And remember, not every one of these needs to be a winner. Natural lighting is always best, so head outdoors but try to avoid direct, overhead sunlight which can cast harsh shadows.
While your profile pic should focus mainly on you, don't be afraid to put yourself in an environment that says something about you, like the beach or a park or a city street.
At the same time, avoid taking pictures in front of sports cars or with horses or kittens.
Start by finding someone you trust to take a series of pictures for you.
Mirror pics and arms' length self-shots rarely make the grade, and pictures of you on vacation don't cut it either.
Digital cameras are ideal, so your photographer can snap as many pics as you want, and you can see the results instantly and make adjustments as necessary.
This person can be a professional photographer, too, just be sure you steer away from posting any overly touched up or obvious glamour shots.
Nobody looks as good in person as they do after hours in hair and makeup under perfect soft lights in rented outfits. The biggest key in having your profile pic taken is to be yourself.
Relax and have fun, and be sure to smile, though you don't always have to be at full-cheese.Wear something you feel totally comfortable in and look good in, and have your picture-taker alternate between close-ups, medium shots, and full length photos.For the majority of the pictures, make direct eye contact with the camera's lens, and be sure to take a few where you're not looking at the camera at all, just for fun. Pick up a few tricks of the trade and look your bright, shining best wherever you are online with these tips for choosing and taking the perfect profile pic.Show transcript Hey guys - Jonathon Stewart here for They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but these days words are pretty cheap.