Proven: Better photos on your online dating profile will get you more (and better quality) matches.
AN EXTENSIVE STUDY BY OKCUPID SHOWED US EXACTLY WHICH KINDS OF PICTURES GET THE MOST RESPONSES. WE WILL GET BACK TO THAT LATER, BUT FIRST, LET ME INTRODUCE MYSELF.
My name is Larry and my team and I are local Toronto photographers.
Over the years I have learned a thing or two first-hand about dating in the big city, and I am here to share some hard-learned tips!
You, like me, have found that the return of investment in online dating for guys is not always that great. And this is why you are here.
SHOW ME PROOF
Years ago the popular online dating service OKCupid was running a very interesting blog. One article that stood out to me was explaining how different camera setting can affect your perceived attractiveness. The type of lens used, the time of day the photo was taken, etc. were all factors when users were rated for attractiveness.
Example: those two are photos of users that were rated in a hot-or-not fashion by other users on OKCupid. Dudes with quick snapshots from pocket cameras/cell phones constantly received below–average scores, whereas dudes with staged and professional-grade images always scored above–average.
QUALITY PHOTOS = QUALITY LIFESTYLE
A little bit of reverse psychology here (this and sociology were my favourite electives in college).
If you appear to have spent some bucks on professional online dating photos, this speaks quite well of your overall financial situation (when in reality is just smart budgeting – you don’t really needed those $300 Beats headphones when a $100 Sennheiser will sound the same).
It is my typical routine to spend $40 at the tailor, $10-20 on parking (not to mention recovering my towed-away car after an uneventful club night) and the effect from this only lasts a moment. By investing in a photoshoot, you will reap the benefits for months if not years. Slap that photo on your LinkedIn if you wish, or the 'About me' page of you blog.
The same goes for many other things – real estate with better photos gets sold faster, waitresses who put the most effort in their looks get the most tips, etc.
Oh, and by the way – if you have a few consecutive indoor selfies, I am sorry to say but that spells ‘NO LIFE’ :(
THE FIRST IMPRESSION IS THE LAST IMPRESSION
YOU LEAVE ON PEOPLE
Online dating is a place where your image does ALL of the talking.
For example, if you met someone at a party, chances are that you overheard what people were talking about or knew something about them by word of mouth.
At a job interview, the HR does not only look at your resume but also at your shoes, tone of voice, body language and so on.
But how about Tinder? Or OKCupid? The ONLY thing that a girl has to work with before swiping left or right is ONE SINGLE PHOTO of you.
THINK ABOUT IT. Is your current one great enough?
So, when I say that photos are important, this is a bit of an understatement.
I ADMIRE HOW CHICKS DO IT
A hugely effective thing girls do is emphasize their best physical features to the point that you forget to evaluate the rest. For example, in this photo, it is obvious that the girl is most proud of her toned legs and overall slim figure.
So, wearing baggy sweatpants or listing how many university degrees she has is useless.
This is a thing we, men, can do as well. I will ask you the essence of your hobbies, what are you most proud of, etc. and we will customize the photoshoot accordingly!
WHAT YOU WILL GET:
1. A CONSULTATION ON WHAT TO WEAR, POSTURE AND BODY LANGUAGE
2. DOZENS OF WELL-THOUGHT-OUT FINAL PHOTOS
3. AN INCREASED RESPONSE RATE