build a strong personal brand
Your headshot is part of your personal brand, it is important to keep it consistent with the way you look and the attitude that surrounds you. I deal with thousands of individuals every year who are having a new headshot done for LinkedIn or their corporate directory. When we sit down together and review the images, the most important topic that comes up is what kind of clients they are dealing with. A lawyer headshot can vary depending on the type of work they do, someone dealing with trusts and estates might look much much different than a white collar litigator.
Make your first impression work for you.
Your LinkedIn profile picture is often the first impression a hiring manager will have of you. If you are job hunting, a current professional headshot will represent you and show that you hold yourself in higher standards than Bob whose profile photo is him at an event without the beer bottle not quite completely cropped out of the frame. With everything else equal in that scenario, who do you think the hiring manager will call back first?
Get started with a clean new headshot for Linkedin. Is your current headshot a dark photo taken when you were dressed well, but on an iPhone in a poorly lit area? I recommend a nice clean background for a LinkedIn profile photo. With the image being so small, I tend to recommend a background that is a simple gray or white so that they can be the focus of the image. Sure you may have an incredible view from your office, but the truth of the matter for an environmental portrait, you need to be able to see the whole image, once cropped up tight for LinkedIn, the background doesn’t matter as much.