In today’s story we decided to arm you with some knowledge regarding the must have photos for your dating profile, for most people out there figuring out how to choose the best pictures for their dating profile is easier said than done.
As a bonus we will also tell you what kind of photos you should avoid at all cost. Before we start, we must acknowledge, there are two types of people out there when it comes to taking photos:
- Those who are selfie-obsessed or simply have way too many photos to choose from,
- Those who are camera shy and seriously dread taking photos in general let alone taking dating profile friendly photos.
So now the good news is we will cater for both type of people that we laid out above, practically it can be quite the process if you’re serious about putting in the effort of representing your best face forward on Ello.ie. And by all means, you should be: it’s no secret that, when it comes to dating apps these days, most people tend to swipe first and ask questions later, if you know what we mean by that…
So if you’re not sure whether certain photos will help your online dating game and need a little push in the right direction we will fill in that gap for you to pick the best photos for your Ello.ie dating profile — because only the first impressions matter these days.
# The Headshot
Unlike Ello.ie App most online dating sites only give you a small one-inch square for your main profile picture to lure people onto your page, which is why the perfect headshot is your best option for racking up clicks, likes, and messages.
You may think of selfies when you hear the word “headshot,” but the weird angles often distort your face, yes we are saying no to selfies, we all got friends so do you, so swap out the selfie stick for a best friend or professional photographer to snap the picture for you.
The science behind the most desirable headshot is quite simple, look straight into the camera with a nice smile, stand under natural light, style your hair nicely, a groomed face for a man and a minimal, natural makeup look for the woman that’s if she does wear makeup, and a simple background like a brick wall.
These days everyone wants someone who is easy going and approachable so smiling is the cheapest way to do just that. When you are looking straight into the camera it shows you’re ready to go, they say eyes are the window into your soul, we couldn’t agree more.
Your picture should look like your best friend took it because you don’t want a photo that looks like you’re posing at some portrait studio either.
As for picture of you acting socially awkward or wearing sunglasses, hats, and a stone cold face don’t make you look mysterious, if anything, they make you look as if you’re playing hard to get and unapproachable with a hidden agenda so most people look and think of you as one dimensional.
It’s worth to point out, most people these days are not looking for a reason to go out with someone while swiping, but they are on the lookout a reason not to go out with someone as per se.
Don’t be afraid to use the “headshot” as an opportunity to embrace who you are. If you have curly hair, let those ringlets run wild or if you wear glasses for your eyesight leave them on for your picture. A little bit of acceptance and self-love can go a long way in finding true love.
# Full Body Shot
If you think about the possibility of someone getting catfished in Ireland is slim to none, those things only happen to people in America right? Wrong! People get catfished in Ireland every single day! It’s not just an American thing, it happens to people all over the world when it comes to online dating, so the full body shot comes in handy to build trust with others.
Women have a tendency to lie about their age and weight while men tend to lie about their age and height. So when you’re posting full body shots, it’s more comforting for the other person to see the whole package so they can then decide for themselves.
The full body shot is your chance to flaunt your best assets like your long legs, toned arms, or the gentle curves of your hips.
Your photos should be current and a few months old at most. You should be dressed in an outfit that makes you feel, well….. comfortable! So whether it’s that pretty suit you wore to your best friend’s wedding, the little black dress you wore out for a night out, or your favorite pair of jeans.
When you feel great and you have on a great outfit that compliments your body, it brings out your confidence that can be seen in the photos.
Also remember that you created your dating profile to showcase yourself and not your dog, cat or a group of your half a dozen friends so save those photos for your social media accounts, ok enough said.
# Your Lifestyle Photo
In this photo you have the opportunity to give a glimpse into your everyday life. Your lifestyle photo should show you in action participating in your favorite activity, hobby, or passion like if you are in GAA throw on your favorite team’s top or if you enjoy jogging, working out put that on it should be a conversation starter.
The goal here is also to give someone a reason to engage with you and ask you a question closely related to you.
Make sure that activity does not divert attention from your looks or hide your face. Avoid wearing bathing suits, bikini tops, tops without a bra and showing too much flesh in your photos. They appear overtly sexual, which will attract the wrong type of crowd onto your profile which isn’t your goal or is it, you decide. However, we suggest showing off your physique with a fitted dress and for men we recommend a nice shirt with a button -up or button-down whichever looks more nicer on you
# The Bonus Photo
The bonus photo should be different than the first three, we suggest you showing yourself in a different angle and light altogether. It could be you wearing a casual everyday outfit for men, and a dolled up head shot for women, or a fun photo of your laughter which can be applied on both men and women.
All of your photos should be vivid with no silly cringy filters to maintain that honest and true consistency of who you are throughout your profile photos. Todays dating is all about marketing yourself at best and forget the rest, keep it in mind that one day you may meet that special person that you impressed with your photos and those lovey dovey messages and if you will appear somewhat different than your photos the have of you in their head it will be a deal breaker for both men as well as women.
We suggest you not to take online dating too seriously at start or even down the line, whatever is made for you won’t pass you by all you have to do is make an effort of putting yourself out there on Ello.ie.
Dating takes courage and if you will put in the effort required everything will fall in place eventually.
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#SHOUTOUT: Photos that should avoided at all cost are the ones with Snapchat filters because you’re human and not a dog, (sorry), posing with celebrities, group photos, beach photos, and more importantly the selfies, particularly the selfies people take in toilets…. seriously guys!