I had the privileged of being a guest speaker at Berkeley College in Paramus via Zoom in March of 2020 and I would like to share some tips on how to take your own headshots for your LinkedIn profile.
Why do you need a professional picture for your LinkedIn profile and not a selfie or a cropped picture of you at a party? Your LinkedIn profile is your first impression when someone lands on your profile and wants to get to know more about you. You want to make the right impression and you want to build your personal brand with a professional headshot.
Here are the 5 tips to take your own headshot picture:
Tip #1: Choose Your Background.
Decide if you want a plain background (white or light-colored wall) or outdoor. Make sure there is enough lighting and the light source is in front of you.
Tip #2: Choose Your Outfit.
Select an outfit that fits and makes you feel good. For men, I recommend a suit and tie. For women, I recommend business attire or business casual outfit. Solid color is the best. However, the outfit has to match the job you are seeking or your current occupation. For example, if you are a yoga instructor, it doesn't make sense if you wear a business suit for a headshot.
Tip #3: Choose Someone.
Ask someone in your household to take your headshot or use a tripod, then set the timer on your camera.
Tip #4: Choose Your Camera.
Use what you have, a cell phone, point-and-shoot camera, or DSLR.
Tip #5: Edit Picture.
I found some free photo editing software for your computer and for your phone. Click on the links to see the full list.
Here's an example of a headshot that I did at home. My husband used my DSLR and took this picture in our dining room with a beige wall. I did some editing to it using Lightroom and Photoshop. You got this!
I hope these tips help!
If you would like to watch a replay of How to Take Your Own Headshot webinar, click HERE.