Should You Hire an Online Dating Photographer for a Profile Photoshoot?

Should You Hire an Online Dating Photographer for a Profile Photoshoot?

If you’ve landed here, you’re probably giving serious thought as to whether you should hire an online dating photographer. I’m Saskia and I’ve been running Hey Saturday since 2013. We help people increase engagement on their dating app profiles while helping them start to enjoy online dating more. We’re all photographers here and are, of course, obsessed with gorgeous, bold images. But we’re not alone in this obsession. Actually, everyone is drawn to gorgeous, bold images, whether they’re aware of it or not.

We’re living in an Insta world. Everyone and their dog (literally – I’m looking at your there Lauren) posts photos of themselves online now. As a result, photos are playing an increasingly important role in our lives. Given how often we’re bombarded with photos, it makes sense that people are craving a richer visual experience online.

Research consistently proves that visual content drives up engagement online. Our brains love images, processing them much faster than text.  We understand them. They’re straightforward and more appealing to look at than text.

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Photo credit: Nicole for Hey Saturday London

The online dating space is immensely busy. In order to stand out online, dating app profiles need to be competitive and have an edge.

Let’s think about images in marketing terms for a minute (after all online dating is marketing). The better quality the image is, the more likely customers will highly rate products/services, which has a huge impact on their influence to make a purchase. So, the higher the quality image, the more likely it will increase engagement with the product/service.

So here’s why you should hire an online dating photographer for a dating photoshoot.

You need good quality dating profile pictures

The quality of an image will influence people’s swiping decisions. People form impressions of others within fractions of a second, especially on dating apps. We’ve all seen our friends swiping through Tinder and Bumble at dizzying speeds. We all do it ourselves too, let’s be honest. Good quality images will grab the attention of other members and keep them engaged. It’s also worth bearing in mind that good quality images attract good quality dates, while low quality images attract hook ups.

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Photo credit: Livia for Hey Saturday Manchester

You need visually stunning dating profile pictures

In a world swimming with cookie-cutter, neutral-coloured, mediocre profile photos, you can make sure your photos stand out. Online Dating Photographers will be very focused on capturing bold, vibrant, colourful dating profile pictures. The former CEO of Tinder recently revealed something that we at Hey Saturday have known since 2013. Including bold colour in your profile pictures attracts attention on Tinder fast. We’ll either encourage you to wear bright coloured clothes or bring bright-coloured accessories and/or props. Or if that isn’t your vibe, we’ll find bright coloured backdrops to work with instead. This is one of the biggest differences between a regular portrait photographer and a dating photographer. We’re obsessed with colour and interesting backdrops. We’ll only shoot in locations that we know can provide a variety of these kind of backgrounds within a short walking distance.

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Photo credit: Saskia for Hey Saturday London

You need authentic dating profile pictures

Online dating photographers are obsessed with capturing authentic photos. We know if you’re not using up-to-date, authentic photos online, then you’re rarely going to get beyond that first date. No one likes to be deceived at any point in a relationship, let alone on the first date. We are aiming to capture the real you… but you on a really great day, of course. We give filters a huge swerve and avoid any heavy photoshopping. At most, we’ll do some light retouching. This will ensure your date has no problem recognising you and isn’t in for any big surprises.

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Photo credit: Alyssa for Hey Saturday New York City

You need dating profile pictures that capture your personal brand

The big thing professional online dating photographers specialise in, is helping our clients differentiate themselves on dating apps.  One of the biggest dating profile fails that people make, is creating a profile that falls back on well-worn cliches in their written bios and cookie-cutter profile pictures.

Your dating profile is a space for you to differentiate yourself from everyone else. It’s your chance to show people why you’re special. It should tell them why they should choose you. Online Dating Photographers, like Hey Saturday, aim to create profile photos that leverage the things about you that make you stand out from others. We aim to show your hobbies and passions in your profile pictures. We want, with your help, to create profile photos of you with built-in intrigue. Our job is to help you pique people’s interest and curiosity. By working with you, we will create photos that give them reasons  to reach out and connect with you. And connection is what dating is all about.

Are you down to hire an online dating photographer? If you want us to help you connect with people who resonate with you, head here.

Words by Saskia, dating profile photos by Team Hey Saturday

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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 🙌🏽📸🍿

#datingadvice #datingqpps #datingpics #tinder #tinderpics
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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 💚

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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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