Best Linkedin Headshot in Brisbane our top 10 tips for great results

Best Linkedin Headshot in Brisbane our top 10 tips for great results

Practice these top ten tips for your best Linkedin headshot and get a head start before you meet with your photographer.

What makes professional and smart looking headshots? Is it the photographer or the subject that makes a good corporate photograph? Well its generally a mixture of both, although the onus is on the photographer to provide professional shots no matter the subject, there are a number of things that you can do to help with this process, particularly when it comes to your posing.

1. For the best Linkedin headshot practice several facial expressions.

Now you may think that your default smile that you have pulled out for every single photograph in your life is going to be suitable for your best Linkedin headshot, and it most likely is. However it can vary quite a bit depending on the tone and application of the photo, so make sure that you rehearse a few backup expressions just in case.

To find out about this ask your photographer for tips on facial expressions well before your session so you have time to practice. This may be as simple as thinking about a word like serenity, passion or approachable during the week before your session, you’ll be amazed how just one word can affect the outcome. Especially if your new found expression is relevant to what you want from your headshots and your profession. I’ll bet you are trying this right now. Take note, with the right photographer a headshot session can be empowering and this process begins in the days and weeks leading up to your shoot.

You can use a mirror, your smart phone, any other device that allows you to view yourself while practicing different facial expressions.
A good headshot photographer will know exactly how to coach you on a range of expressions that work best for you, even expressions that you may never have thought will work for the camera. Your personality and facial features will play a huge part in determining what works best for you. The great thing about this, in the hands of an experienced headshot photographer your photos will become a unique portrayal of you, setting your personal brand apart from everyone else.

 

2. Avoid using a stiff, straight body position.

This isn’t a mugshot you know. The words that you want to keep in mind is relaxed, approachable and, most importantly for corporate headshots, engageable. Posing starts with the position of your feet. Most people tend to stand in front of the camera with their feet together. Widen your stance at least to shoulder width. To obtain the correct body position turn on your feet as directed by your photographer, the hips and head will follow. You might be asked to ask you to shift your weight to favour one foot. Some photographers will use seated poses. Use your photographer as your guide for exactly what works for each pose.

3. Use your eyes.

Want to create the best Linkedin headshot, your eyes are the key here. Your eyes are what convey the most emotion and can help give people an insight into who you are as a person. A critical element in headshot photography, your eyes need that spark. This can be helped by the photographer’s understanding of lighting and use of catch lights. Obviously everyone’s eyes are different, from eye colour to eye width or how tightly closed or open their eyelids are. The eyes wide open, “deer in the headlights” look is to be avoided. Working with your photographer, review the first few images during your shoot, then your photographer will be able to coach you on closing or opening up your eye lids as appropriate to your physical attributes.

Many people never notice that one eye opens a bit wider than the other and are surprised to see this in their headshot photographs. This can be fixed with a little coaching and practice in front of the mirror during your session.

When choosing a headshot photographer, make sure that any portraits shown on their website show the eyes as pin sharp and sparkling.

4. Relax those arms!

Along with your eyes, one of the biggest indicators of your mood and emotions is your body language, be sure to keep your hands in a natural resting position. Even though your arms and hands are very rarely included in corporate photographs it’s still important to relax as one tense body part can affect the posture of the rest of the body.

5. Keep your hands to yourself, literally!

If you are wanting half length or full length portraits and your hands or arms are visible, then its important to be aware of how they look naturally resting. Stand in front of a mirror for 5 minutes and practice how you would like them to tie together with the rest of your pose. Depending on the style of portrait, hands in pockets can be a useful tool. Some photographers will direct you to keep your hands out of your pockets, this will depend on many variables and with a little practice and coaching during your shoot, you’ll find what’s right for you.

6. Be aware of your chin.

It may slip your mind when having the pictures done, but the position you assume with your chin and jaw can have a massive impact on how your entire “shoulders up” region appears in the photographs. Make sure there is always space between chin and neck to avoid looking like you have a double chin.

This attention to detail with the jaw line can make or break a headshot. You will want to choose a photographer carefully, one who understands design and in particular how “drawing” a persons jaw line with light creates a striking and pleasing visual impact. This is achieved via dynamic positioning of the head, neck, shoulders and body, in relation to the correct lighting. A critical skill for a professional headshot photographer to master. Don’t miss this detail!

7. Keep your back straight.

Nobody looks good when they are slouching, let alone professional. It’s very important for your air of professionalism that you keep your back straight. After all, if you were engaging a service and your consultant was slouching, with his hands in his pockets and a bored expression on his face would you?

8. Relax!

While keeping your posture in an upright position you can still relax. If you feel tense and nervous, you will look tense and nervous in your photo’s. Ensure that you remember to breath naturally and to just view your headshot session as any photograph you’ve taken in the past. Apart from it’s application the headshot should not be considered as different.

9. Trust your photographer!

Now while you might think that your pink tie goes great with your light blue shirt (it really doesn’t but that’s for a different blog) but if your photographer says it isn’t working, take it off. It wont be based on your style, it will be based on its suitability or the photos. We previously wrote a blog detailing How to Dress to Look Your Best for the Perfect Headshot full of helpful advice on how to choose your outfit.

10. Have fun!

Remember the relax rule, well this is just as important, have fun and remember it’s a camera not a gun and try to enjoy flexing your creative side by becoming the star of the show (for about 3 minutes). Master our tips for your best Linkedin headshot and the results will be guaranteed.

 

Professional headshot photography how to look your best

Professional headshot photography how to look your best

First impressions are everything. Whether it’s an addition to your CV for a prospective employer or as a human face on your companies emails, you’ll need a great professional headshot to create the ideal first impression. The way you ensure quality photographs is 80% down to your preparation before you even step into the studio, so let’s go over some tips to ensure you look your best on the day of your shoot.

Consider your outfit for the perfect professional headshot

Think about what you would expect from a professional in your industry, are they wearing shorts, thongs and a t shirt with a logo? Chances are probably not, so ensure that your outfit is suitable for the occasion, and relevant for your profession. So that means a dress shirt and jacket in most instances for men and a smart blouse and conservative skirt for women.
Be sure to avoid bright, light or heavily patterned clothing or clothing with thin lines. These lose their impact considerably when viewing on computer and camera screens and will inevitably blend together due to something called the “moiré effect” which is when thin or overly complicated designs, blend together to create a secondary pattern.
Patterns may look great in real life or tie your outfit together but ultimately in the small space of a professional photograph will create unnecessary distraction and keep you looking your best on the day of the photo shoot.

While you are choosing your outfit for your headshot session, think about how well presented each item of clothing is. Your clothing should be neatly pressed or dry cleaned, this is as important as personal grooming prior to the shoot.

A great tip is to plan your clothing choices days before your shoot. There’s nothing worse than rushing around deciding on clothing choices just before the photo session, causing you to arrive late with creased and untidy clothing. Having made the wrong clothing choices due to time pressure. You should also discuss this in detail with your photographer well before your photo session.

Good Hair

Think about the styling of your hair well in advance of your professional headshot session. When consulting with your photographer they should give you tips on hair styling that works for headshot photography, relevant to your profession.

For women keep the styling straight forward. Headshots are all about your eyes and connection with the viewer. Hair plays a secondary role, it should still speak volumes about you but not be the feature of the show.

Men’s hairstyling can say a lot about their personality, from rugged looks to neatly groomed, short or longer styles. Bearded, closely shaved or with stubble. Your career will hold the key with styling, a musician or architect will have an entirely different look to someone in an executive role.

There are so many variables for designing a headshot with hair alone. Texture and light come into play here. Ask yourself how you want to come across in projecting your personal branding and tell your photographer your preferences.

Armed with these tips, however, allow me to paint you a picture.

So you spent the previous evening having your skirt and blouse dry cleaned and pressed, you’ve painstakingly applied all of your make-up and carefully considered your accessories and how they tie in with your outfit.


Now you’re all ready to face your photographer’s unforgiving lens? Well then you ruin it all by forgetting about those pesky high winds that will turn your hair from something from a shampoo commercial into something you would find hanging out of a birds nest.

Just avoid the hassle and bring a hairbrush and maybe some other grooming products to fix up anything that life may throw at you between your front door and the studio.

  Stop the shine. Excessive use of face moisturiser is to be avoided for headshot photography.

Stop the shine. Excessive use of face moisturiser is to be avoided for headshot photography.

Stop the Shine

This may seem an obvious one but you’d be surprised how many people overlook this. Powerful, artificial lights are part and parcel of photography and as such your face is likely to be saturated with light. This is to achieve the best possible lighting to make your photograph look as flattering as possible.

It’s therefore important that you clean your face well and ensure it is as free from any oil and sweat as humanly possible to avoid your face appearing shiny or greasy.

So ladies, apply a bit of concealer and gentlemen wash your face to avoid that “I just ran from home to work” look.

A really good resource that I found useful when compiling this list was Adam Bronkhurst’s checklist of things to consider when having a professional headshot taken. It goes into a lot of detail and is a great piece that I recommend taking a quick look at.

Photography Trending in Brisbane for Professional Headshots

Photography Trending in Brisbane for Professional Headshots

Since the advent of social media profiles, especially LinkedIn, the importance of professional headshots has led to an exponential growth in headshot photography. Especially in the USA, Australia, the United Kingdom and Germany.

Google trends over the past five years for headshots. In Australia, there’s more interest in Brisbane than other Australian states for the term headshots.

The popular use of the word headshot started around the 1930’s. Back then these portraits were mainly “head and shoulders” pictures of actors. Prior to the 1930’s the word portrait referred to any type of photographic portrait. Some photographic studios described what we now call a headshot as a bust. Earlier than 1930 if you mentioned taking a headshot, you’d probably be referring to having shot a wild animal. Throughout the second half of the twentieth century the term headshot slowly infiltrated more and more genres of portrait photography, from school photography to professional headshots for business.

Headshot photography has come into it’s own during the last ten years. Professional photographers noticed a rapid increase in the take up of professional headshots for individual branding, especially with the growth of Linkedin. Two or three years before LinkedIn launched in 2003, most professional photographers had swapped film cameras for digital cameras, making it easy to create files for the new digital world. From there both stories have had a similar upward trajectory. In the 90’s demand for professional headshots was strong, yet it was mainly companies engaging professional photographers for business headshots. Once LinkedIn and other social sites kicked off, a good digital headshot became essential for anyone with an online profile.

With LinkedIn reaching 90 million members in 2010, Google Trends shows searches related to “headshots” becoming increasingly popular, especially in the last five years. Some examples are

  • Tinder Headshots (breakout)
  • linkedin headshots +1,350%
  • headshots meaning +300%
  • professional business headshots +300%

Portrait photography and headshots, over time searches relating to headshots are on the rise.

You have one chance to grab the attention of anyone searching your profile. Your headshot photo can work for you or completely against you if you get this wrong. Whether you are building out a new website, searching for a new job or a myriad of other reasons, a great professional business headshot can give you an edge over the competition. One advantage you’ll have is there are so many profiles where the person has used a selfie, there’s no headshot at all, or they’ve cut a small portion out of a wedding photo or holiday snap.

Some online profiles show pictures taken years ago, when clearly the headshot needs an update. In this case a professional photographer can create a flattering image even if you can’t convince yourself that it’s possible. Some photographers will offer a reduced fee for a headshot update each year, making this an easier alternative. Regular headshot updates can be a lot of fun, the key is finding the right photographer, then you’ll look forward to every new session.

        

 

Six ways to choose the right digital headshots for your online profile

Six ways to choose the right digital headshots for your online profile

Choosing the right digital headshots is vital. This might sound simplistic, but sometimes knowing which headshot photos to use can seem a bit daunting.

Compared to other forms of visual communication photography is young. Digital headshots for online professional identities even newer.  It’s also just a few years since Linkedin headshots have become indispensable for anyone interested in connecting with an online audience.

Professional headshot photography and social media now means anyone can distribute their portrait across worldwide networks.

Here’s six tips for choosing digital headshots, that will represent you at your best.

1. CHOOSE A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER

Find a local headshot photographer who has the experience to guide you through your headshot session. You’ll be able to review the images as you shoot. Your photographer should have the experience to know which images, looks and expressions will work best for you. Meet with your photographer before your headshot session to chat about your photographs, this will guarantee that your session runs smoothly. You’ll arrive at your session knowing what to wear, what to bring, how your makeup and hair will look and how the session will take place. By collaborating with your photographer you’ll be able to choose the right images benefiting from the photographer’s advice.

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2. TEST YOUR DIGITAL HEADSHOTS ON PHOTO FEELER

Photo Feeler is a website dedicated to helping you choose your profile photos by applying various criteria such as whether you appear likeable, competent or influential. You can ask people to vote on your image based on the criteria that you want to test. Once you’ve uploaded the headshot that you want to test, you can either buy credits or go and vote on other people’s portraits and accrue your own credits. A fun way to see how your image might be perceived by a cross mix of people who have no preconceived idea about your personality. The team at Photo Feeler have conducted their own tests which you can access to see various ratings for parameters like how close or wide is an acceptable view for a portrait, or how light or dark the image should be and whether the background has any influence.
While testing your images using a random group of people is a great way to get some instant feedback, delving deeper by asking for direct feedback from your target audience will give more relevant results. If in doubt your professional photographer will be able to guide your through choosing appropriate images.

3. CREATE A SET OF COHESIVE IMAGES TO CHOOSE FROM

Together with your professional photographer, create a cohesive series of images. You could try different backgrounds, or shoot on location for environmental portraits. Shooting headshots at our Brisbane studio, some clients are satisfied with a headshot session in the studio while others prefer studio and location settings. Either way, variety will give you more opportunity to find the images that work best for you.

4. MAKE YOUR IMAGES RELEVANT TO YOUR PROFESSION

An artist will want a completely different headshot to partners at a law firm. This will come down to many small choices like appropriate backgrounds and what to wear for your headshot session. Collaborate with you professional photographer to set the tone of your headshots to match your corporate profile.

5. KEEP YOUR DIGITAL HEADSHOTS UP TO DATE

Choosing old images from a few years ago might seem like a good idea, but your best bet is to update your portraits at least every two years. Selfies won’t help further your career either, creating a professional headshot will show you at your best.

6. CREATE DIGITAL HEADSHOTS THAT CONNECT WITH YOUR CUSTOMERS

It’s important to create headshot photos for your business profile that will connect with anyone viewing your portrait. The face is a complex source of information capable of conveying countless expressions, thoughts, and emotions. When you create your professional headshots you want your photos to connect with your audience. Being authentic, confident, trustworthy and approachable. This means no fake smiles or looking like you’re trying be someone else. An experienced headshot photographer will know how to work with you to get that killer expression that’s just you. It’s this connection with your photographer that will show in your digital headshots. The key to this is planning your photo shoot ahead of time and arriving at your headshot session on a day when you are not rushed and can enjoy the session.
Creating a series of portrait images with  more than one expression or look, will allow flexibility with various publishing platforms, both online and in print. There will be occasions where an image with a huge smile is appropriate and at other times submitting an image with a more subtle smile does a better job.