The Perfect LinkedIn Headshot Has No Distractions

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

A profile picture always attracts the eyes of profile viewers in the first second on our profiles, 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?

LinkedIn 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.

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.