The only thing worse than a bad profile picture is no photo at all. In fact, in a recent Elite Singles survey, 58% of British singles would refuse to open a profile without photos.Toby Aiken, a professional freelance photographer based in Gloucestershire, says that having profile pictures is an essential step for two reasons.But Vondie Lozano, licensed marriage and family therapist, has some other not-so-obvious flags to add to the list.
But while online dating may be a great way to find your soul mate, you’ll be confronted with thousands of candidates.
And, like many other online offerings, the "product" received may not always be what was advertised.
As anyone who occasionally frequents a dating app will know, photos are undeniably the most important part of one’s profile. Despite my friends’ and family’s insistence that I am an attention-seeking drama queen, I was extremely nervous. Saskia informed me that men are more likely to swipe right for a woman who smiles than a duckface.
It’s a shallow world, and it’s getting to the point where fuzzy, badly-lit photos just won’t cut it. “Lots of people assume they are unphotogenic,” says Saskia, and I felt so awkward. So smile I did, trying my utmost to make it look natural and not like I was on a roof in London having my photo taken by a stranger in the hope of getting more dates.
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I went from virtually no interest in my profile, to not being able to keep up with how many wonderful guys were responding to me.
Not only that but we’re pickier too - a profile full of group shots? “Our ethos is that the final photos look like one of your best friends, who happens to be fantastic at photography, took them while out and about with you,” Saskia explained, “Rather than, 'I'm so desperate I needed a pro photography shoot'.” A few minutes’ in, I feeling more relaxed, so Saskia suggested moving on to another spot.
So more and more people are turning to specialised dating photography agencies to ensure their pictures will give them the best possible chance of scoring a date. Well, according to Saskia Nelson, founder of the UK’s first online dating profile photography agency Hey Saturday, a lot of people are: “Our client numbers are doubling year on year approximately since we launched,” she told Upon Saskia’s recommendation, we met on the Southbank in London. The prospect of having a photoshoot in front of crowds of weekend tourists was terrifying, but luckily, Saskia suggested we start the shoot somewhere quieter.
I would definitely, highly recommend getting new photos from Online Profile Pros! Soon after the photo shoot I sent the photographer an email saying that the women online reacted favorably to my photos.