Three things you should not do if you want a quality LinkedIn profile photo.

Today we are going to look at three things you should not do if you want a quality LinkedIn profile photo.

These might seem very obvious things not to do, but you would be surprised how many times we have seen professional people using unsuitable photos for their LinkedIn profile page.

Number one is do not under any circumstances use a selfie on your LinkedIn profile page. Selfies are fine for friends and family, and they can cheer you up and show people you are having a great time. But LinkedIn is a business platform and you want to look serious about your profession and not like it is a day out at the park. You might think you look great in your selfie, but LinkedIn is not the place where using a selfie will make you look professional.

Number two is do not use photos of yourself taken whilst you were on holiday. You might look nice and tanned, and you are having a great time and looking happy, but this type of photo is not suitable for a LinkedIn profile page. I have seen LinkedIn profile photos of people with boats behind them on the beach, and one guy had a sombrero hat once. This is totally inappropriate for LinkedIn and sends the wrong impression when clients or employers look at your profile page. Remember, when a person looks at a website page, the first thing they look at is the photos. It’s a natural human reaction. So when you upload a holiday photo to your LinkedIn profile page, you are giving the viewing a bad impression of you as a business person.

Number three is do not use photos of you taken at a wedding. Although you will be looking smart, you are not in traditional business attire, and wedding dresses and suites are a bit too over the top for a LinkedIn profile page. Also the background will be all wrong for LinkedIn as normally wedding photos are taken outside a church or registry office. LinkedIn profile photos should have a plain white background or an office or cityscape background.

Three things you should not do if you want a quality LinkedIn profile photo.

Three things you should not do if you want a quality LinkedIn profile photo.

 

Why you need a professional LinkedIn profile photo.

This is why you need a professional LinkedIn profile photo.

We have posted many times on why you need a professional LinkedIn profile photo. The benefits for your LinkedIn profile page and how it makes you look like a business professional. Well, once you have made the decision and commissioned a corporate portrait photographer to capture your professional LinkedIn profile photo, what else can you do with it? After you have uploaded it to your profile page, think of where else you use a photo of yourself. Ignore social media as most people use the dreaded selfie, and a pro-LinkedIn profile photo is not really suitable for Twitter or Instagram.

Most people appear on their company website, personal business site or on a blog. Here, your new profile photo can be uploaded as it is suitable as a corporate headshot, and all the benefits of uploading it to your LinkedIn page apply here as well. Just a note here: when you first commission a corporate portrait photographer, talk to them about where you want to use your new headshot and make sure they do not crop it too tightly in the camera. Ask them to shoot your corporate headshot wider than a standard LinkedIn profile photo. As on LinkedIn, your profile photo is very small, and therefore, you need a tighter crop. If you choose to use it elsewhere, then you might need a wider crop to fit in with current corporate headshot styles on the ‘about us’ or ‘meet the team’ company website page.

Another use is the increasingly popular style of adding a corporate headshot to your email signature. I first came across this idea working with an estate agent and thought what a brilliant idea. You have already paid for the professional LinkedIn profile photo; now put it to other uses. Seeing an email for the estate come in, you can see the face of the person you are dealing with. They look professional and have thought about getting a great first impression.

Why you need a professional LinkedIn profile photo.

Why you need a professional LinkedIn profile photo.

Five Tips to Get the Perfect LinkedIn Profile Photo

Here are five tips to get the perfect LinkedIn profile photo captured in London.

Our first tip on how to get a perfect LinkedIn profile photo captured in London is to allocate a budget a resource a professional corporate portrait photographer. Have a look at their websites and select the style that you like. At this point, do not be looking at costs and locations. Just find the portrait photographer that you like. Then you can get in contact with the photographer and ask about costs and locations. You will have a budget in mind, but please don’t discount the photographer you like just because they are a couple of quid over your budget. Your LinkedIn profile photo is incredibly important to your business image, and spending a few extra pounds to get it right will pay off in the end. Make sure you chat with your chosen LinkedIn profile photographer and show them the sample headshots that you liked and discuss that you want a wide selection of photos taken so you have a good selection to choose from.

Our second tip on how to get the perfect LinkedIn profile photo is to get the correct attire. The right wardrobe for you depends on which business sector you work in. Legal or financial you need to be wearing traditional business attire. You are dealing with clients legal and financial matters and you need to appear reliable and trustworthy in your LinkedIn profile photo. If you work in management, then again, you should default to traditional business clothing, but this also will depend on what your company’s dress codes are and, more importantly, what your clients expect to see you wearing at meetings or events.

The third tip on how to get the perfect LinkedIn profile photo is to have the correct expression. This relates to the second tip here as, again, if you work in legal or financial sectors, you need to appear serious about your business. So you should not be smiling and grinning. You need to appear professional and confident. If you work in marketing or social media, you can smile and appear approachable and friendly.

Our fourth tip on how to get the Perfect LinkedIn profile photo is to be careful about what you have in the background. The most popular is a white studio background. But if you want to stand out, choose a different background. We offer different background colours, or we can photograph you with an office background so you look like you are hard at work. Another option is a London cityscape background that identifies you as a professional working in the City.

Our fifth tip on how to get the Perfect LinkedIn profile photo is to make sure you ask the photographer if they have professional studio lighting. Decent lighting can soften harsh shadows and create, and this will flatter your features, and it will show you have spent time and energy to get the Perfect LinkedIn profile photo.

Five Tips to Get the Perfect LinkedIn Profile Photo

Five Tips to Get the Perfect LinkedIn Profile Photo

 

What is the best kind of LinkedIn profile photo?

When people ask us what is the best kind of LinkedIn profile photo? We always reply that it depends on which business sector you work in. For example, if you work in the legal or financial sectors, you are dealing with people’s money or legal matters, so you want to appear like you mean business. You don’t want to appear laid back and happy. Your clients will want you to appear well-dressed in traditional business attire. This means a suit, a white shirt and a conventional tie for men. Nothing too flashy. For women, again, traditional business attire, keeping jewellery to a minimum and hair kept under control. Your LinkedIn profile photo should be captured at a professional corporate portrait photographer’s studio. Not the cheapest option, but this is for your LinkedIn profile page, and you want clients to get a good first impression when they visit your profile page.

If you work in marketing or social media, things can lighten up a bit. You have to appear full of energy and bursting with bright ideas. You can dress down a little and have no neckties as that will make you appear old school and not in touch with current trends. It’s a good idea here to get you out of the studio and have your LinkedIn profile photo captured in your trendy office or out and about in a modern environment. Your LinkedIn profile photo is all about sending out the right signals to clients. Do not assume that your LinkedIn profile photo does not really mean that much. It is the first thing your clients will look at when they visit your profile page. You don’t get a second chance to make a good first impression.

If you work in management, you need to find a way to appeal to everyone: Staff, clients and employers. Dress in a conventional manner but not too traditional. We suggest you need to look like you have been asked to stop working on your LinkedIn profile photo. So maybe you have a busy office background, and you are looking in control and happy that you are dealing with the day business. So when we are asked what the best kind of LinkedIn profile photo is, The first we ask clients is what is your job?

What is the best kind of LinkedIn profile photo?

What is the best kind of LinkedIn profile photo?