For anyone who’s ever tried to find dates online, one of the things you need to have is a decent profile picture. This could be some fun candid shot of yourself while out with friends, or could be something more posed.. or could even be the much lauded ‘selfie’ that pretty much everyone is taking these days.
A good profile picture is important because it’s your ‘calling card’ and it’s what is going to get people initially interested in visiting your profile to find out more about you. Or at least that’s the hope.
Of course it all depends on what you’re looking for.. some guys out there are only looking for a bit of fun so they’ll put a shirtless pic of themselves, or try to push the boundaries of the nudity rules and post something a bit racier.
Unfortunately for some people they just don’t seem to get the idea behind a good profile pic…
Here are a few thoughts on picking out a good profile pic.. now if only I could find the right pic for my own profile. ;-)
Post more than 1 pic of yourself
How does posting just one pic of yourself, or several similar pics in the same pose/look, help you garner interest of the guys looking through the profiles? Let’s be honest – it doesn’t really. The whole point is to give your prospective date (or whatever) more of an idea of what you look like, and perhaps give them more of an insight into your personality (depending on what you’re doing in the pictures, of course).
Obviously put your best face forward for your main profile pic, and then select a couple others that help show who you are as a person, be them just facial pics or full (clothed) body pics.
And smile, damn it! LOL You’re not going to get guys messaging you to find out more if you’re looking grumpy or sad in all your pictures.
Selfie or no Selfie?
Let’s be honest, everyone these days has at least one picture of themselves taken while standing in front of a mirror. It’s become the standard thing when taking pics of yourself. But is this what you should use for your main dating site profile pic?
It’s never an easy thing to take a decent picture of yourself, be it in the mirror or holding your mobile/camera towards you and hoping you get a good shot. What you could do is use pictures taken of you by others while out and about, or if you’re willing to shell out the cash, use a professional photographer.. But be careful of that – you don’t want guys to think you’re vain or self-centered.
No group pics
Let’s be honest – your profile is about you, not about your group of friends. And the last thing you want to do is to explain which one is you in the picture. Sure, a group shot can tell a perspective suitor a bit about you and how you interact with your mates, but the guy should ultimately want to date you, not your friends.
Of course this is different if you’re a couple doing a profile together.. but that’s a whole different type of profile. ;-)
Use a current picture
Come on guys.. How hard is it to have something that is a bit up to date? Sure, you may like that picture of you from 10 years ago, but is that what you actually look like now? Unless you’re somehow been able to freeze time for when you looked your hottest at 25, it really is better to show how you look now.
There’s nothing worse than chatting to some amazing, sexy guy online, and when you meet in person they look nothing like the pic anymore. That may seem shallow, but if what initially interested him in you was your beautiful smile and you show up with some disfiguring scar that makes you look like Quasimoto, that prospective date is going to end pretty quickly.
Have a proper face pic
There’s nothing worse than clicking on a profile to see what a guy looks like, and only being able to barely make out their face. How hard is it these days with smart phones and webcams to get a decent pic of yourself that isn’t fuzzy, blurry, or so far away you can barely tell what colour your hair is or if you have any hair at all.
Naughty or nice?
Whether you want your profile pic to be naughty or not is dependent on what you’re really online looking for. But should a full body nudie shot be what the guys looking at your profile be the first thing you see? Most websites or dating apps won’t allow you to post anything naughty in your profile pic, so anything more adult in nature would need to be put into a private pics section, and you’d have to unlock them for whomever you’re talking to.
Best rule of thumb could be to have your main pics fun and sexy without them being full-on porn shots.. and save those more salacious pictures for once you’ve gotten to know them a bit more than just ‘Hi’.
Show your face
We’ve all encountered numerous online profiles where there’s either no pic at all, there’s a pic of some beautiful meadow, or some headless torso. It’s 2014.. are there really still that many people out there who are more interested in guarding their privacy or hiding inside the closet?
And let’s be honest, if you’re looking to find someone to date (as compared to finding a shag), shouldn’t a face pic be the first thing they see of you?