The 4 Best Dating App Photos To Use In Your Profile

Why You Need Dating App Photos

There is nothing, I repeat, nothing worse you can do on your dating app profile than have only one or two photos. I spent at least a month or two making that mistake–I had 3 photos and even that wasn’t enough–but as soon as I filled up all the photo slots that were allowed, I watched my matches quadruple (not kidding!). 

If you only have one or two photos on your profile, Stop. Right. Now. You need to fill up those photo slots!**

**The only exception here is Match, where there are 26(!) allotted slots. If you have 26 amazing photos of yourself, then wow, use them all! But if you don’t, use only the cream of the crop—just make sure you have at least 6, like the other major apps.

Now the question is: WHICH photos should you use?

Dating App Photos To Use

Here are the 4 best dating app photos to use in your profile, in order.

  1. A smiling, shoulders-up shot.

Your first photo needs to be a clear, well-lit, shoulders-up, super-friendly-looking shot. Think of it as a LinkedIn photo, but if LinkedIn was fun.

  1. A full-body shot.

Now that we’ve seen your face up close, zoom out for a full body shot. It’s important for obvious reasons to show what your body type is, plus how you carry yourself can say so much about your personality.

  1. A photo with friends.

Show that you’re social and that your friends love you! But here’s the caveat: only include 1-2 other people, so you don’t get lost in the crowd. And if it’s just you and one other person, make sure there’s no confusing them for a romantic partner.

  1. A pic doing something you love.

You’re more than just a pretty face—so show off an activity that’s important to you. This demonstrates depth to your personality and gives your match an easy way in to start talking to you.

And remember: don’t just use any photos from your camera roll. These should be recent, you-on-your-best-day, well-shot photos. Good lighting, good backgrounds, crisp and clear.

Now you know what TO do in your dating app photos… but are worried about what NOT to do? I go deep on all photo do’s and don’ts (plus a host of photography tips for the best lighting, angles, and backgrounds) in my Profile In An Hour package, and I go even deeper into all photo nuances in my Mindful Dating 101 course.

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Hi! I’m Alyssa Dineen and I’m a personal stylist and dating coach all rolled into one. I started Style My Profile to help other online daters feel better about getting out there— and staying out there— in the world of online dating. Whether it’s to meet your soulmate, to find a fun person to have dinner with or even just match with more people, I can help you from the ground up.


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