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 I already have some good headshots, but my full-length online dating photos are either outdated or have too many people in the photograph," K said.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!
While your portrait photographer should be able to analyze your face and body and figure out the most flattering camera angles, posing, and lighting, s/he doesn’t know your story. We’re all the most self-critical of ourselves, and you’ll need to be open to helping your portrait photographer understand if there are specific things that you don’t like about how you look in photographs.
At our photography studio, we ask our families, couples, and high school seniors to bring photographs of themselves to their pre-session planning & design meeting, so that we can look at them together, and, as their portrait photographer, I can get a sense of their style and likes and dislikes. If there is something you’re self-critical about, don’t be shy – we’ve heard it all! This is your chance to share your concerns so that your portrait photographer can create family photography, senior portraits, couple's portraits, and engagement photography that you absolutely love!
Left: One of the most common things that people tend to be self-conscious about is roundness in the face. A round face can be turned oval when the portrait photographer instructs the person to turn his/her face to the side in conjunction with positioning the main light to the side.
Center: This high school senior wears white lace for her senior portraits. Girls can wear white because women’s clothing is often textured with lace or ruffles. Boys, however, should not wear white t-shirts or white button-down shirts because of the lack of texture – the shirt will look like a big white blob in the photo and will distract from the face. A white knit sweater with a patterned texture, however, is fine.
Right: In the engagement portrait above, the bride-to-be’s white floral dress, with its lack of texture, would have ended up as a bright white blob had it been a solid white color. It works because only part of the dress is white. To coordinate, the groom-to-be then picked a color for his shirt from one of the colors in his fiancée’s dress for their engagement photography session.
Clothing that is too tight shows unwanted bulges. Clothing that is too loose may make you look heavier than you are. Black is slimming; white is “plumping.” Skirts that are too short make it more difficult to photograph you sitting.
Is there a certain part of your body that you’re sensitive about? Cover it with clothing so that it doesn’t stand out!
Wear colors that you like for your portrait photography session. With the exception of white or cream, any color is fair game if you like it. (We advise against solid white/cream unless the fabric has lace, ruffles, or some other type of detail/texture.)
One of the most common things we hear from our portrait photography clients during the initial consultation is that their smile doesn’t look natural in photographs. The key is to find a portrait photographer who can make you feel comfortable and relaxed, so that your personality can shine through.
Still feeling nervous? Here’s another tip: use your imagination. We once had a client who was a master at this. In her previous career, she had been an art director, so had worked with many models and photographers. As I photographed her, she would tell us about the scene she was imagining that was making her smile or laugh. What makes you happy? What makes you smile? What makes you laugh? Think about those things, and your natural smile will shine.
Whether it's for business portraits, acting headshots or model headshots, family photography, online dating photos, senior portraits or engagement photography, you should treat your portrait photography session as a special occasion. Don’t you want to look your very best? Getting your hair professionally styled is a small price to pay if it means that you’ll love how you look more.
And as far as makeup is concerned, oily skin and the resulting shine is the enemy. Ask your professional makeup artist to do what s/he can to reduce shine, and bring some facial blotting paper with you to your portrait photography session. That said, if you’re someone who simply doesn’t like to wear makeup, even for special occasions, then that’s fine. We don’t need to change who you are to create beautiful portrait photography of you! (We do, however, feel that makeup for women really is necessary for boudoir photography.)
Need I say it? You could follow all our advice above to the tee, but not all portrait photographers are created equal, and without the right portrait photographer for you, everything else will be in vain. In addition to being able to make you feel comfortable and relaxed, the right portrait photographer will be a master at posing. Posing correctly can shave pounds off your portrait, and posing incorrectly can add pounds. With a skilled portrait photographer, you won’t have to pose yourself… which is a very difficult task when you don’t have a mirror in front of you. Not every portrait photographer pays attention to detail and can provide that guidance.
Lighting is another factor. The way a portrait photographer uses light can either remove weight or add it. In addition, are you dark-skinned? Have you struggled to get photographs where you can see both the detail in your face AND have a background that is not washed out? A professional portrait photographer who is an expert with light can retain the proper exposure in both light and dark tones. Furthermore, proper lighting gives depth and dimension to images and makes them feel more real. The most strikingly beautiful photographs are beautiful because of the light.
Invest time in reviewing portrait photographers’ portfolios. Which portrait photographers have portfolios in which their subjects look natural and relaxed and comfortable? The best portrait photographers are those who can make a posed portrait look like it was candid because everyone looks so natural. Also look at the lighting in their images. Look at the highlights and the shadows. Which portrait photographers are the best sculptors of light?
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Hooooraaaaaay! The 2017 "People Love Us On Yelp" award is out, and our photography studio is an award-winner for the second year running! Nothing warms our heart more than having the honor of creating gorgeous portrait photography of babies, families, couples, and individuals, and having amazing, wonderful clients who are nothing short of ravingly joyous about their experience with our photography studio. Thanks to each and every one of you who took a few moments from your busy schedule to share your thoughts online with others this past year!