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How to Take a Professional LinkedIn Photo

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LinkedIn has become an essential tool for networking, job hunting, and personal branding. It’s the first place many professionals go to learn about you, making your profile picture a critical element of your online presence. At Duane Furlong Studios, we understand the impact a professional LinkedIn photo can have. Here are some tips on how to create a stellar LinkedIn profile picture.

1.  Dress Professionally

Dress as if you’re going to an interview or a business meeting. It’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed for a professional photo. Remember, different industries have different expectations. If you’re in a corporate setting, a suit might be appropriate. If you’re in a creative field, you might have a bit more flexibility to express your personal style.

2. Hire a Professional Photographer

While it might be tempting to snap a quick selfie or have a friend take your photo, there’s a significant difference in quality when you hire a professional. A professional headshot photographer not only has high-end equipment but also the expertise to make sure you look your best. They can guide you on posing, expression, and ensure the lighting is just right. They will also professionally edit the photos, addressing any minor imperfections and ensuring the final product is polished. The following points are all things that a professional photographer will do for you. 

3. Keep the Background Simple

A simple, uncluttered background ensures that the focus is on you, not what’s behind you. Use a solid wall, a simple outdoor setting, or a professional backdrop. Make sure that nothing in the background distracts from your face.

4. Position Yourself Properly

Your LinkedIn photo should be a headshot that includes your head and shoulders. Keep your posture straight and your shoulders relaxed. Remember to face the camera directly and maintain eye contact with the lens.

5. Smile Naturally

A genuine smile can make you appear approachable and friendly. Keep your smile natural – think about something that makes you happy to bring out a real smile.

6. Get the Right Expression

Your expression should match your profession and the image you want to project. Whether it’s approachable and friendly, or serious and focused, ensure it aligns with your professional persona.

7. Use a Recent Photo

Make sure your LinkedIn photo is recent and accurately represents what you look like now. Updating your photo every couple of years ensures you’re recognizable and shows that your profile is well-maintained. Also, it is recommended that you select a traditional executive headshot.

Getting a professional LinkedIn photo may require time and effort, but the payoff is worth it. A high-quality, professional photo can help you make a great first impression, showcase your professionalism, and enhance your personal brand. And if you need help capturing the perfect headshot, Duane Furlong Studios is here to guide you every step of the way.


  1. How do I choose the right photographer for my LinkedIn photo? When selecting a photographer for your LinkedIn photo, consider their portfolio and experience in capturing professional headshots. Look for a photographer who understands your industry and can help you achieve the desired look and feel for your photo. Reading reviews and testimonials from past clients can also provide insights into the photographer’s professionalism and expertise.
  2. Should I wear accessories or jewelry in my LinkedIn photo? For a professional LinkedIn photo, it’s best to keep accessories and jewelry minimal. The focus should be on your face and professional appearance, rather than distracting elements. Choose simple, classic pieces that complement your outfit without overpowering the image. Your photographer can provide guidance on what accessories work best for your specific photo session.
  3. Can I retouch or edit my LinkedIn photo? Yes, minor retouching and editing can enhance the overall quality of your LinkedIn photo. A professional photographer will typically provide this service as part of their package. The goal is to ensure that the final image looks polished and represents you in the best possible light, while still maintaining a natural and authentic appearance.
  4. How should I prepare for my LinkedIn photo session? To prepare for your LinkedIn photo session, plan your outfit in advance and make sure it aligns with your professional image. Practice your pose and facial expressions in front of a mirror to feel more comfortable and confident. Get a good night’s sleep, stay hydrated, and arrive at the session with a positive mindset. Following these steps will help you feel more relaxed and ready to create a great LinkedIn photo.

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