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Online Dating For Dummies - Is Your Profile Picture Turning People Away? Part Tw
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In " Online Dating For Dummies - Is Your Profile Picture Turning People Away? Part One" we looked at how important it is to post photos on your online dating profile. We also looked at why it is so important that they be recent and honest. Now let’s turn our attention to what your photos might be saying about you that you may not be aware of.

The following list of items are turn offs to many people. Look at the list and see if you are guilty of any of these:

Too much flesh Ladies. Maybe you look great in a bikini. Let’s leave something to the imagination. Guys, do I really need to see 5 shots of your bare chest? While being in great shape is awesome, if that’s all you focus on in your shots we’re going to think you are vain, spend all your time at the gym, place too much of your self image on your looks or that we’re never going to get to share a bowl of pasta al fredo together.

Too much extreme sports Hobbies are great. But every photo you post shows you skiing, water skiing, golfing, rock climbing, cycling or standing in front of a motor cycle I’m going to wonder how much time you have left for me. Also, you need to have some photos where you are not wearing a hat, helmet or sunglasses.

Too much partying and group shots Picture of you with a drink in each hand, no big deal, you’re fun! No shots where you are not drinking or with a group of friends (which one are you, again?) and you just turned people off.

Cropped out ex Seriously. We can tell when you cropped you ex out of every picture. We can still see part of their hair or their hand on your shoulder.

Am I dating your pet? We get that you want to date a pet lover, or someone who is at least not allergic to dogs and cats. One picture where you are with your pet is OK. Be aware that many people consider pictures of your pet alone ridiculous.

Posting only one picture Posting one, kind of out of focus picture where we can’t really see what you look like is not helpful. Photos should be natural, you should be smiling and happy. It is best to post an assortment of photos, indoor and outdoor. At a minimum you should have one face shot and one where people can see your whole body (clothed!) standing. Avoid professional photo shoots or “glamor” shots. We are interested in what you look like in the real world and we want to be able to recognize you when we meet you!

So you can see that many things that turn people off with your online dating profile pictures have nothing to do with your looks. Take a close look at your photos and see if they are sending the wrong message. To ensure your best chance at online dating success it’s worth taking the time to have a friend help you take some decent photos and to give you some feedback. Also, if you would like to access a comprehensive free guide on Online Dating Success just click on the link. Good luck!


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