Tips For Taking a Good Profile Picture for UK Online Dating Websites
Tips for Taking a Good Profile Picture for UK Online Dating Websites.
By this point in your life, you’ve likely uploaded at least one picture to a social media site. And in doing so, you probably took some time considering how your facial expression, location, outfit, what have you might be received by your friends, family and strangers. So you can understand why when it comes to an online dating picture, it’s a whole different ballgame.
With more and more couples getting to know each other online, the online dating picture literally creates your first chance to meet someone and hook their interest , dating website operators agree that profiles with pictures are on average nine times more likely to receive communication than those without.
But how can you choose from the variety of snaps on your smart phone to find the one that could lead to love? Fortunately, dating sites have conducted plenty of research based on their users’ profiles to determine which pictures get attention — of all sorts. And frankly, it is surprisingly fascinating.
Check out these do’s and don’ts of pictures, and what they will mean for your online dating life:
DO: Make It A Landscape Shot
Landscape pictures are more likely to be clicked on than up-and-down or extremely close shots, likely because it gives people a better sense of the person’s body, as well as their face.
DON’T: Crop Someone Out
Along with falling into that narrow “up and down” no-no, cropping someone out results in less communication And besides, you really should have at least one good picture of you on your own somewhere.
DO: Upload A Bunch Of Pictures
Give the people what they want! And in this context, that means a variety of pictures, so that prospects can get a good sense of what you look like, what you’re into and so on.
DON’T: Snap From Afar
Though you don’t want to get too close, you also don’t want your picture to be taken from far away — that can seem as though you’re hiding something about your appearance.
DO: Show Your Left Side
Real scientific research has gone into this one, so why not trust it? Apparently showing the left side of your face in pictures is more aesthetically pleasing and has the added bonus of showing more emotion.
DON’T: Feature Shots Of Your Buddy
Even if it’s the most platonic of friendships, don’t include a picture of yourself with a member of the opposite sex if you’re looking for a heterosexual relationship. In general, keep pictures confined to shots of yourself.
DO: Show Pride (If You’re A Man)
According to some studies have shown that women prefer pictures of men who demonstrate pride — whereas the opposite is true for men when it comes to women.
DO: Show Happiness (If You’re A Woman)
Those studies also showed that men prefer women who demonstrate happiness in their profile pictures, assumedly because it’s associated with femininity and nurturing, and are least attracted to women showing pride.
DO: Get Outdoors
Taking a picture outside allows for the flattering effect of natural sunlight on skin. Just be careful to avoid squinting into the sun, and opt for a sideways glance instead.
DON’T: Be In Fancy Dress
Even if you think it’s a hilarious picture, don’t put up a shot of your Halloween costume. Sure, you want someone who shares your sense of humour, but let them see what you look like first.
DO: Get Flirtatious With The Camera (If You’re A Woman)
Dating Sites found that when women made a “flirty face” without smiling at the camera, it generated more new contacts in a month than any other expression. Flirting away from the camera, however, was the least favoured expression.
DO: Get Serious Away From The Camera (If You’re A Man)
One of the most favoured expressions for a Man was an unsmiling face that looked away from the camera — possibly, they theorized, because it gave an air of mystery.
DO: Take A Selfie (If You’re A Woman)
Other research has found surprisingly that the selfie was very popular with Male online daters.
DO: Grab An Animal (If You’re A Man)
As for men, a picture featuring you with an animal, whether a pet or even one at the zoo, was really popular with Female online daters.