Where can I get a LinkedIn Profile Photo in London?

Adding to the list of FAQs is where can I get a LinkedIn profile photo in London?

The most obvious is at a corporate portrait photographers studio. Ask around, do a bit of research, and you will find a few studios based in London that specialise is LinkedIn profile photos. Don’t assume all photographic studios supply quality profile photos as some specialise in pack shots or still-life photography for marketing. The corporate portrait photographers studio is a good option, but it will be the most expensive as the photographer will have to pass on some of their costs as they are renting a studio in London.

Another option is to find a LinkedIn profile photographer to bring a mobile studio set-up to your London offices. This means the corporate portrait photographer will not have the ongoing costs of studio rental, and therefore their charges should be less. You should get the same high-quality LinkedIn profile photo as the photographer will bring a white or dark background, studio lighting and a professional portrait lens. The benefits are that you do not have to travel across London to get your LinkedIn profile photo captured saving you time in your working day and once the LinkedIn profile photographer is all set-up any business colleagues can chip in and have there LinkedIn profile photo taken.

The last option is to ask a LinkedIn profile photographer to suggest and area of London where you can meet up with them and capture your LinkedIn profile photo with a London cityscape behind you. This is very popular with clients as it shows on their LinkedIn profile page exactly where they are based and that they work in a thriving and successful city. We often photograph clients with St Pauls in the background which we capture from the Millenium bridge. Another great spot is around More London where we have clients photographed with views of The City behind them.

LinkedIn profile photo with a dark studio background

LinkedIn profile photo with a dark studio background

LinkedIn profile photo with a London background

LinkedIn profile photo with a London background



How long does it take to get a professional LinkedIn profile photo?

Among many of the questions clients ask us before a LinkedIn profile commission, one of the most common is how long does it take to get a professional LinkedIn profile photo?

People assume a good LinkedIn profile photo can be taken in minutes. They say we just want a quick snap taken against a white background. But it is not that simple. When people first get in front of a large portrait camera and lens with studio lights shining on them, they are not in their natural relaxed state. People feel awkward and do not know what to do with their hands or how to stand. We have to guide them through various tricks we know to make people relax and feel confident in front of the camera. This all takes time, and only when we have spent 15 minutes with someone can we start to capture a range of quality LinkedIn profile photos.

On our sister site, we have added a blog post which we direct people towards to answer the question, how long does it take to get a professional LinkedIn profile photo?

Our LinkedIn profile photo sessions are all 30-minute bookings either at our 45 Beech Street EC2Y 8AD studio or at London client’s offices. Not all the 30 mins are dedicated to taking photos. When we arrive, we need to do a quick recce of the offices to locate the best room to set up our background, professional lighting and tripod. Once located, it takes approx 5 to 10 mins to set up the kit, and once we have finished the LinkedIn profile photo session, we need 5 mins to break down the kit.

So if you are commissioning a LinkedIn profile photo, please allow the professional corporate portrait photographer time to set up and be fully prepared prior to your arrival for your profile photo session.

professional LinkedIn profile photo taken in London offices.

Professional LinkedIn profile photo taken in London offices.

Do you need a professional LinkedIn profile photo?

Do you need a professional LinkedIn profile photo? The answer depends on how important LinkedIn is to you.

If you are employed and not involved with marketing or sales, then you would not require a pro-LinkedIn profile photo.

We would suggest getting a professional LinkedIn profile photo if you are a freelancer using LinkedIn to promote your services and if you work in sales and marketing. Of course, we would push people towards commissioning a pro-LinkedIn profile photo; it is what we do, but I can give you some reasons why it’s a very good idea. Firstly if you meet someone in person or via the internet, many people will then go on to look them up on LinkedIn. Your LinkedIn profile is a great resource for people who are interested in doing business with you.

We have written before about the importance of a decent photo on your LinkedIn profile page. So if you are working in any of the business sectors previously mentioned, then start looking at corporate portrait photographers who can capture your profile photo. Many business people will come to us for their photography many years after they have been using LinkedIn. They will have spent lots of time updating their career facts and their business profile to impress potential clients and employers. But you have to understand a poor-quality profile photo is a negative impression. The first thing they will look at on your LinkedIn profile is your photo. Bad photo, bad first impression. So if you are using LinkedIn to do business, we would suggest that you need a pro-LinkedIn profile photo.

If you want to commission a pro profile photo and have any queries, please visit our LinkedIn FAQs about profile photos. If you have any further questions about your profile photo, please get in touch here.

LinkedIn profile photo captured in London studio at 45 Beech St EC2Y 8AD

LinkedIn profile photo captured in London studio at 45 Beech St EC2Y 8AD

What is the best kind of LinkedIn Profile Photo?

How to decide what is the best kind of LinkedIn profile photo depends on what kind of profession you work in.

If you work in the legal or financial sector you need to look professional and that you take your work seriously. Potential clients will be looking at your LinkedIn profile photo and asking themselves do you look like the right kind of person to help them with their legal and financial businesses. We would suggest a slight smile or a studious expression. Do not grin at the camera. Look like you take your job seriously and dress in business attire. Nothing too flashy. Remember, this is not about portraying your personality in a photo it is about giving off the first impression that you are a business professional. Keep your background simple. A plain white or dark backdrop or a company logo.

Working in sales and marketing your LinkedIn profile photo will need to make you appear approachable to potential clients. Obviously your working attire needs to reflect your business sector and a busy working environment as the background can make it appear that you are a professional at work. Things can be a little more casual in how you appear and a warm smile and always looking to camera and inviting the viewer to get to know you. Bright colours attract attention so think how you can add some with a distinctive tie or some in the background. Lots of our clients request that we capture their LinkedIn profile photo with jackets on and off also with a tie on and off. This way they review after the shoot and see what images works best for them on their LinkedIn profile page.

If you are working in the social media sector then you have to appear engaging and interesting in your LinkedIn profile page. Social media is a growing sector but still relatively new and many clients struggle with it. We suggest that you look dependable and interesting. Your headshot needs to catch the eye so try something that is going to grab the viewers attention. Their are websites that allow you to upload a headshot and get feedback on what people think it says about you. Well worth a try as it could get you a new client or a better career position.

What is the best kind of LinkedIn Profile Photo?

Typical clean cut and professional LinkedIn profile photo.