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Effective ways to get a perfect profile photo: by Richard Vickery

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Effective ways to get a perfect profile photo:

Your profile photo is the first thing that someone will see when they search for members to date or receive an email message from you, so it must be good. A bit like walking into a packed bar trying to find a date the “traditional” way, the first thing someone is usually attracted to is your face and it is no different online!

Here are ways to avoid getting a bad profile photo;

1. No to mirror shots or selfies

These just look terrible, usually the photo is taken at an angle, misses half their face and the lighting is totally wrong. If you take the photo looking in a mirror your arm obscures part of your picture. The simple rule is get someone else to take the photo.

2. Don’t use photos with fuzzy or bad quality

Make sure your photo is clear. Fuzzy and unclear photos just don’t get looked at as it looks like the person is either a) not bothered about dating and therefore not serious as they haven’t taken the time to take a clear picture or b) wanting to hide their picture and there is no need to do that as if you meet up at some point in the future you will see each other face to face anyway.

3. Photos with someone else

This just confuses the person looking at your profile as they won’t be able to work out which one you are as you’re not going to put arrows on it! Which we don’t recommend!

4. Why the long face?

When have you ever looked at someone looking miserable and thought wow, I really want to meet that person? Answer: Never. Same applies with a photo, so think happy and look happy when it is being taken.

How to get a good profile photo?

1. Look like someone you’d want to meet

Always look like someone you would like to meet as a friend (same sex) and look like them. It’s a simple and basic rule.

2. Don’t forget to smile

Show that great smile of yours! Everyone has a great smile and using it on your profile picture will definitely help get you attention. People are drawn to happy people that's a fact and so use this to your advantage on your profile picture.

3. Find a good lighting

A well lit photo makes a huge difference. A photo taken outside in natural light will always be much better than one taken indoors under artificial light.

4. All natural photos

Mostly applies to women, go easy on the makeup for your profile photo. This is just so that you come across natural. The more natural you look the more you will appeal to others.

5. Use recent photos if possible

Make sure it’s a recent photo, don't use the one from a few years ago when you were a little bit thinner, or you felt you looked slimmer. Again if you’re going to meet up with a member for a date, they will probably realise that its an old photo and let’s face it you never want to start a relationship with a lie!

How should you take a perfect profile picture

1. No DIY please

Very simple get someone else to take your photo.

2. Don't pose

Try and make the photo look as natural as possible. The more natural the photo the more people will be drawn to you and your profile. The simple rule is nobody likes fake.

Also, these are good considerations for additional photos to upload

So we have learnt what makes a good and bad main profile photo. What about those additional photos you are allowed to upload?

On most dating sites you are allowed to upload a few more photos, these will not be used as you main profile photo, but should someone take an interest in you they can browse these to decide if they want to meet up.

Since you have already followed the advice above, you will have one clear photo of you uploaded as your main profile picture. So the rules on the additional photos are more flexible. Here are a few things to think about.

1. Let the background spark a conversation

If you have a nice photo with something of interest in the background (such as a famous landmark, venue, place) it can help the person contacting you to come up with their initial email. So its a winner on two accounts, firstly it helps make you look interesting and secondly it helps someone contacting you to come up with the initial message.

2. With friends

It’s nice to see someone socialising, so why not add just the one photo with you at a bar with some friends, or in a pub or perhaps at a special event? Please please don't upload any of the ones where you are drunk and crashed out on the couch!

3. Upload an activity shot

Nobody really likes to be with very lazy people. OK you don’t have to show yourself as a marathon runner, but if you can show yourself taking part in one of your favorite activities it shows you are definitely not a couch potato. Perhaps you enjoy hiking, or cycling, or white water rafting? All of these would be great as an activity shot.

4. Fun/silly photo (only if it’s your thing)

By all means upload a photo of you doing something silly, but only if it really goes with your personality. People always think that being fun/silly is an attractive feature and to some extent it is, but its definitely not when its forced or not true.

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