So, you want to take professional photos for LinkedIn, does this mean you have to take out a second mortgage for headshots?
First of all, you can breathe because getting a professional photo is not rocket science and doesn’t have to cost you a ton of money. That said, it’s good to have a professional photo, which can help you land your ideal clients and make significant connections in your line of work.
Why You Need a Professional LinkedIn Profile Picture
A professional LinkedIn profile picture makes you look more approachable and trustworthy. Your profile photo is one of the first things clients will see. It will show anyone passing through your corner of the internet that you’re a real person who just so happens to be pretty good-looking.
It’s hard to do business with someone who won’t show their face. You don’t want to deter potential clients from working with you just because you’re missing a picture of yourself. So, show everyone you’re not a bot and smile for the camera.
How to Take a Professional Photo for LinkedIn
Avoid Busy Backgrounds
Make sure the background of your photo looks professional by avoiding busy patterns or being in front of bright colors. Instead, choose a plain background, like a solid color or a simple pattern. You can hang up a solid color sheet or poster board at home if you don’t have an expensive setup.
Get a Close-Up
Your photo should be a close-up of your face so potential clients can see what you look like. Don’t use the photo of you in a crowd at your best friend’s wedding because clients won’t be able to tell who you are. And don’t choose a photo of you that’s super far away, like standing in front of a national monument. The closer, the better.
Use Good Lighting
It’s important to make sure the photo is well-lit. If your LinkedIn photo is too bright, too dark, or has poor lighting, it can look unnatural and unprofessional. Try to take your photo in natural light during the day, or you can purchase an affordable ring light to make your picture stand out.
Filters can reduce the quality of your photo and distort your appearance, making it hard for potential clients to see your face clearly. You don’t want to give them a false impression of who you are. LinkedIn is a professional networking site, and using filters in your profile photo can appear unprofessional. This isn’t Facebook or Instagram. You don’t have to hide your face to gain clients. They want the real you!
Ask a Friend to Help You
You don’t have to break the bank to get the perfect Linkedin profile photo. Although a photographer is ideal, you can simply ask one of your friends to snap a great shot of you from their phone and use an editing app for the finishing touches. Many of the most updated phones can provide you with the same, if not better, photos than most professional cameras.
The Bottom Line
There is no one size fits all answer when it comes to taking a professional LinkedIn photo, but these tips can help you get started. Make sure to avoid busy backgrounds and choose a picture that’s close to your face so clients can identify you. Use good natural light or artificial light and avoid filters at all costs to show your most authentic self. Of course, if you can’t afford to get a photographer, you can always hire a friend with a good cell phone camera.
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