Story Foundation. This foundation was formed by one of his close friends, Kevin Swan, who contracted ALS in 2012, and is dedicated to funding research to effectively treat and ultimately find a cure for ALS. The images below are from Monday’s benefit dinner.

Five celebrity chefs each prepared a course for this benefit, they being:

Marco Canora from Hearth (where the benefit took place)
Seamus Mullen from Tertulia
Howard Kalachnikoff from Gramercy Tavern
Jordan Frosolone from Sessanta
Claudia Fleming from North Fork Table and Inn

It was a great turnout for this event and some incredible food as well. It was a worthy event to photograph as well as one to support with donations.

All photos © 2015 RZF Images, all rights reserved. Neither these nor other images on this site or my website may be used without written permission.