"I googled 'online dating pictures' and you were one of the photographers at the top. I really couldn't find too many other professional photographers who specialize in online dating photos. I saw what you did and read some of the client testimonials, and decided to reach out to you!"
Brian had never worked with a professional photographer, much less an online dating photographer, before, and wanted an outside opinion on his online dating pictures, including suggestions on different poses, and chose an outdoor location for a more natural look. We decided on photogenic Old Town Alexandria in Northern VA for the variety it offers in terms of both urban and outdoorsy backgrounds.
When we met Brian in person, we discovered that he really is just the nicest guy. Mountain biker, camper, and snowboarder are just a few words to describe him, but what impressed me the most was his dream of taking a 6-month break from "normal life" to backpack the Appalachian Trail!
Our Northern Virginia online dating photography session was a ton of fun, and here are some of my favorites from his new collection of online dating photos. And many, many, many thanks to Brian for the well-written (and funny) Yelp review of our online dating pictures (see end)!
Struggle no more with blurry, unflattering, and poorly lit selfies, and reward yourself with an increased quality AND quantity of prospective matches. It's easy!
Mike told me that he chose to reach out to us because we're located near him in Cockeysville, MD, and because we advertise online dating photos, and there aren't many online dating photographers. A few years ago, a friend of his created some online dating photos for him, but he wasn't terribly enthusiastic about the photographs, and most importantly, they didn't get him the online dating results he was hoping for.
"My friend's a pretty good weekend photographer," he said, "but he's used to doing wedding & event photography and photographing models, rather than online dating photos."
When we talked about the type of look he wanted for his online dating photos, Mike said:
What's important to me is that I don't want it to be obvious that I was in a photography studio in front of a screen. I want it to look more candid... like a friend happened to come by."
And so I suggested environmental online dating photos to Mike for that more natural and casual look. He preferred an urban environment, and so we headed to Rockville Town Center in Maryland, with it's interesting colors and textures. Mike plays a few instruments, and so he brought his guitar along as a prop.
Enjoy some of my favorites from Mike's collection of Rockville online dating photos!
Feel like you've wasted too much time on online dating photography without getting results? It's time to focus on your online dating photos, because we all know that 1 photograph is worth 1000 words, and you might just be saying all the wrong ones.
When I asked T. why she chose to contact US for her online dating photos instead of all the other professional photographers out there, she responded that she liked the online dating pictures she saw in our portfolio as well as what we had written in the "about the photography studio" and "artist's statement and bio" pages.
T. enjoys visiting wineries and we evaluated several different wineries as possibilities for her online dating photos. In the end, I reached out to Orchid Cellar Meadery & Winery in Middletown, MD, which is one of T's favorite wineries, for permission to create T's online dating pictures on their grounds. They were so kind as to not only say yes, but to allow us in after hours for the best light. We even met the owner who came out to introduce herself and ask if we needed anything! So very kind, and such a beautifully scenic location!
(Oh, and yes - since T. owns a sleek sports car, of course we had to include that in her online dating pictures!)
Choose an online dating photographer who will create a portfolio of online dating photos for you that are simply YOU!
D. found us through trusty Google, as he googled for a "Germantown Photographer." "You were at the top of the list of results," he said. "I did also leave a message for another Germantown photographer, but that photographer never called me back."
The most important thing for D. for his online dating photos, he told me, was that he wanted relaxed, comfortable looking images in a natural setting. He also mentioned being sensitive about his weight, and wanted an online dating photographer who could portray him in the most flattering way possible. And so, we met up at scenic Seneca Creek State Park in Gaithersburg, MD just a few weeks later. Enjoy one of my favorite online dating pictures of him below. I love the reflections of sunset in the lake behind him!
"I called you because I like the online dating photos on your website. I like your posing and lighting. I'm definitely self-critical, which is why having a professional online dating photographer lends objectivity and is better than having a friend help you select images. I already have some good headshots, but my full-length online dating photos are either outdated or have too many people in the photograph," K said. "So I want some new full-length online dating pictures - a mix of formal and casual."
K. wanted her online dating pictures to be outdoors, and so we headed again to Gaithersburg's Seneca Creek State Park in Montgomery County, MD. Doesn't she look stunning in her online dating photos, especially with the sunlight in her hair?
Tend to be self-critical about photographs of yourself?
You need an online dating photographer who will listen to what you like and don't like and be able to bring out the things you like and de-emphasize the things you don't.
Don't wait another moment to meet your perfect match.
F. and I had met several times at social events. We connected over racquetball and a shared interest in learning Spanish. And one day, an e-mail from F. popped into my inbox asking if, as a professional photographer, I ever did online dating photos. But of course, I said, directing him to our online portfolio of online dating photos. After reviewing our online dating pictures, F. commented that one of his issues is that he doesn't know what's good, but that our online dating pictures looked nice and definitely different. And that's what he wanted to try! Something different!
And so, not long later, we met up in Old Town Alexandria, VA, which is a great location for online dating photos for the urbanite. And voilá! Enjoy this glimpse into F's new portfolio of professional online dating pictures from Clarksburg, Maryland's online dating photographer!
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"Hello! I'm in need of both professional headshots for LinkedIn and online dating pictures... What photos do exist of me are either not current or are not as flattering as I would like them to be, and I lack the necessary talent for quality selfies," Lynn wrote.
Once we connected on the phone, Lynn explained that she had been looking at professional photographers, but simply couldn't find many whose quality of website and photography piqued her interest. It had just been a few weeks earlier that a friend told her that she had gotten professional online dating pictures and suggested that she do the same. It hadn't previously occurred to her to look for an online dating photographer, but once she thought about it, she realized that she also needed new professional headshots for business.
"I usually run from the camera - I don't like having my picture taken mostly because I don't think I'm photogenic, and I usually don't like pictures of myself," Lynn confessed.
(Little did she know at the time that my specialty as an online dating photographer and headshot photographer is exactly that - creating portraits that people love when they usually don't like photos of themselves at all!)
As we brainstormed about creative ideas for her online dating pictures, a few themes came up. Lynn would be going on a yoga cruise retreat in Iceland the week after our photography session, and envisioned yoga being a big part of her life moving forward. She also really enjoys cooking and wine, and is into the wine-tasting scene. And so it came to be that some of her online dating pictures would be created in the kitchen of our Maryland photography studio, with wine glass in hand. And that another would be created with a yoga theme. Enjoy just a few of the fruits of our labor below! And thanks so very much to Lynn for writing this awesome 5-star review of our professional headshot and online dating pictures services on Yelp!