We are often asked whether I can have a LinkedIn profile photo captured with a London background. Yes is the answer, but there are a few options to take into account.
The first is to be very careful which London location you choose. For instance, many clients want a view of St Paul’s as their background. This is fine, but the area around St Pauls is very busy, and this causes problems. If you have hired a professional corporate headshot photographer to capture your LinkedIn profile photo, they will be using a long portrait lens. When using these lenses, there will be at least a 10ft gap between you and the photographer. This means people will keep walking in front of the camera and ruining your LinkedIn profile photo commission. If St Paul’ is your choice of location, we do have a few tricks to make sure you get a decent London location headshot. We take clients onto the Millennium Bridge and ask them to stand close to the bridge barrier. We also position ourselves against this barrier, and this makes it difficult for people to get in the way.
Another sample is many clients who want a view of The City as their background and ask us to meet them by The Monument or at Bank. This does not work but for different reasons. If you are in The City, you are not in the right area to get a clear view of the famous cityscape. We ask clients to meet us over at More London on the south side of the River Thames. This area is less busy than The City, and you have a clear view across the river of all the instantly recognisable office skyscrapers. Also, at More London, if you walk in an eastwards direction, you get a good view of Tower Bridge which is very popular as a background for any foreign business people wanting to show on their LinkedIn profile page that they are working in London.
So the next time a corporate headshot photographer is asked, can I have a LinkedIn profile photo captured with a London background? They can explain all the options and where to avoid in a busy London!