Real talk: I’m not here to tell you how to get “the best dating profile photo ever.” You already know you’d look awesome standing on the edge of a mountain. I could give you tips for taking an off-the-charts picture, but they’d be complicated and hard. For a moment, think of your picture like a movie scene. Everything visible in the shot was placed there with purpose, to help create a feeling.They would involve other people and/or putting yourself in a vulnerable situation. You’d end up snapping a selfie in your bathroom mirror like everyone else. The scene you are creating is this: you were hanging out at your place with at least one other person, and they took a photo of you being good-looking and normal.
The secret lies in evolution – that's right, we're talking Darwin, survival of the fittest, alpha male theory. In a single photograph you communicate that you're athletic and part of a social group, two highly desirable traits. Make sure you're the center of attention – you're throwing the ball, catching the ball, or tackling someone to get the ball.You're *almost* ready to jump into the online dating fray – you've chosen a dating site and written a profile that will grab her attention, so the hard part's over, right? And you'll want to put some thought into this, because women are visual creatures – just like you.You can have the most amazing profile in the world, but if your photos suck, so do your chances of getting dates with attractive women.If she has a bad impression of you from the start, she's not clicking on your profile.And if you're thinking about skipping photos altogether, consider what Steven D. Dubner wrote in their book “Freakonomics”: A low-income, poorly-educated, unhappily employed, not very attractive slightly overweight and balding man who posts his photo stands a better chance at gleaning some emails than a man who says he makes 0,000 a year and is deadly handsome but doesn't post a photo.You may want to go with a basic tripod (Amazon), one that comes with a remote control shutter trigger (Amazon) (in lieu of using the self timer), a nifty flexible-armed one (Amazon) (which would come in handy if you plan to also use it outdoors, as it’s comparatively convenient to carry and you can attach it to posts, tree branches, etc.), or a modular tripod (Amazon), allowing you to pick and choose mounts and shutter remotes. (You may need to disable adblock on this page and refresh it in order to see.) You’ve chosen a spot, and propped up your phone.