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People say a picture can paint a thousand words… so how do you get it right for your dating profile

Hi we’re Donna and Alex, two photographers with a passion for portrait photography and we are delighted to be working with Intro NW.

Dating profile photo

As we’ve all heard many a time, studies suggest that most people form an opinion of someone within seconds of looking at their photograph. We hear our friends looking at dating profiles saying things like “they look arrogant”, “cold”, “unnatural”. That’s why we think it’s important to invest in a profile photo that represents you…as naturally as possible! Here are our top tips for getting the perfect profile photo:


Firstly, you should try to be in a location where you feel comfortable and at ease. For example this could be at your home, in the garden, an art gallery or a café. Being relaxed makes for a better photo. Your location is also an opportunity to portray something about you, whether that be your love for rural walks or the hussle & bustle of the big city.


Lighting is a fundamental factor in portrait photography. Without light we don’t have any (good) photos. Natural light is preferable, especially on an overcast day, since this provides a natural light beam avoiding a harsh light like on a sunnier day… which causes squinting! When working indoors, using light boxes is a great trick to create nice lighting, whether that be a backdrop on to a wall or directly on to your face. Keep it “Light, Bright and Breezy”!

Camera settings

A portrait photo is meant to capture the expression and emotion of the subject in front of the lens. To ensure you are the focal point, it is a good idea to start with a large aperture (background blur). You also want to ensure your subject is in focus. The best way to ensure that portrait photo is clear and crisp is to ensure the eyes are the focal point…after all they say that eyes are the window to the soul.

Understanding (Most important!!)

If the photographer and the subject don’t feel relaxed with each other then even the most perfect photography scenario will not create good portrait pictures. It’s important that the photographer creates a good rapport with the subject before starting – whether that be over a coffee and a chat or a run through what the person wants from the shoot (outfits / locations / props). Throughout the shoot we do our best to make you laugh and to chat in order to take your mind off the fact that a 50mm lens in being pointed at you! It is also important to ‘reset’ positioning and take regular breaks. The aim is to capture your true personality!

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