The Perfect Headshot Has No Distractions

If our headshots should engage the viewers of our profiles, our headshots should show our faces. If facial expression is so important to facilitate new, beneficial professional connections, our headshots should stay out of their own way.

These headshots always attract the eyes of viewers in the first second of seeing them, but where does the eye go in our photos? Do we have any of the following:

·       Unruly hair,

·       Bad or heavy makeup,

·       Profusely oily skin,

·       Protruding sternocleidomastoids (the muscles in your neck that jut out if your shoulders and head are twisted opposite ways too severely),

·       Attention-grabbing backgrounds, or

·       Very noticeable camera angles?

Headshots should draw the viewer into our eyes, making them feel connected to this stranger. In fact, it should go a long way toward making them feel connected to us.

If the viewer is thinking, “Wow. What is up with that person’s makeup?” or “What is that strange background? Where was this person?” then our LinkedIn headshots or profile pictures are tripping us up.

“Eyes sparkle in my headshot lighting. The light comes from in front of the person, and it illuminates their eyes like nothing else. Caked on makeup will only diminish the pop my lighting gives to my clients’ eyes,” Scottsdale headshot photographer Duane Furlong says.

That’s why a clean white or grey background is the background of choice for High-End Headshots and why it’s important to have a headshot photographer with a great eye for detail and who cares about the details.

Let’s get distraction-free headshots up on our profiles because that is the first impression, the start of many socially and professionally beneficial relationships.

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.