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How to Find an Awesome Photographer for Your LinkedIn Profile Photo

Hiring a professional photographer for your LinkedIn profile photo can be confusing.

A few weeks ago, I crowdsourced ideas on how to find a good headshot photographer on LinkedIn and want to share the high-quality suggestions that I received here.

We’re visual creatures, so your LinkedIn profile picture makes up a critical part of your personal brand. When someone views your profile on LinkedIn and on social networking sites, they look at your photo first. Thus, it makes sense to hire a pro to get the best shot possible.

Check out these four ideas from career experts and LinkedIn users:

1. Ask Local Colleagues

“I would look at the LinkedIn pictures of local colleagues, find one I liked, and ask who their photographer was.”

Donna Schilder, Executive Coach

I love a good referral!

2. All of them have been trained by Peter Hurley who is the most well-known headshot photographer.”

Wendi Weiner, Career Branding Expert

I like Wendi’s idea because it shows you that the photographer has had quality training and is a member of a professional community. Thus, they continue to learn and improve their product.

3. Ask Real Estate Brokers in Your Area

“I often recommend contacting a real estate brokerage in your area, as they typically require headshots on every realtor business card and therefore have a good network of (reasonably priced) local headshot photographers.”

Laura Smith-Proulx, Executive Resume Writer

This would be especially useful in small towns where the two ideas above might not work.

4. The Budget Solution

“I randomly met a woman who was an amateur photographer. She was practicing her craft and we were able to do my headshots for a low price. My pics turned out great, she was able to add them to her portfolio, and I was able to recommend other people to her. There may be a photography student in your area that just needs to practice and will cut you a deal.”

Stacey Stringfellow, Banking Executive

Vetting Photographers

Once you have a prospect or a list, be sure to check the photographer’s:

  1. Portfolio.
  2. Pricing.
  3. Availability.
  4. Proof turnaround time.
  5. Approach to ensuring your satisfaction.

Note: Be leery of using five-star review sites for vetting purposes. They’re way too easy to game.

If all of that works, read the following tips and you will be ready to go!

3 Tips for Your LinkedIn Profile Photo

  1. Use this standard pose and smile that tests best on
  2. Add this jawline trick from (none other than) Peter Hurley.
  3. Wear formal business clothing. It tests best on
  4. Polish your profile’s look by wearing a color in your photo that you echo in your background image.

2 Small Image Tips for Your Photographer

Remind your photographer that this will be a small image on a big page. Because of that, faces get lost:

  1. If there is inadequate contrast to clearly distinguish your hair from the photographer’s background. Fix this at the shoot, not later.
  2. In waist-high and standing shots. So make this a headshot, from the top of your shoulders up.

3 Technical Tips for Your Photographer

  1. 400 x 400-pixel image sizes work well.
  2. LinkedIn limits your uploadable file size to 8MB.
  3. LinkedIn limits you to PNG and JPG file types.

Uploading Your Photo to LinkedIn

This has gotten easier over the years. Thus, I’m not going to go into the details here. If you want directions, LinkedIn offers step-by-step help that will have your lovely face up and out to the world in seconds.

Let’s Connect on LinkedIn

Please don’t hesitate to invite me to connect on LinkedIn here: Donna Svei, Executive Resume Writer. The more I know about my readers, the better I can make my blog.

Image: Drobot Dean
Updated December 2020

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Comments 2

  1. Donna Svei, thanks for including my tip for finding a photographer in this post!

    I like this tip: “Polish your profile’s look by wearing a color in your photo that you echo in your background image.”

    And, I give a related tip to our Coaching clients: make sure the background of the photo contrasts with the color of your hair so that you stand out.

    For people who wear glasses, make sure you choose a picture where your eyes can be seen clearly through your glasses. Make sure your photographer is aware that you want your eyes to be seen.

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