Posted by v1rusdr on
Aug 15, 2011:
An opinion piece: Opinions expressed are not representative and have no scientific backing. By Jerrold the v1rusdr (virus doctor).
Dating sites always ask you for a picture. I'm sure there is proof that profiles with a picture get much better results. But the question is: Which pictures work?
Beyond any doubt, the best picture shows the full face. A straight-on picture showing the smile and the eyes will garner the best reviews. Why? Because no matter what, whether it be the first impression or 30 years later, all we really see in a person is their face. It is the key to communication. The face shows happiness, sadness, surprise, disapproval and scared.
We also expect to see a full length picture -- head to toes. Now, these pictures will differ based on your best features. Not that we get fooled easily, but a "bigger" woman should pose in profile rather than straight-on.
When choosing other pictures, remember who you are trying to attract. It may be very tempting to attach a bathing suit picture -- after all, this is Florida (writer's location). But "skin" pictures are considered revealing and could be construed to show promiscuity (despite the fact that dating and marriage is supposed to lead to sexual activity!) Therefore, you have to be careful on how your dress and what you wear.
There is a matter of prospective. If the person taking the picture takes the picture from BELOW your eye level (say on one knee), then you will look taller and more domineering. If the picture is taken well above your eye level, then you will look shorter and more submissive. Also, if you are wearing a revealing top, then a shot from above may show more than you like (deliberately?).
Aside: A lot of people show off their children, their dogs, cats and horses, even motorcycles. Personally, I feel for protection and privacy, pictures of children should NOT be included. And of course, (lmited characters)