Choosing Photos for Your Online Dating Profile

If you’re creating a personal profile for Antipodate, you already know that your photos are a vital visual contribution to the impression you make. If you’re finding it a chore to go through your photos to select a suitable set, let’s make the task a little easier by describing a few types of photo that may not be helpful:

  • Any photo taken more than three years ago runs a risk of deceiving viewers about your present appearance. Ditto a photo taken before you gained quite a few kilos.
  • A photo with a boring background (such as an office setting) doesn’t help you to look interesting; the background should be out of focus if it’s dull; or in focus if it shows you against a fascinating backdrop such as the Eiffel Tower or some other travel destination.
  • A set of photos all taken on the same day in the same location in similar poses will make up the numbers, but a set of photos that are very different from each other look much more effective.
  • A photo of you with someone else. If the other person is the same sex as you, the viewer won’t know which person you are. If the other person is of the opposite sex, the viewer may wonder whether the other person is a potential rival for your affections.

The best photos to select are good likenesses that show you in a variety of settings and display the characteristics that you’ve emphasised in your profile.

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