Online Dating Profile Photo
Did you try taking selfies or ask a friend to take pictures of you? You might have tried to hire a stranger with a camera from craigslist for your online dating profile photo (was it awkward?). Then you figured those pictures wouldn’t (or didn’t) work well on your dating profile.
Dating profile and the pictures make one story about you. Your pictures should show the same personality depicted in the profile.
Visual filter is one reason why the profile pictures are important. People quickly screen among their options, before they read a profile or private message. When you write someone on your dating site, s/he will do the easy thing first, so will check out your pictures before reading your message (pretty common). If your pictures look interesting, they want to actually read your stuff, and with a certain chance you’ll get a reply.
They are not expecting a good looking picture like fashion catalogs, but something authentic and interesting. You need to look comfortable, confident, and a little bit _interesting._ The last part is where personality comes in. Clothing catalog models look great, but do not look interesting because they don’t have the personality (while they are doing the job). Your dating profile pictures are about your personality and your interesting life.
Modern marketing experts figured out the same thing for the e-commerce world, but the consumer mind works the same on a dating site. You can read many expert advice on online dating profile pictures, but the key element is summarized as: personality, and authenticity.
My dating profile photography service is unique because my career is built around personality photography of various kinds. That is, I take pictures of actors, artists, business owners, corporate execs, politicians, and even retired people enjoying life where personality matters more than how they look. I also take other types of commercial photography, where we hire models to fabricate a certain look. I give a very different kind of coaching in these two situations for different results. To learn more about what kind of things I shoot, look at my bio page.
If you like to learn more about how I work with clients, and get the story out of them, read what other people say about my headshots, personality and dating profile pictures.
Who hires me for online dating pictures?
That is a very common question, and I've worked with a very wide range of people. Everyone shared one thing in common: they are determined to get results from their dating site experience. Age ranges from 20s to 60s, many work for a corporate job but realising they are missing something.
Many people ask for help in deciding what to wear, because they are so used to wear dark colored suit for work every day. Even if you are proud of your career, business suit probably does not represent the kind of life you want. Do a little research by googling phrases like "fashion advice for men in their 30s" and find out what makes you feel excited. I can also refer you to a Boston based fashion stylist who can help you shop for clothing.
Some people tell me they don't like having pictures taken; others blame their friends not taking great pictures of him/her. "I never had pictures I liked" is another common phrase I hear. Some people admit they don't like the way they look but trying to do the best.
My clients are mostly from eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, but many people make dating photo session a part of their trip to Boston for pleasure or business. But I've taken dating profile photo in clients' favorite cafes, parks, gardens and streets.
A female client from Somerville, MA in spring of 2012
I recently had photos taken by Ryuji at Baupix Studio. It was a great experience and I would recommend him to anyone. I went in with the delicate task of getting a good shot for dating websites… I was pretty embarrassed. Ryuji made me feel very comfortable and he knew just what I was after – a shot that made me look my best but not too polished! He was also very patient while I went through the grueling exercise of choosing my favorite shot. Brilliant idea, why not put your best face out there!
Everything I read in the reviews was absolutely true. Ryuji is professional, interested and a master photographer. Not sure how easy it is to make a first time subject (me) relax and look good, but he pulled off the impossible. I was uncomfortable and embarrassed upon going, but I began to relax and actually enjoy myself (I got to play movie star for the day). We took great care choosing the photos I came home with, he was so patient as I hemmed and hawed about which I liked best. Then he touched them up perfectly – they look good, but not overly polished. It was such a nice afternoon, and I came home with some great shots. Thank you Ryuji!
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How this works
Imagine going for a coffee or a walk with a friend, who happens to be a personality photographer. Usually, we like to start in the studio where we can take pictures in front of brick walls, a vintage door or windows. In the studio, you can review the images, so that you can adjust your expression. This way you get up to speed quickly. We could continue to shoot in the studio, or walk over to a nearby park or a cafe. I’ll give some context and coaching, and it’ll be a casual, natural and relaxed session. You’ll forget about little issues and look natural in the picture.
After shooting, we review images and pick out good ones. A handful of good pictures will be corrected for color, exposure and I might add a subtle touch of creative effects to your taste. You’ll get JPEG files of the finished images.
The package includes all the essential features needed to go home with pictures you can upload right away: taking pictures, reviewing pictures with the photographer, where you see a few pictures are hand picked and enhanced. If you have any specific requests, the package can be customized and the price adjusted accordingly during a telephone consultation.
Price is determined by the duration of the session and location, but scenario above is 500. (If you need travel outside of Fort Point district, longer session, or otherwise extra work, the price will be adjusted.) Detailed skin retouching and special effects are optional at an additional cost, but retouching is usually not necessary for dating profile photo. Booking usually requires advance payment by check.
Please use this form to inquire about the service.
After completing the form, the photographer will call you for a brief phone consultation to go over the service, answer any questions you may have, and help you start preparing for the session.