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    4 Tips to Getting a Great Dating Photo

    You’re scrolling through hundreds of dating photos online and on dating apps to find that special someone who captures your eye. Like a slot machine, you suddenly stop at that one picture that captivates you amongst the blur of faces. It’s only then that you start reading the profile to see if it’s someone you would consider taking that next step with. What was it about that particular dating photo that stopped you in your tracks? Maybe it was the way they were dressed, or perhaps it was the expression on their face – or yes, it could just be the way the camera captured their body. Whatever it was, the fact is that a picture does tell a thousand words. Although there are so many other components that are important when it comes to attraction, people are not going to GET to know you if you are not putting yourself out there in a way that grabs someone’s attention. So I invite you to dig deep and ask yourself: Are you getting a “click” with your dating photo? Check out these tips and you will start seeing more action on your profile simply by focusing on your dating image and creating a great first impression.

    Tip #1: Hire a pro to take your dating photos.

    Because an amazing photo results in more people emailing you online, I highly recommend hiring a professional photographer like OnlineProfilePros.com who can make sure you look your best by highlighting your strengths, and downplaying any flaws. If you don’t want to splurge on a professional photographer, you can still get a great photo by asking a friend to take a few shots of you outside before 10am or after 3pm when the light is the softest. Avoid trying to take these photos yourself!

    Tip #2: Choose the right clothes and accessories for your dating photos!

    You want your clothes to be sexy and put together, so choose your outfit wisely.

    A few things to avoid:

    • No sunglasses or glasses.
    • No patterns or stripes. They’re distracting and often add bulk.
    • No turtlenecks. They make you look closed off and aren’t particularly flattering.
    • No baggy clothing! Wear outfits that show off and slim your figure
    • Pay attention to your shoes! Women go for a heel with a dress.       Men a nice boot or dress shoe will really pull together even a casual look. And yes, women notice your shoes!

    Whether you’re getting your picture taken by a friend or a professional, change your outfit at least three times during the shoot. Have photos taken in at least one dressier outfit and one casual look. Choose accessories that are simple and fun, but not distracting.

    Also, men and women really respond to color! Try choosing colors that look great against your skin tone and really attract the eye. The most universally flattering colors are blue, green, purple, and red.

    Tip #3: Have the right attitude!

    Research shows that upon first impression (which is in the first 30 seconds of seeing someone), a person’s attitude is one of the most important determining factors of likability and attraction. That is why it’s crucial to make sure you are portraying a positive mood in your dating photos. Avoid bad posture, crossing your arms and being too serious. Instead focus on being approachable and inviting by smiling and appearing confident in your body language.

    Tip #4: Less is more!

    And I don’t mean less clothes! I mean less pictures. Remember you are only as good as your worst picture. You may look attractive in five pictures, but if the sixth picture is unattractive or you look vastly different from the rest, then you may lose your visitor at the last second. It’s not about what your friends would find cute or showing how diverse you are doing various activities. It’s about congruency, sex appeal and what the opposite sex finds attractive. I recommend three or four good shots varying in close ups and full body that puts you in the best light possible.

    Overall, it is important to keep in mind that it’s not about changing who you are so that you look vastly different, but portraying an attractive and sexy image that the opposite sex will find appealing, creating a desire to learn more about you.  Remember, Online Profile Pros is here to help you get the best dating photos possible.

    For more tips on how to get Clicks on Your Pics, please check out our videos just for Men and Women.

  • Wardrobe Tips For Guys- If Clothes Make the Man, Are You in Trouble?

    There’s a lot of truth to that old saying, “The clothes make the man.” You may be able to snag a date online with your studly good looks and charm her into meeting you at a coffee shop with your witty repartee; but if you want there to be a second date, you’re going to have to look as good as you sound. That doesn’t mean suit and tie, but dirty jeans and a stained t-shirt aren’t going to cut it.

    Dating style adviceSure, many men do take an interest in fashion these days. But take a look at the guys you pass on the street or see at the coffee shop when you’re standing in line for your double espresso. The fashion-challenged still make up an impressive sector of the male community. Even men who seem to have a grasp on fashion basics often fall into a rut, never venturing beyond the one or two “looks” they know look good – no matter how dated those looks may become.

    Despite the stereotypes, this isn’t just a male problem. There are plenty of women out there who don’t know how to dress, as TLC’s What Not to Wear repeatedly points out, but we’re talking about men here. So why do so many men fail to impress in the wardrobe department?

    • Some men just don’t care that much about clothes and like to stick with what’s comfy.
    • Some men loath shopping at any store that doesn’t carry power drills and socket wrenches and would rather keep wearing the same tired look they’ve worn for the past decade than step inside a clothing store.
    • A lot of men just don’t know how to shop. Even if they pick up the occasional copy of GQ, they’re clueless when it comes to putting a look together.
  • Look Sharp On A First Date: Don’t Make These Fashion Mistakes

    In the Internet age, more relationships get started with the click of a mouse or the push of a button than ever before. One in five people who start dating meet online, according to Chadwick Martin Bailey research, with just as many married couples reporting having met their spouse through the Internet. While you can browse the Internet wearing any choice of clothing you desire (including none at all), there’s certain protocols for actually meeting a potential mate for a date.

    DO: Wear Well-Made Clothing

    When it comes to a first date, you want to project a sense of style and an investment in your wardrobe. There’s plenty of psychology behind it: First impressions — whether at a job interview or on a coffee date — can be heavily influenced by what you wear. When you want to woo a particular gentleman,  wearing well fitting quality clothing (with link) increases your chances of looking neat, organized and confident. This isn’t necessarily because of the name on the clothing, but more because of how it fits you and complements your particular body. You also know that good-quality clothes will hold up if an e-date turns into an active engagement like rock climbing or ballroom dancing.

    Photo of Michael Kors fashion by CHRISTOPHER MACSURAK via Flickr

    DON’T: Wear Anything on your Head

    Every character on “Mad Men” looks effortlessly dashing when they put on their fedora to match their three-piece suit, but it’s not the 1950s anymore and the chapeau has fallen out of style just like excessively slicked-back hair. Not only does it look more tacky than savvy, but hats make it more difficult for your date to see your face, and if there’s one thing you want to do on a first date, it’s see each other clearly and maintain eye contact. The BBC reports that staring into a stranger’s eyes makes you more empathetic and attractive to them, which hats, head scarves, visors or caps can impair. Locking eyes on someone you met online creates an identity beyond a mere screen name.

    Photo by SanFranAnnie via Flickr

    DO: Color Coordinate

    “Seeing red” means more than you may think. Our minds respond instinctively to certain colors without us even realizing it. While red is the color of love, it’s also emotionally intense, which isn’t recommended on the first date. Instead, go with a soothing blue to put your date at ease, or a darker green that indicates wealth and responsibility. Hues opposite on the color wheel will clash, so don’t wear a purple shirt with yellow trousers or orange socks with blue jeans.

    Photo by Robert Sheie via Flickr

    DON’T: Overdress

    While you may want to look sophisticated and professional, you also don’t want to wear something that would be out of place at a laid-back party. A suit may say that you make a lot of money, but more importantly it says that you don’t know how to treat someone to a good time. Likewise, a woman shouldn’t wear a dress that would be better suited for an opera than for a few drinks after work. It’s important to be yourself and wear an outfit that reflects your online personality offline as well. Wear something light, comfortable, and a little bit formal so that you appear easy going and responsible at the same time. Just make sure it fits well and is well-made, as mentioned above.

    Photo by kevin dooley via Flickr

  • 5 Easy Ways to Refresh Your Wardrobe for a Winter Date

    Every fashionista knows that when the season changes, so should her wardrobe—but this doesn’t mean you have to go out and buy a whole closet full of new clothes. There are key pieces you can add to your current fall collection to glam it up for winter. Just remember, adding a layer or switching out a pair of boots for heels and a jeweled necklace can change the entire look of an outfit. These five pieces will give your wardrobe a boost and get you through the rest of the winter without blowing your budget:

    A Pair of Pointy Pumps


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    Photo of silver snakeskin pump from Target

    A pair of pumps (metallic if you’re daring) helps you go from day to night in a snap. The subtle shine and fancy feel along with the pointed toe transforms a pencil skirt from a work outfit to a party ensemble. If you’re hesitant to incorporate animal prints into your outfits, you can do so with an animal print pump—it’s the perfect way to stay subtlety on trend. If you’re updating your wardrobe on a budget, remember to choose a pair that can be worn in spring and fall. Target has a variety of women’s shoes for under $40, including these silver snakeskin pumps.

    Party/ Date Dress

    Photo by miss_rogue from Flickr

    For holiday soirees, a sparkly or festive-hued party dress is a must. Choose something that can be layered with a cardigan, dressed up or down with jewelry and can be worn with boots, flats and heels. This gives you more versatility and lets you get the most out of your purchase. With seemingly endless sales and budget-friendly retailers, there’s no reason why you should pay more than $50 for a dress.

    Glam Headband

    Photo by Bellafaye from Flickr

    Sparkly and metallic, an inexpensive little treasure like a headband can be worn everywhere. Whether you’re going to a party or work or simply want to dress up your casual wear while doing your holiday shopping, this is the accessory you need. Check out Nordstrom’s selection of hip headbands.

    Outerwear Accessories

    Photo by smittenkittenorig from Flickr

    Whether it’s a new scarf, pair of gloves or a comfy hat, all winter wardrobes need a pop of comfy. Fresh and seasonal, these pieces can only be worn for a limited amount of time—so get something that’s of good quality, but don’t spend too much. Consider pairing a winter accessory with something you usually wouldn’t—don gloves or a hat with a party dress or wear a cute scarf to yoga class.

    A New Piece of Bling

    Photo by ph.angel from Flickr

    Statement necklaces, big and colorful earrings and thick bangles are in style this season. If you can’t choose a color or are in a gold vs. silver rut, think about the piece you will get the most wear out of. If you have mostly silver jewelry, buy a silver piece with color. If you wear both silver and gold, purchase a mixed metal piece that can go with almost anything. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s bold, chunky and will make your outfit pop. Anthropologie has a great selection of fun jewelry — some of it can get a little pricey, so make sure to pick one special piece you can mix and match with different outfits.

  • What Facial Expressions Reveal About Your Date

    Your face is the most expressive part of your body and the feature that attracts online daters. Championship poker players may be able to master their expressions, but the rest of us have little control over our facial muscles. When we’re happy, annoyed, interested or bored, we unconsciously reveal our emotions with a smile or a glance or the arch of an eyebrow. When you’re on a date, the ability to read a person’s face can tell you when you’re on track and when you’ve stepped into dating quicksand, hopefully in time to keep the date from sinking into oblivion.

    poker_faceUse these clues to decipher your date’s facial expressions:

    • Smiles. Like quick hugs and “Sup?” smiling has become a convenient social convention that carries little meaning. In the same way that a fast hug doesn’t invite intimacy and asking someone “What’s up?” doesn’t mean you want a blow-by-blow account of their day, most smiles don’t mean, “I like you” or even “I’m happy to see you.” We’ve all been at the giving and receiving end of perfunctory, mean-nothing smiles. To tell if a smile is genuine, watch your date’s eyes. A true smile engages the eye muscles and makes your eyes sparkle.
    • Narrowed lips. If your date’s lips start to compress into a thin, grim line, back off and start apologizing or get ready for a blast of wrath. Narrowed lips are a clear sign of anger.
    • Lip nibbling. Chewing, nibbling, licking or sucking on your lips is a sign of nervousness. If your date is a nibbler, the mannerism should stop as your date becomes more at ease. If it doesn’t, don’t expect a call back.
    • Raised eyebrows. If your date arches an eyebrow (or both eyebrows), it shows interest and curiosity.
    • Lowered eyebrows. If eyebrows start to dip, the ground is getting shaky. Lowered eyebrows indicate anger, fear or confusion.

    Next time: The eyes have it

  • How to Read Your Date’s Body Language

    If you’re lips are saying yes but your body language is saying no; can you blame your date for being confused? You can control what you say, but not the instinctive movements your body makes. If what you’re saying and feeling aren’t in synch, your body language will give you away every time. Correctly reading body language provides instant feedback that can make the difference between a great date and a crash and burn.

    couple_dinnerUse these tips to read your date’s body language:

    The way you hold your body when you’re standing conveys a definite message.

    • Legs together. Standing at attention with your legs together is a deferential pose that shows respect. If the person is extremely nervous, it may be an indication that the person is more comfortable in a subservient role and is unable or unwilling to make the first move.
    • Legs apart. The iconic power stance (especially when hands are on the hips), standing with your legs apart means you’re in charge. Watch out! This stance can indicate a dominating personality and unwillingness to compromise.
    • Toes in. Pointing your big toes toward each other is a sign of insecurity. A person who adopts this stance is feeling awkward and socially uncomfortable.
    • Shifting. Shifting your weight indicates that you’re anxious or upset. The weight-shifting is the same comforting movement used to rock a baby and indicates that the person is struggling to remain calm.
    • Leaning. If your date leans toward you, it’s a sign that he (or she) is enjoying your company. If your date leans away from you, you’re headed for a crash. You can build trust and perhaps head off that crash by quietly mirroring your date’s body movements.
    • Toes facing the door. Watch for this sign before you attempt a good night kiss. If your date’s toes face the door, she’s anxious to escape. If they face you, pucker up.

    Get the dating success you deserve with these online dating tips, tricks and secrets for success!

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  • Photo Shoot Tips: Wardrobe Dos and Don’ts

    The 19th century American humorist, Mark Twain, said, “Clothes make the man.” Clothing plays a considerable role in creating first impressions. Putting some thought and planning into your wardrobe choices before you arrive at your professional photo shoot will make the shoot go smoothly and ensure that your online dating profile photos convey your personality and attract the kind of dates you’re hoping for.

    gettingdressed_dateWhen you arrive at the photographer’s studio, you should be completely dressed for your shoot, including shoes, jewelry and other accessories. If you have arranged to be photographed in more than one outfit, you should have the other outfits ready to change into.

    Tip: Hang each change of clothing on a separate hanger. Place shoes, jewelry and accessories in a plastic bag and loop the handles over the hanger head so everything is together. You’ll be able to change quickly and won’t waste time hunting around for the right earrings.

    For dating headshots that attract attention, follow these wardrobe tips:

    1. Plan your outfits ahead of time and try them on, complete with jewelry and accessories. Make sure everything fits comfortably and makes you look fantastic.
    2. Check for stains, missing buttons and ripped seams or hems and correct the problem or select another outfit.
    3. Make sure clothing is clean and pressed.
    4. Stick with solid colors that complement your skin tone and hair color.
    5. Avoid stripes and busy patterns. They take attention away from your face.
    6. Choose dark rather than pastel or bright colors. Dark colors create dramatic contrast and put the focus on your face.
    7. Avoid white tops. They create glare and pull attention away from your face. However, white collars can be worn under sweaters or vests.
    8. Keep your jewelry small and simple. You want the spotlight on you, not your jewelry.
    9. Other things to avoid: turtlenecks, red (except as an accent color), bulky layers and anything that glitters.
  • Dress to Impress: What the Well-Dressed Guy Is Wearing

    The casual wardrobe style embraced by many in the tech industry is changing the way American men dress. Ties and suits are out in executive boardrooms where every day is now casual Friday. Today’s well-dressed business professionals are wearing plain, dark t-shirts or open-collared Oxford shirts with a sport coat over jeans or Dockers.

    Casual date night attireSo what does this have to do with dating attire which has traditionally been more casual than business wear? In putting its seal of approval on casual dress, the business world has expanded the acceptance of casual attire, making it appropriate wear at upscale restaurants and events. But it has also imposed a few standards on a dress code that, until now, was comfortably free-form:

    1. Oxfords must be pressed but not starched and worn with the top 2 (but not more) buttons unbuttoned.
    2. T-shirts must be solid colors, preferably black, free of slogans or art and unwrinkled.
    3. Heavily wrinkled Dockers or slacks and saggy jeans are out. The slightly-crushed look (think dryer-folded smooth or air-dried) is in; although lightly-pressed is a sharper look for business and more formal occasions. Although wrinkly, seer-sucker is still a fashion faux pas.
    4. Slacks and sport coat fabrics should be season appropriate: wool, cashmere and corduroy in fall and winter; cottons and linens, bamboo and hemp in spring and summer. Only jeans are appropriate year-round, although only for slacks, not jackets this year.
    5. Long pants are in. Unless you’re on the beach, shorts, boardshorts and anything else that exposes your legs are out.
    6. Layers are still a good look but lighten them up for summer with cotton cardigans and nylon jackets.