In terms of actual numbers, e Harmony likes at least four photos, and Match likes staying below 12, which seems like overkill to us as well.
If you’re trying to decide which photo to use for your own online dating profile, then you’ll appreciate these tips! Many people believe that the typical selfie — holding the camera slightly above your head, often in front of a mirror — is a tasteless way to present yourself in your online dating profile.
What other things are important, in terms of online dating success? When the smile is slightly flirty or suggestive and appears to be directed at the person viewing the picture, men respond enthusiastically.
However, shirtless photos of men actually get the attention from the women on dating sites.
(Your photo does need to show a perfectly toned body, though.) Unfortunately, the shirtless photo idea usually doesn’t work well for men over 31. Cleavage-baring tops tend to be very successful choices for online dating photos — especially for younger women.
For these, we reached out to two professionals in the field: Ann Maas, director of operations and photographer at Look Better Online.com; and Rob Greer, a professional photographer in Los Angeles.
They use out-of-focus [photos], sloppy clothes, inappropriate facial expressions, bathroom selfies (with urinal behind them!
Toby Aiken, a professional freelance photographer based in Gloucestershire, says that having profile pictures is an essential step for two reasons.
Firstly, ‘’whether we care to admit it or not, the first thing that we look at is appearance.’’ This is a sentiment echoed in our survey: 65% of our UK respondents said that photos are the part of a profile that most catches their attention when they’re looking online.
Or that the most-matched women appear happy and (perhaps unsurprisingly) show some skin.