The photos you choose for an online dating profile can make or break your efforts to find a mate. While the text of your profile is important, your photos are what will initially draw the eye of a potential paramour – so they’d better be good!
Here are some do’s and don'ts of picking your profile photos…
DON’T:-Use group photos where it’s unclear which person is you. It’s perhaps okay to have one of
these in your profile, but it shouldn’t be your first/main photo, and you should ideally be
centered or highlighted in some way.
-Use photos where your face is obscured – such as by sunglasses or a hat – unless
face/head coverings are part of your daily wear, for religious reasons or otherwise. Your
potential dates want to know what you look like, so don’t hide that pretty face away!
-Use all selfies. Because of the slightly distorted angle at which they’re taken, they don’t
always provide the most accurate picture of your face. It’s best to have a mix of photos you
took and photos someone else took, if possible.
-Use old photos. Every picture on your profile should have been taken within the last two
years, tops – even less if you’ve gone through a major physical change recently, like a big
weight loss or gain, a style overhaul, or a hairstyle switch-up.
Resist the urge to lean on that (admittedly nice-looking) old snap of you from 2009!
-Use photos with excessive Photoshopping or filters. Come on; you don’t need those. They
just conceal what you actually look like, which isn’t fair to you or your matches.
Yeah, it’s good to look nice on your profile, but it’s even more important to be authentic.
-Choose pictures with decent lighting. It’s impossible to know what you look like if you’re
shrouded in shadows! Natural-yet-diffused lighting is best, like the kind you tend to see on
-Include pictures of you smiling. You look the cutest when you’re happy! Aim for a real smile,
not one you have to force for the photo.
-Include photos of you doing your favorite hobbies – playing music, climbing mountains,
painting abstract art, winning a soccer game; whatever lights you up.
Your passions are what will draw a potential match to you, and they make you much more attractive.
-Choose photos of you in a wide variety of settings and situations. Indoors and outdoors;
active and posed; smiling and concentrated; socializing and alone… You want your photos
to represent broad swathes of your life, to paint an accurate picture of what you’re like.
-Ask friends and family for their thoughts on your array of photos. They know what you really
look like, maybe even better than you do, so they can tell you if your photos accurately
How do you choose which photos to use in your profile?