Choose The Best Dating Profile Pictures With These 10 Tips

By Jessica Huhn for DateAha!

Your profile pictures are your first impression on any dating site. Are you putting your best face forward? And more importantly, do those photos show the authentic you? Potential matches want to see who you really are. If they’re turned off by less-than-ideal photos, you’ve lost your chance for a match before they even have time to say “thank you, next!”

Here are 10 tips for selecting the best pictures for your dating profiles. Whether you’re using Match.com, Zoosk, Tinder, Bumble, OKCupid, or another site, these tips will help you get you more matches and help set you up for success in the long run.

1. Smile, Naturally

Choosing a main profile picture where you smile makes your profile look more inviting. And make sure your smile is genuine.

Interestingly, though, according to a Hinge report, the best way to smile in a profile picture differs for men and women.

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2. Choose The Right Look

To look at the camera or not to look? The answer’s different for men and women.

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3. Get Active

Love sports or physical activity? You’re in luck. Photos of you getting active will score you loads of success — according to Hinge, they get more likes than almost any other type of photo (75% more on average)!

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If you’re not into sports, don’t fake it, but make sure you post candids (preferably outdoor ones). People want to see your interests, and photos like this might spark a meaningful conversation. Just avoid any photo on a beach, and don’t post drinking pics — we know you’re more original than that!

4. Stay Away From Selfies

No, really — potential dates do not want to see your selfies in the bathroom.

But don’t just step outside and start taking selfies, either.

5. Pick Photos That Feature You And You Alone

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6. Honesty Is The Best Policy!

Don’t be afraid to show who you really are! People will feel duped, and get angry, if your photos don’t match your true self when you meet in person. This will probably cause you to lose your chance for a lasting relationship.

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7. Embrace Variety

Don’t post just one profile photo. That doesn’t give potential matches a good enough idea of who you are, and you definitely don’t want to keep them guessing. Instead, pick between 4 and 10 photos that show you in a variety of poses and settings.

8. Let Them See Your True Colors

Believe it or not, the colors you wear can impact the number of matches you get!

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9. Shed Some Light On The Subject

Pick photos with the best focus and lighting.

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10. Most Filters Are A Faux Pas (But One Is Classy)

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Bringing Transparency To Dating Profiles

Now that you’ve read these photo tips and applied them to your own dating profile, let’s talk about people who are afraid to show who they really are in their profile photos.

What if you go on a date with someone you’ve matched with, and they’re totally different from what you saw in their pictures? What if they hid what they really look like with old or concealing photos? You might get mad (and rightfully so), but now you can alert others to this dishonesty.

It’s all thanks to DateAha!, a browser extension that lets you comment on top of any dating profile and reply to others’ comments. If you find out that your date’s profile photos are 5 years old, for example, and that he’s a lot less fit in person, you can anonymously leave this feedback for others to see, right on his profile.

This will encourage the wider dating community to show themselves honestly in their profile pictures because they’ll want to avoid negative feedback.

Learn more about DateAha! and join the movement for dating accountability here.

Bringing transparency and accountability to online dating by enabling comments directly on top of any profile for other daters to see and reply to — Me2.0