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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

  • Updating Your Dating Headshot? Tips for a Great Photo Shoot

    As we noted in our last post, your dating headshot is the single most important part of your online dating profile. A well-lit, beautifully composed professional photograph will showcase your natural attractiveness to best effect and attract attention. Online dating is all about first impressions, and it’s your dating headshot that causes a potential date to click on your profile and delve deeper or keep on clicking. With so much riding on your online dating profile photo, it’s smart to invest a few dollars in a professional photo shoot.

    photographerWhen you arrive at your photo shoot, you’ll want to be prepared and ready to go. Before the photographer starts clicking, spend a few minutes chatting about the image you want to portray in your dating profile photos. If there are any specific types of photos you want, make sure the photographer knows this up front; but listen to his suggestions too. After all, you’re paying for his professional expertise, so trust his advice.

    You should arrive at the photographer’s studio with your hair, makeup and nails complete, but make sure you bring cosmetics and hair supplies with you for quick touch-ups.

    A few words to the wise about hair and makeup:

    1. Experiment with hair styles well ahead of time so you have plenty of practice styling your hair the way you want it to look.
    2. Don’t get a hair cut or color job any sooner than a week before the shoot.
    3. Keep makeup, simple, fresh and natural.
    4. Line your lips to add definition but keep it subtle. Dip a cotton ball in powder and dust lips to prevent bleeding.
    5. Use eyeliner and mascara judiciously. Again, keep it subtle.
    6. A heavier than usual coat of translucent powder will prevent shine and make your skin look flawless when photographed.
    7. A little lip gloss is fine, but avoid makeup that shines or sparkles.
  • 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.
  • 5 Must Haves on a First Online Date

    Now that you have the perfect profile picture you want to look your best on your first online date.

    Make sure you Include these things in your handbag.

    1. Tooth picks or dental floss
    2. Mints or breath strips
    3. Make-up touch up kit
    4. A small nail file
    5. A small brush or comb

    1. Tooth picks or dental floss
    It is the absolute worst thing to get food between your teeth on a date and have no way of getting it out

    2. Mints or breath strips
    It’s so embarrassing to have bad breath and you know good and well after you eat you need something to freshen your breath.

    Now, if the date isn’t going so well and you know you don’t want to see him again.
    You may want to eat large amounts of garlic and onions.  This will definitely hinder your date from going in for a kiss.

    However, stay far away from garlic and onions if you like the guy.  Breath freshener will never help after eating these foods.

    Oh, and ladies, Never chew gum on a date! I have heard many men complain about this. When you chew gum it looks like a cow chewing its cud.  Soooo TACKY! Save it for being around your girlfriends. Unless of course you forgot any form of breath freshener. Bad breath is worse than looking like a cow.
    Bottom line, don’t forget breath freshener!

    3. Make-up touch up kit
    A girl doesn’t want to be caught looking shiny or have lip liner on when your lipstick has worn off.

    Powder, blush, and lipstick:
    Pack a small powder compact or blotting papers and a small blush and lipstick for touch ups.
    If you’re wearing red lipstick watch your teeth. There’s nothing worse than getting lipstick on your teeth.  One way that I prevent this from happening is to occasionally wipe my teeth with my finger when your date isn’t looking. This can be done inconspicuously.
    Eye Shadow:
    There’s usually no reason to worry about bringing eye shadows.  You can’t really go wrong with powder and blush but when it comes to eye shadow, if you get a little tipsy you don’t want to come out looking like Cleopatra!

    4. A small nail file
    For me the most annoying thing is when I chip a fingernail

    5. A small comb
    You don’t want your hair looking messy.

    Now you can go on your date with confidence knowing you look your BEST!