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?

 

How much does a LinkedIn profile photo cost?

The first thing a client asks us is how much does a LinkedIn profile photo cost? This depends on several factors. If you want it taken in central London at a professional corporate portrait photographer’s studio, this will be the most expensive option. The photographer will pay a high rent for their studio, which will be passed on to you. They will have professional studio lighting and background rolls along with a professional digital camera and a portrait lens. Again all costs will be passed on to you. The rates you will pay will vary from £150 to £300, and although this seems high in comparison to your friend taking a photo of you on their phone, it is worth it in the long run, and this is the first thing clients will look at when visiting your LinkedIn profile page.

A cheaper option is to ask a corporate photographer to come to your London offices with a portable studio set-up. Select a photographer whose portfolio you like and email them with your requirements. You can even get other people in your office to chip in and get their LinkedIn profile photos taken. This saves you money as once they are in the office and have all their equipment set up, then capturing other people’s photos will be cheaper. For example, we charge £150 plus VAT for an individual LinkedIn profile photo with a session lasting 20 mins, but if we do an hour session, we can capture approximately four people’s LinkedIn profile photos at a cost of £250 plus VAT.

When people ask us how much does a LinkedIn profile photo cost? Our cheapest option is to do a headshot with a London backdrop. This means no studio lighting or need for a background and stand. We use a professional digital camera and a portrait lens and will position clients in our favourite London areas. We like to shoot on the Millenium Bridge with St Pauls in the background or at More London with views of the City in the background. These are great if the client wants his LinkedIn profile photo to show he works in London.

How much does a LinkedIn profile photo cost in London?

How much does a LinkedIn profile photo cost in London?

How much does a LinkedIn profile photo cost in London?

How much does a LinkedIn profile photo cost in London?