Why you must have a professional LinkedIn profile photo.

Here is why you must have a professional LinkedIn profile photo. Your profile photo on LinkedIn is so much more than just a photo. This is your business shopfront. This is where potential clients and new employers will get their first impression of you. Having a professional LinkedIn profile photo is critical, as you want to make a good first impression, and your photo is the first thing they will look at when they visit your profile page.

Some people think it’s a good idea to save a couple of hundred pounds by getting their partner or friends to take a photo of them with their phone. Trust us, it is a really bad idea, as this will make you look amateur, and a poor photo will reflect badly on their first impression.

Another reason why you must have a professional LinkedIn profile photo is a pro portrait photographer will have all the right photographic equipment. They will have studio lighting, a long portrait lens and state of the art digital camera. Also, they will have  proper backgrounds, and all these things combined will result in you looking like a professional on your LinkedIn profile page.

The final reason why you must have a professional LinkedIn profile photo is that it is good for your confidence. We all want to look our best, and there is nothing worse than being ashamed of your own LinkedIn profile. Get a professional corporate portrait photographer to help out. Yes, it costs anywhere from £150 to £250 depending on who you commission, but they will have tips on what you should wear, how you should stand and what expressions best suit your business sector. If you cut corners and opt for your partner or friends to take the photo, they will not have the working knowledge to make you look good in your LinkedIn profile photo.

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Why you must have a professional LinkedIn profile photo.

Why you must have a professional LinkedIn profile photo.

How to look professional on your LinkedIn profile page.

How to look professional on your LinkedIn profile page. When I chat with people, they ask what we do, and I explain that we specialise in capturing LinkedIn profile photos for our London clients. I describe the process and tell them what we charge for a professional LinkedIn profile photo. Some people are surprised that individuals will pay for this service, so I then explain that if you are looking for a new job or you are a freelancer hoping to attract new clients, then pay a relatively small amount to look professional in front of a new employer or clients is well worth our fees.

Knowing how to look professional in your LinkedIn profile photo is an important part of attracting business. Firstly, we suggest that you read our wardrobe guide. You would be surprised how often clients turn up at our 45 Beech Street studio with little thought about what they are wearing. They assume we can address any clothing issues with Photoshop in post-production. We can do our best with editing, but paying attention to what you are wearing is much easier. Look smart, and this will make you look professional.

Our main suggestion for looking professional on your LinkedIn profile page is to hire an experienced corporate headshot photographer and capture your profile photo appropriately. They will have decent studio lighting, a high-resolution digital camera, a portrait lens, and a colourama background. They can give you guidance on stances and expressions. These things sound obvious, but they are easily forgotten, and all these things will combine to make you look professional on your LinkedIn profile page. Remember spending time and money will more than pay for itself once you upload your professional Linkedin profile photo to your LinkedIn page.

So, if you are looking for a new job or want more clients, get in touch for further information on looking professional in your LinkedIn profile photo.

How to look professional on your LinkedIn profile page.

How to look professional on your LinkedIn profile page.

The benefits of using a corporate photography agency.

Here are the benefits of using a corporate photography agency.

Nowadays, with remote working capturing LinkedIn profile photos is only possible on certain occasions when you get everyone in the office. Most of our clients take this opportunity to get their corporate headshots and LinkedIn profile photos taken on such days. Here is the first of the benefits of using a corporate photography agency. We have several corporate photographers working at our agency, and say your AGM or important meeting falls on a day when your usual freelance photographer is already booked out on another job.  Now, you have to find another corporate photographer whose style matches your corporate photo guidelines and hope they are free on that day. All our LinkedIn profile photographers work to our house style, so no matter who does the shoot, you will get consistent results every time.

The benefits of using a corporate photography agency also include the fact that we have both male and female photographers. Here, the client can decide whether they would feel more comfortable with either gender. Having your LinkedIn profile taken is not something most people choose to do, but they realise it is good for business and will make you look professional on your LinkedIn profile page. So, for an individual to travel across London to our photographic studio at 45 Beech St EC2Y 8AD be feeling nervous about having the LinkedIn profile taken and be alone in a studio with a photographer they have never met, we understand why some women prefer to have a female photographer and visa versa.

The benefits of using a corporate photography agency are that all our LinkedIn profile photographers are extremely experienced at creating LinkedIn profile photos—it’s practically all they do! So next time you want to refresh or look more professional on your LinkedIn profile page, get in touch, and we will walk you through the process and discuss what location is best for your LinkedIn profile photo and what wardrobe is best for you to wear.

If you have any more questions about the benefits of using a corporate photography agency, please email us.

The benefits of using a corporate photography agency.

The benefits of using a corporate photography agency.

Where to use your new LinkedIn profile photo.

Let’s look at where to use your new LinkedIn profile photo. We can assume that if you have gone to the expense of commissioning a professional corporate headshot photographer, you will upload your new photo to your LinkedIn profile page. You will know the benefits of looking professional on your LinkedIn page, but there are other business social media platforms on which you can use your new headshot. We will look at these in a minute, but it is important to add here that when you are having your corporate headshot captured, ask the photographer to zoom out a little. This way, you will have other options when using your new headshot. As LinkedIn only gives you a small area to upload, too, you will be able to crop your new headshot to fit the small size required 400 x 400 pixels as it appears in the top left corner, so you are only seeing your head and part of your shoulders.

OK, so where to use your new LinkedIn profile photo on other business social media platforms? Your company website will have ‘about us’ or ‘meet the team’ pages. Here you can use your new LinkedIn profile photo much larger as you have no size restrictions on how it appears. You might also have a small version on the ‘meet the team’ page but then the viewer will be able to click on a member of the team and view a larger corporate headshot along with text about the individual. Also, when you have captured your new LinkedIn profile photo, ask the professional corporate photographer to capture different stances and expressions. Also, get some photos with jackets on and off and formal and casual stances so you can select a corporate headshot to fit in and be consistent with your company’s website page.

Our last idea on where to use your new LinkedIn profile photo is to use it as your Microsoft Teams profile picture. Many people choose to use an avatar, but when it comes to business, people like to look at the person they are talking to. Put a face to the name!

Original corporate headshot for 'about us' website page.

Original corporate headshot for the ‘about us’ website page. 

Cropped photo for use on your LinkedIn profile page.

Cropped photo for use on your LinkedIn profile page.