LinkedIn Profile Photo Tips & Ideas.

Why do I need a LinkedIn profile photo?

The first thing people will look at on your LinkedIn profile page will be your photo. This is not unique to LinkedIn it applies to any website or book that has photos or pictures in it. An image can convey information quicker than the written word, therefore the eye goes directly to them.

It is for this reason that if you do not upload your profile photo your page will look like it is missing something and this will make it look unprofessional.

What sort of profile photo is best for my LinkedIn page?

You need to have a profile photo that makes you look professional and approachable. It is a very good idea to invest some time and effort into getting the right look for your LinkedIn page. If it is within budget then hire a corporate portrait photographer. This will show you at your best as the photographer will have a high-quality portrait lens,  soft studio lighting and a crisp white background.

Can I take my LinkedIn profile photo?

If you want to capture your own headshot then ask a friend to do it for you. Ask them to photograph you out of direct sunlight to avoid harsh shadows and squinting eyes. Use a plain uncluttered background. Selfies are not ideal as they can appear amateurish.

What should I be wearing?

What you choose to wear should be in line with your business sector. Make an effort but do not go over the top as you do not want your clothing to distract the viewer.

Where should I take my profile photo?

The first choice would be in an office environment. This will endorse that you are a business professional. Another option is to take your photo in the commercial part of a city. Have office buildings in the background. A plain wall with a neutral colour is always a safe option.

LinkedIn profile photo set in The City near St Pauls in London LinkedIn profile photo set in London offices

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can I use an old photo of me that I like?

Your LinkedIn profile photo needs to be as current as possible. Old holiday or family photos are not suitable for LinkedIn as they are not relevant to your business profile.

Can I use photo software to improve my profile photo?

Get the profile photo as good as possible when you take it. You can remove any minor imperfections like spots, blemishes or stains on clothing. Do not adjust any of your features or body shape as this can look misleading to anyone who knows you or meets you for the first time.

If you have any further questions or queries please email us.

How to get a professional LinkedIn photo in London.

A step by step guide on how to get a professional LinkedIn photo in London.

Professional LinkedIn headshot captured in London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How do I book my LinkedIn photo session?

Get in touch with us here and we will book you in for your professional headshot.

Where will the headshot be taken?

You have 2 options.

  1. You come to our London studio space.
  2. We bring our studio setup to your London offices or home. Our mobile studio setup includes a background with professional lighting and a portrait lens and camera.

How long will the LinkedIn photo session last?

Each session lasts 30 mins and we capture approx 40 images.

What do I need to bring?

Any change of outfits you might want to wear. LinkedIn headshot wardrobe guide.

What happens during the LinkedIn photo session?

You will be given guidance on stance and poses. We capture a range of facial expressions so you have a wide choice of headshots to choose your favourite.

When do I get my LinkedIn photo?

Approx 24 hours after your session we will send you preview images of all your headshots via a secure download link.

If you want any retouching or airbrushing we can complete this for you within 24 hours.

How do I pay for my professional LinkedIn photo?

After the headshot session, we email you our invoice which you can settle via bank transfer or credit card.

What if I want a certain style of professional LinkedIn photo?

We can replicate any headshot style you require. You just need to send us a sample of what you require or you can look at the different corporate headshot options we have to offer.

Will I need a makeup artist?

No need anymore. Our professional retouching and airbrushing service can make you look your best without it being seen that the headshot has been photoshopped.

Retouching process on LinkedIn professional headshot.

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Do you need a professional LinkedIn profile photo?

LinkedIn is an online worldwide database of professional business people. Used by companies and individuals, it is a very useful tool to help your business. You can create a LinkedIn profile at no cost and use this profile as a showcase for your business skills and experience. Potential clients or employers can view your LinkedIn profile so you need to ensure that it is as professional as it can be.

Why you need a professional LinkedIn headshot?

When a viewer looks at your LinkedIn profile the very first thing that will catch their eye is your profile photo. You do not get a second chance to make a good first impression so if your profile photo is a poor standard then this will reflect on you.

How do I get a professional LinkedIn headshot?

If you decide to get a professional LinkedIn profile photo or headshot then let us discuss the options and the process. Firstly you will need to find a portrait photographer who has experience with corporate photography. After a few searches, you will need to check out their portfolios and check they are within your budget. Make sure whoever you pick has past experience in corporate portrait photography and is used to working in a business environment. The photographer needs to understand that you do not need a nice smiling photo for a dating site but a professional portrait for business.

What should I expect after I commission a professional corporate photographer?

After the shoot, you should receive the full selection of all the headshots captured on the day. You would be asked to make a selection of your preferred headshots and these will be retouched and airbrushed to make you look your best. Be careful to only make subtle changes to your headshots. Removing spots, scares and reducing wrinkles is acceptable. Remember your LinkedIn profile photo needs to resemble a current version of yourself.

What type of LinkedIn headshot should you get?

A great way to make sure you get the ideal professional LinkedIn profile photo is to show the photographer headshot samples you like. Ideally, these are headshots from their portfolio or samples you would like them to replicate. Another factor to look at is what style of headshot best represents my business sector. If you work in the Financial or Legal sectors you want a headshot that shows you as a responsible and professional individual. On the other hand, if you work in the media or creative sectors you can be more relaxed and quirky.

Professional LinkedIn headshots that show a range of different styles.

Sample of LinkedIn profile photo taken in London offices.

LinkedIn professional headshot captured in London offices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The above headshot samples were captured in business offices. This gives the impression of a working environment that fits with the image of a busy professional.

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Professional LinkedIn profile photo in London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here we have two corporate headshots which have been captured using a studio setup. This means you have the benefit of soft lighting and a plain solid background. Clean crisp and professional.

Professional LinkedIn headshot captured with London City background Professional headshot taken in London for use as a LinkedIn profile photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above we have samples of LinkedIn profile photos captured in London showing that the individual lives and works in the City.

Reportage action corporate photography for use as LinkedIn profile photo. LinkedIn profile photo captured in London offices by a professional corporate photographer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natural and unposed corporate reportage photos are becoming more popular for use as LinkedIn profile photos.

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Using post-production processes these headshots have been captured on a plain background and then a City backdrop has been added to give a sense of London.

If you have any further questions please visit my LinkedIn profile page and we can discuss your requirements.

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Tips and ideas on how to use photography on your LinkedIn profile page.

We have posted before about the importance of your LinkedIn profile photo and the benefits of having a professional or carefully  considered headshot on your LinkedIn page but another important area to consider is the banner or background image you can customise along with the URL you can tailor  to benefit you.

The banner image which runs behind your profile photo is important as it is the second thing visitors to your profile will look at. If you leave the default LinkedIn image it looks like you could not be bothered to finish the page and therefore looks unprofessional. I have noticed that people will spend a great deal of time getting their text perfect for their page but when it comes to the use of photography on their LinkedIn profile it seems they either ignore it leaving it as default or make a vague attempt to drop something suitable in. Both or these practises are flawed as LinkedIn has become an excellent market place for professionals but also a way potential employers, clients and customers can check you out without you knowing they have had a look at your professional background.

A friend who was setting up her first LinkedIn page was told by the head of her graphic design degree course not to put a banner image featuring any of her work but just to upload a white file so it appeared neutral. I can see the thinking behind this but I do not agree with the thought process. On your LinkedIn page you should utilise every aspect to make yourself stand out in the business arena. If all the students from my friend’s course follow that advice and only one student uploads her work then which profile will stand out. I suggested she makes a collage of her work so it represents her designs and she can also tailor the background image if she is going for a certain position or commission to fit with that style.

Companies are beginning to ask us to photograph their offices and areas of their business so these images can be used on their corporate profiles. LinkedIn should become a part of your corporate branding and the use of photography is paramount in this process.

On my LinkedIn profile page I have used the image below. It consists of studio, location and office corporate headshots along with one photo of The City. These are the services we offer and the location we work at. Pretty basic stuff but hopefully just by looking at the background photo you could work out what we do and where we do it.

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Whichever profession or business sector you or your company work in there will be decent imagery that would greatly improve your profile. Consider what you could use and if you are drawing a blank then approach designers or photographers and collect some ideas and inspiration. It might be a good idea to invest in some good photography software as the banner image has to be 1584 x 396 pixels so all photos would need cropping to fit the letter box format. As already mentioned a montage is useful to fill this shape as square or portrait images can make up the wider landscape crop.

The second point I wanted to draw attention to was the way you can customise your LinkedIn URL. It is free and can help your SEO and make your page more memorable. Simply click on the edit URL option and add your name, company or keywords. Some are taken but you can play around to find a URL which fits your profession. We are corporate photographer London which makes sense.

Please get in touch if you would like our help with your LinkedIn photos and here is an article on professional corporate headshots.

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