In the world of online dating, it's hard to convince your prospective significant other that you're not a creep if your profile picture is a selfie taken in your ill-lit bathroom.To put your best face forward, here's what surveys, scientific studies, and psychology have taught us about perfecting the profile picture.ow many of us really relish digging through snapshots of ourselves to find our best angle... Usually, that’s not too high on the average person’s to-do list, but when you’re online dating, a good photo is vital. “Lighting is a key factor for a good photo,” says photographer Mindy Stricke, owner of Single Shots ( a business devoted to taking portraits for online dating sites.Witty profiles and shared interests aside, a person’s photo is usually what makes them stand out online. “Flattering light draws others to a profile photo, and they don’t even know why half the time.” Since natural light is much better than indoor lighting, get out of the house and into nature, suggests Elizabeth Horne, who teaches classes on taking portraits and owns her own studio, Elizabeth Horne Photography (
A study published in shows that you seem more attractive when you are in a group.
For your primary photo, a headshot is great, but do include other photos that show more of what you look like.
If you only have a headshot, cautions Griffen, “It looks as if you’re hiding something.
The top performers in our review are Match, the Gold Award winner; Spark, the Silver Award winner; and Ok Cupid, the Bronze Award winner.
Here's more on choosing a dating site to meet your needs, along with detail on how we arrived at our ranking of 10 dating services.
Avoiding the selfie is especially important if you're a man.