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Profile picture dos and don'tsPosted on: April 26, 2013 13:13:05
However, for many singletons new to the world of online dating, there are a number of dos and don'ts to consider before adding a snap.
Use a head and shoulder shot
If you upload just one snap on to your profile, then a head and shoulder shot is a must. Remember, it isn't a mug shot, so don't forget that grin and ditch the sullen look. A picture with a beaming smile is much more likely to grab the attention of potential suitors.
Include a full length snap
Adding a full length snap is also recommended when setting up your profile. This allows people to get a better idea of your figure, your height, as well as give an indication of your dress sense. While these issues might not be at the top of your priorities when looking for the one, it all helps build up a better idea about the kind of person you are.
Incorporate hobbies and interests
Whether it is a snap with your beloved pet, or an action shot of you walking in the Lake District, including an image of you somewhere or with someone or something you are passionate about not only shows you doing what you love, but can allow individuals to get an insight into your personality.
A professional head and shoulder shot might look really effective, but try to avoid highly staged snaps which can look unnatural. People want to see the real you, so resist heavily editing pictures and instead opt for more natural and relaxed poses.
Use a self-timer snap
There is nothing worse than a self-timer shot in the bathroom mirror when looking at dating profiles. It not only looks a bit naff, but could also suggest that you have no other pictures of you in social settings, which could be a real turn-off.
Use out-dated pictures
It can be tempting to dig out those snaps from your heyday but if it isn't a true reflection of what you look like then it could lead to disappointment later down the line.
Crop unwanted items
Removing unwanted items - or people - from pictures should also be avoided if possible when choosing pictures, whether it is a crafty cigarette, bottle of wine or even ex partner you want to get rid of.
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