If you’re like many, the thought of having your photo taken quickly induces stress and fear.
It’s normal to feel uncomfortable in front of the camera, but sometimes it needs to be done. For example, we all need a professional profile photo for business and networking, such as our LinkedIn accounts.
Read on to find our top five tips for selecting and taking the best photo.
1. Make Sure You’re the Focus of the Photo
That photo of you in front of the Eiffel Tower may be gorgeous, but the Parisian icon is the focus of that photo, not you. Select a photo that’s a headshot, from the chest or shoulders up, rather than a full-body shot.
The background should be simple, so it doesn’t take away from the subject (you!).
2. Avoid Busy Patterned Clothing
Patterned clothing, such as checks or stripes, may look great in real life, but in photos, simple clothing is best. Patterns can look busy and distracting in photos, taking away from your image.
Black and white can look too contrasting, so try a neutral such as grey, or navy, green, or purple.
3. Look Natural
Your professional resume photo isn’t a passport photo— you’re allowed to look natural. Take a deep breath and relax your shoulders, wear clothes you feel confident in, and sit or stand up straight to get the best results.
It may take several tries to get the result you’re after, so keep trying and play around with angles and poses. The good news is, once you find a photo you like, you won’t need to do this again for years.
4. Use a Professional Photo
Your profile photo is a marketing tool, so consider investing in professional headshots for the best possible quality. When taking a professional photo, they can advise with posing and technique.
However, if it’s out of your budget, ask a friend to help or set up the shot yourself with a tripod and self-timer (selfies are best avoided).
If doing it yourself, use the possible camera you have, such as a DSLR or mirrorless, so the photos will have high resolution.
Use this free photo editor to make your new shots look perfect.
5. Have Friendly Body Language
Does your photo look warm and approachable, or serious and intimidating? Most of us want friendly-looking photos, so take notice of your body language.
Smiling and making eye contact are two good ways to do this in photos. Also, avoid tensing up or crossing your arms. If you’re using your profile photo to find more work, you want to look welcoming.
Select a New Professional Profile Photo Today
Ready to dive in and take a new professional profile photo today? If so, use the tips above to create the perfect photo that’s clear, well-edited, and put your best face forward—literally.
A new photo can bring increased clients, new employment opportunities, and can help with networking, so get started today.
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