So, you’re thinking of joining the hordes of singles online dating? Great! But one question remains: how many pictures should you have on your profile? Too few and you might seem unapproachable or like you have something to hide. Too many and you might come across as narcissistic or desperate. So what’s the perfect number?
The reality is that there isn’t one. Overall, how many photos you use depends on your personality and what you’re looking for in a partner. That said, a good rule of thumb is to have around 3-5 pictures that give a good overview of who you are– a showcase, if you will!
Some shots to consider including for a well-rounded profile:
A classic, well-lit headshot– preferably taken by someone other than yourself against a simply background. You should be making eye-contact with the camera, with a straight back, natural smile, and diffused lighting with no harsh shadows.
A full body shot. For a dating profile, a full body shot is a great way to show the viewer what you look like from head to toe, and that you’re not hiding anything. These types of shots are also great for adding context into what you’re all about! Pay close attention to the outfit you’re wearing, as well as what’s going on in the background.
A lifestyle shot. Similar to the full body shot, a lifestyle shot gives potential dates some insight into your day-to-day life– your hobby, passion, favorite activity, etc. If you’re into fitness, this a great opportunity to wear your best athletic gear and show off! Lifestyle shots make for great conversation starters.
No matter how many or what kinds of shots you decide to use, a good rule of thumb is to make sure all of your photos are recent and tell a story about you! Don’t have any good shots yet? Consider hiring a professional dating photographer to take your profile leagues above the rest.