If you’ve ever been on a dating website before, you’ll quickly notice one thing above all else – there’s a huge variance in the types of profile pictures you see.
Some feature the person surrounded by friends, others are of people alone in their home, some are at parties and others don’t even feature the dater at all (something we really don’t recommend). You’ll also notice that some pictures have an intrinsic appeal which is often hard to articulate.
These pictures have a sort of radiance, creating an attraction which leads you to click on their profile and, perhaps, fire off an introductory message.
Yes, there’s no doubting that having the right pictures can be vital in finding the special somebody online, but how do you do it? We’ve covered general profile picture tips for over 50 daters in the past so we won’t cover that ground again.
Instead, we’re going to tell you some of the tricks you can use to dramatically improve the quality of your profile pictures and up the number of introductory messages you receive.
So, without further to do, let’s get into it.
Utilise front facing daylight
If you’ve ever seen a professional photo shoot before, you’ll know that by far the most popular way of lighting a model is front-on. Not only does this emphasise the face perfectly, but it also creates a glint in the eye which is totally irresistible.
You don’t need to visit a photography studio to enjoy those benefits though, because by having yourself photographed in favourable lighting, facing towards the sun will create a very similar effect. For the best results, use a good camera (if possible) and try to take pictures during the ‘golden hour’, as the sun begins to set for the day.
Avoid busy, cluttered backgrounds
Your profile picture is the first thing a prospective date will see but in a list of others, it can be hard to stand out. It’s especially hard when you’re tough to pick out in your picture.
Photographs of you enjoying yourself on a hike or on a busy beach might help explain in a visual sense your hobbies and interests, but they’re really hard to parse when scrolling through a list.
Instead, make your primary profile picture one of you against an uncluttered background. It’ll make you stand out more, and highlight your best features in the process.
Have somebody you like take your photo
It might sound a little strange at first, but having somebody you have a natural rapport with taking your photograph, you’ll find that you end up with far better photographs than otherwise.
Somebody who can make you smile and laugh naturally will help you produce photos which show real, natural joy. That’s something that studies have found is truly appealing in photographs, so don’t treat your pictures as an obligation, have fun with them!