Linked in is a network of businesses and professionals from all over the world, it has over 380- million users and has become one of the most rapidly growing Social media sites on the web. This is primarily due to the fact that unlike most sites that handle this kind of content and distribution to its users, LinkedIn is solely focused on business dealings and networking, meaning that there are many different rules which both don’t apply to LinkedIn but apply on other sites like Facebook, and rules that are unique to LinkedIn itself. One of the more immediately noticeable ways in which it is different are the almost unwritten rules of their profile pictures and what you should and shouldn’t do for the maximum effect.

Linked in does not require your shots to be exciting or glamorous and really you should pay no mind to somebody who is looking for an exciting photograph on LinkedIn as they will be sorely disappointed with what’s on offer. More to the point your profile picture doesn’t need to be anything more than a sleek and professional looking headshot that portrays you as warm, friendly and credible. But how do you capture all of that in a photograph? Well luckily we have some top tips coming from Hipshots Photography, a specialist photographer who deals with corporate photography needs.

Expression

The expression on your face says a whole deal more information about various aspects of us as people than the individual realizes, for example, a mere narrowing of the eyebrows can illicit feeling of either anger or focus. And when you take your picture its extremely easy to forget that this picture will represent you to your potential business contacts and your network at large, so it’s important that you put some consideration into the way your face is sitting. And make sure to avoid anything that could potentially portray you in a negative way.

For example, what you may think is a friendly a toothy grin can actually have a slightly bizarre and unhinged look to it when it is examined afterwards. The look that you want to go for is simple, honest, warm and open as this is the kind of person that most customers would like to do business with. Avoid pulling extremes of expression like the one of sheer concentration or even happiness as this can have a distracting and negative takeaway for viewers of your profile. Another thing you want to pay attention to is how your face is positioned, as looking down will create to much shadow and come across as untrustworthy on face value, and looking up in the direction of the light will leave it looking washed and underexposed, making your defining features even harder to see.

DIY or Photographer?

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The other question you want to ask yourself is it worth risking all this by taking this photo by yourself or if it would be worth looking into having it taken by a professional photographer with experience with these kinds of shot. Generally speaking, the advantages to doing it yourself are obviously that it’s free and can be done at your convenience, however the obvious downside would be in quality. Unless you yourself have a professional grade camera and studio equipment then your finished photograph will be of a lower quality than one that you would get from using a photographer. The money that you save in the short term by taking yourself can be outweighed by the potential loss of business from using a low quality shot.

The upsides to hiring a photographer are that really all of the hard work is done for you and most of the time you will be able to just turn up and have it ready and printed in less than 20 minutes. They hopefully also have a vast deal of experience in taking photographs of this nature and will be best positioned to advise you on everything from your wardrobe to your expression. However there are downsides such as the fact that with the amount of freelance photographers around these days you have to be sure that the one you are choosing is experienced and knowledgeable.

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Linked in is a network of businesses and professionals from all over the world, it has over 380- million users and has become one of the most rapidly growing Social media sites on the web. This is primarily due to the fact that unlike most sites that handle this...