We're thrilled to feature a blog from Saskia Nelson, who is the talent behind the award-winning Saturday Night’s Alright, the UK’s only dedicated dating photography business. She specialises in creating gorgeous photos for her clients to help them build awesome online dating profiles that help tell the story of who they really are. You can find her here on twitter www.twitter.com/satnightalright or here on facebook www.facebook.com/saturdaynightsalright
Imagine a world where you could significantly increase the number of visitors to your online dating profile. Not only that, but those visitors (potential suitors no less) were more likely to be a good match for you? It would be a complete win-win, wouldn’t it? Well imagine no more, I’m going to let you into a little secret, well 5 secrets actually, which will help you improve your dating photos and help make them work for you, not against you, and significantly increase the number of visitors to your profile. And who am I to help you with this? I run the UK’s only dedicated dating photography business.
1. Approach a friend who is an amateur photographer
Trust me, as a photographer, I know there are loads of budding photographers out there in the wide world and some of those people are going to be amongst your friends. You may not be aware of this but if you put a message out on Facebook asking if there are any friends who are into photography, I’d put money on the fact that some of them will get back to you. By asking someone who has a half decent camera and an understanding of flattering light and poses, you’ll already be improving your photos massively. They can worry about the technical side of things while you focus on looking great.
You will be able to do away with the blurry, dark profile photos that currently swamp your average dating site. Yours will be light, bright and in focus and will therefore stand out from the crowd.
2. Smile like you mean it
The most important thing you can do to improve your dating photos is be captured laughing and smiling. Choose a photographer friend who is fun and makes you feel relaxed. If they are good at what they do, they will have you laughing in no time and can capture some great, natural shots. Your genuine smile is the one thing that will attract people to your dating profile over and above everything else.
3. Find some interesting props
Many people don’t feel comfortable in front of the camera and often hate having their photo taken (that includes many of my clients). Something that can help relax you and give you something to do with your hands are interesting props. Not only that, depending on the prop you choose, you can give away some vital clues about your personality and help share the story of who you are. My favourite props are hats; people look great putting them on, holding them or taking them off again. Other good props might include cameras (I would say that!), books, musical instruments, headphones, newspapers, etc. Make them relevant to who you are and the story you want to tell and you’re more likely to attract people who will be a good match for you.
4. Choose your outfit well
If you’re wondering what to wear for your shoot, dress for confidence. What outfit makes you feel really good? Wear that. If possible, include some colour to make your photos really pop. The one thing I would say is to wear clothes that are well-fitting and by that I mean avoid anything baggy or anything too tight-fitting. Both these options look bad on camera. Bring a few different outfits so you can play around and experiment with some different looks. If you’re a woman, you can also play around with different hairstyles and lipsticks to create some different looks.
5. Do what you love
Another thing you can do to improve your dating photos is to be captured doing something you love. I have captured clients browsing market stalls, roller blading, cycling, reading, sitting in cafes etc. If you’re doing something you love, you’re very likely to come across as happy and relaxed in the shot, which is exactly what you’re aiming for.
And there you have it, my top tips for improving your dating photos right now. If you have any questions about the dating profile photos you are using, feel free to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The photo used above is one of Saskia's. To see more examples of her great work visit her site here: Saturday Nights Alright