Which Photos Make The Best Dating Profile Pictures Ever

Which Photos Make The Best Dating Profile Pictures Ever

The best dating profile pictures ever

Here at Hey Saturday, the original home of dating profile photography, our whole focus is on helping people create the best dating profile pictures they can, to attract more and better quality matches on dating apps. Most of our clients use dating apps like the ubiquitous Tinder, Hinge, Her, Bumble, Grindr, Match, Plenty of Fish (in the US), eHarmony etc.  We’ve been serving awesome dating profile pictures since 2013, so have a lot to say and share on which photos make the best ones.

The most important thing to realise is that every photo you share in your set needs to be working hard for you. Your dating app profile pictures are like your premium advertising space – and you can’t afford to waste it. Each photo has a role to play. It might be showcasing you at your best, telling people something intriguing about you, or attracting attention because it includes bold colours and an eye-catching  background or outfit etc.

Now, if you prefer to listen to your advice & tips rather than read it, you can check out my dating photo podcast, Shoot Your Shot: The Art of Dating Profile Pictures. Check out this show for my jam-packed mini episodes that will inspire you to experiment, have fun and aim higher when creating your profile pictures for online dating apps.

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Dating profile pictures reimagined for the Social Media Age.

  1. Think of your dating profile pictures as a set rather than a grouping of random pictures. Together they need to paint a story. The story of what it would be like to date you.
  2. Ideally you should use 5/6 photos on your profile at any one time. Any fewer than that and people get a bit suspicious, like they think you might be hiding something. More than that and you’re giving them more content to find fault with.
  3. Update your dating profile pictures at least once every couple of months to freshen up your profile. Swap in 2-4 new ones to make it look new and fresh and beat the algorithms. You can mix and match Hey Saturday photos with one or two of your own photos.

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Top dating profile picture do’s.

  1. Use good quality photos only. Always. There is no room in this Instagram age to still be using blurry, poor quality photos if we want to make a great impact online. Not convinced and secretly thinking, ‘yeah, yeah, I’ll be fine’? Maybe ponder this – good quality profile pictures attract good quality dates, while poor quality pictures attract poor quality dates. People with high self-esteem are unlikely to value poor quality profile pictures. This is because they believe that people who are willing to use poor quality images are probably willing to settle for other things that aren’t great either.
  2. Good quality visuals drive up engagement with your dating profile, which is one of your primary goals when it comes to online dating.  People will spend a fraction of a second swiping through dating photos and will always prefer to view good quality (think well-lit, bright, in focus) images over poor quality (blurry, low-light, red-eye, pixelated).
  3. Create visually interesting, storytelling profile photos. You want them to offer information about you, your lifestyle and your vibe. That way, when people are swiping quickly, they’ll still have a chance to find out quite a lot about you, just at a glance. Include photos that show people what you love doing, where you love hanging out, what your passions are and what’s important to you in life. Hopefully there will be something there that will make them pause, do a double take, check out your bio and then reach out and connect.
  4. Select a gorgeous primary headshot.  Now this photo has a lot of work to do. It’s the first photo people see and will be the one that either encourages people to take a closer look at your profile or swiftly move on. You need to be looking  as hot as you can, confident, happy and relaxed. It needs to be great quality, have a simple background that doesn’t detract from you and, in an ideal world, includes some eye-catching colour or other detail (e.g. bold statement jewellery or outfit).
  5. Include one full body shot. Every dating profile needs to include one full body photo. People will want to see all of you before deciding whether to reach out. Given how easy it is to deceive someone using cropped images, people are very keen to see the whole package. Don’t skimp on this step or you may find your profile gets repeatedly overlooked.
  6. Embrace bold colour. Here at Hey Saturday, we’re obsessed with bold, colourful dating profile pictures. In fact we were obsessed with it long before the founder of Tinder’s old CEO, Sean Rad, announced that the use of colour attracted radically more attention online.
  7. Include a talking point photo. This is such a powerful tip and one that is often overlooked. Give it a go and see what I mean. Something in your photo needs to interesting or intriguing. This will then give people an easy opening to slide into your messages and ask you about it. Bearing in mind, most people don’t know what to say in messages beyond ‘Heyyyyy’, this is actually a pretty badass hack. OK, so you’re wondering what kind of thing might do this? It doesn’t have to be complicated, it could be a copy of your favourite book. Maybe they LOVE that book. It could be you enjoying a delicious but ridiculously large ice cream.  Or maybe you’re hanging out with your dog. Maybe you play the banjo or practice a martial art. Anything that emphasises the unique you, include that.

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Top profile picture don’ts

  1. Lose any photo you’re not 100% sure about. If there’s a photo in your set of dating photos that you’re not 100% sure about but you’re thinking you might as well as include it – well yeah, don’t do that. People scan quickly through your photos looking for your best dating profile picture, swiftly followed by your worst. (I don’t think people even realise they’re doing it, so you may not be aware, but you probably do this yourself). They tend to make that all important decision, whether to connect with you or not, based on that worst photo! Eek. Don’t risk it.
  2. Lose any misleading photos you might have. You know, deep down, it makes sense. Ultimately, people are looking for trustworthy people online with whom they can build a meaningful relationship. If they arrive on a first date to find out you don’t look the same as you do in your profile pictures – it doesn’t matter how charming you might be on the date, you’ve lost them. They will feel deceived and how you make people feel is everything. Remember, great photos attract attention. Authentic ones keep it.
  3. Avoid group shots like the plague! And here’s why. They’re super boring. Everyone has them and they don’t add anything meaningful to your story other than the fact you have friends. Most people have friends so this isn’t really news! Plus you’re giving people an opportunity to find fault with you (e.g. they don’t like the look of your friends, or perhaps worse, they fancy your mate more). What a waste of an opportunity. Don’t forget this is your premium advertising space, be the star of your own profile pictures!
  4. Avoid closed body language in your photos. Don’t underestimate the power of open body language. Open body language is when the chest is up and back, the head is high, the arms and hands are open and uncrossed. Imagine you have crossed arms in your profile picture.  At best you appear defensive. And at worst, aggressive. Neither of these options create a good vibe for your profile pictures.

Words by Saskia Nelson. Photos by Nicole (Hey Saturday London), Alison (Hey Saturday New York City) & Carla (Hey Saturday, New York City). 

 
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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)

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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 🙏🏽

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…how would you show up?

I get a lot of emails from clients asking how and where they can do their photoshoots without many people seeing them. Ummm ….

To be fair, it’d probably be my first question too, if I were in their shoes. I’m not exactly known for being a natural badass in front of the lens (there’s a reason I prefer being behind it!).

But, thing is, those people really don’t care about what’s happening in your photoshoot. And why would you concern yourself worrying about what people - you don’t even know - think about you for 30 seconds?

Fear makes no sense, even after you unpick it and challenge it. It’s still there. Being fearless is actually really hard… however you could try this… choose to ‘act as if’ you’re fearless! Yeah, how would that look? How would you show up then? Really think about how you would approach it. And then, just as an experiment, do that.

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+ The Ex-Philes Podcast +

I had the pleasure of being invited onto an episode of the dating podcast, ’The Ex-Philes: Break-ups, Broken Hearts and Moving On’ recently & was interviewed by the two awesome hosts, Clair Lofthouse & Janice Formichella.

Thank you so much to both of you, I really enjoyed connecting & sharing my top dating profile picture expertise with you.

If you are getting over a breakup? I would highly recommend tuning in & subscribing.

Ex-Philes is a weekly podcast all about healing a broken heart, building your confidence, and moving forward in an empowered way.

Their favorite topics include healing from heartbreak, dating, ghosting, no contact, toxic relationships, communication, self-help, attachment styles and more.

Thanks Janice & Clair 🙏🏽

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Dating profiles have the potential to be intriguing; they can be a window into someone’s mind, revealing their unique way of looking at & thinking about the world.

Make sure you grab that opportunity to show people what you’re about & what you’re made of 🔥🔥

And remember, your profile pics are the most powerful way to share a lot of information about you at just a glance.

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+ Sound on for dating photo tips & good times +

Huge shout out to the legend that is James Preece, the UK dating coach king. Thank you for having me on your show, @jamespreececoach. I had a great time sharing my top dating photo tips with you, which I’m pretty sure you can tell when you listen in.

Have you subscribed to the Love Machine Podcast yet?

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You know what I love doing when I have a few moments to myself? … I love navigating to our Story highlights & scrolling through ‘Our Pics’. It gives me a legal, natural high every time.

The colour, the personalities, the vibes, the diverse life styles, the passions, the people… so much dating photoshoot awesomeness in one hit 🙌🏽✨🤩

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We need to talk about ‘talking point’ pics. Talking point pics are the ones that make people stop and do a double take, go back for another look and, yeah, slide into your messages because they need to know more.

Maybe you’re practicing tai chi, playing a ukulele, creating a stunning art piece on your iPad, doing a headstand yoga pose in the street or wrapping your hands ready for boxing (all shots we’ve taken, that have made me go back for another look 👀 check our Stories today!). Shots like these are so compelling.

Look, 5-6 photos at any one time on your dating app profile is optimum. Too few, people think you’re hiding something, too many & it’s game over as you give them too much to find fault with.

So you’ve got just 5-6 opportunities to
+ make an emotional impact
+ visually tell your story
+ and… also, importantly, intrigue people enough to reach out and ask you something or connect with you about something they see 👀

// Each one of your dating profile photos needs to bring something to the party //

So take a moment to check out your profile pics now. Which one is your ‘talking point’ pic? Answers on a postcard or in the comments, I really want to know…

And a big shout out goes out to the client I’ve been chatting with this week who’s booked Dumbo. You know who you are. You have so many exciting ideas for your shoot, I think you’re going to have a few ‘talking point’ pics to choose from 🙌🏽 And I’m so glad our Insta feed has helped you prep for your shoot. That makes me very happy.

*Tai chi photo: Kate for Hey Saturday, London

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New here? Come in, look around, stay awhile. We're creating our own brand of dating photo magic, right here. J'adoring these shots taken in Shoreditch by our London photographer, Nicole.

Photo credit: Nicole for Hey Saturday, London

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The only mantra you’ll ever need before your dating photoshoot
+ Be bold, kill boring, do ‘you’, stand out +

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