The Perfect LinkedIn Headshot Shows a Genuine and Settled Us

We do not want those fake smiles in our LinkedIn headshots. Get out of here! 

The perfect LinkedIn headshot will have a real expression, not something that looks like the photographer asked for a smile, or that it was held too long. We should look like we are connecting with the current viewer of the headshot, like we're looking at a friend in conversation, not like we're looking at a camera lens. 

If the photographer is engaging with us, we'll be interacting with him or her. We'll be talking, really smiling, maybe even really laughing. The photographer's job is to catch us when we're genuine and settled. 

When we have a genuine smile, we don't look our best all the way through the whole smiling process. So the photographer must get the person genuine and settled. 

Let's take a look at our profile pictures. Do they meet this criteria? Do we look genuine and settled?

Check out the other eight characteristics of the perfect LinkedIn headshot.

My name is Jon Meadows, and I am the headshot photographer and expression coach at High-End Headshots based in Washington, D.C. I am honored to be an associate headshot photographer of Peter Hurley, who runs the Headshot Crew.