Photo Faux Pas

Sunday, September 11th, 2016
Photo Faux Pas

Your Main photo is one of the most important parts of your dating profile, so we are keen to help you to avoid some of the most common photo faux pas.

Here are some of the most common photo mistakes and how to avoid making them yourself.

Hiding your face

We don’t allow people to have sunglasses, ski goggles, or anything that obscures their face in their Main photo as we believe that it is essential to be able to see your whole face. Some dating websites do allow you to cover your face in your Main photo, but it will only lead people to believe that you have something to hide.

Using old photos

You may be able to get away with a nine-year-old photo on your passport, but for an online dating photo it is best practice to use a photo that has been taken within the past two years.

You don’t want your date to walk straight past you because they really don’t recognise you from your photograph.

Using blurry photos

You don’t need to use a professionally taken photograph, but it is important to use a photograph which shows your face clearly for your Main Photo.

Avoid selecting anything that is blurry, or that is taken in such low light that you could be just about anyone.

Bathroom selfies

We understand that bathrooms have mirrors, which makes taking a selfie easier, but really there must be a more appropriate place to take a photograph. If you have to take a selfie, use the reverse camera option on your phone, or find a mirror that doesn’t share a room with a toilet!

Only using group shots

We ask that you use a photo of you on your own for your Main photo, but for your additional photos you can use group photos.

One or two group photos show that you are sociable, but only using group shots leaves people wondering who you are, especially if you are all wearing fancy dress.

Adding just the basics

We allow you to add up to eight additional photos to your dating profile and we would encourage you to add as many photos as possible so that people can see what you look like and what you enjoy doing.

If you cannot decide which photos to choose, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us and we will let you know which ones we think are the most suitable.