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As the Former CEO of LookBetterOnline, Giles was responsible for making sure our customers get the first-rate service we promise. Giles was also responsible for recruiting and training photographers who are asked to join our growing network of outstanding photo service providers. Giles wass responsible for day-to-day operations and new business development at LookBetterOnline

The Pros and Cons of Dating a younger man

I want to start this post and tell you that dating someone who’s older can work…I’m a starry eyed believer that in the end All relationships are about appreciating the differences and embracing the similarities, how much you love someone and who they are that defines your relationship.

…Here’s a list of Pros and Cons to help you decide if he’s  the right one for you (notice how lack of experience is BOTH a Pro and a Con!)

The Pros

  • Lack of life experience means your guy is likely to be  baggage free
  • Dating someone younger keeps you young and there’s often  amazing sexual-compatibility (women and men hit their sexual primes at different times)
  • Be open to new experiences, he can  introduce you to new and fun things you hadn’t done with your older exes.

The Cons

  • Lack of life experience means your guy is immature
  • Different life goals? What will happen when he gets to be 30 and decides he wants kids and you’re too old to have them?
  • While you may be ready to run down the aisle he may not be ready for it, often a younger guy is developmentally in a totally different place

Don’t listen to others

People can be mean and make comments like  “Didn’t she rock the cradle and there’s the whole “cougar“ joke thing too.


If you are interested in the younger man for more than just a fling, you must choose well. Otherwise, you risk being in a relationships with somebody who asks:  “You mean there was a world before cell phones?’”

Despite the cons, there are couples that make it work. If you have similar values and goals and can look beyond the age and appreciate the qualities he may possess.  Just remember to listen to your heart, (and head ) communicate well and have fun.

Do you know the data behind dating photos?

Did you know that Dating giants OK Cupid/ examined 11.4 million photos and found that people who post a certain
type of dating photo get 2-4 times better results?

LEARN what 95% of people DONT know about their Dating Photos that is often stopping them from meeting someone special Click here (And then scroll down the page to see DATING PROFILE PHOTO SECRETS)

Spotlight on top Durham & Raleigh (North Carolina) Photographer

Meet Shawn

Every time I see Photos that Shawn takes for customers I smile, her work is amazing!

Very Experienced & “Natural, Non-posed”

Shawn is a HIGHLY experienced photographer, she graduated Salem University with a bachelors degree in art and photography and also graduated New England School of Photography in Boston.

…Since then she’s spent thousands of hours behind a camera perfecting her art!

“On Location” Photo-sessions.

Shawn  loves “on location” photo-sessions with natural backgrounds to help her customers relax. Some of the best and most effective backgrounds are very simple-like a park or a sidewalk, with the RIGHT photographer these types of setting get the BEST results when online dating!

What Shawn’s customers are saying

“Shawn is a great. She provided me with some really wonderful portraits to use for both online dating and for my professional profiles on the web. Shawn is friendly and made me feel at ease. This was especially nice as we were in an outdoor setting with people going by. The relaxed feel shows in my portraits. I love the photos she took of me and have gotten lots of compliments on them. I highly recommend her and would use her again.”-Dawn

Think about this!

Having great online dating profile photos (Taken in a specific way) is the most important thing you can do when dating online, To Book a session with Shawn simply CLICK HERE

How to enjoy a date (Even if there’s no Chemistry)

A Question

I have the answer to a question that I bet you’ve asked yourself when online dating!…First, Here’s the question:

“What do I do when I meet someone on a first date and find that there’s ZERO chemistry?

A couple of years ago

I was dating, I had great photos, a good profile and was dating people each week. I met a nice woman and after talking on the phone we decided to go on a “First date.”

I’m waiting outside the Hotel Valencia, in La Jolla, California.(I’d planned that we’d have a nice glass of wine, watch the sunset in the ocean and get to know each other) I’d checked the sunset times, arrived early so that I could relax and dressed sharp.

My date arrives and she’s clearly 100lbs heavier (Literally) than she looked in her photos! Now I’ve nothing against people who are larger…I love curves in a woman I’m just not attracted to her body type so there’s no chemistry!

So what are my options at this point:

Option 1: I can be upset and leave
Option 2: I can be polite and quietly disappointed
Option 3: I can choose to be happy, have no expectations of the evening and focus on the positive.

Most people I’ve spoken with go for Option 2, it’s easier, no one want’s to confront their date, so most people suffer in silence and go home feeling disappointed and frustrated.

Before joining LookBetterOnline I had the benefit of talking with good friends of mine, The Clarks (Dating experts on the Dr. Drew TV show.)

They told me “Get great photos , forget the pressure of dating, meet people you feel would be a good match and have zero expectations on dating- You’ll be relaxed and you’ll enjoy the process of dating until you find that someone special”.

Back to the story of zero chemistry.

I ordering a glass of Champagne watched the sunset in the ocean, remained focused on the positive and found that she was really passionate about her job, had great values and made me laugh. We enjoyed our time and when it came to the end of the evening I told her truthfully and with compassion “While I don’t feel a spark I enjoyed our evening and I hope you’ll find someone special” We hugged, (in a genuine way) there was no uncomfortable silence and I came home feeling like I’d had a good time, no disappointment or frustration.

Dating without expectations allowed me to enjoy dating until I found the girl of my dreams!

It IS possible

I KNOW it’s possible to find love online…I met the girl of my dreams online…yet I so nearly missed her because she had average unremarkable photos, I even deleted her emails! And it wasn’t until she posted great photos that I even noticed her!

Some Good Advice

Whether you are 25 or 95 Having great online dating photos is the single most important thing you can do when dating online, so visit LookBetterOnline and find out why more than 98% of our customers get better dates; See how our great dating photographers who create profile pictures we can help make your online dating experience successful and more fun than you thought possible!

Spotlight on Top Denver (Englewood) Photographer David

Meet David

A 40 Year Journey

There aren’t many people with 40 years of photo experience! (David is a full time professional photographer with over 40 years of experience). He specializes in people photography including everything from actor headshots to family portraits!

A word from David’s Customers.

“David was wonderful to work with. He took the time to find out what I wanted and to make sure that I was happy with the pictures. I am thrilled with how my pictures turned out. I would highly recommend him to anyone. “-Melinda

“David was awesome! He’s very easy-going, professional and helped me to relax into the session. He did a great job capturing my personality in the photos and I couldn’t be happier with the photos he took. I would highly recommend him.”-Carrie

David’s Studio:

In David’s words:

“Inside the studio, I have a room with large windows with beautiful natural light. It”s a great setup for creating natural looking photos without studio light. (Many of my sample photos were shot in that room.) The studio is in a quiet business park with private parking directly in front. In addition to the studio, I do outdoor photos just outside the studio without having tons of pedestrians walking by or standing around.

This is my private commercial studio and there is no walk-in traffic to interrupt your shoot. It”s not shared with any other photographers so you don”t have to worry about walk-in traffic or other people milling around during your photo session”.

To book your own photo-session with David CLICK HERE

Online dating tips: 4 tips to know if a guy likes you?


It can make us feel uncomfortable and vulnerable when we feel attractive someone but aren’t sure if the feeling is a mutual one.

4 Simple tips

Here are 4 simple tips to know whether he’s interested in you…or not!

1. Body language

Body language IS the easiest “Tell” when it comes to understanding if a guy is attracted to you.

  • He leans towards you a lot, If he’s getting in your “Personal space’ then often this is a sign of major attraction invasion is a sign of major interest.
  • The direction of his hands, feet, legs, toes, etc. If they’re pointed toward you, it’s a indicator of his interest in you…also “Mirroring your actions” is a subconscious sign of Attraction so if If you notice him mirroring your body language then it’s likely that he finds you attractive.
  • Eye contact! If he looks at you a lot then he is likely to be attracted to you

2. Compliments

If he tells you you look nice then this is a good sign!

3. Give the guy a break!

One of the keys to find out if he’s interested in you is to help him relax! If he likes you and he’s nervous about getting the chance to get closer to you because he doesn’t want to “Blow the date” then you notice he’s talking too much so simply help him relax a little and allow the date to unfold naturally!

4. If you’re not sure

So what if you’re unsure?
Well you can ask him gently at the end of the date…did you enjoy our date? Most guys will let you know at this point if they did!

Some Good Advice

Whether you are 25 or 95 Having great online dating photos is the single most important thing you can do when dating online, so visit LookBetterOnline and find out why more than 98% of our customers get better dates; See how our great dating photographers who create profile pictures we can help make your online dating experience successful and more fun than you thought possible!


What people are saying about Top Boston Photographer Aiden

Meet Aiden

I’m grateful that Aiden’s on my team on hand-picked photographer every time I look at his photos! Simply stated they are masterful.

Meet Aiden

So how does a young guy like Aiden create photos on the quality that many photographers who’ve been in the business for decades can’t match in terms of quality and style.
The answer in that Aiden’s has been self-taught rigorously, spent thousands of hours getting to know in and outs of professional photography equipment, has experimented in various photo techniques, and most importantly developed a creative eye that defines who he is as a photographer.

A Journey

I was interested in how Aiden decided to become a photographer; His Authentic answer makes me smile:

“I grew up in the middle of nowhere in Delaware. I came to Boston to attend a music school with some mad hope of becoming a rockstar. Along the way, something happened. I discovered the art of photography. I chose photography and photography chose me. Following my passion keeps my heart beating. I do what I love and I do it well. (hope you will think so too!) Above all, I can be true to myself and put my heart in it.”

A word from Aiden’s Customers.

“Aiden was very professional and EASY to work with. I could tell that he takes his work VERY seriously. “-PAMELA

“Aiden put me at ease straight away and did a great job of putting together so many varied shots from different angles and bringing out the most photogenic in me. Very happy with the results!”-VIVIENNE

To book your own photo-session with Aiden CLICK HERE

Dating Profile Photo Tips: (Before taking Dating Profile Photos)

I’m amazed at how much money people (women especially) spend on hair and clothes in preparation for getting great profile photos only to turn up at the online dating photographer’s looking tired or stressed!

A good online dating photographer

Will tell you to get a good night’s sleep the night before the photo session. (Avoid partying that night; alcohol and cigarette smoke, even second hand smoke, can make eyes look red and puffy). Smokers should hold off immediately before the shoot; cigarettes deprive the skin of oxygen and make it look gray.

Avoid wearing sunglasses for a couple of hours before the shoot; they leave marks on the bridge of the nose

No Experiments

Don’t experiment with skin treatments the night before the photo session, though. The last thing you want is a skin irritation or allergic reaction.

On the day of the shoot itself, (If you’ve chosen to hire an online dating photographer) you should know how to reach the location, relaxed and with plenty of time to spare…turning up late and stressed will give you awful photos

Just show up and enjoy

And don’t forget, with the right online dating photographer your job is just to show up. You’re not required or expected to know any modeling poses or to present your best angle. If you are fretting over real or imagined flaws and how they will look on camera, a good photographer can work around those concerns during the shoot.

Some Good Advice

Whether you are 25 or 95 Having great online dating photos is the single most important thing you can do when dating online, so visit LookBetterOnline and find out why more than 98% of our customers get better dates; See how our great dating photographers who create profile pictures we can help make your online dating experience successful and more fun than you thought possible!

Book Review: Falling in Love with Me (Marcy Morrison)

One of the hidden benefits of outstanding dating profile photos is that people look at them and feel good about themselves-I love it when a customer looks at their photos and says “I Like me!

Feeling comfortable “In our own skin” is a REALLY great preface to having a good experience when dating.

Take a little time

When I came across this little book that Marcy wrote I was a little skeptical, I mean it’s just a few pages long and could be easily read in an afternoon. But when I met Marcy over a coffee here in San Diego I promised her that I would spend a little time working on the concepts in the book prior to reviewing it!

No Prejudices

I would urge anyone to put their logical mind “aside for a day” and read this with an open mind! And while some people may not believe in “Soulmates” or “The Universe” there is MUCH practical wisdom in this book, namely:

1-Let yourself Find out who you are
2-Open yourself to allow more of what you want in
3-Value and Appreciate and honor  Who you are every day
4-Enjoy and express you

And for the record great L.O.V.E acronym Marcy!

Size doesn’t matter.

Don’t be deceived by the size of this book too- it asks important Questions (one of the things I like about Marcy is her ability to ask BIG QUESTIONS so gently)

…..What would your life look like if it was working the way you want it to?
What do you need to shed that is no longer serving you?…

The Value

This book is of value because when we feel better about ourselves we have the potential to enjoy life more and enjoy the process of dating more too! (We become literally MORE ATTRACTIVE)

To order a copy CLICK HERE

Should you smile in Dating profile photos? (Advice from dating photographers)

It begins with a question

I asked several of my online dating photographers the question “Should you smile for dating photos”? and while I felt that most dating photographers would answer “YES” I wanted to look at this subject in just a little more detail

If you’re male and under 30 years old then please ignore this article, (As there’s evidence that looking away from the Camera may get you more attention online! for more about this see my Blog post Click Here)

For the rest of us

If you are over 30 then when you visit a dating photographer smiling for the camera is probably a good idea, but not all smiles are created equal.

There are the natural authentic smiles we display when we’re genuinely joyful… and then there are the forced smiles we endure for photos and polite social occasions.


Authentic smiles are marked by wrinkles in the eyes and differ from those flat mouth-only smiles.

…it’s these real, happy smiles that get results.

University Study

In a study of “authentic” smiles, conducted at the University of California, Berkeley, demonstrated the impact of smiling. Researchers analyzed the yearbook pictures of 111 smiling women. Fifty of the pictures displayed authentic smiles. Participants expressing genuine positive emotions in their yearbook picture were more likely to be married and have higher well-being than their non-smiling classmates.

Never Forced

An experienced dating photographer will know that it’s never a good idea to force a smile out of a client. A forced smile isn’t genuine and nearly always looks fake and cheesy. I remember a negative experience I had-

“I used a bad dating photographer once, who didn’t make me feel comfortable, she kept telling me to smile, when I’m not a smiling sort of person… I mean, I smile but not the “cheesy” grin that she wanted, I’m just not comfortable when forced to smile-and my photos showed it-I felt stupid and never used the photos, they just sit on my laptop and every time I see them I groan”


To coax out a real smile, Here’s a simple tip…imagine a memory that makes you really happy…when you do this you’ll naturally smile- and the muscles used to smile will lift your face, making you appear younger. Most of us are drawn to people who smile. There is an attraction factor. We want to know a smiling person and figure out what’s making them so happy. Frowns, scowls and grimaces all push people away but a smile draws them in

“You know how it feels when you’re out and someone smiles at you? It makes you more likely to approach that person or at least smile back, right? Well, it’s the same with online photos. People want to know what you look like when you’re happy. Why? Subconsciously, they’re also looking for someone who might make them happy. So save the tough — or pouty — face for an additional shot if you really want others to see it. Post a grin as your main shot and reel in a date!” expert Kimberly Dawn Neumann.

So smile but naturally…

Some Good Advice

Whether you are 25 or 95 Having great online dating photos is the single most important thing you can do when dating online, so visit LookBetterOnline and find out why more than 98% of our customers get better dates; See how our great dating photographers who create profile pictures we can help make your online dating experience successful and more fun than you thought possible!


What people are saying about Top Dallas Photographer Greg

Meet Greg

I love Greg’s candid dating profile photos that he offers LookBetterOnline customers.

Very Experienced

Greg is a master of creative photography and has many years of experience behind a camera (He’s spent literaly thousands of hours!)
Applying his technical skills and expert knowledge of lighting and pictorial composition for any and all genres of his craft, Greg Loves creating portrait photos that get results (His work has been published in numerous magazines.)

What Greg’s customers are saying

“Greg is the best! Top of line professional and super friendly! Thanks Greg!”- CARRIE
“Greg was fantastic! He is friendly and easy to work with, and he knows his stuff. “-AMY

“Greg was great, he is by far the best I have ever worked with. Great experience..On a scale from 1 to 10, hes a 10…”-WESLEY
“Greg is the greatest. He was courteous, patient and professional. As soon as we arrived we knew we were in good hands with Greg. His work speaks for itself! I highly recommend his services. “-MARY

“He was incredible. He knows his work. I would highly recommend him.”-KATY
“Greg is fantastic. Not only is he a good person, he talkes the time to make sure things are right and you are comfortable with the direction of the shoot. I give him my highest recommendation.”-STEVE

Think about this!

Having great online dating profile photos (Taken in a specific way) is the most important thing you can do when dating online, To Book a session with Greg simply CLICK HERE