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Thin Slicing is Real
We make first impressions and long-term judgments based on the smallest of clues. We scan before we dive in, we see the surface before we experience the substance. Regardless of which dating apps you use, the first past-or-fail depends on that the initial three seconds. What are the subliminal cues you are telegraphing through those pictures? A LOT is riding on your photographs.
Is your profile performing as well as it could?
Men swipe on 60% of the women they see; women swipe on 6% of the men they see (Economist). The lack of traction you are experiencing is not a reflection on you but on the quality of that first picture.
Are you anxious about getting back out there?
I hear you. I dated online for 8 (long) years after my first divorce until I finally meet the love of my life. It wasn’t easy to put myself out there and meet strangers; it would have been even harder if I had doubts in how I looked in the photos. Represent yourself well. You should be confident in how you present yourself virtually. Great photos will ease the anxiety of putting yourself out there.
Are you meeting the caliber of people you would like?
Most people have never been professionally photographed which means most people don’t have images crafted specifically to convey the right message. You would like that slightly blurry picture of you on the ski slope to say “I’m a great guy with my shit together,” but it only says, “I like to ski.” There is an art and a science to this. Invest in getting it done right.
Is your profile cobbled together with a bunch of out of date photos?
Don’t use pictures that are more than two years old.
Don’t use photos that includes someone of the opposite sex that is younger than your grandparent.
Don’t use group shots with more than four people in it.
Don’t open with a picture where your eyes are not visible —- i.e, no sunglass.
Don’t include images that requires an explanation (i.e, not my kid/dog/boat/boyfriend).
You have ONE picture to capture their interest;
You have SIX images to get them to chat with you;
Let’s make the most of it.
Dating is Hard
You Must Start with Great Photographs
I dated online for 8 long years after my first divorce, on every platforms imaginable, Tinder, Bumble, OkCupid, Match, you name it. As I swiped through profiles after profiles, two decades worth of experience as a professional advertising & documentary photographer/creative director kicked in. Photos after photos, I would cringe and say, “What are you thinking?!” “Why did you post this photo?"
Like a good detective, I would try to decode the image for information, qualities and hints about the person through their pictures, or their intentions for choosing these photos.
Good photos ARE ESSENTIAL, but it is also surprisingly difficult to have good photos of yourself.
I created Tinder Photography to offer a high-level, premium professional photography service, especially tailored for online dating profiles. With extensive experience as a photographer & online dater, I know what you need to break through the noise. I also know how nerve wrecking a photo session can be.
Not only will we create great images to show off your killer smile, those sparkling eyes and that irresistible charm. We will create images that speak of trust, fun and ease —- what each of us are looking for. To top it off, I’ve got the magic touch to take the discomfort out of a photo session.
Not in NYC? Clients have traveled from Boston, Baltimore, Miami, San Francisco, Los Angeles and as far as London and Paris seeking out my service. Request a session and we will make it work.