When you are climbing back onto the dating ladder after a relationship breakdown, these days you are probably considering online dating. Of course, it’s still possible to meet someone through friends, or a hobby, etc., but it’s often tricky to know who is single or open to the idea of a new romantic relationship. Online dating means that at least the other people are interested in meeting someone new, although there are a number of other hurdles to navigate your way around.
There are plenty of free dating sites uk out there, but they will all want you to provide a picture as part of your online dating profile. So what are the most important things to do when picking out a suitable photo to use? You don’t just want a picture that makes you look like a model, it’s more important to have one that gets across your personality and your true self.
Make sure your picture looks like you
You don’t want to start a date badly by having a picture that doesn’t look like you. It’s best to avoid older photos, maybe make five years old your cut off point, or if you have dramatically changed your look more recently than that, exclude photos of the old you (unless you are the kind of person who changes their look very regularly). An image that reflects how you really look and captures something of your personality is more likely to result in you achieving your Match Me Happy goals. Maybe pick one of you wearing a favourite dress.
Make sure your picture is a good quality one
Don’t put up a picture that is blurry or badly cropped. If you can’t get the photo to look how you want by careful, tasteful cropping, it’s probably not the one for you. Photos where you are too far away aren’t good. It’s not a good idea to go photoshop crazy as that will just look false and if you do use a professional photographer, be sure to look at examples of previous work so you can get a feel for how their portrait shots tend to look.
Use more than one picture
It is a good idea to have a few pictures in your profile. By including more images, it will be easier to get across your personality and your interests. More than one picture shows you have put some effort into your online dating profile and that you are serious about finding a new relationship. Make sure as a minimum that you include one headshot looking at the camera and one full body picture. Once you have these in your porfolio, you can branch out a little. Maybe consider having a combination of face, full-body, action, dressed up, dressed down, serious, and fun shots. The point is to give potential matches a peek into your personality, background, and interests. Generally it’s better to avoid a group shot: you don’t want a potential date to be keen on you because they want to meet one of your friends. Also, it can be difficult to pick out a person in a group shot and it could cause confusion.
It’s worth investing a little time and thought in the selection of your profile pictures, to help you find a good match for you. Good luck with your dating.