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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  • Is your profile cobbled together with a bunch of out of date photos?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 wonder, “What are you thinking?!” “What are you trying to tell me?”

Like a good detective, I would try to decode the image for information, qualities and hints about the person through their pictures; their intentions for choosing these photos. In 90% of the profiles, the photos are a complete bust!

Good photos ARE ESSENTIAL and it is 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 two decades of experience as an advertising photographer & online love-seeker, I know what you need to break through the noise.

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 understand uncomfortable it is to be in front of the camera. I’ve designed an experience to take the discomfort out of your shoot.

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. 

WOW. That’s really all I can say. I was so worried I was going to hate every photo, but far from it. Thank you so, so, so much for letting me borrow your immense talent for a couple of hours. I will treasure these photos.
— Danielle, 31
Of course, my friends thought it was ridiculous that I would pay someone to take pictures for my Tinder but the results speak for themselves, you get out of it what you put into it…First week I only got 3 matches. After two weeks it exploded and I could barely keep up.
— Patrick, 30
From my research, she is one of foremost experts in online dating photography in the US!
— Nate, 25
Thank you so much, some of these are better than I thought possible! And thanks for the fast turnaround.
— David G, 46
Charlie! You’ve changed my life!
— Carry, 52
This is the first time I FEEL like I’m being accurately represented in my pictures.
— Jason, 29
These photos are an investment in yourself first and your dating profile secondary. It certainly increases the number of matches you get but that’s the icing on the cake. First and foremost you have great pictures of yourself which is something everyone should have.”
— Eric, 35
I hate having my picture taken. So needless to say I was extremely nervous about the idea of a photo shoot with a total stranger. But from the second I met Charlie she put me completely at ease. Not only does she make sure you’re comfortable the entire time but she’s honest, upfront and damn good at what she does! The 2 hours flew by and I literally felt like I was hanging out with a friend the whole time and got some really awesome pictures taken along the way. Could not recommend a more professional yet down to earth photographer. Thank you again Charlie for the wonderful photos, advice and experience!
— Lydia, 33
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This is your love life. It's important to you. I take a lot of care and consideration with each and every client. 

A standard session is 90 mins. We meet. We talk. We get to know each other a little, much like a date. The initial time we spent together building a rapport is incredibly important. You want to look comfortable and at ease in these photos. And this is part of the secret on how we achieve that.

Most people are nervous about a photo session; no one like being in front of the camera. I hear you. After 20 years being a professional photographer, I know how to get the best out of any subject. My goal for these sessions is create the feeling that you are with a friend who happens to be a professional and she took a couple casual snaps of you and you happen to look amazing. Appearing effortless takes work, I’ve you covered.

A standard session is in two part, the first half inside and the second half outside. Together we will create a unique portfolio of five looks (outfits), a combination of different settings, portraits and 3/4, that is as unique as you are. We will create a series of beautifully executed photos editorializing you and help you attract that special someone. And we will have a great time!

Tinder Photography is celebrating its fifth year. I've gotten tremendous feedback from my clients, more matches, meeting higher caliber people, and love found! I feel fortunate to be a part of their love story and excited to be a part of yours. 

There are three types of sessions available, each designed for different needs and budget. Request a session to learn more.

Excuse me for contacting you on your cell but I just wanted to thank you so very much for your efforts. All I can say is that the results have been amazing. People reaching out to me instead of struggling with the reverse. Again thank you so very much for all your time and professionalism.
— Tom L, 52
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Charlie is a phenomenal photographer. Her demeanor put me immediately at ease and I felt as though I was catching up with an old friend throughout the shoot. Charlie made the experience relaxing and fun, and my photos came out amazing. Charlie is extremely talented in what she does and I would highly recommend her to anyone. She is the best of the best!
— Sarah B, 24
I just got finished going through the photos and I’m really happy with the results. Thank you so much for helping me with this, I feel like this will really help my profile. I’m glad I got the chance to work with you.
— Matthew, 27



Studies show an increase in comfort being photographed by women versus men. I am a Chinese American Woman with an Italian Male name. With 20 years of experience as a professional photographer, our shoot will be relaxed and fun!  

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*Fifty percent of the deposit is required to reserve a session. The balance is due on the day of the shoot. 

*I lives and work in NYC.
Inquires come from all over the world, which is why I ask of your current location. If you are not able to come to NYC, its possible that I can come to you, or that I will be in a city near you soon. Let me know where you live and I will do our best to make it work.

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Or check out my Instagram feed (@charliegrosso) for a taste of how I see the world.