Dating Photography FAQ

I feel super awkward in front of a camera and have no idea how to pose...

Lol! I wish I had a dollar for every time a client said something like this. You do not need to know what you're doing to have stellar dating photos. Let me say it louder for the people in the back: 

**YOU DO NOT NEED TO KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING**.

Your only job is to have a good attitude, be present, and follow directions. 

And re: awkwardness... a dating photo session with me is less like you're modeling or posing and more like you’re going for a walk with a bossy new friend and her camera. Yes, I will coach you on where to sit or stand and how to position your body so you look relaxed and attractive but mostly we'll be having one long running conversation and I'll be shooting the whole time.  

Where do we go for an online dating photography session?

We can rock an online dating photo session just about anywhere in Seattle and the Puget Sound. For dating profile photos I typically I like to choose a location that’s relevant to you, whether it’s your hood or a favorite stomping grounds, or maybe it’s just somewhere with that gritty urban vibe that you love. We'll choose a rendezvous spot and shoot your dating photos in the surrounding area. For longer dating photo sessions we may drive to a second or third location.

What happens if it rains in Seattle on the day I booked you as my dating profile photographer?

We'll be in touch in the days leading up to your dating profile photo session and if the weather forecast predicts rain or freezing temperatures, we'll reschedule, no biggie.

As my dating profile photographer will you help me decide what to wear?

Absolutely! What you wear for your dating profile photos has a big impact on how your pics turn out so I've got your back on wardrobe. 

When you book your dating photo session I'll send you a packing list of what clothes (and how many) to bring. For some people, this is all they need. 

If you need more help picking clothes for your dating photos you can add a Zoom Style Consult to your photo session. We'll go through your closet together and pick out all the clothes you'll bring for the photo shoot.

If you're due for a full-blown wardrobe overhaul including shopping for new clothes, I can refer you to my favorite local stylist and she'll get you looking (and feeling!) like a million bucks.

Should I get professional hair or make-up done for my dating photo session?

This one is about personal preference but I'll give you my honest take: No, you don't need professional hair and make-up for your dating photos. This goes for men and for women both. 

Your dating photos are marketing of sorts; you're marketing yourself. And if you're playing a long game here (you want to actually meet people and go on not just first dates but second and third dates), it's crucial that you represent yourself honestly. So having the level of polish to your appearance that typically results from professional styling, unless you regularly look that polished, could actually work against you. You don't want anybody feeling surprised when they meet you in person.

All that being said, if having a pro groom you would make a big difference in how you *feel* going into your dating photo session (more confident, more relaxed), then that's meaningful. Just be sure to ask for a super subtle, natural look and keep it as close to your everyday appearance as possible. For what it's worth, none of the people in the dating photos on this website had professional hair or make-up done before their shoot.

Do you edit dating photos? 

All of the photos in your dating photo gallery will be edited to look clean and appealing without looking modified.  I will adjust things like lighting, contrast, color, tone, etc., but I won't typically change how you look (let's call this retouching). You'll have the option, once you see your gallery, of requesting retouching on particular images for $25/photo but only about 1 in every 20 or so clients does this and only then on the occasional close-up headshot. 

The truth is that the photos don't need retouching (they're strong right out of the camera), and, most importantly, *you* don't need retouching. You are just fine as you are.  Plus, I assume you are hoping to connect with people on dating apps who will also think you are just fine as you are. Not to mention, it's pretty hard to get a second date if you surprise someone on the first date by looking different in real life than you do in your dating photos <--people *hate* when this happens.

Anyhow, you're hopefully getting a sense of my philosophy here. If you'd like changes to your appearance it's best to share them with me before booking your dating photo session so I understand what you're looking for. If you think you want me to make big changes to your appearance (like altering the size/shape of your body) I may try to gently talk you out of it; I may also not be the right dating profile photographer for you.

Do I have to buy photos from my dating photo session? 

Nope! Your new dating photos are included with the photo session. After your session you get a super slick private online gallery where you can download all your new dating profile pics--more than enough to try out different photos on your dating profiles and see which ones get you the most matches with the types of people you most want to match with).
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Professional Dating Photo Gallery
I sure do! Indian matrimony photos aren't a ton different from dating profile photos--in both situations we're aiming to represent you in a way that is authentic & warm to catch the eye of your future partner.

I notice your website shows mostly dating photos for men. Do you do dating photography for women too? 

I most definitely do dating photography for women! In fact, I LOVE photographing women and two of my dearest friends are women who hired me to shoot dating profile photos and portraits of them (shout out to Sarah & Marisa!). My dating photo website is heavy on photos of men because 9 out of 10 of my clients are men. 

The Seattle online dating scene just seems to be tougher for men (in part, I'm sure because, demographically, Seattle has more men than women). Plus men don't seem to take as many photos of themselves or each other as us ladies do so when it comes time to choose pics for their online dating profiles it's just...hard. Sifting through a short supply of low quality camera roll pics never leads to a high-performing online dating profile.

Anyhow, when it comes to dating photos, more boys typically need my help than girls but that's not to say that there isn't serious benefit to be reaped by upgrading your dating profile photos, ladies. The women I've shot dating photos for have all reported back that, while their number of matches didn't necessarily increase (they were already stacked with matches to begin with), the *quality* of the matches went up. More men they were actually excited to date started showing up in their mountain of matches.
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