The top 3 profile pictures that your dating app profile must have to triple your matches

The top 3 profile pictures that your dating app profile must have to triple your matches

Is your dating profile not getting the attention you want? Are you sure you’ve got the perfect set of dating profile pictures to really bring it to life? I’m Saskia Nelson and I pioneered the genre of dating photography in 2013 when I set up Hey Saturday, the most fun-loving and coolest dating photography agency on the planet.

I usually recommend using between 4-6 totally kick-ass dating profile pictures at any one time. And here’s my guide to help you choose which dating profile pictures to include on your dating profile to get the attention you deserve…

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01. The killer headshot

Your main dating profile picture needs to be a total killer shot.  A stop-you-in-your-tracks, badass headshot that shows you at your absolute best. The perfect dating headshot photo focuses on your head and shoulders. It also shows you looking straight into the camera and smiling. Smiley photos get more attention! It’s as simple as that. Plus smiling makes you look attractive, friendly and approachable. Head outdoors for the most flattering, warm light.

Next, you want to make sure your photo is bright and jumps off the screen. To do that, choose a bright, bold, colourful outfit. You’ll really stand out from the multitude of bland colours you see on dating apps. A pop of colour in the backdrop of your image can work wonders too, but make sure you choose a backdrop that is interesting and adds something about your personality or simple and not distracting.

02. The full disclosure shot

You’re hoping to find someone who’s upfront and open with you, so let potential dates see the real you in return. And that means including a well-lit shot, preferably taken outdoors, where your whole body is visible. I bet lots of you have encountered people pretending to be something they’re not in online dating.  Maybe they made out they were younger, taller, slimmer – and when you arrived at your first date the truth came as something of a surprise.

The full body dating profile picture avoids this scenario as it lets potential dates see what’s what. We all value honesty and truth more and more in our fickle, digital world. And what’s more, the full body shot shows you’re proud of who you are, no matter your body shape, height or size! Flaunt the attributes you love best, like your long legs, your toned arms or your curves. Self love rules.

03. The lifestyle shots

Your dating profile should have some great quality medium profile pictures that show how interesting you are. Give them a reason to want to get in touch with you. Medium shots are shots taken from the waist up and allow you to show some context through your surroundings. People love these shots as they offer a glimpse into your everyday life which helps them figure out whether they are compatible with you or not. They should be interesting, vibrant, well lit, great quality shots that tell a bit of a story. Here are some ideas for great shots that will help you to show a bit of charisma:

A location you love

Show your dates where you like to hang out and they’ll start to be able to picture the two of you together on cosy dates. Capture some dating profile pictures while you’re strolling in your favourite park, sipping a latte outside your favourite cafe or walking your dog on the beach.

Think about how your outfits can help to paint a picture too – match your clothes to the seasons and get creative. A wintry dating photo where you’re all snuggled up in a hat, scarf and gloves whilst out walking can look really cute. Or you can get those summertime vibes going with brightly coloured tees while you’re down at the beach.

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A hobby shot

Show your dates how interesting you are and generate some talking points by incorporating your hobbies into your dating profile pictures. If you’re mad keen on your photography, a shot of you holding your camera can work really well . If you play a musical instrument, that can also work really well as a prop.

Some other things we love in our recent profile pictures are: motorbikes, juggling balls, baskets of fruit and veg and running outfits amongst many others….hopefully this inspires you to get creative!

A playful shot 

It’s great to show your personality by including some dating profile pictures that are a little bit playful. You don’t have to be cartwheeling down the street to show a bit of a cheeky side. It is more to do with body language, the poses you choose and your facial expressions.

These relaxed, spontaneous, natural moments happen best when you’re genuinely playing around and having fun in front of the camera. So go with the flow and forget your inhibitions. I reckon the results will put a smile on the face of your potential dates and make them instantly want to get to know you.

Ready to let us create the perfect set of dating profile pictures for you? Book a shoot right now.

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I’m pretty excited to be part of @clementineappuk’s online wellness festival, Reboot.

I’ll be sharing some tips on how to create some good quality headshots for LinkedIn at home with just a smart phone and a friend. I’ll also cover the steps you need to follow to show up authentically in front of the camera. All my tips will be helpful for those of you who want to create dating profile photos at home too.

Head to Clementine’s feed to find out more. I’m in fantastic company as they have so many amazing speakers every week night, starting tonight.

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🔥Looking good starts with feeling good 🔥

I shared my top dating photoshoot tips with Bustle recently.

Next week I’m going Live with a very special guest (more on Monday) to chat small, simple things you can do every week to feel better about yourself. I can’t think of anything more important to focus on right now.

This weekend, I’m going to put on a couple of my favourite deep house tunes (you know, the ones I used to go clubbing to) and dance my heart out. (Movement, check. Happiness, Check. Laughter, check). What small thing are you going to do that will make you feel better about yourself?

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💜SUCCESS STORY💜
Just before Christmas, this lovely client emailed Nicole and I to let us know the good news..

She’s met someone. He was intrigued by her profile pictures and wanted to find out more. We’ve been doing a happy dance ever since
👯👯‍♀️👯

Today’s shout out goes to Nicole for creating another super happy & loved up client!

Happy 5 month anniversary S, we’re so very happy to hear your news. Here’s to a wonderful year ahead together 💜

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❤️ Love letter of the week ❤️

Searching for ‘dating app photos’... never silly and always cool as long as Hey Saturday is alive & kicking 🙌🏽

I particularly love this email all the way from a Los Angeles client. Thank you, it means a lot.

#dowhatyoulove #datingadvice #datingphototips #tinderpics #youareenough #lovelife #youareworthit #creativevibes #goodvibesonly #startup #entrepreneur #brand #personalbranding #creative #Selflove #selfworth #loveyourselffirst #loveyourself #youareabadass #badass #loveyourlife #photographer #datingphotos #mindsetreset #onlinedating #modernromance #modernlove
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What’s your secret sauce? What’s different about you? We really want to know.

But why tho’?
To us, your dating photoshoot is more than just a photoshoot. It’s your opportunity to tell people who you are and what you’re made of.

It’s your chance to show people why they should date you over others.

And.... when done well, with intention...helps you to attract your ideal ‘audience’ more easily.

And that’s something we can totally get on board with🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽

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••• Why do you need to express your personal brand in your dating profile pictures? ••••

Hmm good question, Sask 🤔

Still reading? Yay. So yes expressing your personal brand in your photos is a way of shaping what people think about you when they see your profile online.

It’s a way of showing people why they should choose to connect with you over others.

A bit of thought and intention up front when creating your photos can lead to more ... and better ... connections with people who share your vibe. Sounds good, right.

In 2021, we’re shifting our focus to help our clients bring more focus to figuring out & sharing their personal brand in their pictures.

Coming for ya 2021 💪🏽

#confidence #selflove #brand #personalbranding #datenight
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How you present yourself to the world matters. How you present yourself on your dating profile matters even more.

I’ve just written this article for Thrive Global because, you know what? In 2021 we’re on a mission to support our clients to create visually compelling profile pictures with built-in personality and intrigue.

We are going all out to help them to pique people’s interest & increase engagement with their dating app profile. More importantly, it’s going to be fun. Our photoshoots are an adventure not a chore 🔥🔥

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Our photoshoots are more than just a photoshoot. They’re more than just a massive confidence boost. They’re a way to help you connect more easily with people you resonate with online. And that’s a pretty cool thing. This client was so happy with his Hey Saturday experience that I was properly moved by the emails he sent me afterwards. This is the end of the last one he sent 💛

Huge shout out to Rachel - Rachel, this client is one of yours 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 thank youuuu for creating another happy person in my life.

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Grab the popcorn & pull out the fuzzy blankets. I’m going Live tonight, chatting to @matcheduk about dating profile pictures 🙌🏽📸🍿

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Today’s love letter was written to Lauren who massively boosted this client’s confidence in her 60th year 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 Brava Lauren, this is such a fantastic feedback note.

We love working with our older clients & one of our oldest clients at age 76 is featured on our homepage. You should check it out, it’s one of my favourite Hey Saturday pics (& it was shot by the awesome Polly).

Whatever age you are, we’ll go out of our way to welcome you and help you relax into your shoot. A fun, confidence-boosting experience awaits.

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Can’t wait to chat to Sunna and ask her your style questions on what to wear in your dating profile pictures. (But never mind that - what am I gonna wear for this Instagram Live?!)

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+++ Looking good starts with feeling good +++

I shared this tip with Bustle. I’m getting into radical kindness now actually, which says before you can show up with kindness for anyone else, you need to show up - big time - for yourself. Then you show up for others and then you show up for the wider world.

But it’s easy to forget that first step - showing up for yourself.

“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” ~ Jack Kornfield

Look after yourself, feel good, look good.

And also be kind to others 💚

#radicalkindness #selflove #loveyourself #selfesteemboost #selfesteem #selfacceptance #bustle #lookinggood #feelinggood #feels #feelsgood #datingadvice #datingphotoshoot #kindness #datingmindset #mindsetiseverything #mindsetmatters #mindset #creativehappylife #datinglife #datingphotos #singlelady #singlewoman
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I’ve received a lot of client ‘love letters’ this year but this particular client has written to me personally a few times now to tell me what his Hey Saturday photoshoot meant to him. I am always so touched to get good feedback but I think this client has given me the most feels ever. A huge shout out to Rachel for creating such an amazing experience for him. Our photographers are seriously the coolest. This is a snippet of what he sent to Rachel after his shoot. My heart ❤️❤️ Thank you Rachel ❤️❤️

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There’s still time to DM me your questions for Sarah Gilfillan of @sartorialab for today’s live. Sarah is one of my favourite people I’ve met through Hey Saturday so I’m looking forward to this. See you there? I’ll post it later for anyone who’s into it, as I know it’s hard to catch stuff live.

#menstyle #mensstyle #mensfashion #datingphotosformen #datingphotos #profilepictures #portraits #brandingshoot #personalbranding #personalbrandingtips #datingtips #datingphotography #fashion #style #wardrobestylist #wardrobedesign #loveyourself #confidence #styleinspo #styleinspiration #instalive #datingtips #brand #selfconfidence #bold #colourful #vibes #bodypositive
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