The 5 profile pictures you need

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So many online daters don’t post profile pictures, but the fact is that they get you better dates. Here’s a rundown of the five pics you need to have on your profile

We know that posting pictures to your profile is something both online dating newbies and pros find tough. It’s never easy to look at a photo of yourself and say ‘Yes, I look good!’, especially if you’re inherently modest, or maybe just not feeling you’re looking your best right now.

But the fact is that, on eharmony, posting a profile picture will get you nine times more communication than not. We understand that some of you might not want to be judged on looks – or you may have a job that prevents you from posting a photo – which is why we don’t force users to post a profile pic. However, for the rest of you, what are you waiting for? Remember that most people have hang ups about the way they look; you’re not the only person who thinks they have a wonky nose or wobbly arms. It’s time to put yourself out there.

Posting a great selection of profile pictures – yes, one really isn’t enough – can get you better dates too. How? Well, better profile pics means better communication, and that means better dates! It’s simple maths. You can post 12 photos to your eharmony profile; so even if you have one profile picture, those 11 other spaces are just crying out to be filled!

Profile pic 1: The Head Shot

Just your face, in good light, taken on a decent camera. This should be your profile picture.

DON’T wear sunglasses

DO smile

DO wear your favourite shirt or top

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Profile pic 2: The Body Shot

Your matches don’t just want to see your face, they want to see all of you!

DO stand, preferably in an attractive outdoor area such as a garden (nature always makes people look more relaxed, and natural light does wonders!)

DO make sure you’re wearing something smart but casual; perhaps what you’d wear on a first date

DON’T face the sun, you don’t want to be squinting at your matches

Profile pic 3: The Waist Up

The Body Shot is essential, but let’s get a bit closer. As ever, look relaxed and smile. Maybe it’s a good photo of you at a party, in a restaurant or relaxing on a park bench. Again, make sure you’re wearing something nice. Ladies, there’s nothing wrong with a bit of cleavage but don’t show too much!

Profile pic 4: Your Leisure Time

The best way to show your matches what you like to do with your spare time – and get a pic of you looking happy and relaxed – is to post a photo of you doing something you love. Maybe it’s you skiing, playing 5-a-side football, or acting in a play.

DON’T be too far away from the camera

DO add a caption to say who you are if there’s more than one of you in the photo

DON’T show off e.g. you washing your expensive car, shopping for designer shoes…

Profile pic 5: Your Favourite Spot

Your favourite place says a lot about you. If you don’t have a picture of you in your favourite place, get one taken. As a last resort you can post a picture of your favourite spot without you in it, which is better than not posting anything at all. This type of pic makes for a great conversation starter with your matches. Make sure you add a caption explaining where it is, and detail in your profile why it’s such a special place to you.

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