Dawn O'Porter

Professional Photos For Dating Profiles

Why taking professional photos for dating profile could help?

So you want to start a dating profile but you’re not sure if it’s a good idea to use those old photos of yours (back when you still did not have those crows feet around your eyes!). Or perhaps you already have an existing profile in one of those dating websites but you’re not sure whether or not the photos that you have there are working their magic (have there been just a few “online winks” from potential partners?)


So now you’re considering having professional dating headshots taken because, quite naturally, you want to attract as many possible potential life partners. Still, you might have reservations. Are professionally taken photos for dating profiles really a good idea? Should one really have professionally taken dating headshots? Must one even consider photography for dating profiles? How can taking professional photos for dating profiles help?


Well, first of all, and more importantly, nothing beats letting the pros take your photos – be they for regular family albums or for dating profiles. Professional photographers have the “eye” for all things beautiful and that includes portrait photos that practically jump out from all the rest and grab more attention. Professional photographers can take dating headshots that show your best features and capture certain angles that you yourself may not even have thought possible. In other words, professional photos can be way more effective in the dating scene than “homemade” ones just taken by a friend with hardly any knowledge in framing.


But exactly what are the other pros on why photography for dating profiles should be considered? Why is taking professional photos for your dating profiles a good idea?


For one, the professional photographer can suggest the best pose or best angle for you. After all, professional photographers have encountered a lot of faces and they know what will work and what will not. More often than not, professional photographers are already knowledgeable when it comes to shapes of faces, tilts, angles and shadows. They will guide you and will give you their best recommendations in terms of pose and angle. Take for instance one of the dreaded horrors when it comes to dating headshots – the double chin!


Professional photographers can advise you of the proper eye level in order to avoid the dreaded double chin. The photographer can also help tilt your face in such a way that not only is it in the proper or right frame, it also highlights your best angle and nice facial features.


Second, (and this is another dreaded horror when it comes to photos for dating profiles) the “red eye.” Unlike point and shoot cameras that have the tendency of producing photos of people with “red eyes,” professional photographers, with the aid of their professional photography equipment such as lighting and DSLR cameras, have a way of avoiding this. Now think of the possible scenario if in case you uploaded a photo of you with that dreaded “red eye” to a certain dating website. Yes, you might still receive messages from potential suitors…messages containing pieces of advice on how to treat red eyes!


Third, professional photographers can advise you of the proper clothes to wear, the setting or environment or even the proper hair and make-up styles. There are professional photographers who also double as stylists and they can give you pieces of advice with regard to your total look. Or your photographer can refer you to a professional make-up artist and/or hairstylist who can do the job. At this point, however, you might be thinking: but how do I know if the photographer is the best choice to take these dating headshots? How can I be sure that the photos that he or she will take will really stand out from the rest and really grab attention?


Here’s one important tip to always remember – a professional photographer will do everything in his or her power to make you feel comfortable – because at the end of the day, if you’re happy and you feel comfortable, then you will not hesitate to smile…and when those winning smiles come out, only then can you truly have the best dating headshots.


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