If you have signed up for online dating, you might be wondering how you go about choosing a picture for your profile. This is going to be the first thing that people see when they come across your page, so you need to make sure that it compliments you, and there are some ‘rules’ on how you should do this. Carry on reading, and we’ll discuss with you how to choose a profile picture for online dating.

Photo Of You

First, and most obvious, make sure that it is a picture of you. Don’t have other people in the photo hugging you, or draped all over you. What you need is a photo of you alone with nobody else in the picture, even if you have a family. You can mention this further on in your profile, but don’t have them in your display photo.


You don’t want a blurry photo. So you need to ensure that the picture you have chosen for your online dating profile is clear and shows off all of your features. What this means is don’t use one from a nightclub where you are drunk because this is not likely to be a clear photo. A selfie that you have taken while you are at home is probably going to be your best option here as you have chosen the angle, and if you have taken it, it is likely that it was taken with the intention of highlighting your best features.

No Hat

You don’t want anything to take away from your face. For some of you who are less confident in the way you look we know that this is tempting, but this is not what people want to see. You need to have a profile photo that doesn’t hide anything about yourself.

You might be tempted to use a hat to cover up something that you don’t like. Maybe you have a bald spot, or perhaps you just aren’t a fan of your hair. But still, you shouldn’t be wearing one for your online dating profile. In fact, some people call it ‘hatfishing’ when you do something like this.

No Sunglasses

Like we said, you don’t want anything to take away from your beauty! Eyes are one of the most romanticised body parts. A lot of people claim to fall in love with someone’s eyes, and if you’ve got yours covered by a pair of sunglasses, it is not likely to attract people to you. You need to let people see your entire face, including your sparkling eyes!

People might think that you have something to hide if you put up a photo where you are wearing sunglasses. A lot of people will use this tactic for this reason, which is why it is off-putting to someone looking through your profile. Try not to hide anything when it comes to your photo, the real love of your life will think you’re beautiful no matter what you look like.

We hope that you find these tips helpful and have inspired you to choose the best possible picture for your online dating profile.

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