Should I use funny photos?

Having a good photo is

vital to online dating success

That’s something almost everyone knows when they are looking for love.   It’s the first thing anyone will see when they search the profiles.  If you don’t look great then you won’t get any interest. It’s really as simple as that.

However, you also need to stand out from the crowd.  So some people like to add crazy, funny photos in an effort to differentiate themselves from everyone else.  My advice on this is simple.  Your goal is to look like a friendly, sociable and trustworthy partner.  Not a clown!  People are extremely quick to judge and will make their mind up about you in seconds.

I’m not saying you should never try out a slightly different shot.  It’s fine as long as you have plenty of normal ones.  This could serve well as an icebreaker, so make sure it’s something worth commenting on.

Here are some other photos that you should avoid.

1) Avoid photos with lots of friends of the same sex.  This just looks strange.  Also, what if someone likes one of your friends more than you?

2) Avoid photos of you with someone of the opposite sex too.   If it’s just one person they will assume it’s an ex partner and naturally compare themselves.  Nobody likes to compete.

3) Anything with you drinking alcohol.  Of course many people like a drink from time to time. But if you have a bottle of wine/beer in your hand for each of your photos you’ll be viewed as a party animal.

4) Be careful of fancy dress.  You might think you look hilarious in a wig or in costume, but if it’s your only shot it can be confusing.   Always think about the reaction of the person looking at your photo album.

5) Don’t use anything that you aren’t in.  Yes, it might be a funny joke or cute kitten but it’s not you!

Good luck!

James Preece – The Dating Guru

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