If you’re pictured with a pile of washing behind you on the bed, your lifestyle suddenly doesn’t look so appealing.
If possible, include things in the photo that will help you tell a story about who you are.
Using high-quality images, as opposed to ones which are poorly lit, blurry and/or pixelated, will immediately show people that you value yourself and are willing to invest in yourself.
It also gives the message that you’re serious about looking for love online. You are selling your lifestyle, and you want it to seem as attractive and aspirational to people as possible.
A medium shot (like the girl in the backpack) is the optimum choice and gets the most action, as you can actually get a good sense of the person’s body type (they aren’t hiding anything) as opposed to an extreme close up shot, which gets very little interest from matches. Matches who received the least amount of communication were those who included a very narrow portrait photo, where it looked as if they had clearly cut out the person next to them. Then upload blurry, poor quality or super small images.
Having a good-quality, smiling headshot will work, and if possible, try and include some colour in the shot – either wear something bright or stand in front of or near a colourful background. Red is a great colour to wear, especially for women aiming to attract men to their profile.
Here’s what we’ve learned about the most successful online dating photos from our research, data and matching teams: The Amount Counts We pulled stats to date from 2013, and people who uploaded 4 or more photos received the most inquiries (communication) from their matches.
Interestingly, women tend to post more pics than men (at a ratio of 6.4 vs. Men also reach out and initiate communication 67% of the time.
) A very wide, far away shot also rated on the poor side of the communication spectrum. To the Left A study out of Wake Forest University suggests that photos featuring the left side of the face are perceived by others as more pleasant when compared with pictures featuring the right side of the face (who knew! This is good news for those who may not have a great picture of their left side – simply make a quick edit so that it appears to be facing the other way. Another study (Tracy & Beall, 2011) looked at the gender differences in ratings of attractiveness of different emotion expressions.
Open the file of your photo in Paint, then click on the “Rotate” drop down menu and choose “Flip Horizontal”. They had a group rate the attractiveness of images of the opposite sex that displayed happiness (smiling broadly), pride (head tilted up, expanded chest, and arms raised above head in fists), shame (head tilted down and narrowing chest), or a neutral look.