Photos for online dating
Not only that but we’re pickier too - a profile full of group shots? “Our ethos is that the final photos look like one of your best friends, who happens to be fantastic at photography, took them while out and about with you,” Saskia explained, “Rather than, 'I'm so desperate I needed a pro photography shoot'.” A few minutes’ in, I feeling more relaxed, so Saskia suggested moving on to another spot.
So more and more people are turning to specialised dating photography agencies to ensure their pictures will give them the best possible chance of scoring a date. Well, according to Saskia Nelson, founder of the UK’s first online dating profile photography agency Hey Saturday, a lot of people are: “Our client numbers are doubling year on year approximately since we launched,” she told Upon Saskia’s recommendation, we met on the Southbank in London. The prospect of having a photoshoot in front of crowds of weekend tourists was terrifying, but luckily, Saskia suggested we start the shoot somewhere quieter.
As anyone who occasionally frequents a dating app will know, photos are undeniably the most important part of one’s profile. Despite my friends’ and family’s insistence that I am an attention-seeking drama queen, I was extremely nervous. Saskia informed me that men are more likely to swipe right for a woman who smiles than a duckface.
It’s a shallow world, and it’s getting to the point where fuzzy, badly-lit photos just won’t cut it. “Lots of people assume they are unphotogenic,” says Saskia, and I felt so awkward. So smile I did, trying my utmost to make it look natural and not like I was on a roof in London having my photo taken by a stranger in the hope of getting more dates.
Bright, block colours work better than fussy patterns, Saskia had informed me, so I’d brought a couple of clothing options along.
"The first main photo is a window into your profile," Hoehn said.Sure, I got some people shouting things at me, but after hearing that one of Saskia’s clients was heckled by none other than Russell Brand, I felt almost disappointed. Wind in my hair, fake laughter on point, I was beginning to wonder whether I could pack in journalism for a modelling career.Or at the very least, can I not have someone follow me round all day taking pictures and telling me I look great?Whilst some of us may enjoy the limelight more than others (I wonder if Saskia tells all her clients the camera loves them?), I reckon everyone would relax into their photoshoot and ultimately love it.