As an online dating photographer, I have photographed countless people and have offered very specific guidelines when it comes to optimizing the photos on their online dating profiles. Admittingly, these rules can be daunting to remember and keep track of. While those rules should be viewed as guidelines and not absolute without any wiggle room for exceptions, there is a quick rule you should keep in mind as a rule of thumb.
Make sure each photo in your profile offers something different, unique, flattering, and interesting to your profile vs the previous photos.
Viewers do not need to see 3 photos from your epic tropical beach vacation; they do not need to see 4 head shots from the same angle and they certainly do not need to see multiple distorted selfies of you in your car, gym, desk etc. Be sure to mix it up but keep it concise i.e. one outdoor active photo, one closeup, one in dressed up attire and one in a social setting.
Photos are meant to help tell your story. I hate to refer back to the resume analogy but would you state that you increased revenue 10% in Q1, 10% in Q2 etc? It would be more efficient to consolidate that accomplishment and move on to the next one. This is the same principle with online dating photos.
Be concise, be creative, be yourself.
This post was previously published on the author’s website blog and is republished here with permission from the author.
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