Marketing Communications

Faculty and staff now have the ability to update their own Drupal profile photo. If you would like to update your photo, please visit the WPI Web Team Youtube Channel to watch quick tutorials on how to appropriately resize your profile photo and how to upload it to your profile

We know how tough it can be to choose the right profile photo. Take a look at these guidelines to help you get started taking, and choosing, the best profile photo.

Taking the photo: Have someone else take your photo to get the best angle.

  • Background: Choose a clean, uncluttered background that does not distract from the main subject. Ideally, a neutral or solid-colored background is preferred.
  • Attire: Dress professionally and appropriately for a university setting. Avoid wearing clothing with offensive or inappropriate messages, logos, or graphics.
  • Facial Expression: Maintain a friendly and approachable facial expression. A natural smile is encouraged, as it helps create a positive impression.
  • Lighting: Ensure that the photo is evenly and well-lighted, avoiding excessive shadows or harsh lighting. Natural light or soft artificial light sources are preferred. Be sure to position a window or another light source in front of you. For outdoor photos, avoid the mid-day sunlight. Early morning or evening sunlight is softer. 
  • Focus: The photo should be in focus, with the subject's face clearly visible. If your phone has it, use portrait mode for the best clarity, thus avoiding blurry or pixelated images.
  • Crop and Composition: Use a close-up or head-and-shoulders composition, with the subject's face as the focal point. Avoid excessive empty space or extreme close-ups.
  • Size and Resolution: The photos will be displayed as square on the website and will be 766px wide at the largest.
  • Color and Filters: Photos should be in color, with minimal use of filters or excessive editing. The image should represent an accurate and realistic depiction of the individual.
  • Exclusions: Avoid including elements that may be distracting, such as pets, other people, or excessive props. The focus should be on the individual.

As always, reach out to the Marketing Helpdesk at should you need any assistance with your website management.