Our research shows that men and women have very different approaches to the camera
when it comes to online dating profile photos. For instance, women smile in their photos
about 50% more than men do and post a flirtatious photo of themselves about four times
more. Are these photos effective in attracting men? Yes! Here are some tried and tested
photo recommendations for women and men respectively.
Photo Recommendations for Women
- Say More with a Flirtatious Photo
Imagine you're looking at a guy you fancy. Flash that flirtatious look to the camera just as you would to him. Your flirtatious look produces the same effect on- and off- camera – it arouses men's interest. Be sure to maintain eye contact, as flirting away from the camera is
a turn-off. If you're going to make eyes at someone, shouldn’t it be with the person looking at your photo?
- Take an Angled Shot
Photos taken from a higher angle in front of you work really well. This is perhaps a woman's most flattering angle and is hugely successful for female users. Women who use such photos receive an average of more than 15 new contacts on a monthly basis, compared to the overall average of 8 new contacts for normal photos (which means this angled shot generates roughly 50% more new contacts per month). That's a pretty significant increase in attraction!
- Include a Cleavage Shot
Everyone knows that breasts get attention, so it comes as no surprise when profiles that include a cleavage shot draws almost 50% more messages than average. Have it? Flaunt it!
Photo Recommendations for Men
- Don't Maintain Eye Contact
Don’t look directly into the camera, guys. Instead, go for a somewhat mysterious gaze slightly next to the camera lens. It has been proven that photos of men who look slightly to the right or left of the camera attracts about 30% more women than profile photos that maintain eye contact with the viewer.
- Show Off Those Great Abs
If you have a well-trained body, show it. With an overall average of just below 6 women met
per 10 attempts, men who post photos without their shirt on meet almost 9 women.
- Do Something Interesting
Ultimately, it’s what makes you interesting and conversation-worthy that will attract women
the most. Men with photos in their profile depicting an interesting or unusual activity meet
about one third more women than average on a dating site.