A Headshot profile on LinkedIn is incomplete without a good profile picture! When viewing one’s LinkedIn profile, it is not only your resume that draws attention but also of equal importance is your headshot photograph. You stand a higher chance of being shortlisted for an interview if you have got an attractive profile picture. Everyone should consider getting their headshots taken professionally – an action that is definitely worth the investment.

Your headshot photograph should be a solo photograph conveying your brand image and job profile. This can be taken in various settings.
Some of these options include:

Headshot in a studio with a vibrant backdrop –

A colored background, for instance, a blue or green backdrop will make your image stand out from others. It adds an incredible touch to your LinkedIn profile headshot, drawing recruiters towards your profile. One can pose by looking directly into the camera, rendering you as an approachable individual. Looking elsewhere, on the other hand, may make you appear less confident. As can be seen in this image, the blue backdrop looks clean and appealing, and does not take away the focus from the subject. It gives your profile a fresh look!

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Outdoor headshot with Singapore cityscape as the background –

Shooting outdoors in natural light can totally change the look of your profile picture. The Singapore skyline is incredibly unique and shooting against the buildings in the Central Business District will surely boost your LinkedIn profile. You can find a spot in a shady area or shoot on a slightly overcast day. Shooting against the cityscape gives a flavour of the city.

Recruiters may be informed of your field and place of work. If you are concerned about the backdrop being a distraction, do not fear! One can easily achieve a nice bokeh effect by using a prime lens, rendering a blurred background with the subject intact. Additionally, the subject should take up at least 60% of the frame so that attention remains on the subject with the backdrop merely enhancing the image.

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Outdoor headshot with iconic scenes of Singapore –

If you are based in Singapore, your profile image can showcase an iconic shot of the Lion City. You can shoot outdoors in a natural set up, against the famous shophouses or the skyline with Marina Bay Sands and the Merlion as your backdrop. This will aid recruiters in understanding where you are based instantly, without having to go through your resume. You should wear professional clothing and pose in a very basic fashion with your arms crossed and/or looking straight into the camera, as seen in the images below.

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Indoors at your office location –

Shooting in your office building will also make for a great backdrop. The image will communicate the vibe of your work place. It will show you in your work environment and how you present yourself there, creating a good first impression in the eyes of prospective employers. Such an image would impart a sense of earnestness while exuding warmth.

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Using a hand-painted grey backdrop –

Using a solid and neutral color like grey as your backdrop will result in a simple, yet varied image. It is easy to shoot against and also doubles up as an easy color to correct during post-processing, which will not restrict your creative options. Grey, a midway color between black and white, is timeless and adds an element of sophistication to your profile. Moreover, it allows you to have the option to be dressed in almost any color of your choice. While standing out is a given against grey, grey also brings out the subtle details, complementing your complexion.

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Black and white headshot –

Can you have a black and white headshot in today’s world? Yes, you can. They may not seem that relevant today, but they are still extremely popular. Monochrome images can sometimes bring out details that coloured photographs might be lacking. Moreover, a black and white headshot will allow for a singular focus on your face and facial expressions, thus helping you convey your brand image and personality. It reveals your true emotions and proves itself to be a purer image. They can also be regarded as quite dramatic. This shot makes a statement that easy and highlights one’s persona.

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Artistic close-up portrait –

An artistic close-up headshot is an uncommon phenomenon on LinkedIn profiles. They definitely will capture the attention of viewers. A close-up portrait will focus deeply on your features and exaggerate the sharpness of your expression. In addition, it will also establish eye contact with the recruiter. An artistic close-up portrait will keep the audience engaged and focused, making your confidence extend beyond the screen.

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The classic white backdrop –

We at COCO Creative Studio recommend the hand-painted grey backdrop by Gravity Backdrops. Grey, as stated previously, is neutral and is easy to correct in post-production. Additionally, it does not limit our creative possibilities, allowing us to deliver the best image. It has been the most effective backdrop for our headshot and portrait photography. One can easily experiment with the tone, style, and expression of the image. Choosing a grey backdrop for your professional headshot will make for a great decision, offering a strong perception of you to your prospective employers.

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Our preference – 

We at COCO Creative Studio prefer the hand-painted grey backdrop by Gravity Backdrops. Grey is a neutral color and is easy to correct in post-production. Additionally, it does not limit our creative possibilities, allowing us to deliver the best image. It has been the most effective backdrop for headshot and portrait photography. You can experiment with the tone, style, and expression of the image. Choosing a grey backdrop for your professional headshot is definitely a good idea and will it strengthen the impact on the employer.

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