The number of folks looking for online dating photography is absolutely staggering. But now you know, since you probably know that according to the Pew Internet Report and national census figures over thirty percent of all the population is online dating at some point in their lives. So, if your thinking about getting started on online dating as a way to meet that special someone, I’ve got a few tips for you:
You’ve noticed the proliferation of amateur online dating photos over the last couple of years. That’s because amateur photographers shoot whatever they want and call it “professional”. They don’t even bother giving the person a name! And while it’s important to make sure that your online dating profile looks like you genuinely care about the person, what exactly does that really mean?
First, it means that you need to have some idea of what a face should look like. And no matter what you’re doing online, you need a camera phone. Get yourself a few pre-made templates on your computer from various dating websites that let you create your own headshot. When you find one that looks good to you, go ahead and download it. Many websites allow you to download a template and use it in place of your own.
Now that you have some headshots to work with, you can start setting up your own online dating profile. Since there are literally thousands of sites out there, take a look at the types of profiles that interest you and start looking for a photographer that specializes in that niche. For example, if you like black and white photography then look for a photographer that specializes in black and white. If you like vintage style photography then look for a photographer that specializes in that. It’s a good idea to set up a profile that shows who you are and what you like.
Once you have your profile and you’ve decided on a photographer, you should go ahead and tell them what type of portraits you want. Say, for instance, you have an upcoming special event and want someone to take pictures of everyone as you open your gifts. Or maybe you want someone to take pictures of you in your daily life: cooking dinner, taking the dog for a walk, having coffee… whatever it is that you want people to see when they look at your profile, let your potential photographer know.
Online dating can be a great place to meet potential matches, but only as long as you keep in mind the simple basics: good photos and good communication. Taking online portraits can be fun and a lot of fun, but remember that unless you are happy with the results, you will not have many clients. This is why it’s important to choose the right photographer and the right photos! Good luck!