The online dating world is like the Serengeti. We're all hungry and there's no Seamless in the wild so we all have to hunt. It's a lion-eat-hyena world, and your profile photo is the most important way to get an edge on all the wild creatures out there. Chris Gampat at the Phoblographer wrote a post meant for professional photographers taking pictures of people for their profile, but there is plenty of good stuff we can glean from him. And for you shutterbugs out there, he has some great advice on equipment that is way over my head.
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What's a person supposed to do?? It's a casual, fun hour of strolling and chatting. Over the years, I've heard two phrases repeated over and over: This is so much easier than I expected. I look forward to hearing from you!
How to Perfect Your Online Dating Profile Picture, According to a Pro Photographer
However, traditional headshot or lifestyle photographs are not usually ideal for online dating profiles. This is especially true in the greater Los Angeles area where there's a perceived stigma associated with the acting profession and the headshots often found in dating profiles. Therefore, if you post an obvious "headshot" as your profile photo, you're often narrowing the field of individuals who might consider you for their potential match.
Nothing makes more of an impact on your dating profile than your main image. You can have everything going for you -- great job, no kids, never married, and sporting an appropriate number of teeth -- and one bad shadow, receding hairline, or misplaced background can render you undateable with one swipe. And there's a science to all of this. Researching profile photos has surfaced bizarre information, like the fact that the most popular guys show the left side of their faces and demonstrate pride.