Don’t: Use a photo with your ex cropped out of the shot The biggest mistake, of course, is using photos with your ex cropped out.
If you’re doing this, I’d recommend you drop everything you’re doing right now and go and switch it for another one. Don’t: Use a photo with a messy background As a photographer, I like a nice clean background of course, but for dating photos it’s really crucial because the main focus of the photo needs to be you, not the messy bedroom or living room behind you.
Your photos will give people a lot of clues about who you are, from what clothes you’re wearing to what’s lurking away in the background.
Basically, the eyes are the most important part of your dating photo.
Potential dates, when scanning your photos, will be drawn to the eyes and will make decisions about you – important ones, like how trustworthy you are.
If your eyes are hidden behind red-eye it will most likely put people off and they will move on to the next profile.
Don’t: Choose a poorly lit shot So on the one hand I’m saying don’t use the flash, but I’m also saying don’t use poorly lit photos either.
Badly lit photos don’t attract people’s attention; their eyes will be drawn to those light, bright profile photos instead.
Don’t: Have more than one person in the shot People often use photos with their friends in the shot, but this is one of my big no-nos.
While trying to work out which one you are in the photo, your potential date might decide they like the look of other people in the shot more than you, or they might decide they don’t much like the look of your friends.
Having more than one person in the shot provides too much of a distraction from the main story, which should be you!
According to my good friend Will, font of all knowledge, 90% of people decide to date someone based on their dating photos alone.
So, armed with this information, you can up your game significantly in the dating arena by spending a little time choosing the best photos to help your profile stand out from the crowd.
As the UK’s only dedicated dating photographer, I thought I’d share with you some of my top tips for choosing the best photos.