Does Your Online Dating Headshot Look Like You?

Tiffani Smith

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When people sign up for an online dating site, uploading a photo is a key part of building an online profile. But it’s not as simple as rummaging through your online or offline photo album and picking a picture that will do. The photo is the first thing that people look at before deciding whether to look at the profile, so people need to give it some serious consideration.

Not all headshots look alike. As nice as that old photo might be, people need to make sure that it is taken against a good background and is well lit. Most people would prefer not to have an online dating headshot that is taken at a bad angle, on a bad hair day, with bloodshot eyes or with any of the common problems of such photos. After all, the most important aspect of an online dating photo is that it should look like the person who’s in it. This is how you sell yourself to the other person.

Show Your Personality With An Online Dating Headshot

But an online dating headshot does more than show what you look like. A good photo will let your personality shine through and make people want to meet you. And they should not be disappointed when they see you in the flesh.

The perfect online dating headshot will

- make you stand out from the crowd
- show how good you look
- reflect your personality
- look natural
- get attention and a date

The Professional Touch

The best way to get a great looking online dating headshot is to hire a professional. A professional headshot photographer will give your online dating photo the pizzazz it needs to attract your perfect partner. But you will need to do some work too. To get the best of an online dating photo you will need to:

- smile
- dress attractively
- avoid covering your eyes with huge glasses or sunglasses
- stand against a neutral background so you are the main focus of the picture.

It is wise to wear something comfortable and relatively neutral when taking your online dating photo. If you’re wriggling about in your clothes, lines will show on your face and that will detract from the photo’s appeal.

Many professional photographers will have makeup artists for a small fee. Remember when doing your hair to keep it simple. Your face is the selling point – and you don’t want to hide it.

Hiring a professional headshot photographer will make sure that your online dating headshot gets a second look – and perhaps a first date!

Tiffani Smith is the online editor for - the #1 place on the web for online daters looking for a professional headshot photographer. Find photographers in your area and enter the monthly sweepstakes for your chance to win a headshots package worth $250.


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