10 Dating Profile Photo Mistakes You Should Avoid

I’ve previously wrote an article for Love Out Loud Asia and I’ve decided to share the post here on my own blog. Let me know if you’re interested in this sort of posts, maybe I’ll write more!


I cannot emphasize how important a dating profile photo is when it comes to online dating. First impression is based on that one photo. It is also the main factor whether you will get approached/a reply or not.

A good profile photo is simply one that shows the features of a person clearly, preferably mid shot so that we can also see the built of the person from photos. But most of the time a clear shot of the face is good enough.

But today, I’m going to talk about the many mistakes people make in choosing a profile photo. These are also things that irritate the hell out of me and I believe many others out there too..

post 10DatingProfilePhotoMistakesYouShouldAvoid 10 Dating Profile Photo Mistakes You Should Avoid

1. Motor Vehicles

So you drive a posh car or a mighty motor bike and you think that you will impress people by putting it up as your profile photo. People want to talk to people, and not things like vehicles. And it’s only a photo, what proof do you have that it’s yours? I usually ignore profiles like these, and if I do reply, it will be directed to the vehicle, “That’s some nice wheels you have there”.

2. Duck faces

This applies to both guys and girls. Maybe some of you think it’s cute to wrinkle up your features and make a duck face. And by putting that as your profile photo, you will get many people commenting on how cute you are. I mean if it’s a friend or my other half making a duck face I might think it’s cute. But a stranger making a duck face? I think I’ll pass.

3. Group Photo

I don’t know, maybe some people just find it weird to take a self shot. That’s why they just upload a group photo as a profile photo. So which one are you? Guess? It’s extremely annoying if I actually bothered to talk to you despite that and you ask me to guess and find you in that group photo.

4. Sunglasses

I know many people find themselves looking super cool with sunglasses on. I don’t deny that, as I do think so too. What are you hiding behind those glasses? Is it because your eyes are too small or did you just got punched in the eye? Eyes are the most important feature on the face. There’s a reason for the saying: “The eyes are the windows to our soul.” So take those glasses off!

5. Carrying a child/pet

Ok, maybe carrying a pet isn’t that bad not unless the pet is covering your face. If you have a super adorable pet, you might even score with it. The problem lies with carrying a child. “Ermm, so is that your son/daughter?”

6. A couple photo with the opposite gender

So you’re on a dating site and you put up a dubious photo of you with someone of the opposite gender. On the record, I never replied to people with such profile photos.

7. Side Profiles

This I do not understand. Alright, maybe you have a super handsome/gorgeous side profile but I would very much prefer a full frontal photo. Or maybe you’re too shy to look into a camera?

8. Landscape with or without a silhouette

Travelling is your hobby and you love to share that lovely scenery with people. Sometimes, we get to see a nice silhouette shot. Thanks for showing that nice photo, but nope, I’m not talking to a silhouette.

9. Topless

Who are you trying to impress? I don’t deny that sometimes we ladies like to admire some abs but not when we are actually on a lookout for a decent guy to date. Please put on some clothes.

10. Cleavage

This is for the ladies. Come on girl, what are you thinking when you put up that photo with full view of your cleavage as your profile photo?

You are just trying to attract the wrong attention and you complain of meeting only perverts on dating sites.

As long as you avoid these mistakes in your dating profile, I’m sure your online dating experience will be a smoother one. Well at the very least, you definitely stand more chances to get a reply!


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