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 Profile Photo Tips - Dos and Don'ts 
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Profile Photo Tips - Dos and Don'ts
by: Lester Thompson

The question often comes up on what types of pictures to put up on dating sites, and how many. Generally, you want to put up more than one picture, and include photos of yourself in different places and circumstances, engaging in different activities. This gives potential dates an idea of what kinds of things you enjoy, and where you like to go.

Beyond that, here are a few dos and don'ts that may help you decide on which photos to upload.

1) Do post pictures of yourself smiling. This generally is regarded more positively by most people, and makes you seem friendly. A friendly, smiling face is also more likely to generate interest and encourage communication.

2) Do not post pictures that include ex-boyfriends or ex-girlfriends. This may seem obvious, but many people post pictures with previous romantic acquaintances, sometimes in cuddly situations, and this can be a turnoff to many people. Remember, people are on dating sites to start new relationships, and if you have photos of yourself in previous relationships, it may seem like you are not over them yet.

3) Do include full body photos if you can. Many people express a preference for more than just a head shot. If you show just your face, some people think you may be hiding something. Even if you don't have the best figure, it's better to show at least 1/2 to 3/4 of your body to give a better idea of what you look like. People are going to find out how you look eventually anyway, and it's better to be upfront.

4) Do post recent pictures. 2 or 3 year-old photos may still be okay, but a picture from 5 to 10 years ago is probably not appropriate or representative of how you look now. We all looked better when we were a lot younger, but the point should be to post photos that are accurate and show who you are today.

5) Do post clear, well-lit pictures. Many people have photos that are too dark or otherwise unclear. Again, this may come off like you are hiding something. It should not be difficult to get a clear photo using any decent digital camera. Dark/light photos can be adjusted with photo imaging software, and if you don't have one, a friend can probably edit the picture for you in 5 minutes.

6) Do use natural photos instead of glamour shots.

7) Do edit your photos. Do not make them too small, and crop out unnecessary things or empty space from the photo. The pictures should be about you, so eliminate anything that does not relate directly to who you are.

Make sure you pick your photos carefully. Have fun selecting your photos, and as much as possible, use photos that bring out what makes you unique and special.

About The Author

Use what you've learned! Lester Thompson is co-founder and editor of, a premier dating research and review site. Read in-depth reviews of popular dating sites, then sign up for free and begin your dating adventure.

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