The dawn of dating apps has spawned many new businesses, but perhaps one of the most interesting niches is the dating profile photographer.
As anyone who occasionally frequents a dating app will know, photos are undeniably the most important part of one’s profile.
She whisked me up to a nearby deserted but pretty rooftop which I didn’t even know existed. It turns out for straight women, pouting is not the one.
Despite my friends’ and family’s insistence that I am an attention-seeking drama queen, I was extremely nervous. Saskia informed me that men are more likely to swipe right for a woman who smiles than a duckface.
One costume change in a public loo later (I’m sure this is how the top models work too), I was already feeling ready for my close-up.
We were outside a cafe and a few passers-by were giving me the odd glance, but by this point I was starting to learn what to do, laughing at my invisible friend who was slightly taller than me and to the side. After seeing the snaps on Saskia’s camera I decided I didn’t like my skirt and top combo after all. Fortunately I had one more outfit with me, so hurriedly changed so as not to waste any more time - lesson three: you want to avoid harsh sunlight in the middle of the day for the most flattering light.
Lesson one: if you want your photos to look natural so you have to mix it up, changing both locations and outfits.
Bright, block colours work better than fussy patterns, Saskia had informed me, so I’d brought a couple of clothing options along.
“You can have a stellar profile, but if that photo isn’t connecting with people, it can kill a chance to meet an interesting person.”Pro tip from De Ville: Avoid selfies at all cost.
Not having a generic profile, she told NBC News, is the best way to get a potential date interested.“People will list things they can’t live without, and they will put things like ‘laughing’ and ‘my i Phone,’” she said. You’re not going to find someone on an online dating site who hates laughter.”The freelance writer spends anywhere from three to five hours on each profile, which will cost you around 0. Hoehn is so busy, she said, that she is looking into hiring more writers.
Everyone Dates Online It's time to get over your aversion to meeting people through the Internet.
Or at the very least, can I not have someone follow me round all day taking pictures and telling me I look great?
Whilst some of us may enjoy the limelight more than others (I wonder if Saskia tells all her clients the camera loves them?