5 Pro Photography Tips for Creating a Great Dating Profile Picture

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Make the background work for you

If you’re anything like me, you may well feel happier wearing black or more neutral colours rather than bright colours. The good news is that works too. You just need to be a bit more savvy and find interesting, colourful backgrounds that do the work for you. If you head into the nearest town centre, you can find lots of things you can use to add colour to your photos.

In my experience, the kinds of locations that work best might be near some street art, quirky markets, beside canals or rivers, in public gardens and parks. Something as simple as a painted wall, colourful flower bed or billboard can really lift a photo from ordinary to eye-catching. Avoid having anything too busy or messy behind you though. The background is meant to add value to you in the photo helping you to stand out, not take over the shot.

Embrace colour

The easiest way to make your profile photo stand out from the sea of other dating profile photos is by the clever use of colour. When deciding what to wear, it is well worth choosing bold colours that pop and you can rest assured that your photo will jump out from the rest. Red can be a great colour to include somewhere in the photo because it is the colour of love and passion. It has been well documented that when men are more likely to find a woman wearing red as more attractive than her non-red counterparts and are more likely to ask her out on a date. Women are also attracted to men wearing red as it is a sign of virility.

Let your personality shine through – do what you love

In my experience, some of the best dating photos are the ones which help tell the viewer something about the person in the photo. Now to a large extent your choice of clothes, make up and hair style all contribute to that but you can also showcase elements of your personality by what you’re doing in the shot. If there’s something you love doing that can be captured quite easily in a photograph, then head out and do it and get your friend to bring their camera. I have captured clients browsing market stalls, roller blading, cycling, reading, sitting in cafes etc. If you’re doing something you love, you’re very likely to come across as happy and relaxed in the shot, which is exactly what you’re aiming for.

Let your personality shine through – clever use of props

For those of you who are struggling to think what you could do in your photos, props are a really easy way to tell people more about your personality without having to get too active. Props are also great as they give you something to do with your hands, which can come across as a bit awkward in photos if you’re not totally relaxed. My favourite props are hats, everyone owns hats and just the action of putting them off, holding them and putting them back on again gets some good shots – but other good props include cameras, 99 ice-creams, glasses, books and newspapers, big headphones if you’re into music etc.

Smile like you mean it

But the most important thing you can do to make your dating photo stand out and shine, is to showcase your smile. Nothing is more attractive than a big, confident and infectious smile. If you make sure you are truly having fun when getting your photo taken, you’ll definitely be able to capture your genuine smile and that is what will ultimately attract people to your profile.


Often your profile picture can be the first thing a potential match sees of you, so a good photo is vital when online dating. We asked Britain’s only dedicated dating photographer Saskia Nelson for her top tips on creating the ultimate profile pic. She shared her wisdom, and some of her pictures, in this gallery for eHarmony UK.

Saskia said: “As the UK’s only dedicated dating photographer, of course you would expect me to emphasise how crucial your photos are to your online dating profile. But this has recently been backed up by expert research, which concluded that the written profile makes up less than 10% of what people think of you.

“So, armed with the knowledge that other daters are generally making judgements about you based almost entirely on your set of dating photos, here are my top pro photographer tips on creating a great dating profile photo that will help your profile stand out from the crowd.”

Saskia Nelson is the talent behind the award-winning Saturday Night’s Alright, the UK’s only dedicated dating photography business. She is passionate about helping the UK’s eclectic range of single people to shine online and ultimately find love, friends and happiness. She specialises in creating gorgeous photos for her clients to help them build awesome online dating profiles that help tell the story of who they really are. She also puts her extensive online dating experiences to good use by sharing her experiences and wisdom on her blog and by organising dating workshops for women as one half of the Go To Girls.

You can find her here on twitter @satnightalright


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