The Hey Saturday highlights of 2017

The Hey Saturday highlights of 2017

I think it’s safe to say that 2017 has been the year that getting good quality online dating profile photos started to become mainstream. More and more people are realising that good quality images attract good quality dates… and tonnes of them. Profile photos help people connect with others on an emotional level and they do it much more quickly than written text. Having stand out photos makes people what to click or swipe on your profile…what’s not to love. Hey Saturday is here to help make it easier for single people to find love online. Our top highlights of 2017, in no particular order, are:

A baby, an engagement and lots of great feedback

We’ve heard back from lots of happy clients this year. A client from 2015, Samantha, let me know that following her marriage last year to the love of her life (who loves my photos of her), they had their first baby in July. Yay, the best news ever. And another client, David, who I worked with back in 2014 let me know he got engaged to a gorgeous woman and can’t wait to spend his life with her.

best dating photos

Photo credit: Saskia

Launching Hey Saturday, New York City

Back in May, we launched Hey Saturday in New York offering our unique brand of dating photoshoots for single New Yorkers looking to stand out online and attract more people to their profile.

cool dating profile photos

Photo credit: Saskia 

cool dating profile photos

Photo credit: Audra

I visited New York a few times in 2016 and 2017 to explore the potential for launching there and met potential photographers, to shoot dating bloggers and meet lots of NYC dating experts and matchmakers. The feedback they gave me was that single people and matchmaker clients in New York were crying out for a service like Hey Saturday as local photographers hadn’t quite nailed the vibe that was needed. That was all the encouragement I needed so I decided to go for it. I connected with our fab photographer, Audra, and loved her work and her vibe straightaway. We did a couple of client shoots together on the Lower East Side and I knew she’d be perfect for the brand. We’ve since kept Audra very busy and are taking on a new NYC photographer on in early January 2018 so watch this space for more details.

Launching Hey Saturday, Birmingham

Later in the year, we launched Hey Saturday, Birmingham offering dating photo shoots to single people in and around the city. I’ve had potential clients contacting me from the Birmingham area for a long time now so I knew it was a priority to get Birmingham up and running. We love the area round the Custard Factory, it’s so perfect for our brand, providing colourful, vibrant backgrounds to create our stand-out dating profile photos. I was delighted to connect with Lucy and love her work and we have another Birmingham photographer joining next week.

best dating photos birmingham

Photo credit: Lucy

Homepage of the BBC

Another great highlight was when the BBC showed interest in covering the story of Hey Saturday. They loved my ethos and the fact that I’m so dedicated to making online dating as easy and fun as possible that they ended up putting my story on the homepage, which was a major coup and very unexpected. The Hey Saturday in-tray exploded minutes later and didn’t stop for months with emails from all round the world from potential clients and interested photographers all wanting to know more. It was beyond cool. Thanks to Emily Young, the journalist who wrote such a great piece.

Hey Saturday best dating profile pictures

 

Radio 4 Feature

Another cool thing was when I was contacted by Radio 4 asking if they could follow and record a couple of Hey Saturday dating photo shoots and interview me, a client and another Hey Saturday photographer for a brand spanking new feature about people working niche jobs. I loved radio, so much easier than being filmed, and really enjoyed seeing behind the scenes of a radio show. Our fab photographer in Scotland, Rachel (thanks Rachel, you star!!), was happy to be interviewed and followed on a shoot too. The show is going out in January so watch this space for more details on our literal 15 minutes of fame.

Photo credit: Rachel

Featuring in Psychologies magazine

I couldn’t help but include this one as I’ve wanted my work to feature in Psychologies magazine for years and years. I’d actually wanted to get some of my photos in there but instead got a double page spread about how I set up the business. It’s OK, I was cool with that, lol.

Winning Best Commercial Dating 2017

It’s no coincidence that the year I brought on our fab photographer, Lauren, to start blogging for our Hey Saturday blog, we won a national award in the UK Dating Awards confirming that our blog is the best Commercial Dating Blog in the country. Yayyyy! Lauren is an excellent writer and total nailed the Hey Saturday brand of writing from the get go. Our blog is aimed at helping people rediscover the fun in online dating. We are passionate about helping people enjoy the whole process and sharing our top tips on how you can do it well. If you’re struggling to enjoy online dating or just need some tips to get better at it, head here and check it out.

Best Dating blog

Launching our online booking platform

Our most exciting development of 2017 has been creating a new, easy to use online booking platform, making it even easier for our clients to book a dating photo shoot with us no matter which city or time zone they are in. It has been a labour of love but I’m super happy with how easy it is to use. I was really passionate about ensuring it was a good experience for our clients and photographers alike and the feedback so far has been great. Yay. We changed the name of our packages because our photo shoots are less formal portrait shoots and more about relaxing and having a bit of an adventure with your photographer. These create more natural, happy, interesting shots that help you stand out online and attract tonnes more dates. If you want to check out how easy it is to book a dating photo shoot online with us, head here.

Hey Saturday photographers

The photographers who work for Hey Saturday are pure awesomeness and I’m so lucky that they want to shoot for the brand. Head here to find out more about them. They are experts at helping clients enjoy what could be a challenging experience and their photos are simply stunning. I need to give a special mention to Nicole who has been shooting for Hey Saturday since 2014 and is fast approaching 800 shoots. She has worked tirelessly every weekend and more for Hey Saturday and we wouldn’t be the success we are without her. A huge shout out to Polly too, who has shot for Hey Saturday every week for a good couple of years now. And to all the others – you rule guys!

So yes, 2017 has been full of cool connections, great clients and an amazing body of dating profile photos from our Hey Saturday photographers. I’m looking forward to expanding Hey Saturday in 2018 to more UK and US cities to ensure even more people can find fun, love and adventure in dating.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
dating app profile
We recently did a competition collab with @frolo_datingapp, the community for single parents, who are launching a brand-spanking new dating app for single parents. Exciting. Nicole created this gorgeous set for one of the competition winners. Absolutely loving them, N! Looking forward to joining a Zoom with Frolo next Wednesday at 1pm to share some tips for creating great profile pictures at home. Maybe see you there? Photo credit: Nicole for Hey Saturday, London #singleandhappy #singleparent #modernlove #mindset #loveyourself #datingwithapurpose #datingadvice #datinglife #profilepictures #profilepic #profilepics #profilephoto #onlinedating #datingphototips #happylife #happysingle #relationshipgoals #personalbrandingtips #datingapp #datingapps #datingadviceformen #datingadviceforwomen #profilephotography #visualstorytelling #onlinedatingphotographer #datingphotos
I don't know about you... but I've literally fallen in love with Every.Single.Shot. from this set by Kimi at King's Cross - one of our favourite London locations. This client looks sooooo cool. Huge shouts out to Kimi who captures elements of his personality, vibe and lifestyle soooooo well. Photo credit: Kimi for Hey Saturday, London. #singleandhappy #modernlove #mindset #loveyourself #datingwithapurpose #datingadvice #datinglife #profilepictures #profilepic #profilepics #profilephoto #onlinedating #datingphototips #happylife #happysingle #relationshipgoals #personalbrandingtips #datingapp #datingapps #datingadviceformen #datingadviceforwomen #profilephotography #visualstorytelling #onlinedatingphotographer #datingphotos
I'm just planning a flying visit to LA later in the year (as part of my honeymoon - bring it 🙌🏽🙌🏽) so to get me in the mood, I thought I'd check out Vanessa's recent set with this super cool client. LOVING these colouful, bold shots, great stuff Vanessa. Photo credit: Vanessa for Hey Saturday, Los Angeles. #singleandhappy #modernlove #mindset #loveyourself #datingwithapurpose #datingadvice #datinglife #profilepictures #profilepic #profilepics #profilephoto #onlinedating #datingphototips #happylife #happysingle #relationshipgoals #personalbrandingtips #datingapp #datingapps #datingadviceformen #datingadviceforwomen #profilephotography #visualstorytelling #onlinedatingphotographer #datingphotos
I think I know which photo is gonna be her ‘talking point’ pic 😆 Our favourite dating profile pics are those that make people feel happy, curious, interested and energised when they see them. This set, taken by Vanessa in Los Angeles, makes me feel all those things and more! Loving them, Vanessa. I love how the client turned up with the energy she wanted to showcase in her photos, dang🔥🔥 Photo credit: Vanessa for Hey Saturday, Los Angeles. #datingapp #datingtips #datingprofile #datingprofilepic #datingphoto #onlinedating #datingphotos #datingpics #onlinedatingtips #datingadvice #single #happysinglelife #brandidentity #personalbranding #personalbrandingtips #visualstorytelling #modernlove #modernromance #datingapps #datingmindset #goodtimeswithgoodpeople #goodtimes
Come for the cool dating profile pics, stay for the ...um cool dating profile pics. Today's big shout out goes to Kimi who shoots south London Loving the vibe of this shoot shot in Peckham. Photo credit: Kimi for Hey Saturday, London #singleandhappy #modernlove #mindset #loveyourself #datingwithapurpose #datingadvice #datinglife #profilepictures #profilepic #profilepics #profilephoto #onlinedating #datingphototips #happylife #happysingle #relationshipgoals #personalbrandingtips #datingapp #datingapps #datingadviceformen #datingadviceforwomen #profilephotography #visualstorytelling #onlinedatingphotographer #datingphotos
I'm in a New York state of a mind today and thought I'd share the vibe. I'm loving these shots taken by Alison in and around SoHo. Photo credit: Alison for Hey Saturday, New York City #singleandhappy #modernlove #mindset #loveyourself #datingwithapurpose #datingadvice #datinglife #profilepictures #profilepic #profilepics #profilephoto #onlinedating #datingphototips #happylife #happysingle #relationshipgoals #personalbrandingtips #datingapp #datingapps #datingadviceformen #datingadviceforwomen #profilephotography #visualstorytelling #onlinedatingphotographer #datingphotos
Earlier this year we launched a new Manchester location and I can’t believe I haven’t shared any pics yet. My bad… So this post is celebrating the joy, colour and spirit of our Salford Quays Hey Saturday photoshoots, thanks to Livia & her photoshoot magic ✨. Shouts out Livia, loving these. Photo credit: Livia for Hey Saturday, Manchester #singleandhappy #modernlove #mindset #loveyourself #datingwithapurpose #datingadvice #datinglife #profilepictures #profilepic #profilepics #profilephoto #onlinedating #datingphototips #happylife #happysingle #relationshipgoals #personalbrandingtips #datingapp #datingapps #datingadviceformen #datingadviceforwomen #profilephotography #visualstorytelling #onlinedatingphotographer #datingphotos
Our photoshoots are an adventure, not a chore. Loving the adventure Vanessa and this client had in Abbot Kinney, LA. These photos are sweet as... Photo credit: Vanessa for Hey Saturday, Los Angeles #singleandhappy #modernlove #mindset #loveyourself #datingwithapurpose #datingadvice #datinglife #profilepictures #profilepic #profilepics #profilephoto #onlinedating #datingphototips #happylife #happysingle #relationshipgoals #personalbrandingtips #datingapp #datingapps #datingadviceformen #datingadviceforwomen #profilephotography #visualstorytelling #onlinedatingphotographer #datingphotos
We see a crazy, bright dating future for this client. Huge shouts out to Alison, who shoots in and around Soho every week, creating dating photo awesomeness like this. Loving these. Photo credit: Alison for Hey Saturday, New York City #singleandhappy #modernlove #mindset #loveyourself #datingwithapurpose #datingadvice #datinglife #profilepictures #profilepic #profilepics #profilephoto #onlinedating #datingphototips #happylife #happysingle #relationshipgoals #personalbrandingtips #datingapp #datingapps #datingadviceformen #datingadviceforwomen #profilephotography #visualstorytelling #onlinedatingphotographer #datingphotos
Time to get out the party poppers 🎉 …. these shots are a whole nuther level of gorgeousness. Huge shouts out to Nicole for these gems, J’adore them so much. Photo credit: Nicole for Hey Saturday, London #singleandhappy #modernlove #mindset #loveyourself #datingwithapurpose #datingadvice #datinglife #profilepictures #profilepic #profilepics #profilephoto #onlinedating #datingphototips #happylife #happysingle #relationshipgoals #personalbrandingtips #datingapp #datingapps #datingadviceformen #datingadviceforwomen #profilephotography #visualstorytelling #onlinedatingphotographer #datingphotos
The real flex is creating dating profile pictures that stand out and help you do you. J'adoring these bold, colourful shots from Livia in the Northern Quarter. Photo credit: Livia for Hey Saturday, Manchester #singleandhappy #modernlove #mindset #loveyourself #datingwithapurpose #datingadvice #datinglife #profilepictures #profilepic #profilepics #profilephoto #onlinedating #datingphototips #happylife #happysingle #relationshipgoals #personalbrandingtips #datingapp #datingapps #datingadviceformen #datingadviceforwomen #profilephotography #visualstorytelling #onlinedatingphotographer #datingphotos #manchesterdating #manchester #manchesterstyle
We’re not just all about the city streets, we do park shoots too 🌿 and… well these profile pics are just a breath of fresh air. We're heading to the parks of Clifton Village in Bristol for these gorgeous shots, taken by our Bristolian super star, Suze. If you want some park photos, autumn is a beautiful time of year to do this… 🍁 Photo credit: Suze for Hey Saturday, Bristol #singleandhappy #modernlove #mindset #loveyourself #datingwithapurpose #datingadvice #datinglife #profilepictures #profilepic #profilepics #profilephoto #onlinedating #datingphototips #happylife #happysingle #relationshipgoals #personalbrandingtips #datingapp #datingapps #datingadviceformen #datingadviceforwomen #profilephotography #visualstorytelling #onlinedatingphotographer #datingphotos
Holy dating photos, I love these. Nicole does her thang at King's Cross with these cool shots. Sweeeeeet work, Nicole. Photo credit: Nicole for Hey Saturday, London #storytelling #visionboarding #datingapp #datingadvice #authentic #authenticity #tinder #newprofilepic #profilepictures #datingphotography #datingphotos #onlinedatingphotographer #datingphotographer #brandingphotography #personalbranding #onlinedating #goodtimes #goodvibes #confidence #menstyle #brandidentity #romance #modernlove #joy #happylife
In today's episode of the happiest photoshoots on earth, we hotfoot it over to Bristol for these absolutely cool and stunning shots from our one & only Suze. Absolutely j'adoring these shots, Suze. Kudos to you and this fab client who created actual literal magic together. Photo credit: Suze for Hey Saturday, Bristol #singleandhappy #modernlove #mindset #loveyourself #datingwithapurpose #datingadvice #datinglife #profilepictures #profilepic #profilepics #profilephoto #onlinedating #datingphototips #happylife #happysingle #relationshipgoals #personalbrandingtips #datingapp #datingapps #datingadviceformen #datingadviceforwomen #profilephotography #visualstorytelling #onlinedatingphotographer #datingphotos
Some people just look like they know how to have a good time. Loving these ace dating profile pictures from Kate, who captures personality like a queen. Photo credit: Kate for Hey Saturday, London #singleandhappy #modernlove #mindset #loveyourself #datingwithapurpose #datingadvice #datinglife #profilepictures #profilepic #profilepics #profilephoto #onlinedating #datingphototips #happylife #happysingle #relationshipgoals #personalbrandingtips #datingapp #datingapps #datingadviceformen #datingadviceforwomen #profilephotography #visualstorytelling #onlinedatingphotographer #datingphotos
So yeah, I did a thing… Hey Saturday now has a podcast mini series, ‘Shoot Your Shot - The Art of Dating Profile Pictures’, for all your dating profile photo needs in one place 🎧✨ Press play on this show for jam-packed mini episodes that will inspire you to experiment, have fun and aim higher when creating your profile pictures for online dating apps. I share my top mindset shifts and practical steps you can take to create dating profile photos that are both visually and emotionally compelling, to help you attract more and better quality matches on dating apps. This podcast is for people with a short attention-span but a big vision for their love lives 🙌🏽 Link in bio 👀 Hosted by me, Saskia Podcast logo and art by the incredible @teadayblogs from Coppie and Paste Produced by that cutie @northernmunki Podcast music by me @saskia_nelson in conjunction with GrooveApp (who did most of the heavy lifting to be fair) #datingpodcast #datingpodcasts #newpodcast #newpodcastalert #singleandhappy #modernlove #mindset #loveyourself #datingwithapurpose #datingadvice #datinglife #profilepictures #profilepic #profilepics #profilephoto #onlinedating #datingphototips #happysingle #datingapp #datingapps #datingadviceformen #datingadviceforwomen #profilephotography #visualstorytelling #onlinedatingphotographer #datingphotos
Well these are just a whole vibe. Shouts out to Livia who transforms the streets of Manchester into the perfect Hey Saturday playground & huge kudos to the client who brought his A-game, dang 🙌🏽🏀 Photo credit: Livia for Hey Saturday, Manchester #singleandhappy #modernlove #mindset #loveyourself #datingwithapurpose #datingadvice #datinglife #profilepictures #profilepic #profilepics #profilephoto #onlinedating #datingphototips #happylife #happysingle #relationshipgoals #personalbrandingtips #datingapp #datingapps #datingadviceformen #datingadviceforwomen #profilephotography #visualstorytelling #onlinedatingphotographer #datingphotos
Break time is over.. everyone back on the bus. Summer is speeding to an end but I still have our gorgeous summer shoots to remind me of warmer days. Loving the vibe of these shots taken by Alison in Dumbo - one of my favourite NYC locations. Photo credit: Alison for Hey Saturday, New York City #singleandhappy #modernlove #mindset #loveyourself #datingwithapurpose #datingadvice #datinglife #profilepictures #profilepic #profilepics #profilephoto #onlinedating #datingphototips #happylife #happysingle #relationshipgoals #personalbrandingtips #datingapp #datingapps #datingadviceformen #datingadviceforwomen #profilephotography #visualstorytelling #onlinedatingphotographer #datingphotos
I love all our Hey Saturday locations, but I ain't gonna lie, I have a HUGE soft spot for our Abbot Kinney/Venice shoots. They always inspire joy, love and good times every time I see them - perfect for dating profile pictures. Big ups to Vanessa for these crazy-good shots. Photo credit: Vanessa for Hey Saturday, Los Angeles. #datingapps #onlinedating #datingprofilepic #datingtips #datinglife #singlelife #datingphotographer #onlinedatingphotographersla #onlinedatingphotographer #visualstorytelling #personalbranding #brandingphotography #modernlove #tinderpic #newprofilepic #goodtimes #creative #datingadvice #datingafterdivorce #happylife #joy
I was invited on @unhingedandbumbledup podcast the other day & it was probably the most fun I’ve had recording a podcast. Ahead of the show, I had to give them both a dating photo challenge and they presented the photos they created to me during the show. Tune into to see who does it better, Phil or Jane. It was a super close competition to be honest… but there was a clear winner 👏🏽👏🏽 I also shared • What makes an awesome dating profile pic • Why good photos are so important • My 4 top favourite date spots around the globe (I just couldn’t choose one) and much more… Have you subscribed to this chatty, fun show that shares experiences and opinions on how to navigate the tricky world of dating to come out on top? Thanks for having me Phil & Jane 🙏🏽 #singleandhappy #modernlove #mindset #newpodcast #datingadvice #datinglife #profilepictures #profilepic #profilepics #profilephoto #onlinedating #datingphototips #happylife #happysingle #relationshipgoals #personalbrandingtips #datingapp #datingapps #datingadviceformen #datingadviceforwomen #profilephotography #datingpodcast #onlinedatingphotographer #datingphotos