The Secret To Dating Profile Photos That Work

An online dating profile is essentially an advertisement, trying to sell you to a potential partner. They are filled with content about who you are and what you enjoy, as a method of measuring your compatibility with someone. Choosing the best online dating site is essential. The content of your dating profile is crucial to your success, but nothing is quite as important as the profile picture.

Your dating profile photos are the first thing a potential date will see of you. It has to grab their attention, in a good way. If you’re wondering how to capture the best dating profile photos, here are a few suggestions to get you started:

Pay Attention To Lighting

Good lighting can make or break your picture. That is why it’s important to use the best lighting to show off your best self. The best lighting, of course, is natural light. So, go outside to take your profile pictures! Try to avoid going out at night, though. Even if your camera has a flash, it’s not going to be flattering.

Get A Second Opinion of your Dating Profile Photos

The fact is, we don’t see ourselves the same way that other people see us. Haven’t you had a day you thought you looked amazing and someone mentioned that you looked tired? When choosing your profile pictures, ask someone else for feedback. This can be a friend, family member or even co-worker. A second opinion is always useful.

Know Your Best Features & Use Them

If you have a flattering angle, use it. If you know your best facial feature, accent it. Draw attention to the features you are most proud of. Although most dating experts don’t suggest men choose shirtless gym photos, you can accent your abs if you are proud of them. Women: Don’t underestimate the power of tasteful cleavage. An online dating profile is, essentially, you advertising your best features. What is the best feature to highlight on a dating profile? A bright and genuine smile. Speaking of bright, wearing bright colours is a great way to draw attention to your profile!

Limit The Background Noise

Nothing is more unattractive than a cluttered photo, especially on a dating profile. When you’re taking your pictures, you should make sure to limit what can be seen in the background. Bathroom selfies are awful for dating profiles (and in general). Open space is the ideal, because it places all the focus on you. Clutter can also be other people in your photos. No one wants to try and guess which one you are, so avoid having anyone else in your photos.

Be Yourself in your Dating Profile Photos

You don’t want your dating profile photos to look like a passport photo. You want your personality to show through every aspect of your profile, including your photos. Take your photos while you’re doing something you love, such as your favourite hobbies. This can help people to see the real you. That said, Snapchat filters should never be used on a dating profile. They are misleading and often change too many features. The duck face is a definite “no” as well.

James Preece
Dating Coach and Dating Expert at The Dating Guru
James Preece is the Dating Guru.

He is the UK's leading Dating Coach and Relationship Expert, helping 1000s find love each year.