On Thursday, July 13, 2017, Award winning on location Professional Photographer and owner of Moon Glade Photography, Joanne McCurry, gave us a talk on “How to Take a Great Featured Image for Your Blog!” 

She started her education as a hair dresser and wig designer, that was never used. Finding herself in the digital age she began taking pictures. At the urging of family and friends, she opened “Moon-Glade Photography“.  Joanne chose the name moon-glade because of its meaning. “The reflection of light created by the moon on the water.” Her business tag line is “Photographs to reflect upon again & again…”

Joanne urged us to tell our story with pictures that we take ourselves. Using these pictures to tell our blogging story. She stressed to be authentic and uniquely you. That the purpose was to allow others into our world letting them get to know us.  She also said to keep content relevant. That if our blog was about cupcakes a safari picture of us with an elephant would not do.

She also stated that is was important for our profile picture to be professional.  That it must invoke trust. Context and lighting can reflect various moods causing others to get a wrong opinion before they meet you.

Some of the resources she gave to photo editing was: Snapseed, GetPaint.net, Canva and Pixlr.
How to Take a Great Featured Image for Your Blog!