5 Tips for Taking Great LinkedIn Self-Portraits and Mobile Headshots

In this digital era, a compelling headshot can effectively make a strong first impression on hiring managers and clients, but we don't all have access to a professional photographer! Thankfully, with a bit of know-how and the right techniques, you can capture excellent self-portraits and headshots yourself using your smartphone.

1 - Lighting

Remember when you were told not to stare directly into the sun? Well, for the sake of a good selfie, we're going to bend that rule a bit. Natural light is your best friend, so find a window, step outside, or even consider investing in a ring light. Just remember, if you're indoors, make sure the light is in front of you, not behind you. We're going for "professional LinkedIn profile," not "mysterious witness protection silhouette."

2 - Angles

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is famous for its angle, and your selfie can be too. Experiment with different angles until you find your "good side." A universally flattering tip is to hold your phone slightly higher than your face and tilt your chin down. Just avoid the extremes - unless you're going for that "I took this with my webcam" look.

3 - Background

We've all seen those selfies where the person looks great, but the pile of laundry in the background steals the show. Don't let your background upstage you! Find a clean, simple backdrop that complements you, not competes with you.

4 - Expression

A forced smile is about as convincing as a politician's promise. Be natural, be you. Whether that's a smile, a laugh, or a thoughtful gaze into the distance, authenticity wins every time.

5 - Editing

Filters are like hot sauce - a little can enhance the flavor, but too much can ruin the dish. Use editing tools to enhance your photo, not to transform into an airbrushed, unrecognizable version of yourself. Unless, of course, your goal is to look like an android. In that case, filter away!


Anyway, creating a professional-looking LinkedIn headshot doesn't need to be complicated or expensive. By implementing these tips, you can create your own stunning images that truly represent your professional brand. So pick up your smartphone and start experimenting!

If you're having trouble getting your photos just right or you feel you need professional help to really stand out in your industry, contact us. An experienced photographer and editor is just a click away!


Adam Cannavo

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