#1 - Don't use a photo of you with any face-blocking accessories on: goggles, masks, overly large hats, hoods, helmets and the like just make it seem like you're hiding something. Although, if you're trying to hide something, this may be a good strategy. Just remember that if someone sees a picture like this, they are going to look at your other pictures to see if you are in fact hiding something. If you are, hide it in all your pictures for maximum effect.
|Clearly loves to scuba dive...but that's what the "interests/hobbies" sections of the profiles are for!|
#2 - Don't take a picture of yourself in the mirror. When I see one of these, here are some of the thoughts that run through my mind:
-They knew they were going to use this as their profile picture and they chose that face/shirt/pose etc.? What message are they trying to send with that angry face? Or that Anime shirt? Or the gangster pose?
-That mirror is really dirty, and whatever is in the background looks dirty too. If filthiness is apparent even in a phone picture of you in the mirror, not ok.
-Did he need to work this hard to get a profile picture? Is he so vain he wanted to pose? Are his other "real life" pictures so bad he couldn't use them? Does he take mirror pictures of himself regularly?
|Don't think a caption is necessary here.|
|Would you want to meet this guy for dinner alone? Pretty sure I've seen this photo on Law & Order SVU|
|Horseback riding through water while shirtless...you know, how you do|
#4 Never ever ever ever ever use a shirtless photo you took in the mirror. Under no circumstances should that be used on the internet, ever. I don't even think this needs explanation.
#5 Just don't be weird! Photos with inside jokes or special meanings should be saved for a later stage in a relationship.
|The caption on on this man's profile read, "Classic baseball under chin pose."|
*Note: All of the pictures in this post were taken from real profiles on real online dating sites (and believe me this is just a small sampling of the pictures that could have been used). Names will not be disclosed to protect identities...but if you know any of these people, maybe help them out?