Tips For A Better LinkedIn Profile Picture

Don’t judge me, I know my picture is black & white – its the only one I love. Taken by my BFF two years ago. Typical when I look in the mirror I still see a fit 24 year old! Ha! Anyway here are some tips I found whist researching that will compliment everything I have been sharing about your LinkedIn profile. Remember its YOUR window to the world.

Again, think of it like dating, you’d want to make a good impression wouldn’t you? What’s the statistic???

If you don’t have a photo, you run the risk of others making a conclusion that you’re inept or ugly! You choose!

People can spend 19% of the time they look at your profile on Linked in looking at your photo – it is THE most important thing, followed by your headline.

Having a photo drives 30% more response than if you haven’t got a photo. So lets get this RIGHT!

Clothing Tips

  • Try and keep colors from getting too close to your natural skin tone! That’s the 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. It will balance your torso.

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. Yes RUST!

When doing a studio shoot, turn up at the studio in casual clothes 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.

Makeup Tips

  • 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.
  • No hats!

More Tips

  • 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. Use a great moisturizer – we love Arbonne!
  • Try to get a good night’s rest before the day of your shoot.

Listen it’s just a photo and these are just hints and tips. If you think I’ve over thought it then ignore what I’ve suggested and just go with the flow! It’s your photo – YOUR window to the world, and guess what if you don’t like it, or the feedback you receive is bad – just delete it and take it again.

Finally if you’re you’re seeking feedback – don’t ask your mum or partner, ask a BFF who will tell you what you need to hear, and not what you want to hear.

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