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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

Dating a different religion

Who Are you?

Are you Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Atheist, Jew? And would you date someone of a different religion?

I was raised by a Christian father and an Atheist mother, and they managed to make their time together work perfectly

Problems appear

Yet many people wouldn’t date someone of a different faith….They say that while it’s easy to date someone that problems will appear when the relationship gets serious.(In-laws can be challenging in normal relationships, but imagine having in-laws with different religious beliefs )

Some People

While I believe that interfaith dating does NOT work for some people, I think that for some special people that it can work perfectly…this article is for written for those people

Tips for Harmony

Here are some tips on making a relationship with someone of a different religion work:

1.Never make fun of their unique beliefs

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So what if they don’t eat certain types of food, or wash their hands multiple times a day. NEVER speak poorly of someone else’s religion to them just because it’s different from yours, Show respect to all people.

2. Don’t push your beliefs

Again we’re talking mutual respect.

If you can’t do this then don’t even try dating anyone outside of your religion.
Now I’m not saying that you can’t discuss Religion, just remember that his is a subject that will cause many people to get very emotional, so discuss this deeper stuff in a non-judgmental way and kind way, I have a Christian friend whose wife was an atheist but who later converted to Christianity, when I asked her why she replied:

“When I first met Jake I saw such a wonderful person that I new I wanted to spend my life with him regardless of his religious beliefs, (I was originally very anti-religion), but he explained his beliefs in a kind and gentle way and while he told me that Jesus loved me when I asked,  he never pushed his beliefs on me. In time I wanted to understand him better and as we talked I realized that I really wasn’t anti-religion, I was just sick of people pushing their beliefs on me”

It’s OK to talk about religious beliefs, but ONLY if you’re BOTH willing to keep an open mind and not push.

3. Love and similarities

No one’s perfect…Stay focused on what’s right  about your partner… and look at the things you have in common.  Think BIG picture here, the fact that both of you want to experience a loving relationship. Love the other person for who they.

5. Don’t be influenced by others.

Don’t let other people’s ideas influence your relationship…If you love someone ask your loved ones to respect that decision.

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, and see how with great profile pictures we can help make your online dating experience successful and more fun than you thought possible!

3 Reasons to Date an older woman

I’d like to start this POST by saying that my Fiance is older than me!

3 Reasons

Less Drama
Most Younger women seem to have WAY more drama in their lives and many love the drama which can be exhausting.

Better sex
he most common reason younger men are attracted to older women. And rightly so! Its true that we get better the more we practice, greater experience means knowing more about what turns you and her on.

Independent
She’s most likely got her own life, her own career, her own friends, her own money and her own house, and she most likely know’s what she wants…And she probably doesn’t need the APPROVAL that many young women need (I’ve dated women who couldn’t agree on anything without checking in with multiple girl-friends. (It’s been said that when you date a young woman, you also date all her friends) a mature lady has friends—but she doesn’t need their permission to decide

Get Great Online Dating Photos

Having great online dating photos is the most important thing you can do when dating online, so visit LookBetterOnline and see how with great online dating photos we can help make your online dating experience successful and more fun than you thought possible!

Spotlight on Top Denver (Colorado) Photographer

Meet Monico

I love Monico’s photos-whether they are his senior or model photos or the candid dating profile photos that he offers LookBetterOnline customers.

Very Experienced & “Natural, Non-posed”

Monico is a people photographer with 20 years’ experience “My goal is to bring out the best in my clients and show them how good looking they really are!” Monico says.

When Monico works with people it’s all about the customer. “I don’t make a big fuss on the posing,” he says, “and when I grab the shots, I let them know how great they are doing!”

Monico Encourages “On Location” Photo-sessions.

In Monico’s Words:

“I work primarily “on location” and prefer working with natural backgrounds that put customers at ease. Some of the most popular backgrounds are very simple like an old wall or a sidewalk with shadows in the background. Generally the backgrounds I prefer are the light and shadows that I’ve learned to use over the last 20 years.”!

What Monico’s customers are saying

“Monico was very easy to work with. I liked his laid back style which helped me to be relaxed. He was great!!”- JEAN

“Monico is a fantastic photographer. Honestly I was a little uncomfortable about the whole thing and somewhat self-conscious walking around on site in public and taking pictures. But I knew on site was better than in a studio, just looks more natural and interesting. But Monico made it fun and painless, seriously. It felt like the time went by and before I knew it we were done, he kept it relaxed and simple and told me exactly what to do to make the best photos. It was exactly what I was looking for. I will definitely go to him again for any other photographic needs, and highly recommend him to my friends.”-AARON

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 Monico simply CLICK HERE

Profile Photo Tips for Christians

Choose your advice carefully

Whether you’re 25 or 95, having great online photos is essential to your profile. However getting good advice on posting dating profile photo can prove to be a frustrating experience. Many articles advise women to show more cleavage and men to look mysterious and aloof by not smiling. This is terrible advice for anyone seeking a healthy, long-term meaningful relationship.

ChristianCafe.com has much stricter photo standards that other dating websites (probably because it’s also the only major Christian dating site which is actually Christian owned). They don’t permit photos showing cleavage, bikini shots, or shirtless men.

Love not lust

The important reason for this is that while they recognize that physical attraction is very important in a relationship and often the spark which initiates the relationship, the focus is on long term, healthy relationships between Christians and not short term, physical relationships which often fail. (The key is to be guided by love not lust.)

The idea here is to give you some simple advice on looking your best online and NOT to focus too heavily on the physical (or worse, sexual attraction with complete strangers on the internet-as this won’t bring you any lasting happiness.)

A specific kind of photo

Most of us know that we need good photos when online dating but- after looking at data from 11,400,000 profile photos we found that there is a specific kind of photo that gets people more attention online (For full disclosure: I’ve take the data we collected and using a little “common sense” adapted it to make it appropriate for Christian’s.)

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I’ve lost count of the number of people I’ve met who think they have good dating photos but don’t (ironically I nearly missed meeting my Fiancé because she had blurred photos.) People blame dating websites for lack of matches, or worse end up feeling unable to meet that someone special and find lasting love when it’s often their photos that are holding them back form meeting someone special

And while it’s not all about Physical attraction first impressions are important- and that’s especially true when you’re dating online…most people won’t look at a profile unless the pictures are good enough to hold their attention.

The Right Image Produces the Right Responses

There’s a difference between a photo that generates lots of responses and a photo that generates a life-long relationship.

A photo shouldn’t just show what you look like; it should also show who you are.

For example, if you’re a little edgy then a preppy photo will attract responses from people who won’t be great matches. Conversely, nice guys don’t wear ripped tee-shirts and show attitude, even if people tell you that those are the looks that get responses.

And women, while some people will tell you that cleavage shots might bring women more messages, AVOID them. (As I said earlier in this article be guided by love not lust.)

Success in online dating isn’t based on the number of responses. Forget the dating advice that you need to have lots of replies…You don’t need to bring in lots of replies; all you need is that one special person for you!.

Clothes Count

What you wear in your dating photo is as important as what you wear on the date.

You should look smart and casual at the same time- show that you clean up well without looking stiff and formal. And remember that casual doesn’t mean a dirty shirt and baggy sweats. Too casual suggests that you don’t care what people think-

Before heading to the shoot, put together several different outfits in strong, solid colors that look good on you.

When picking your clothes, try to put together more than one look for the profile. A dressy outfit would show you ready for a dinner and a more laid back outfit would let the viewer imagine walking with you on the beach or sitting under a tree, enjoying a picnic.

Arrive for the photo session in the dressier look; it’s always easier to dress down as the photo session progresses than to try to dress up.

Avoid busy patterns, prints, stripes, paisley, and elaborate designs. Stick to classic looks that won’t date and choose colors that look good with your skin tone. If you’re not sure what those are, there’s a ton of advice online that will help match shades to skin.

Also your outfits should be kept on hangers, not folded in a bag, so that they don’t wrinkle for the photo-shoot, and a lint roller always comes in handy for removing those flecks of cat hair.

Finally, (and we might have to break this to you gently) before the shoot, ditch the sunglasses and take off the baseball cap; As that the eyes are the window to your soul don’t take photos wearing sunglasses? You may think that wearing sunglasses looks cool but you’ll simply make it difficult for that someone special to see your face. And guys if you’re wearing a cap most women will assume its hiding a bald spot.”

Glamor Shots, Make-Up and Hair

A glamor shot is never about creating a photograph that shows your real personality. It’s about creating a shot the photographer finds the most pleasing. The photographer will often use heavy make-up, hair styling, unnatural lighting and lots of post-production retouching.

The result might be fantastic but it fails online…

People avoid these types of dating pictures because they know no one looks like that in real life — and if they do bite, they avoid them after the date because they didn’t measure up to the dating photos on the profile.

When it comes to using a make-up artist before having a picture taken, guys can do without. Women probably can too if they’re a dab hand with the mascara. One easy option is to stop off at the cosmetics counter at a nearby department store for a free make-up session on the way to the shoot.

Also know that spending hundreds of dollars on hair and make-up can backfire. If you can’t re-create the same glammed-up, flawless look for your dates, you’ll disappoint.

When your profile photos don’t look like you, they don’t serve their purpose.

When doing your own make-up, keep it natural. Apply using natural window light even if that means using a room other than the bathroom. Good lighting is essential to a good, even application.

Lips look great when shiny, either from transparent or colored lip gloss. (Matte, dark lipstick tends to have an aging effect in photos, so it’s best avoided.)

Face foundation and powder should be matte and exactly match neck and body skin tone, so that it
becomes invisible. You’d be amazed at how many women think they are wearing a perfect skin

tone color, when in reality the foundation is visibly darker or lighter than the true skin tone of their

neck. The camera sees everything, so you might want to update your make-up supply before their session.

And forget about that “age-defying” mineral foundation that contains light reflecting particles to give a youthful look. While it might look great in real life, it’s not camera-friendly. Self-tanners and bronzers will invariably make skin look orange, and glittery body lotion or make-up tends to show up in pictures as little white flecks.

Shine is the enemy of photography. Dewy skin is attractive in real life, but in photos it looks like an oil slick, so skin should be matte.

Eye shadow can look darker in photos, so if you normally wear a dark color, think about using a lighter shade for their photo session. Mascara, though, will make eyes appear brighter.

Grey hairs and dark roots are also something the camera sees, so if you color your hair, try to have it done no more than a few days before the session.

Ultimately, you should style your hair the way you would normally wear it to a date. If the shoot will take place outdoors, hair spray will tame flyaway strands away from face and hair, hands and nails may also end up in the shot. A plain clear nail polish always works. For dry lips, bring Chap Stick and for dry eyes, there’s Visine.

Guys have it easier but it’s worth spending a few minutes the day before the shoot tweezing away facial hairs to eliminate nose hair or unibrow.

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What to know if you take your own photos

As stated earlier we looked at the data of over 11,400,000 profile photos and found that there is a specific kind of photo that gets people more attention online?

We found that:

The type of camera you use has a huge effect on how good you look in your pictures”

AND

“Interchangeable lens cameras (digital SLRs) make you look more attractive than point and shoot cameras, and MUCH better than a camera phone”.

The reason that they say this is that the specific kind of photo that will get you the best results is one where the subject (That’s you) is photographed in Sharp focus while the rest of the picture is blurred.

Look at these photo examples and notice how the subject (that’s me) is in sharp focus while the rest of the picture is blurred.
Photos (Like these) feel more intimate and personal; they get a better viewer response.

Posting photos in this style WILL get you noticed more, and getting noticed online means a better chance of finding that someone special!

You’ll either know someone who has the skills and Camera to take these specific kind of photos OR you’ll need to hire a professional photographer who really “understands what they are doing”

Remember…Photos where you’re in sharp focus while the rest of the picture is blurred.

Before taking your 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 for the session looking tired or stressed!

Get a good night’s sleep the night before you take your photos, avoid wearing sunglasses for a couple of hours before the shoot; they leave marks on the bridge of the nose and 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 a professional 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

After the Shoot: When to Retouch?

Photo retouching is best left to remove a stray hair, to correct color and lighting or help someone who has a minor acne breakout or razor burn, but no more than that.

“Often people work too much and get bags under their eyes for lack of sleep. Digital retouching can remove a few minor lines and show them looking their best. But if you have a mole the size of a quarter on your forehead, and you want it removed,  people are going to notice and there is no point looking like someone you don’t in real life.”

Retouching should enable you to look as you do on your best day. It shouldn’t change a body or a look….stick to “Light retouching” at most.

Some Good Advice

Whether you are 25 or 95 Having great online dating photosis important.
CLICK HERE to get Profile photos and enter Promo code “christian” on checkout to save $40

Los Angeles Dating Tips (A relaxed easy date that’s garanteed to impress)

Do you live in Los Angeles? and need some Los Angeles Dating tips? Well here’s an idea for an amazing date!

The Getty Villa

If your date likes museums or Art Galleries than this is a  perfect weekend venue for a date to remember!

What I like about this venue is that:

  • There’s plenty of parking space an its an easy place to find!
  • You can meet your date here for 30 minutes or spend longer if you like.
  • You can admire the beauty of the place and the focus is on the surroundings so it’s a relaxed date where you can have a good time and get to know each other slowly and let things unfold naturally (Rather than a pressure of a dinner date)
  • As you need to book tickets in advance you’ll show your date that you’re good at planning things and that they are special!
  • If you want to eat there’s a REALLY good cafe, that has excellent food at great prices.

Go to the Website

And reserve tickets…its not that difficult to do! And Tickets are FREE simply click HERE and then click on the GET FREE TICKETS LINK

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, and see how with great profile pictures we can help make your online dating experience successful and more fun than you thought possible!

 

Spotlight on Top Boca Raton photographer

Meet Ben

Ben’s a great photographer!-whether its the candid dating profile photos that he offers LookBetterOnline customers or his masterful Nature photos.

Highly skilled & experienced

Ben graduated from Florida Atlantic University in Graphic Design and has spent literally thousands of hours behind a camera.

And he’s photographed some pretty famous people (Think The Grateful Dead, The Foo Fighters,  Fergie, Beastie Boys, REM, and many more.)

Getting to know a master photographer

So that you can get to know a little more about Ben I asked him 3 questions!

LookBetterOnline: (Giles) What do you like about taking portrait photos?
Ben:
The challenge in animating a person into who they are through an image. (this is really important, it’s the real you that you want to post when you’re looking for love online, not a posed, tense version of you)

LookBetterOnline: (Giles) What advice do you have for customers?
Ben: Be yourself and it will be show in your photos! (Ben’s positive and cheerful and easy to be around and will help you!)

LookBetterOnline: (Giles) What’s your favorite local location to shoot portrait and why
Ben: My favorite locations are where the customer feels most relaxed, this shows in the photos!

What Ben’s customers are saying

“”Great Photographer; Easy to deal with; Fast, Supportive and Encouraging Great shots “- STEVEN

”Ben is personable and friendly, put me at ease and made the whole session fun. My pictures came out great, too.”-SHARYN

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 Ben simply CLICK HERE


The Chemistry of Love…OxyTocin and Dating for women? (And Men)

..Whether you like Science or Psychology or not here’s some interesting information!

Love is a Chemical?

Do you think LOVE is just a chemical reaction? or is there more to this? or are we plain and simply directed by are hormones?

There’s a hormone called Oxytocin that’s (Often referred to as the “love molecule”, Oxytocin is linked with helping couples establish intimacy)

What does this mean to Daters?

What does this mean to us when we’re dating?

Imagine going on a date with a man who you really like.  Imagine a romantic date You feel great and this is due to the powerful hormone called Oxytocin.

As the date goes on, you feel a real connection with this guy and after the date you go back to your apartment and make out….now your Oxytocin levels are really high and this  which releases even more of this “bonding chemical”.  With all this Oxytocin circulating in your system, you fell so “right” and s connected!

Some people would say that Oxytocin just like a drug removes your rational thought process and before long in your mind you’ve convinced yourself that he is your perfect match and you barely even know him!  While you’re dreaming of your perfect  future together, he’s just thinking that this is great sex.

Is this the reason that many women share too much/bond too quickly and end up getting hurt?

Bonding with the wrong people

And what happens if you feel Bonded with someone who’s just NOT right for you? (Just about everyone I’ve ever met has experienced this)

Deep down, you know he’s wrong for you, but you’re addicted to this Oxyticin  ‘high’ and just like a drug addict, you  keep going back for more.

Rational Mind

Taking a step back and seeing if this person is right for you is a good strategy…when we know rationally that someone’s a good choice AND we feel a strong bond then we’ve found a good match, when there’s just passion then walk away! (No Matter How you feel!)
Source: BestPsychologyDegrees.org

Think About This too!

Before you get a date you need to attract someone special!
Having great online dating photos is the most important thing you can do when dating online, we all look at the photos first! so visit LookBetterOnline and and see how with great online dating photos we can help make your online dating experience successful and more fun than you thought possible!

Spotlight on Top Oakland Photographer

Meet Angela

I love Angela’s photos-whether they are the wedding or engagement photos or the candid dating profile photos that she offers LookBetterOnline customers.

Very Experienced

Angela has professionally photographed wedding and portraits for many years and currently owns her own boutique studio in the Bay Area.

Angela specializes in people photography for all types of personal and business applications.

Angela Encourages “On Location” Photo-sessions.

In Angela’s Words:

“Most of my clients end up choosing an outdoor “On location” portrait session as those are MUCH better for dating sites. Outdoor portraits of people are more “approachable” and casual in style. I am highly experienced in taking professional yet very natural photographs outdoors with natural light, which is lovely. most of my clients end up choosing to go with the outdoor look! I have a great park located about 1-2 miles from my studio that is perfect”!

What Angela’s customers are saying

“I was really happy with Angela. She helped me through every step of the process from picking out which outfits to wear to making sure my hair was OK after I changed clothes! She picked a local park instead of her studio, which was nice. She made me feel very comfortable throughout the whole process. Thanks, Angela!”- GRETCHEN

 “Angela was excellent. She helped me pick out the best clothes for the shot and positioned me to take advantage of the best angles. She was very easy to work with, I’d highly recommend her!”-KAREN

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 Angela simply CLICK HERE

Choosing an online dating photographer! (What makes a good Online dating photographer?)

How Do I chose?

With a choice of many different photographers how do you chose the right one for you?
(Here’s a list of Online Dating Photographer “Must haves” to help you!)

Relaxed and Friendly

A good online dating photographer…is friendly and  communicates well with his/her clients.

(A good online dating photographer will understand that you  might  get a little stressed out or nervous, about taking online dating profile pictures.

Shallow Depth of field

A good online dating photographer will understand “Shallow Depth of field”…now it amazes me at just how many professional photographers don’t get this concept (The  term “Shallow depth of field” for non-photographers this is where the subject (YOU) are  in sharp focus and the background is blurred.

Did you know that that this style of photography gets the best result when online dating?
(These are the kind of photos that we’ve been providing our customers with for years)

Never Force a smile

A good online dating photographer will NEVER force a smile! They 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.

“The original photographer I used 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 had a tooth repaired and I’m just not comfortable when forced to smile-and my photos showed it-I felt stupid when I saw them and never used the photos, they just sit on my laptop and every time I see them I groan”

“John,” 46, San Diego

Not All photographers are created equal

Don’t forget…all dating photographers are NOT created equal! (LookBetterOnline.com only hires 1 in 60 people who apply for a position)

Think About This too!

Before you get a date you need to attract someone special!
Having great online dating photos is the most important thing you can do when dating online, we all look at the photos first! so visit LookBetterOnline and and see how with great online dating photos we can help make your online dating experience successful and more fun than you thought possible!

The Biology of love

I came across this TED talk about love.
Here’s some science about people who are in love. by Dr Helen Fischer
Anthropologist Helen Fisher studies gender differences and the evolution of human emotions. She’s best known as an expert on romantic love, and her beautifully penned books — including Anatomy of Love and Why We Love — lay bare the mysteries of our most treasured emotion.
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