Thank you so much!
You have completed the first step in submitting your 2021 yearbook portrait! Now, it is time for Step 2: Taking or Selecting Your Photo. While you are completing this step, behind the scenes, our system is currently preparing Step 3 for you: uploading the portrait itself!
Step 2: Taking/Selecting Your Photo
Now is your time to shine! Take a portrait of yourself (or have a friend or family member take one), wearing business attire or academic regalia (cap and gown), if you happen to have it. For business attire, wear what you would for a job interview. Some suggested combinations:
• business suit
• pant suit
• dress and jacket
• collared shirt, with or without tie
Your portrait should be a straight-on, head-and-shoulders photo, and should not feature any co-stars (animals or people) or creative posing. Focus on how your head and shoulders will look, as the photo will be cropped to show only that area.
Try to take the photo in good light, and be conscious of your background. Generally, the best photos are outdoors in soft daylight/shade, with a neutral background, like a wall.
If you already have an appropriate photo, that’s fine, too!
When you have a photo you are happy with, save it to a computer, and open up your email for the last step…
Step 3: Uploading Your Image
To assist us with the process of uploading and managing the portraits for the 2021 edition of El Rodeo, we are working with our partners at Balfour Publishing.
In the next 15-20 minutes, you will receive a new email with a personalized link to Studio Balfour/EZPix, our yearbook partner. This link will allow you to upload and crop your portrait. Make sure to use a computer, rather than a mobile device, as you won’t easily be able to complete the cropping and submitting instructions from a phone or tablet. Your photo file should be in JPEG (.jpg or .jpeg) or PNG format.
The site will ask you a simple math question to make sure you’re not a robot, and then you’ll be given instructions for how to upload and crop your photo appropriately. (Don’t pay any attention if your name shows up with spelling, punctuation, or other issues — we will only use the name and information you approved in Step 1, regardless of what shows up on the Studio Balfour/EZPix site.)
Follow the instructions to upload your photo and then crop it. To crop, click the photo near the top, center of your forehead and drag downwards to your chin. You want to release your mouse when your cursor (and the inner rectangle) are at about the middle of your chin. The Studio Balfour site will show you two sets of rectangles — one to outline your face, and the other that should show you where the edges of the frame will eventually be (including your shoulders).
If everything is okay, the lines will be black, and you’ll see a button appear to crop your photo (cutting it down to the right size). If the lines are red, your photo does not have a high enough resolution — you’ll need a higher-quality image. Try taking another photo, getting the camera a bit closer, or try transferring the photo to your computer at full quality (some methods, like email, will shrink the photo’s resolution, even though it looks the same).
Once you’ve cropped your photo, and it’s a high-enough resolution, you’ll see a new button appear to submit the photo. If everything looks okay to you, click that button.
We will receive those photos in batches every day or two, and once we process yours, we’ll send you one last confirmation that we received it, and that everything is good to go!
When you are ready to upload your photo, click the link in your email (it’s unique to you), to be taken to the Studio Balfour website to upload it.
If you have lost the email with the Step 3 link in it, you can use the magic link in the original email to have it re-sent, or contact us, and we would be happy to send it again.
Please be sure to upload your photo in the next few days, to make sure we can meet our deadlines!
We look forward to picturing you in El Rodeo 2021!