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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Great online dating photographers are focused on human experience, rather than the size of our lenses.

Yeah… I’d go as far to say, we view our photoshoots as an emotional journey with a physical output more than anything else.

We want to help you let people in and get a better sense of who you are… the real you, of course, (in reply to a comment I got yesterday), if your photos are going to be meaningful, in any way.

When you can bring your whole self to the shoot, it’s kind of magic, really. When you can craft images that tell stories about who you are, it’s powerful and empowering, because when stories are told, meaning is made.

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How you show up for your profile pictures matters. The energy you show up with for your photoshoot, is the same energy that online daters can see and feel when they look at your profile pictures.

And yes, you can absolutely see and feel energy in pictures. You can see if someone is happy, dejected or confident, for example.

Confidence is energy. It’s not a ‘trait’ that you either are or aren’t, it’s a state. Like happiness, sadness & joy, it’s an energy you can tap into.

To create the most attractive and magnetic profile pictures, tap into the energy you want to see in your photos.

But how?

Get excited about how these profile pictures are going to open up doors, connect you to all kinds of interesting people, potentially lead to something so good, it’s life-changing.

Harness these positive kind of thoughts and embody them through your breathing, through smiling and laughing, through your body language. You know how smiling makes you feel happy and standing in a power pose makes you feel more confident? Yes 🙌🏽 that.

Your body language in your pictures communicates a lot about your energy and vibe.

Include things you really love in your photoshoot. You might wear something you love, go somewhere you love, hold something you love or, even better, get in flow and do something you love.

Including things that spark joy will impact your body language and your whole vibe.

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This show is seriously guaranteed to give you more fun than your ex. And boy, what a show. The host Damona Hoffman, already one of the coolest humans on the planet, is now also the Official Love Expert of the Drew Barrymore Show ✨ as well an advice columnist for The Washington Post & much more.

I’ll admit I was a bit of a hot mess as a guest on her show but it was ace to be included on her latest episode. I share how to do online dating photos right and magnetise the best matches to you.

And don’t forget to hit subscribe, there are soooo many good episodes you’re going to wanna work your way through.

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You are as hot as you think you are.

I love this.

When I was told this, back when I was online dating, I have to say it was a bit of a game changer. Your first instinct is to think, ‘Wait, what?’.

But then I thought back to people I’d met in my (very) long and varied dating life... and how my first impressions of their attractiveness could wildly change as soon as I started engaging with them.

That’s because I was seeing them as they see themselves.

Self-love levels the playing field. You don’t have to be the hottest person in the room to be the hottest person in the room... you just have to THINK you are.

Wow, I love that. It means being attractive, magnetic, desired is within all of us. We just gotta dig deep and love ourselves. No way round it.

Your vibe reflects the way you see yourself and cues others to respond accordingly.

I’m just getting into the Law of Attraction and figuring out how to raise my vibrations, which builds on this. And it’s so relevant to dating, I’ve got a feeling I’m gonna be sharing my learnings on here soon.

Anyone got any recommendations of people I can follow who are talking about vibrating higher? Please share 🙏🏽

I’m ready to vibe higher. Are you?

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Your dating app profile ain’t the place to blend in. I know we all want to belong and fit in. But... this isn’t the time.

So many profiles are literally copy cats of each other. It’s sooo boring. Especially given the fact we’re all so different & amazing once you get to know us.

Take a risk. Reveal something meaningful about yourself in your profile. Write down all the things that make you stand out from others and then choose a couple of those to reveal in your profile photos.

People are gonna stare.
Make it worth their while.

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This message makes my heart do little backflips. I love that this client felt seen by Nicole and was able to express her best self.

And I love that she took the time to share her gratitude with me and Nicole.

I have a strong feeling that when this client finds love, it’s going to be pretty special.

💛 Very exciting 💛

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I’m sharing my face because we have a bunch of new followers, yay hi there, and also because my jumper is very on brand and that’s kind of what I wanted to talk about today.

In your profile pics, your clothes are saying a lot more about you than you might think.

Our clothes are telling people a lot about our lifestyle, our social status, our personality and our vibe ... oh yeah and in my case, my job!

So what do you want your clothes to say about you? That you’re cool, confident, nerdish, feminine, comfortable, stylish, independent, fashionable, glam, extrovert, etc?

By choosing your clothes with intention, you can reveal elements of your personality that might otherwise not come across easily in your pictures.

And our clothes choices actually have more power than we think.

The psychologist, Dr Jennifer Baumgartner (a total expert on this stuff), says,

‘You can use your wardrobe to change how other people perceive you, and even more importantly - how you see yourself’.

I’ve shared that before but I love it so much. This is that moment when the outfit you put on makes you feel invincible & unstoppable. Perfect for a photoshoot or some first date action.

Lots of photoshoots coming up this bank holiday weekend, so this is your reminder to prep your outfits with intention.

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This is big-ass Hey Saturday energy right here...

‘Shoot your shot’ is:

🎯 to let go of your pride & pursue someone you’re into;

🎯 to be brave & have the audacity to do something that might be embarrassing;

🎯 to do, say or claim a thing that is potentially outside of your range of abilities.

This is the kinda energy that works so well on dating photoshoots & online dating.

People out there, living their best lives, willing to shoot their shot.

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Nah, I don’t mean that kind of suck😆

I mean dare to be real. Dare to be vulnerable. Dare to try something different. Dare to date someone different. Dare to put yourself out there. Dare to dance on your dating photoshoot. Dare to mess up. Dare to stand out on your dating profile. Dare to be disliked by some.

I think it was Kurt Vonnegut who said, ‘How embarrassing to be human’.

Well quite!

But go suck, I dare you!

At the end of that lies adventure, mayhem, great profile pics and, with a little bit of luck, authentic love.

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One of the best gifts you can give yourself? Letting go of what other people think about you.

Most of us worry too much about what others think to the point that we are far too inhibited and far less spontaneous and joyful than we could be.

Truth is (studies show), we consistently overestimate just how much - and how badly - others think about our failings.

Problem is, giving fewer fucks is super hard, we are such a social species.

We care so much about others because our happiness depends on the quality of our relationships. We need people and we want to be in their good books so that we can belong, fit in & nurture good relationships with them.

While a certain amount of it is healthy, too much is not. But what can you do to put the breaks on?

Let’s imagine you’re on a dating photoshoot but you can’t stop worrying about what random people in the street are thinking.

In reality, you know it really doesn’t matter what those people think. You don’t know them from Adam. And your photos... well they might just help you transform your love life, right, so they’re kind of important.

But knowing that doesn’t stop you feeling embarrassed.

Here’s one thing you could try. A moment of mindfulness.

Try six deep breaths in and out, with your photographer, feeling how the air enters and leaves your body and how your feet are connected to the ground.

At the end of this lies potential for even greater profile pics.

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You know when you connect online with someone new, but you just know straightaway that you’re going to get on really well? Yeah that.

This is Dillion. He invited me on his dating podcast, @truthaboutdating, the other day and the episode has just dropped (link in his bio).

We chatted about the importance of vibe, colour, confidence, being authentic, body language & much more.

Give it a listen 🎧 and check out his other episodes. Thanks for having me, Dillion, I really enjoyed chatting & sharing dating photo tips.

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If you’re thinking about creating some new dating profile pics, here’s some homework to help you prepare. Take a moment to ask yourself how you’d want to show up if you knew the love of your life was going to see these photos.

Photos, when created intentionally, are such a powerful tool for communicating who you are.

Plan to create photos that take people on a whistle stop tour of your vibe, your passions, your personality and your strengths.

You’ll find that you’re more easily able to connect with all and any ideal soulmates who come across your profile.

Don’t forget to keep it real. As real as you feel able.

Great photos attract attention. Authentic ones keep it.

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On dating apps, success is often determined by a split-second decision made after glimpsing, sometimes, just one photo. You gotta make sure every photo is an amazing one.

Here’s a secret hack, not many people know. Open, expansive body language in photos is crazy attractive, drawing the right kind of attention online.

This is backed by science actually - not just your friendly dating photo expert 😉

For those of you who love the science bit, academic researchers found that outstretched limbs increase attractiveness for all genders - but guys in particular. It suggests dominance for guys and confidence for guys and women.

With this in mind, make sure you take up space in your photos! Own it! Do some power poses to get in the mood. Throw your shoulders back. Fling your arms out. Have your hands spread out. Have fun experimenting.

No crossed arms or hunching over on our watch!

Be the star of every single shot. You only get 5 to 6 shots, you need to make sure all of them are doing the heavy lifting for you.

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What really matters to you in life? What’s important to you?

Showing up authentically on your dating photoshoot and in your dating life is the biggest gift you can give yourself.

It enables you to meet and connect with people on a deeper level. Imagine - no pretence and no games 🙌🏽

And it all starts with knowing yourself better.

I reckon a good starting place is writing out a list of all the things in life that are important to you.

We encourage our clients to do this ahead of their dating photoshoots.

It helps you get to the heart of what you want out of life, what you want out of your love life.

Knowing ourselves is a life-long process but it’s so good to check in on ourselves often, especially when we’re starting big things like online dating.

And by taking the time to think about it and let us, your photographers know, it helps us more easily create dating profile pictures that represent what you stand for. What you’re about. What makes you unique and special.

On my List of Stuff I Care About, I have:
- being creative
- keep on learning & growing
- love & connection
- being physically active
- helping people
- finding peace in nature

My dating profile pictures might then include me taking photos or painting, reading a self-help book or studying, walking or meditating in nature. I might wear my jumper with the word ‘love’ on it. I might be drinking tea in front of a cafe with friends (who aren’t actually in the pic). When planning your shoot, your list acts as a guide to make sure you’re telling people something meaningful about you.

✨What’s on your list?

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