However when done badly, they can give an inaccurate impression of your character and most likely you won’t meet the type of people you want to.
First impressions are everything, which is why we created this guide to make sure you’re representing yourself effectively and correctly.
Research has shown that the only thing worse than a bad profile picture is no photo at all.
A lack of photos instantly alienates a huge amount of online daters because it makes them question why you want to hide the way you look.
Secondly, good profile pictures are a useful way to back up the impression you have created on your online dating profile.
As Aiken explains: ’it’s important to make sure your profile picture says the right things about you.
In a recent Elite Singles survey, a vast amount of members indicated that revealing pictures was one of the most off-putting things on a profile.He maintains ‘the key to taking a good photograph is making sure that you are comfortable in your surroundings.Whether that means taking the photo in your living room, or with a professional backdrop, if you are familiar with your surroundings, then you will be more relaxed and take a better photo...Aiken advises; ’If you go for a shot in your lounge, make sure the background is relatively tidy – we’re not talking catalogue shoot clean, but just take a look and maybe tidy that pile of washing you were meaning to deal with and make sure the curtains are straight.’ You don’t want your dirty laundry to take the focus off you after all. Busy patterns can complicate the image and detract the attention from you.Aiken suggests that color blocking can be very effective and bright colors are also a good way to maintain focus. Choose one bold item and stick with that (women – red clothing tends to be most eye catching to men).