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  • Writer's pictureMark Denney

Tips to Get a Professional-Looking LinkedIn Headshot

Updated: Mar 18, 2023

Don’t have a professional headshot for your LinkedIn profile yet? Here are essential tips to get the perfect photo!

Invest in Professional Services – Book a professional photographer to create the perfect photo for your LinkedIn profile.

Even if you don’t have the budget to pay a professional photographer, it can still be worth the investment. A professional photographer will know how to make you look your best, long after the camera has clicked. He or she understands lighting and composition, can choose background colors that flatter your complexion, and are excellent at adjusting settings for digital photos. Furthermore, experienced professionals understand how to bring out your personality in the photo for a natural and engaging portrait.

Dress the Part – Wear clothing that is appropriate to the industry and setting you represent, dress like it is an interview.

When you dress professionally, that clothing represents your best self online. If you’re not sure what to wear, look at other professional photos to get some ideas. Aim for timeless colours and styles that will still look good in five or ten years. Consider the environment in which your photo was taken – what does it say about you and the industry you’re targeting? Choose fabrics that don’t wrinkle easily and avoid busy patterns.

When it comes to choosing an outfit for your professional headshot, you want something that looks good and reflects who you are. Pick colors and styles that work best with the background against which your photo will be taken. If necessary, rent a suit or get your hair styled professionally - what matters is that the end result is polished and professional. Don’t forget to accessorize – accessories such as ties, signature jewelry pieces, or simple scarves can add an additional layer of personalization.

Make Sure Your Expression is Positive and Authentic

The key to taking a great professional headshot is having an expression that both looks natural and conveys a message of teamwork, confidence, and generosity. Make sure you don’t look too serious or too composed – instead, opt for something in between. Keep your eyes straight ahead and focus on creating an authentic smile while conveying positive energy. Give yourself time before the shoot to focus on yourself, reflect, and relax!

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