A picture says a thousand words, and your online photographs can make or break your chances of dating success. Here is a quick guide to what your photos are subtly saying about you.
1. A super close up shot of your face
Unless you are taking beauty shots for a make-up ad campaign, it is best to avoid these overly cropped face pictures. They scream to your potential suitors, “I am overweight and trying to hide it from you.”
2. An overly photo-shopped, super-professional headshot
Even those who aren’t models or actors pay for professional headshots these days, but posting only these overly photo-shopped pictures can be misleading. Do you have bad skin in real life that was smoothed digitally? Does the photographer’s good lighting hide your wrinkles? Do people ever remark that you look different from your picture? If so, save your date from disappointment and yourself from rejection and don’t post only these photographs.
3. A self-taken cell phone picture
Opposite from a professional headshot, people tend to look worse in these photos than they do in real life. Plus, these pictures are lazy and also subtly suggest you may not have any friends to take pictures of you and that’s why you’re creeping online.
4. A self-taken cell phone picture of your muscles
The self-taken cell phone picture is 7 on the bad scale. A self-taken cell phone picture of your muscles is a 10. Most people who post these tend to look uneducated or that they are only looking for sex. If you are the latter, a better solution would be to have a friendtake a few pictures of you on the beach. You’ll woo people with your body, and you can pretend that you only wanted to let people know how much you liked swimming in the ocean.
5. A picture with you and a pretty girl (If you are a man)
If you are alone with her and she is pretty/age appropriate, potential dates will think she is your ex-girlfriend.
6. A picture with you and an ugly girl (If you are a man)
If you are alone with her and she is ugly/age appropriate, potential dates will think she is your sister.
7. An unsmiling “serious” picture
You look like you’re no fun.
8. A picture with you and a bunch of kids
If done correctly, your potential will think you are great with kids and will be a great dad one day (If you are a guy.) If done poorly (i.e. something about the image looks fake), your date will know that you are a phony who is trying to look like you are great with kids only to get chicks (This principle also applies to photos with pets and photos with your Mom.) If you are a woman posting this picture, men will think you are dying to have a baby ASAP. They may still try to sleep with you, but they will insist that they bring the condoms and will not believe you when you claim you are on the pill.
9. A blurry picture
This is similar to the overly cropped picture. What are you trying to hide?
10. A smiling, natural picture
This is the clear winner. A smiling, relaxed picture of yourself. Just look happy and the right person will notice you. Good luck!