But [do use] a terrific head shot or even head/shoulder, that has you looking inviting and approachable.
With thousands of profiles scattered across a variety of different networks, making a memorable first impression is critical.
Sam drops the following bomb: Flash (be it cellphone or otherwise) adds seven years to your profile pic. You know the shotthe universally-maligned My Space Angle selfie is achieved by holding your camera above your head and being just so darn coy. Thats fine, but if youre wearing sunglasses, your dream guy might think youre hiding something.
But in terms of getting new messages, Sam reveals that the My Space shot is the single most effective photo type for women. Julie's rule: Your profile photos should show your glamorous smile along with your sparkling eyes.
"The Cheerleader Effect" postulates that when people are photographed together, each person starts to look like the average of everyone else around.
In the first of the three new photos, Hoehn's cropping brings the focus to Mary Beth's face and away from the cars and sunset in the background.
It turns out that having a good profile photo could be what makes the difference between receiving messages and getting passed over for another profile. She's the founder of Profile Polish, a one-woman business that helps daters to make over their profiles and potentially attract more matches.
Hoehn shared some of her tips for choosing the most effective profile photos.
For the second one, she added a black border to make an already beautiful photo fit OKCupid specifications.
"The photos have to be 400 by 400 pixels for the site, but Mary Beth hadn't used this photo because it was too small, even though it's a great one of her," Hoehn said.