Creative Takes on the New Profile Cover Photo

Posted by Mary Ellen Skawinski on December 20, 2013

Imagine you’re walking around downtown. What catches your eye are the creatively designed storefronts decorated with colorful displays of the items sold inside. The empty storefronts, though, you pass by without a second thought. After all, what’s there to entice you as a shopper?

Think of your new profile cover photo as your very own storefront. It’s the first thing shoppers— or potential clients— are going to see when they click on your profile. And that makes it prime real estate for creatively advertising your business.

Just ask any of these members. From classy collages to branded banners, they’re offering up a number of styles you can imitate when it comes to uploading eye-catching images on your newly designed profile. Take a look through some of our favorites so far:

The Classy Collage

Because the new profile cover photo is 1200px wide, using a single image can be a stretch – literally! Instead of trying to stretch one photo across the top of your profile, why not string together a series of pictures like Ainslie Street Vibes did? This strategy works great for bands with multiple members or vendors with various services to offer. Rather than risk pixelating an image that’s too narrow for the window dimensions, mix and match a few original shots in a collage that will fit perfectly instead.

UPDATE: For help creating a collage of your own, we suggest using free photo editors like Pixlr or Fotor. They make it simple to upload photos from your computer into a seamless collage like the one you see below!

Colorful Artwork that Pops

What else is there to say other than this sort of artwork just looks cool? Whether you’re an artist yourself or are a pro with online photo editors, this is a great option for those looking to do something a little different from live shots. Be sure to keep the colors vibrant, but not too busy. You don’t want to totally distract prospective clients with wild prints or over-the-top patterns. With their technicolor silhouette, Sgt. Peppers Beatles Tribute nailed this style.

Landscape Shots

They use the term “landscape” when describing horizontal photographs for a reason – they’re perfectly suited for extra wide snapshots. Take advantage of the soft background colors and natural open-air lighting the next time you have an outdoor gig. Bill Foley balanced these elements beautifully in this shot of his band performing. For those looking to get married at the beach or host a seasonal party outside, this type of cover photo will help them envision what their special day could look like… with you there!

Creative Displays of Your Product / Service

For members with a particular product to promote, don’t be afraid to upload an image of just that as your profile cover photo. Of course, you’ll want to get creative when photographing the item(s) — whether it’s a party bus, petting zoo, or photo booth prints. Picture Perfect Photobooth Rentals, LLC did a great job using their cover photo to show off the fun you can capture with their product.

Branded Banner

Having any sort of written branding across your profile cover can be tricky to pull off. First, you’re going to want to make sure the image you use is simple enough to have words overlaid on. You’re also going to want to choose the font color carefully, and ideally outline any text so that it stands out clearly over the image. And most importantly, you’re going to want to keep the copy simple (and grammatically correct!) Save the long description for your “About” section. Keep it to your logo, tagline, and/or bulleted event types you specialize in, like Singer/Guitarist David Payton did.

If you’re ever in doubt about which picture to choose for your profile cover photo, our best advice is to keep it simple. You don’t want customers to pass you by because your storefront is empty, but you also don’t want to turn them off because it’s too cluttered, either. Model yours after one of these styles, or experiment with something totally different.

We’ll be on the lookout for more unique profile cover photos to highlight!


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