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Why are profile photos so critical, and how to take a great one!

So, you've decided to join a dating website and hopefully change your relationship status. That's great! Fast forward a few months, and you find that you are not finding eligible matches (or they are not finding you), and you are starting to get discouraged. You start reviewing your profile, thinking of new content to share, you look up new ways to connect with people online. What else can you do to be more successful in your online dating efforts?

While there are many factors that go into being successful in online dating, the chance is you are missing the biggest single factor in your profile:

Your photos. 

Really? Photos are that important?

Absolutely. Photos are incredibly important in finding an eligible match in the online dating world. How important?

  • Members on social media networks can get up to 21 times more profile views when they have a photo
  • A recent survey estimated how important photos are in dating profiles, and the survey estimates that approximately 58% of respondents would not connect with someone who doesn't have a photo

It's clear - a good visual presence matters just as much as a solid bio and presence on your profile. If you are truly searching for a meaningful long term connection, you will want to know everything about that other person. You would want to learn their likes and dislikes, their hopes, dreams, wants and needs, their relationship with their faith. And you would likely want to be able to connect with and be drawn to them on a physical level as well, as they likely will with you. 

You joined a dating site to meet someone special. It doesn't hurt to tilt all of the odds in your favor. 

That being said, taking a series of great photos for a dating profile is everyone's forte. In fact, it's likely that the prospect of taking a series of dating photos might have your blood running cold. If that's you (trust me, I get it), there are a great deal of resources and help out there to get you going in the right direction.

This article shares 16 different tricks to take a more attractive profile photo - while not all great advice, there are some strong tips here, including:
  • Have someone else help with (or even choose your profile photo)
  • The 'squinch', flattering camera angles, and light
  • Send the right signals (i.e. long term, committed, faithful)

The bottom line:

If you take online dating seriously, and look hard to cultivate the right relationships using all of the tools at your disposal, you are much more likely to be successful in what sometimes can feel like a difficult and inhumane process. Don't be afraid; put yourself out there allow yourself some grace to make mistakes and learn. Focus on making a genuine connection, and you're bound to find someone right for you. 

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