This post was last updated: Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Your LinkedIn profile picture is an integral part of your personal branding statement. You know this: Your LinkedIn profile picture is how the world sees you. This is not the place for a photo taken with your iPhone or cropped out of a wedding photo. A professionally taken photograph showcases you as a professional and a professionally taken photograph commands respect.
Award-winning professional photographer, Brian Miller recently posted on his Website tips to a better photo shoot. These are great tips that will help you take a POWERFUL LinkedIn profile picture and I am happy he allowed me to post them here for you!
Tips For A Better LinkedIn Profile Picture
- Try and keep colors from getting too close to your natural skin tone! That’s our biggest tip for you.
- Avoid clothes that may take you back to the 70s’: i.e. wild checks, stripes, and very busy patterns; especially if worn together!
- Avoid clothing extremes. Generally, turtlenecks and V-necks are good, as long as they don’t over-power the face. Dress to feel comfortable.
- RELAX!! If you are feeling frazzled, it will come across in the portraits.
- Opt for long-sleeve shirts rather than short-sleeve.
The color of the clothes:
- Avoid bright reds and orange (they battle your face for attention)
- Darker colors are generally better than light colors.
- Colors like white, yellow, and pink tend to over-power the face and can make you look too pale.
- In general, the best colors are medium shades of blue, green, burgundy, and rust.
When doing a studio shoot, come to the studio in sweats or street clothes when or if possible. It’s ok if you aren’t able to; but if you will be wearing multiple outfits, you can change here to keep them looking fresh.
These are just guidelines though, you should definitely show your personal style in your portraits and throw caution to the wind if it suits your personality.
- Not too heavy, not too light. If you “never wear makeup” you might want to at least use some for your photo session.
- Accent the eyes using mascara and eyeliner
- Eye shadow should be used sparingly.
- A light foundation or base gives the complexion an even tone.
- Use powder to eliminate shine.
- A blusher gives the skin a healthy glow.
- Coordinate lipstick with the outfit worn.
- If dark circles are present under the eyes, use an erase that is close to the skin tone.
Shaving & Hair Tips
- Get a good shave if you have a heavy beard.
- Don’t get a new hair cut just before the shoot. Give it a week. Consider having it styled for the shoot, but skip the cut. If you really want a cut, just don’t go radical.
- If you get your eyebrows waxed or threaded, please do so at least 2-3 days prior to your headshot shoot.
- A change in your hairstyle is not recommended. Arrange your hair normally and as you want it to appear in the portrait. Freshly shampooed hair photographs best.
- No glitter make-up or sparkles in your hair.
- Increased water consumption will help clear your skin and give it a healthy glow. It will also make you look younger and fresher.
- Reducing consumption of coffee, teas and sodas will give your teeth a break from stains and discoloration too!
- If at all possible, avoid alcohol for a day or two before your shoot. It dehydrates the skin.
- Try to get a good night’s rest before the day of your shoot.
More LinkedIn Profile Picture Tips
Looking for more tips for a POWERFUL LinkedIn profile picture? Check out my video interview with world-renowned photographer, Donna Lere where we tell you exactly what you need to know to get the best LinkedIn Profile picture results!
Do you have any additional tips for taking a POWERFUL LinkedIn Profile Picture? If so, leave a comment.
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