Dating profile portraits showing personality are a compelling conversation starter.
Online Dating picture (Personality Portraits) by Boston Photographer

Personality

Personality portraits make your life look interesting.

Personality photo is a tool to capture your audience and get them interested in your story. It should look like how you want people to remember you in real life. This is very different from traditional headshots, because personality photo establishes your professional persona based on personality and authenticity, rather than your experience, confidence and power.

Personality photo was once for creative professionals and magazine editorial pieces. But today, everyone owns a media, and people choose even specialized services based on social images. People expect you to look friendly and interesting, not just trustworthy.

Dating sites rely on quality photography, because people look at pictures first, and may proceed to read the profile or the message. It is ultimately the personality in the photo that activates your profile, to get the conversation started.

In other words, personality photo is a tool you can use to maximize the power of your online media, including facebook, blog, and email newsletters. Today’s audience trusts natural, authentic image of an ordinary person, rather than overly polished, dramatic image of a perfect looking person.

The challenge is that a lot of people have a mental switch to turn off their personality in front of a camera. Try to take a selfie and you’ll realize every picture looks the same or at least awkward. That’s why I take more organic and holistic approach in my service, and provide coaching throughout the session. My personality photo service was created by merging my experience as a creative commercial photographer, with the coaching techniques developed for real people (not models or actors) for headshots and online dating profile pictures.

Still photography sticks in people’s mind

The power of still photography is instantness. People look at pictures first, and if they like it, the picture will stick in their mind for a long time. When there are many options (which is the case on the internet), quality of still photography is the key.

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The resume is dead, the bio is king

Michael Margolis said in his article:
People work with people they can relate to and identify with. Trust comes from personal disclosure. And that kind of sharing is hard to convey in a resume. Your bio needs to tell the bigger story. […] share more of what you really care about. And then write your bio in service to your reader, not just ego validation. Imagine that: A compelling reason to tell your story beyond bragging to the world that you’re “kind of a big deal.” Embrace the holy-grail of storytelling: tell a story that people can identify with as their own – and the need to persuade, convince, or sell them on anything disappears.

Is your bio picture an integral part of “personal disclosure?”


Signing up

To sign up, please use the inquiry form at the end of this page to tell us a bit about yourself. We’ll follow up with a brief phone consultation, and book your session.


Online Dating profile picture with character and personality
A happy woman looking outside my studio window

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.

People use pictures to filter out options quickly, because reading the profile or message takes too much effort. People do the easy things first and check out your pictures before reading your message. If you look like a happy, interesting person, they are much more likely to actually read your stuff, and with a certain chance you’ll get a reply.

Clothing catalog models would be popular on dating sites, but they would not get a good experience there. This is because the pictures do not connect to your life. The pictures should look authentic, comfortable, confident, and a little bit personal and interesting. The last part is where personality comes in. Your dating profile pictures should be your personality catalog, complete with paragraphs of your life story and witty picture captions to depict your vision.

There are numerous dating coaches offering advice about dating profile pictures, but the key element is summarized as: personality and authenticity.

Modern marketing experts figured out a lot about human nature to elevate the corporate brand status and sell more stuff through e-commerce sites. The same human nature is at work on dating sites (In fact, I started applying marketing principles to private life when I signed up for Yahoo! Personals in 2000... since then the dating sites evolved and became a lot more like a marketing project). One reason why I shoot dating profile pictures (but not family portraits or other consumer portraits) is because everything comes natural to my mind and I enjoy it.

I can't help but noticing that many dating profile clients are very curious about other people I shoot. 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, with a very wide range of dating experience level. Many work for a corporate job or own their business but realising they are missing something.

Some people tell me they don't like having pictures taken; others blame their friends being bad "photographers." People also say "I never had pictures I liked." Some people admit they don't like the way they look but trying to do the best.

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. Over-dressing or try to look glamourous may help you increase the number of messages you get, but the quality of the messages go down. Try to make casual outfits, like how you dress to hang out with friends or visit a museum. Do a little research by googling phrases like "fashion advice for men in their 30s" and find out what makes you feel excited.

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.

To learn about what kind of things I shoot, look at my If you like to learn more about how I work with clients, read what other people say about my headshots, personality and dating profile pictures.

Request a phone consultation before your photo shoot at the end of this page.

Testimonials

Eric W’s yelp review on 5/14/2014

I had never had professional headshots done before. Ryuji did an excellent job preparing, advising on wardrobe and guiding me through the process. I left with 30+ excellent professional and casual shots from several locations with 3 wardrobe changs. He carefully selected the best shots from hundreds. Very worthwhile experience. Excellent photographer. Easy manner that made me feel comfortable with the whole process. Highly recommended.

Andie N’s yelp review on 4/14/2014

Before going to Ryuji, the only professional photos I had featured me as a bridesmaid or maid of honor. I went to his studio with a desire for high quality multipurpose [read: dating] photos and a conviction that everyone deserves pro treatment. I was not disappointed. Being a nerd, I prepped with tons of google searches, everything I could find on Ryuji as well as how to prep for headshots. I went in with reasonable expectations and several choices of outfits. Ryuji put me at ease, making conversation and building rapport. He has a very disarming style, and that came in handy because I was somewhat nervous/unsure what to expect. We took some professional-type shots in his very industrial-chic studio and then went outside and around the neighborhood for more casual shots. I was worried the casual shots would look too composed, but he has a very smooth way of taking photos when you don’t even realize he’s taking photos, thus capturing really natural moments and expressions. It also helps that he’s fun to hang out with. He likes to talk about food and beer and movies, as well as whether or not you should stand that way or look over there. He takes the process very seriously, and he’ll explain anything you want him to explain. When we got back to the studio to look over the shots, he was patient and helped me make decisions. Above all I valued the transparency of the process; there was never a time I felt things were happening behind a curtain. Ryuji shows you results during the shoot so you have a sense of what you’re getting, and together you figure out which ones are truly keepers at the end of the day. Great experience.

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.

Many people need corporate LinkedIn style headshot in addition to personality portraits. Some people also need a bit more polished indoor portraits/headshots in addition to personality portraits. These popular combinations are priced lower than booking two separate sessions. (If you’re getting reimbursed for only a part of a combination package, we can break up the invoice.)

Booking usually requires a 50% advance payment by check.

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