A picture is worth a thousand words, as the old saying goes, and nowhere is that more true than on your dating profile. First impressions count, so it’s crucial that your primary photo is one that will catch attention and spur potential dates on to getting in touch with you. Here are the types of photo you should avoid using to increase your chances of success.
Unless you’ve taken a really good shot with a selfie stick, pictures you’ve taken of yourself are a big no-no. They don’t show you off to your big potential and are usually either at a weird angle or in a bathroom mirror, which is never a good look. If you don’t have any pictures of yourself to hand, which is rare in the age of social media, ask a friend to take some new shots of you.
If your profile photo is dark, fuzzy, pixelated or you’re too far away from the camera to be seen clearly, it’s a bad choice. A well-focussed, clear, colourful head and shoulders shot will get you the most attention and clicks on your profile.
Whilst having friends is a great thing, they don’t need to be in your main dating profile photo. Potential dates are looking to meet you and not your friends (not yet, anyway!). It can also be unclear which one is actually you, which can make things confusing, meaning someone will ignore your profile in favour of some else’s.
You may think a photo of your pouting makes you look like your on the cover of Vogue, but in reality it makes you look moody and grumpy, which is a massive turn off. A big smile is much more attractive and far more likely to encourage someone contact you. People want the dates they go on to be fun, so it’s important to come over as someone upbeat and warm.
Tempting as it might be to upload a picture from five years ago where you looked a bit younger and carried a couple less pounds, it’s not a good idea. As soon as you meet your date IRL they will know what you’ve hoodwinked them a bit and things will be off to a bad start. Find a flattering photo of how look now instead.
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