Wednesday, April 25, 2012

En Plein Air - Okanagan Art Event

Don't miss this fabulous Okanagan event! 5 local artist will be painting en plain air on the beautiful grounds of the Hillside Winery and Bistro. Come out and meet the artists at this FREE event. May 6, 2012 from 11am to 4pm. 1350 Naramata Road.
Always in support of the local art community! Brandy Lynn

Thursday, April 12, 2012

ARE YOU AN EGGHEAD? -The Importance of a Social Media Profile Picture

A professional profile picture in your social media presence, whether it's Twitter, Facebook, or on your website or blog, might be more important than you think.

I have to admit that when I first started learning about social media, I was an egghead. I literally had the default photo of a white egg with a pale blue background for my Twitter profile picture. Once I saw that my posts were associated with this default image and many newbie users were doing the same, I realized I had to make a change to set myself apart.

At first I added in a snappy little piece of art for my Twitter picture.

Then I put a great shot of me camping with a bandana devouring a piece of corn on the cob on my Facebook profile.

I thought I was being trendy and interesting. But as I listened to more seminars and podcasts about social media I kept hearing the same message. Your profile picture is the first visual impression a customer, client, reader or fan will see of you. First impressions are everything. They are the difference between clicking on something you have to offer, or clicking away. You need a photo that gives the viewer an instant connection with you.

Here are a few must dos when it comes to a social media profile picture:

If you do not have a profile picture - get one now. If you use the default, your image will be nothing but a Facebook silhouette or even worse, a Twitter egg. Viewers will simply move on.

Avoid using fun, silly or party pictures. Be professional. Choose a photo that exudes confidence and shows the viewer how you want to be seen in your profession.

Take a high quality shot. Have a simple background, use a good camera on a tripod with good lighting from both sides. Wear something professional but neutral that you feel good in and emerge out of your shell leaning slightly forward with a natural smile.

My profile shot might not be exactly perfect, in fact I'm due for a new one since it is 2 years old, but it is simple and professional. Ultimately, your choice of profile picture comes down to you. Is it a casual Facebook page, or for your business page? Are you promoting a book, an event, or a piece of art? Or are you planning a family reunion? Effective profile pictures can range from you working in your garden, to a family pet, to a business logo. The Facebook timeline is set up perfectly so you can portray a photo of your latest book as the cover shot while still having a professional profile picture of you on the side. Check out my Facebook page here. You'll see that I have a more casual picture associated with my profession in the quilting industry. Whatever you decide...don’t be an egghead.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Quilted Garment Class

I taught a new garment class recently at the Penticton guild and we had so much fun. They were the first group to try out the brand new class. I call them my crash test quilters! We timed things well and the ladies gave great feedback. I was able to make small changes to my lesson plan for future classes thanks to them.

Today they've all decided to wear their shirts to the guild meeting so we can do a photo shoot. I can't wait to see! The hilarious thing is, I'll be the only one without my shirt! I am going to get so much flack for that! All of my sample shirts are out at guilds considering the class. But that's good news for me for bookings. Here's a snapshot of me on a crazy hair day in the class sample shirt. Check out my website if you want to book this class at Brandy Lynn Designs. It is not even listed as a class yet, but fill out the form and mention "garment class." I would love to come and teach at your local guild.