More and more of us are turning to Online Dating to find our love-match. Whether it’s through an app such as ‘Tinder‘, ‘Bumble‘ or ‘OK Cupid‘ or a more traditional service like ‘Plenty of Fish‘ and ‘eHarmony‘, a good selection of natural yet good quality photos is important to make the best first impression. Professional and up to date photographs help you stand out from the crowd. Here are a few tips to help you when considering the visual aspects of your online dating profile.
Online Dating: How to Make Your Profile Stand Out with Amazing Portrait Photography
1. Forget the Selfie!
Your first online dating profile head shot will be the first thing that potential matches will notice about you. Selfies are good fun on Facebook but when looking for love, you’re worth more than that. With a selfie, it’s difficult to get the best angle and expression. As for mirror shots – forget it! With professional photos, you’ll come across as someone that invests time in themself and that is serious about finding their other half.
2. Keep Your Photos Current…
Research shows that most online daters are honest about their age and appearance, but it can be tempting not to be. If you’re serious about meeting someone, remember that they will see you in the flesh eventually. Being honest upfront ensures that there will be no unexpected surprises later on. No photos from ten years ago – keep it fresh!
3. Look Happy and Confident!
A smile goes a long way and it is the job of the professional photographer to ensure you look your relaxed and confident best. They will know where and how to place you to highlight your best features and how to bring out those gorgeous and non-forced natural smiles. Did you know that shooting a woman from slightly above makes her eyes look bigger and is more flattering? For a man, slightly below works best to bring out the masculinity.
When reviewing your online dating profile photos, ask yourself, “Would I want to meet this person?” If the answer is, “No!” then why would anyone else? Think about what attracts you to someone you would consider to going out with.
4. Fill Your Profile…
Most sites allow at least five photographs on their member’s profiles. So why not use this space and give potential matches more ‘eye-candy’ so they can make an informed choice? Choose a photographer who spends time with different scenarios and doesn’t limit the selection of photographs too much. The first should be a crisp and clear recent head shot that shows you smiling and reveals some of your character. Then there should be a full length or at least upper body shot. It’s also a good idea to have one photo doing an activity that interests you (see 6, below).
5. Most Successful Dating Profile Photos?
Statistically, dating photos with the most clicking action are those in the landscape orientation and that show at least some of the body. Extreme close-ups suggest something to hide as do wide angled, far away shots. Generally people want to get a fair idea of your body-shape as well as facial features. Smiles please men most about female photos, and pride seems attractive to women looking at men. The bottom line is not to hide, but display with confidence your most pleasing features. Show the real you!
An exception might be the black and white photo of Alison at the top. She looks so gorgeous in it and it really captures her. I love the intense gaze and natural half-smile. If you have a photograph that shows off your features and connects to the viewer as much as this one, then obviously do put it first. But second shot go full length (or at least upper body – as above)… By then you’ll have his or her attention!
6. Include a Talking Point or Personal Interest…
I find outdoor dating shoots to be the most pleasing in terms of light and opportunity. These bring with them a whole host of opportunity in terms of locations and added interest. If you love dogs and animals, then why not bring your pet with you? You could have the shoot near to your home so that you could easily drop them back there and carry on without. Or if you like to draw, bring pencil and paper. If you love the great outdoors, then have your dating photography session in the countryside as it will reflect you better.
7. Age is no Barrier!
Whatever your age, there is someone out there for you. There are people looking for love and friendship all over the Internet from age 18 to 70 and beyond. Whoever you are at whatever age, there is someone looking for someone just like you. Professional dating profile head shots should show off all your best features and attract others wanting to know more.
8. Enjoy the Experience…
Your photo shoot should be a fun experience. Time to invest in doing something for you is time all too easily forgotten about these days. I’m here to give you an enjoyable time that is all about you. You should come away from it feeling confident and optimistic that Mr or Miss Right is just around the corner…
ONLINE DATING PROFILE PHOTOGRAPHY SHOOT
For a shoot of 2 hours in a location(s) of your choice with all edited files provided by upload. Approx. 50 photographs provided in a mixture of colour and black and white – £150
If 2 hours is too much and you’re happy to travel to Caerphilly then up to 1 hour – £100
Although I have now relocated to Caerphilly near Cardiff, I cover all of South Wales including Swansea, Newport, Neath, Pontypridd, Cwmbran, Abergavenny, Blackwood and Penarth.