Do You Want More Dates From Dating Websites?

Dating Photography

How your dating profile picture can help you get more dates – because first impressions matter.

If you are single and ready to mingle, don’t feel shame turning to online dating apps to help you find that perfect someone. There is also no shame in doing some research or finding a photographer to help you figure out how to get more matches and more people to swipe right. Some people feel like they’re lying if they put any effort into a picture because it’s not “really” who they are. But we can tell you with certainty that a blurry bathroom selfie doesn’t show the “true you” either. Putting a little time and effort into updating your dating profile can really pay off in the long run and knowing what kinds of pictures to use on your dating profile and which ones are better left to collect virtual dust on your old Photobucket account can make all of the difference. 


Do you respond to people without photos on dating sites?

It only takes 1/10th of a second to form an impression while looking at a picture and is that microsecond that will typically determine which way their swipe will go. There is always a chance of someone swiping right if you have a good profile with lots of fun and interesting details about yourself. There are people out there that will understand that you’re just not the type to take cheesy “bathroom mirror” pictures of yourself. Just know that red flags will start to wave if you don’t share a photo eventually. Having a photo on your dating portfolio builds trust by letting other people know that they are speaking to a real person and not someone who is trying to catfish them. There is also a common understanding that profiles without pictures are often there just to “check things out” and aren’t that interested in actually getting dates or meeting people in person. So if you want to be taken seriously, you’re going to need a good profile photo.


Can a dating site without photos be successful?

The short answer is no, when it comes to dating sites a profile picture is worth way more than 1,000 words. Think about it, both men and women are visual and having the best photos for your online dating profile is crucial. It just takes one look at a picture for someone to start making judgments about what the other person’s personality is like, what their values are, whether you want to go on a date with them or even maybe spend the rest of your life with them, and this is all based on one picture. Whether we like it or not, the main reason behind this is because looks really do matter. Not the type of looks associated with being ugly, hot or sexy but the ones that reflect that special something you like about someone that you can’t quite identify. Plus, a photo adds trust when looking for a potential partner. Users are more likely to quickly connect with people whose photos pique their interest. There are a lot of fake profiles so adding a realistic photo of yourself is a surefire way to filter yourself out.


What is the best type of photo for dating apps?

Candid, candid, candid. The photos presented on your profile are recommended to be natural and of high quality but they shouldn’t look like they were taken by a professional. Candid photos are the most well-liked when it comes to all dating sites. People are more drawn to candid photos because they seem more genuine and they are more likely to trigger positive responses than posed photos do. Remember, people, value authenticity because it feels more accurate. A candid picture gives a quick glimpse into who you really are and, as a result, makes us more drawn to them as both friends and potential lovers.


For a guy, what type of photo works best on a dating site?

Getting her to swipe right is only half the battle, you want your photos to compel her to respond to your messages and say yes to a date, or at least share her number. When you’re vying for the attention of an attractive woman, you need a photo lineup that can go the distance. When selecting images for your dating photos, remember to always look at the camera, this tells a woman everything she wants to know, which is whether she can trust you or not. Even if there’s a glimpse of doubt in her mind that she can’t trust you she’ll swipe left as fast as her thumbs can muster. So, avoid wearing sunglasses, crossing your arms, making serious faces, looking away from the camera, and taking shirtless selfies in the bathroom.


How to take good, online dating pictures?

The number one thing to remember for your primary dating profile photo is quality. People are not going to be impressed if your image is pixelated, you have red-eye, or you are in the middle of a group of friends on a night out. If you look like you didn’t put any effort into your dating profile then people will jump to the conclusion that the same level of commitment will go into your real dating life. Secondly, try to show yourself smiling and being happy. A big mistake people make when selecting profile photographs for online dating is that they don’t pick photographs that make them appear friendly and approachable. Since you’re marketing yourself for love instead of a job, try to avoid the serious headshots that are better suited for your Linkedin profile. A dating profile is intended to pique the curiosity of someone viewing it by giving them a glimpse into your life. The best recipe for an intriguing set of photos includes 3-6 photos that include a full-length body shot, an activity shot, such as taking a hike, playing golf, vacation photos, or doing something that you enjoy, and a mix of indoor and outdoor photos. Just remember that natural is always better, it’s important to look exactly like you would in person but in the warmest and most approachable way possible.


How to choose a good profile picture?

The first thing someone should consider when selecting photographs for your online dating profile is, does the photograph reflect the real you? This photo should shout, “life is good, but it would be even better if you (the person looking at the photo) were in it with me.” An honest face shot mixed with a variance of ‘fun’ photos is high encouraged. The more honest you are upfront, the less time wasted for everyone involved. Choose up to six photos to advertise what is important to you whether that be family, sports, travel, etc. Rather than trying to optimize for the most hearts, try to optimize for the right hearts. The people with similar passions or interests as you will get excited about potentially matching if they see that you also enjoy hiking, cooking, or hanging out with your family.  


Why is it important to keep a good profile picture?

Photos can tell you a lot about a potential date. Not having a photo, having a grainy, out-of-focus or outdated photo are all signs that the person probably has something to hide or isn’t really serious about the dating process. Like many other online offerings, we have the best experience when the “product” received is just the way it was advertised. You have to assume that a quick glance at the thumbnails is all she is going to use to decide whether to open the message, so if your main image isn’t the single best photo you own then you are doing yourself a disservice. No cheesy topless shots, no stuffy formal pictures, and no Myspace style self-portraits either. You want a picture that shows you are a relaxed, fun person who has an active social life. You want to get people to respond to you based on your profile, and you want it to lead somewhere. A great way to do this is to show yourself doing something interesting in your photos, like playing guitar or volunteering. So, improve your chances of success by selecting photos that resemble the real you. 


What kind of photos work best on Tinder? 

Just because Tinder allows you to display six pictures on your profile it doesn’t always mean you should. If you do not have six high-quality photos that genuinely reflect you, your personality, values, and hobbies then sticking to only the ones that do can have a greater impact in the long-run. This is because one very unflattering photo is enough to make many people close your profile and continue looking elsewhere, no matter how good the others were. At the very least your main picture should offer a clear, unobstructed view of your face. This can be a clean headshot showing the upper third of your body.  Try to refrain from using filters and displaying photos with the opposite sex. If you have a furry friend, including a picture of you two together this can even make for a fantastic main photo. Group photos can also make great secondary photos because they reflect a happy and healthy social life. Just make sure we already know which one you are, nobody likes to play “Where’s Waldo” while looking at a dating profile. Just remember that your profile picture should resemble the fun and exciting you by displaying a series of photos of you looking great while enjoying some of your favorite things.


How to take a good Tinder picture if I am an average guy?

According to a 2017 analysis by Aviv Goldgeier, a data scientist at Hinge, showed that the top 10% of men get 58% of all matches. This means that you need to put yourself in the top 10% of men in order to see some real success. I know what you might be thinking, that you’re not attractive enough to be in the top 10%, you’re overweight, have acne, etc. All of this is okay, really! It turns out that getting into that top 10% isn’t about your genetics, It’s all about your presentation. Presentation is a visual representation of your attitude, experience, personality, intelligence, and ambition and not so much about the features themselves.  Your attractiveness isn’t being judged merely by how good looking you are. Context matters a lot, and standing in front of a white wall in all of your photos is a bad idea. If at all possible, try to include photos of you engaged in your favorite activities, or taken in interesting places. Paint a picture of what it might be like to spend time with you. All you need is good lighting, a good camera and a smile. You can also try propping up your camera with a real or makeshift tripod to avoid those awkward selfies. Experiment with different poses and angles and strive to look natural, like a friend decided to pull out their camera and take a picture of you. Don’t be afraid to ask a friend to help you sift through your series of photos to find the best one and if all else fails, hiring a professional photographer can save you lots of time and headaches. 


What photos of men are women drawn to on dating sites?

Most women feel pretty vulnerable putting themselves out there on the web for all to see and a bare minimum standard is that a man does the same. Despite the fact that any photo is better than none, we should still try to make them as attractive and as realistic as possible. Having pictures of you doing something active or something you love on your profile can increase your odds when it comes to online dating. This is true because it shows women that you live a full and engaging life and that you potentially share some common interests.  When your pictures create topics of conversation, she won’t have to think hard about how to respond to your message. If you have a pet, post some pictures! These types of photos give off the impression that you’re caring yet playful, gentle yet protective and easy-going yet responsible. Don’t be afraid to include some group photos on your profile, photos of you with friends or family let women know that she is looking at a good guy that is capable of having healthy relationships. Include pictures of you looking happy, happiness is attractive! Lastly, include pictures of your physical appearance and age with honesty. Online dating is one place where you get to be yourself! Plus women will find your self-confidence really attractive. Just remember to be who you are, so the right woman can find you! 


How to choose a professional photographer?

Your photographer should have a strong focus on creating images that represent the best attributes of you in the most natural way possible. This will help emphasize your genuine warmth and approachability. Find a photographer that creates a series of photos that showcase your personality and physique in a variety of different wardrobes and poses. If they are retouching those photographs, make sure that they understand to only remove things that could be considered temporary, like blemishes or stains. The last thing you want is a disappointed look on someone’s face when you show up to meet them for the first time when you look nothing like your photograph. A great photographer is one that strives to catch candid photos to show the real you. So let them get to know you! This will help you feel comfortable and less stiff in your portraits. Candid photos make people seem more genuine and more desirable for dating or friendship. Remember that people are more attracted to authenticity than perfection.

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Hector Cavazos