Hiring a professional photographer for your LinkedIn profile photo can be confusing.
To help, I used LinkedIn to crowdsource several ideas on how to find a good headshot photographer.
Check out these 4 tips from career experts and LinkedIn users:
1. Ask Local Colleagues
Look at the LinkedIn pictures of local colleagues. Find one you like. Ask who their photographer was.
~ Donna Schilder, Executive Coach
I love a good referral!
HeadshotCrew.com. They’re trained by Peter Hurley, a well-known headshot photographer.
~ Wendi Weiner, Career Branding Expert
I like Wendi’s idea because it shows you the photographer has had quality training. And they belong to 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.
They need headshots on every realtor’s business card. So, they 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 needs to practice and will cut you a deal.
~ Stacey Stringfellow, Banking Executive
Once you have a prospect or a list, be sure to check each photographer’s:
- Proof turnaround time
- Approach to ensuring your satisfaction
Note: Be leery of using 5-star review sites for vetting purposes. They’re way too easy to game.
If that works, read the following tips, and you will be ready to go!
3 Tips for Your LinkedIn Profile Photo
- Use this standard pose and smile that tests best on Photofeeler.com.
- Add this jawline trick from (none other than) Peter Hurley.
- Wear formal business clothing. It tests best on Photofeeler.com.
- 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:
- When there’s low contrast between the photographer’s background and your hair color. Fix this at the shoot, not later.
- In waist-high and standing shots. So make this a headshot, from the top of your shoulders up.
3 Technical Tips for Your Photographer
- 400 x 400-pixel image sizes work well.
- LinkedIn limits your uploadable file size to 8MB.
- LinkedIn limits you to PNG and JPG file types.
Uploading Your Photo to LinkedIn
LinkedIn offers step-by-step help to get 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.
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Updated March 2022
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