How To Take A Better Online Dating Profile Photo

Saturday, July 20th, 2019
How To Take A Better Online Dating Profile Photo

On Muddy Matches we know the importance of a great profile picture. Did you know that profiles with a picture get more click-throughs than those that don’t? It just shows that people set a lot of store by a picture and, like it or not, personal appearance is the first thing that people notice. It’s a prime opportunity for you to catch someone’s attention when they’re browsing through their Muddy Matches search results.


It’s about more than first impression though. Your profile pictures are a fantastic way for you to visually demonstrate what kind of person you are and what you love to do. If you’re an outdoorsy type, never happier than when you’re hiking up a hill feeling healthy and free, make sure that your photos reflect this.


So, now we know how important having a great profile picture is for your online dating success, it’s time to dig a little deeper and learn how to take a fantastic picture.

1. Relax and smile

A fake, forced smile and shoulders full of tension doesn’t really say ‘date me’ do they? It’s important that you feel relaxed and at ease for your photographer to capture you at your best. Selfies are great, but what’s better is a natural, unposed picture of you doing what you love, if you have one.

2. Check out the background

Remember that it’s not just about you. Does the background of your photo convey the impression you want to project? If your photo was taken at home, does your house look tidy and clean or is it full of clutter? Similarly, does that background take over and prevent people from focussing on you? Look at your photos with a critical eye, and get them retaken if you need to. Even better, you could easily demonstrate your love for the countryside by getting your photo taken outside; simple!

3. Are you decent?

On Muddy Matches we have a strict policy meaning that unacceptable photos are not allowed on our site, but it’s important to think about what you are wearing. Are you showing too much flesh? Or have you covered up your face and eyes with a hat and sunglasses?

4. Window to the soul

As in point 3, letting your eyes shine is a big tip for success. The eyes are ‘the window to the soul’, so make them the focus of your photo and let your personality shine through.

5. Natural is best

Lighting can make a massive difference to your online dating picture. Harsh, overhead lights can wash you out and make you seem pale and lifeless, whilst too dim a picture can give off an odd impression to other rural singles. We think natural, outdoor light is definitely best – so get outdoors and get a mate to help.

For more tips on taking a fantastic online dating profile picture, please take a look at our other Muddy Matches blog posts here.