Your LinkedIn profile photo should be cropped fairly close around your head, so your pose isn’t as important as you might think. However, there are some simple poses you can try that will translate to a good close photo.
First, try a “smiling arms-crossed” pose, which can be ideal for executives and lawyers. However, we don’t recommend this pose for salespeople or realtors, as crossed arms tend to convey strength, but also make you look less open to meeting new clients.
Second, try an “over the shoulder” pose, where you turn completely away from the camera with your body, but face the camera with your head.
Third, try a “candid” pose, where you look about six inches to the left or right of the camera.
If these sound a bit confusing, don’t worry! Your headshot photographer should guide you through these minimalistic poses. At HeadShots Inc, we try to capture at least three poses in every session.