If you’ve been on the dating scene for a while, you will know how important a profile picture is.
If you’re new to it, you’re probably wondering what all the fuss is about and can’t you just take a bathroom selfie like everyone else?
I’ve got news for you. The bathroom selfie is out, the professional photographer is in!
Because we are well passed 1999 and now everyone is online dating. Ok, maybe not everyone but there has been a serious surge in this trend and you my friend, are literally one in a million.
Your dating photo is the sole reason that someone will stop and take notice. Your profile and bio are secondary because if they don’t like the way you look, they’ve moved on before they even catch your tagline!
You don’t need to look like a filtered megastar to attract attention, you just need a good photographer who knows what your matches are looking for (that’s me, by the way).
I’ll back myself up.
- According to a survey conducted by Carphone Warehouse, 86% of both men and women prefer a full length shot over a head and shoulders one.
- One for the men – A picture of you outside can lead to 19% more messages according to makeofus.com
- Tinder thinks that smiling can increase your chances of a message by 17%
- And (here’s the big one), 70% of men surveyed by Zoosk said that they would prefer their photo to be shot by a professional photographer.
So, whilst you’re asking your friends to take a picture or you’re raising your phone above your head (to avoid the inevitable double chin), ask yourself, is this really the best you can do?
Here are 5 reasons why I think you need to hire a professional photographer for your dating photos
1 - More profile views and messages
The most important reason to hire a professional dating photographer is because they know how to make you stand out online. They know the type of photos that attract attention (in the right way) and you will inevitably gain more messages and interest in your profile.
100% of my clients have seen a significant increase in profile views since uploading their photos to apps like Tinder, Bumble, and Thursday. You see, the trick is to distract singles from other people’s profiles. Essentially, yours must stand out more than theirs.
My clients also report that they have more people message and open a conversation with them.
2 - Capture the best of you
A professional photographer won’t need to use filters to make you look good. They will know the most natural poses, the best places to shoot, and even the clothes that look good on camera.
Furthermore, the photos they capture will catch people’s eye and make you stand out.
3 - Put you at ease
A good photographer will put you at ease and relax you in front of their camera. They will guide you from start to finish and even if you go into the session nervous, you will come out full of confidence. Not just that, you’ll have an absolute blast during your shoot – we know how to make it fun!
The more at ease you are, the more natural your photos will be – unlike in selfies or photos your friends took of you.
4 – Invest in yourself
You wouldn’t hesitate in getting headshots done for a LinkedIn profile for your professional life so why not put the same time and effort into your personal life? You will look back on these photos for years to come and it will bring nothing but great memories. People will see that you’re invested in finding love, and it will show that you’re serious about meeting someone special.
5 – Quality images
I dated for a number of years, and one thing that annoyed me about people’s online dating photos was quality. I got fed up of seeing poorly lit, pixelated, and dull photos – it put me off people as it gave me the perception that they were lazy and didn’t care.
It’s one of the reasons I run this business – to change the face of online dating and help people to present themselves in the best way possible.
A photographer will take great quality images that will attract more attention. They will ensure your outfits look great, that your photos are bright and colourful, and that you ooze confidence.
Will you be investing in professional photos for your online dating profile?
So many of my clients didn’t realise how amazing they looked until they saw themselves in professional photos.
Working with the right photographer is important. You need to find one who really understands your journey and spends time getting to know you and your personality.
It’s vital that they understand who you are because your dating profile picture should give an instant view into what it’s like to be with you. Your personality should shine through!
If you’re serious about online dating, then get serious about investing in yourself. In today’s world, hiring a professional dating photographer is a popular route to take so leave your nerves behind and just roll with it.
Want to know more about how I can help you?
I offer free consultations, so there’s absolutely nothing to lose. Book a call with me and I’ll tell you more about how eye-catching personality-driven dating photos will get you more dates and help you to find love.