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Tips for choosing a great LinkedIn profile photo

Monday, June 27th, 2016


A poor image choice can be damaging to your professional brand, so it’s worth taking the time and effort to get it right.

Here we give you five tips to putting your best face forward online.

1. Look like yourself
LinkedIn is a useful tool for connecting with new people online. Sometimes you’ll meet these new acquaintances in person, so it’s a good idea that the image they were introduced to looks like the real you. Photoshop can be a useful tool, but avoid making dramatic changes to any of your permanent features.

2. Look approachable
LinkedIn is a place where you will be seen by potential employers, employees, business partners, or clients. Try to avoid goofy grins, scary scowls, and power stances; you want to come across as professional, relaxed, and friendly.
This is where a professional photographer can really pay off – they’ll have a good knowledge of suitable poses, and be experienced at making their subjects feel relaxed.

3. Wear an outfit that you’d wear to work
LinkedIn is a professional social networking site, and the clothing you wear in your profile photo should reflect this. If you never wear a suit there’s no need to wear one in your profile photo, just choose an outfit you’d wear to an important meeting or job interview.

4. Be recognisable
Your LinkedIn profile is about you, so make sure you are the main focus of the image. We’re sure that hiking Kilimanjaro was a great experience, but an unrecognisable stick figure at the top of a mountain doesn’t do much to show your professional image. LinkedIn profile photos are quite small, so ensure your head and shoulders fill most of the frame.
If you’re using a professional photographer, make sure you tell them you’re planning to use the photo for LinkedIn so they can shoot the image for a nice square crop.

5. No photos with alcohol, other people, or pets. Oh, and no selfies.
Everyone’s definition of ‘professional’ is different, and if you’re a fun person your photo should reflect that in your expression, your clothing, and your setting. However, you don’t want people to look at your profile and think anything other than you’re a capable business person. Keep your photo simple and you won’t give them a reason to think anything different.


End of Financial Year checks

Monday, June 13th, 2016


Just as December 31 prompts reflection and vows of self improvement in our personal lives, June 30 can be a good occasion to take some time to review and improve aspects of your business. We’ve come up with a list of four that come to mind

1. Get your financial documents in order

Number one, is, of course, preparing for your tax return. Ensure your income and expense statements are completed, and all other paperwork is in order. This will be your accountant’s busiest time of year, so it’s a good idea to make your appointment well ahead of time.

2. Review your pricing

When was the last time you reviewed your pricing? Perhaps your products and/or services have evolved, or the cost of inputs has changed. It’s a good idea to review your pricing regularly to make sure that what you’re charging reflects that value that you’re providing to your clients, and that you’re being fairly paid for your work.

3. Refresh your website

Developing your first website can be a traumatic experience, so it’s little wonder that many people don’t look at theirs again for a long (long) time. However, your website is one of your most powerful marketing tools, and requires constant attention to remain up-to-date and reflective of your business. A thorough review will show you what you need to pay attention to.

4. Update your professional head shot

We’re sure you saw this one coming! Our last tip is to check your current head shot to see if it still looks professional (and still looks like you!). Much like your website, your profile photo is an important part of marketing your business, particularly if you’re a service provider.


What our clients say

Monday, June 6th, 2016

Having your photo taken can be daunting for some, but we like to think we make the experience fun(well, as fun as possible!). But don’t just take our word for it. We asked previous clients what they thought of their first photo shoot with us, and we’re chuffed to share some happy reports.



“Lizzy is a fabulous portrait photographer. I got her to do some shots that I could use for my website – and I couldn’t have been happier with what she produced. The shoot itself was a breeze. I’d never met Lizzy before, but she connected quickly with me, made me feel at ease, took the time to understand my brief… and then the shoot was over in a flash! I’d have no hesitation in using Lizzy again next time.”





“I won’t lie; I was dreading the shoot for the entire month leading up to it. I’m often on photo shoots for work, and I’m not scared of an Instagram pic or two, but being in front of a professional camera had me terrified.

Luckily Lizzy is great at what she does. She was friendly, funny, understood that I was well out of my comfort zone and (somehow) managed to put me at easy enough to get some really great shots.

I couldn’t recommend her more highly.”



“I wanted professional photos for my Linkedin profile, but I hate having my photo taken! Lizzy did a great job of making me feel comfortable during the shoot, and in helping me determine which photos to choose. I would really recommend her.”

Meet Ian.

Monday, May 16th, 2016


We love working closely with our clients and learning more about what they do.

Recently, we photographed Ian a chartered mechanical engineer and recently appointed Managing Director of G&G Mining Fabrication – an excavator bucket and heavy engineering business in Perth. We asked him to tell us more about what he does and his experience working with Lizzy C.

Tell me about how you got into your field.

I studied Mechanical Engineering at University after becoming interested in Engineering through playing with Lego when I was young and then Mountain Bikes as I got older! I worked in Service Engineering and Engineering Design roles for a few years in the UK, and then had the opportunity to move to Australia with that company in a Field Service Engineering role in 2007. This led me to time living in Mackay, Perth and eventually Melbourne – mostly supporting Mining and Heavy Transport sectors. 3 years ago I looked for a change, and moved to SSAB, a Swedish Steel producer, in an interesting Technical and Business Development role looking after “Wear” applications (generally Mining, Quarrying, Recycling, Construction, and Agriculture), and our manufacturing partners – the “Hardox Wearparts” network across Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia. That has eventually led to my new role taking over the management of a business SSAB acquired during this period – and a relocation back to Perth after 5 years in Melbourne.

Tell me a bit about what you do.

I am just stepping into the role, but the business is specialized in large welded structures – and in particular large mining excavator buckets. This is of interest to SSAB who are specialists in the production of wear resistant and high strength steels. As such am tasked with leading the business through a transition to the use of higher grade materials, developing new and innovative Engineered solutions to support a range of industries, as well as navigating the current difficult market conditions in mining and for Australian manufacturing.

Why did you choose to hire Lizzy C Photography?

I chose Lizzy C after finding her online. I was looking for some new images as the ones I had were quite dated, and I liked the casual and relaxed look of the shoots that I saw. I wanted some shots that conveyed a relaxed demeanor whilst also looking professional but not stuffy.

Tell us about your experience working with her. Were you happy with the results of your shoot?

It was great! I was made to feel very relaxed, and we had plenty of time to try different types of shots and in various different outfits / looks that can then be used in different situations.



How to stand out on LinkedIn

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016


In a digital world where everyone looks online to learn more. We are finding more and more people are understanding the importance of having an up to date and engaging LinkedIn account. We know the importance of having a great profile portrait to help standout in a saturated market but we thought we’d ask Sam Bell from Runway Digital what else we can do to stand out on LinkedIn.

Sam shares her top three tips for standing out on LinkedIn:

  1. Look engaging! From a warm, engaging photo to your tagline (to the right of your photo) to your summary and beyond, use words that’ll have readers stay and want to read more. Especially the first few sentences. Be bold, be interesting!
  2. Get into your readers’ shoes! What are people looking for when they search for someone with your skills? Update your tagline and Summary so it includes words they’d search for in Linkedin and throughout your profile write to them directly.
  3. Look sharp! There’s small tweaks you can make to your Linkedin so you look progressive and highly polished. From making sure the link to your Linkedin is unique, to including your presentations or marketing brochures for relevant products or services, …use Linkedin to showcase who you are right now.

Want to know more?

Check out Sam’s ebook which is filled with great tips and examples on standing out on LinkedIn .

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Client Spotlight: Jewellery Designer, Amanda Dowd

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016


Amanda of Amanda Dowd Jewellery By Design is a Jeweller and Gold and Silversmith. Amanda specialises in making one of a kind pieces of jewellery including special occasion pieces, engagement rings, wedding anniversary gifts and remodelling or heirlooms that have been inherited.

Amanda’s creative process begins with sitting down with a client and through the consultation process she draws out of her clients what they would like to have made. From there she draws up the designs for the client to choose from and then she hand crafts that special piece for them.

Amanda decided to get professional portraits taken as she wanted to portray her personality online and give her clients an introduction into who she is and what she does. Amanda came to Lizzy as she’d seen some of Lizzy’s work elsewhere and liked the results.

Of working with Lizzy Amanda said;
“I am very Happy with results, Lizzy made me feel very comfortable, and was able to create a variety of photos for me to now use for my new website, and other promotional media.”



Relaxed Corporate Portrait Session with Leanne

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Introducing our recent client, Leanne Gow.


What do you do?

I am presently in Finance looking after the Asia Pacific region for an LSE listed Company in the Education Services Sector. I am about to embark on an exciting work life change which is the reason I am getting my portraits updated.

Tell me about how you got into your field.

The University of Melbourne B Com ticket took me into PwC. With that great start I moved from the Profession into the Corporate Finance area where I have taken up CFO or equivalent roles in diverse industries including Technology distribution, Transport and Logistics, Retail, Book Publishing and Education Services

Tell me a bit about what you do.

The last few years have been the best so far because they took me away from the routine associated with the Finance function. I have spent a lot of time travelling, sometimes to our offices in London and New York but mostly to businesses in the Asia Pacific area, mainly in China and India. I have been working on acquisitions, both pre and post acquisition. When a business is acquired I have been integrating the Finance functions in those new businesses. Lately, there has been major divestment from the Group and separating what was previously a fully integrated business unit has been a challenging but interesting process.

Why did you choose to hire Lizzy C Photography?

This is the second time I have used Lizzy C for portraits. My first experience was great so I went back when it came time to update the portraits

Tell us about your experience working with her. Were you happy with
the results of your shoot?

My whole life I have been convinced that, contrary to the old adage, the Cameral does indeed lie! I do not take a good photo! I think the reason Liz’s portraits work is that she makes me relax and so, instead of a forced, almost self conscious look, she manages to bring out a more natural expression which in turn improves the outcome. In my view she weaves magic and I am delighted with the outcomes.




Client Spotlight: Profile Portraits: Tony Romanelli

Friday, February 20th, 2015


When I pack up the studio, after one of our special profile portrait days, I am always exhausted. It’s a big day, lots of photography but also a big part of these sessions is meeting people and learning about their personalities and what they do. This is especially important because not only do we photograph a true representation of each client’s personality but it means they let their guard down and enjoy the session. This results in relaxed personable portraits. I couldn’t love it more, as I get to meet people from all walks of life and we basically end up having heaps of laughs, chats and to be honest a lot of fun!

Tony was absolutely no exception. Tony is just one of those lovely personable and genuine guys. He came to us through a recommendation, through a lovely past client of mine, Marion. So I knew he was going to be great fun to work with, as well all I can say is good people know good people.

This is a little about Tony (a truly fascinating gentleman) and his experience of the shoot.

What do you do?
I am a social policy creator and developer for marginalised youth.

Tell me about how you got into your field.
I began my career as a teacher and then progressed into the public service as a senior consultant, where I worked on both the Disabilities and Behavior and Well being portfolios.

Tell me a bit about what you do.
A highly experienced and passionate advocate for marginalised youth, educator, trainer and facilitator, I specialise in the development of policy based on the principles of inclusion and social justice, reflective of the needs of our vulnerable youth.

Why did you choose to hire Lizzy C Photography?
Lizzy was highly recommended by a friend and colleague.

Tell us about your experience working with her. Were you happy with the results of your shoot?
Lizzy made me feel very relaxed which made the shoot loads of fun. It was so easy to connect with Lizzy, and it didn’t take long before we were solving
the worlds problems, having a good laugh, which resulted in heaps of fantastic shots. It was so difficult to choose the shots, because they were all great.

Competition Winner: Kelly’s Portrait Session

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Kelly Reyolds was the lucky winner of our competition.  As part of the competition, Kelly won a all inclusive profile portrait session for business owners!

We asked Kelly a few questions about her work as a graphic designer and her experience of a Lizzy C Photography photo session.

Client Spotlight: Kelly Reynolds


1. What do you do?
I’m a freelance graphic designer. I create logos, publications, ads, websites, signage – anything in the visual media! I also love illustration, either hand drawn or computer generated. You can see examples of my work at


2.Tell me about how you got into your field.
I loved art and graphic communication at school – so it was a pretty easy decision! I liked that it was a creative field with a practical, commercial purpose.


3. Tell me a bit about what you do and what makes you different than your competitors?
A lot of my work is creating logos and branding for companies, which involves extracting a detailed brief from the client, then distilling that information and capturing the essence of their company in a single mark or look, which I love. I think what makes me different is that I have a very thoughtful approach to my work, and I really care about doing a great job for my clients!


4. Why did you choose to hire Lizzy C Photography?
I was lucky enough to win this shoot from the facebook competition!


5. Tell us about your experience working with Lizzy. Were you happy with the results of your shoot?
The results are fantastic! I’m so happy with my pics. Lizzy was very friendly and quick to put me at ease, I didn’t feel nervous or ‘under the spotlight’ at all. I would definitely recommend her for lovely, natural portraits.
As the winner of our competition, Kelly received:
  • A 45 minute studio session
  • 4 digital images on DVD
  • A secure web gallery of images to choose from (up to 30 images)
  • All post production work/retouching of images


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Client Spotlight: Chris Chan’s relaxed corporate portraits

Thursday, September 11th, 2014


It’s always lovely to be referred by past clients. I figure this means that they think we did an awesome job! That’s how I came to photograph Chris Chan. Chris tells me that he had really good feedback from colleague and friend Bernd Schiffer. He also thought that our style really made our clients look warm and friendly, which was the impression he wanted to project of himself.

Chris is an Enterprise Lean & Agile Coach, consultant and trainer who focuses on facilitating organisational change and the transformation to a more agile workplace.

Chris is very passionate about what he does. His naturally curious personality means he is constantly learning and striving to get better at things. He lives by the moto “you can never stop learning” and is spurred on by the excitement of learning something new no matter how small it may be. While striving to find better ways of doing things himself, he discovered an appetite for helping others get better at working. He loves mentoring and coaching people in agile ways of working, and gets a lot of satisfaction from seeing people succeed. He tells me that his fresh, outside perspective and pragmatic attitude are things clients really value.

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Client Spotlight: Professional Portraits for Jill Blunsom

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Melbourne business portraitsI love working directly with business people. It is very rewarding to work closely with someone to make sure we produce images that represent them, their business and their brand, which they can then use across their marketing and online profiles. On top of that, I love hearing about what people do and all the creative business ideas that are out there.

It’s no secret that I am a massive fan of travel, so I was thrilled to recently work with Jill Blunsom of Gourmet South America and learn more about what she does. Jill creates personalised private travel arrangements to South America, organising everything from flights, hotels and touring, to winery stays and fine dining experiences to complement the journey. With a 12 year career in the South Amercian travel industry she really knows her stuff. She is passionate about all things South America and tells me that there are so many places that people don’t know about, so she’s made it her mission to design itineraries based on her own experience travelling in the region, which are tailored to each individual. Some of her travel highlights have taken her well away from the tourist crowds; to Estancias with its jaw dropping views, to world class wine lodges, jungle retreats, and fine dining experiences to rival the world’s best.

Jill was looking online for a professional photographer who could create a more relaxed professional profile and our folio appealed. Jill had some really lovely things to say about her experience working with us: “I found Lizzy very professional and able to create an environment in which I could relax, enjoy the shoot and even have a bit of a laugh. The end result was some great shots which I am now using on all of my professional pages, i have had many compliments on them. Thank you Lizzy!”

Aww, thanks Jill!

Professional Business Portraits | Melbourne Photographer

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Having a good quality business portrait is important to business people looking to convey a professional image of themselves and their company. Having good quality images that reflect your personality and the image of your business can be a great marketing tool. If you are sick of using the same images over and over for your Linked In, Facebook and other online profiles, maybe you should think about getting in touch!

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LinkedIn Professional Protraits

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Recently, we photographed John Farrow, an IT and business outcome delivery professional. He found Lizzy C Photography through every savvy professional’s favorite social media site: LinkedIn. He started off in his career writing operating systems, then moved across to the business and human side of projects and strategy development in financial services and technology. Now he is a specialist in technology leadership and business partnerships and boasts a set of transferable skills—a valuable commodity in today’s competitive market. We took photos mainly for his linkedin profile and website. It was important to John to have professional portraits which made him feel accessible to his large ranging client base, he later shared that he was really happy with our service, efficiency, and quality.

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Professional Relaxed Corporate Portraits

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Imogene and Christoph Hewett

We first met Imogene and Christoph Hewett when we photographed their wedding in 2009. They were so happy with the results, they not only recommended us to multiple friends, but we were the first ones they turned to when they needed headshots for their new company’s website.

“It was really a natural choice for us to return to Lizzy C knowing full well that she would capture our personalities in the most sincere way,” they said. “We are totally thrilled with our corporate shots as they clearly represent who we are, which is so important to our brand.”

Resonant Integrity is focused on helping professionals sustain their authenticity to the point that they can work in harmony with others to achieve common goals. Imogene and Christoph offer a very personal and authentic approach to developing leaders. They rely on referrals and word-of-mouth to promote their business along with their website  — and that’s where Lizzy’s portraits come in.

“The best thing about working with Lizzy C is that she makes you forget you are looking at a camera,” they said after the shoot. “You feel like you are just talking and laughing with a friend. The sincere warmth and interest she extends to you, allows you to relax and just be yourself in front of her camera. You will walk away with so many wonderful shots of yourself that the only hard part is choosing which ones you are going to use. In our combined experience, Lizzy C is the best photographer we have ever worked with.”


Let’s talk Photography!

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

I don’t know if anyone is ever thrilled about the idea of public speaking and I don’t usually jump at the chance to speak in front of a group of people. But the more I think about it, the more excited I am about the opportunity to share what I am passionate about and what I’ve learnt with a group of my peers. Our industry body, the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP) has asked me to host a small group of photographers for a bit of an informal chat at my new studio. I’m using the opportunity to talk about a few things I am passionate about and feel I’ve learnt along the way, which are innovative business, work life balance, and creating and building the business you want to build.


If you’d like to come along, it can be booked through the AIPP. You don’t have to be a photographer/AIPP member to come along either.

Date: Weds, Oct 30th

Time: 7pm for 7.15pm start

Location: 79 Ireland St, Melbourne West (buzz reception for entry)

Strictly limited places

Cost: $10 (student), $15 (member) and $25 (non-member)