Online profile pictures are key if you want to have good results with online dating. If you're planning on having a photo shoot in order to get better online profile photos, you may want to follow these tips created by April Davis, a Matchmaker at Cupid's Cronies and also a former model herself.
Before the shoot
- Steer clear of busy patterns, which can add pounds and distract. Also avoid baggy clothes and several layers.
- Stay away from black, white, and grey - Color looks so much better. Check out this site for tips on your colors you should wear - http://makeupandbeauty.com/skin-tone/
- Brush, floss, and whiten teeth beforehand.
- Make sure your skin is moisturized.
- Make sure nails are done and/or clean
During the shoot
- Do some looking away from the camera both smiling and not.
- When doing a full or half body shot, point toes sideways, one foot in front of other, with shoulders/head facing camera
- Chin out and away from neck. It may feel awkward, but looks better on camera. You don't want to show a double chin.
- Don’t press arms against body. It flattens them out and makes them look bigger.
- Ideally get 3+ different looks -
- Casual (what you'd wear on a date going to play mini golf)
- Displaying a hobby/interest or active side outdoors (biking, walking, just being outdoors)
- More professional, but in interesting background. See examples.
- Outdoor shots are typically better. The professional one would make sense to not have nature in the background though.
- Take some pictures with friends, but make sure it's not your main image and people can tell who you are.
- Stay clear of a bunch of drinking pictures
- Landscape/horizontal shots are typically better
- Use props and/or things that are important to you. You could have a photo of you gardening, with an instrument, with your motorcycle or dog, anything that shows your favorite hobbies or things.
- Look feminine - Wear a dress and colors.
- Make-up - you’ll want to wear more make-up than you normally do. Use foundation and maybe powder to even out your skin tones. Be sure to enhance your lips, eyes (eyeliner, mascara, and eyeshadow), and cheeks.
- A little bronzer is ok, but probably don't want to do too much because it can look uneven with the lighting.
- If you sometimes have facial hair, feel free to keep it, but bring a razor to shave in between shots. This way we will have two looks to choose from (with and without hair).
- Have a photo where you're not looking at the camera and it looks like your friend just took a snapshot of you from the side or similar to this example.
- No pictures of you with dead animals please!