So take the time and effort to make sure your photo represents you properly.
So do it properly - get your friends or family to help you take a nice photo of yourself. The natural light, particularly in the afternoon can be very flattering and bring out your best side!
The secret to a good dating profile is illustrating an authentic portrayal of yourself; after all, the whole point of online dating is to find someone you’re truly compatible with.
Consider the factors that make you unique and indicate them in your dating profile.
As Kimberly Eclipse in her article on ‘Online dating profiles’ on suggests, ‘Present yourself in an honest and authentic way– imperfections and all. Whoever walks away probably wasn’t your type anyway.’ Avoid generic statements and clichés that you think people want to hear.
80 per cent of our survey respondents said they would disapprove if their date turned up looking different from their dating profile.
Resist the temptation then to use an old, flattering photo because it will only cause you problems in the long run.
While it may be tempting to sneak in a couple of white lies into your profile, don’t do it! You need to give potential partners the opportunity to fall for the real you.
The saying ‘honesty is the best policy’ exists for a reason, not least because ‘it is much easier than putting forth the energy required to pretend,’ (according to Rebekah Doweyko, psychologist and councilor).
According to Elite Singles members, the worst common photo mistake is an image that is too revealing.
19 per cent maintained wearing sunglasses in a photo was a no go, followed by poorly photo shopped pictures with 17 per cent.
Relationship coach, Sam Owen explains that ‘We build up an idea of a person’s personality by looking at their photo, how they have posed, their facial expression, the clothes they are wearing and much more.