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Spotlight on Top Brockport (New York) Photographer

Meet Glen

Passionate

Glen  is passionate about photography, he especially enjoys candid portraits that capture the expressions and emotions of people, in a photo-journalistic way.

Style

I asked Glen  to share a little more about his style:

“I think 8 or 9 out of 10 people tell me they are not photogenic. Most people are just conditioned to stiffen up when a camera is around, and so they don’t act like themselves. I like to get to know my subject, keeping the shoot friendly. I involve the subject in the shoot, and show him or her the look I’m getting on camera. Most of the time that’s all it takes–we start having fun and pretty soon the real person comes through”.

To book your own photo-session with Glen CLICK HERE

Spotlight on Top North Carolina (Durham) Photographer

Meet Shawn

Shawn chose to be a portrait photographer because she loves to photograph people. With 18 years of experience she’s developed a knack for putting people at ease in front of the camera. Her approach is casual, light and fun.  This allows her to capture your true personality.
She’s based in Durham, North Carolina.

Her goal is to make your session fun and at the same time surprise you with how photogenic you never thought you were.

An impressive resume

Her clients include Ron Wyman, film maker for CNN and The Discovery Channel.  The Art Director for Boston Magazine. Warren Miller, extreme ski film maker, Dr. Ruth, Yankee Magazine, Fidelity and more.

To book your own photo-session with Shawn CLICK HERE

3 Tips for Finding someone special in 2014

If you’re reading this then I hope you’ll have your best year ever and find someone special.
Here’s 2 simple tips to get you started

1. Make love a priority without urgency.

We’ve all heard: “When the time is right the right you’ll meet the right person.” But “we’ve also been told to “Go out and make it happen”

I think a balance between these 2 points of view is a healthy balance.
Resolve to go out and meet people AND look online so that you have a better chance of finding love, and don’t force it…(forcing things is way too needy) the trick is to take action and spend time letting things unfold

And when you go on a first date don’t already start examining if you could spend the rest of your life with them. Don’t go there!…There is way less pressure just getting to know your date…learn more about a new person, not just fall in love with a romantic fantasy.

2. First impressions count.

Before you get a date you need to attract someone special! What kind of first impression do you make, whether online or in-person?
Online, 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 profile pictures we can help make your online dating experience successful and more fun than you thought possible!And your profile is well written- If your personal look could use some improvement, then do it whether it’s new clothes or hairstyle..

2. Confidence is key

Confidence is key! And I don’t mean cockiness…I mean the confidence to be authentic!
If you’re nervous about a first date then you might want to try some exercise an hour or two prior to getting ready and going out (Often being in your body will get you “Out” of your nervous mind)
And when it comes to talking- stay in the comfort zone by coming up with a few subjects that won’t get you into trouble (And AVOID at all costs Politics or Religion!…I know obvious eh!)
If you’re not sure what to talk about then  ask your date about their life, listen and go from there.
Also don’t forget there’s is a fine line between being confidence and cocky – nobody likes a cocky guy who is too cool, so keep it real

Ways to feel more confident:

Don’t slouch!
Take a couple of deep breaths and Stand or sit  tall! Pull your shoulders back  and pick your chin up No one looks confident if they are always looking down!

Slow down and take a breath
When you get nervous, your voice goes up and you’ll talk faster than you realize.  These are two dead giveaways for lack of confidence…so breathe deeply and relax…It’s not a race to impress her!

Seasons Greetings and an offer

Happy Christmas to all our readers…..I hope that you have a wonderful day!

Holiday online dating offer: Valid between Christmas day and the new year!
Simply enter promo code “holiday” and receive $30 off a dating profile photo session

(*Offer applies to full price photo session: exaple $197 package for just $167)

13 things TO AVOID when posting Dating Profile Photos

I’m not sure exactly why so many people ask me  “What Should I avoid when it comes to dating profile photos?” Perhaps it’s because we’ve al lseen our share of awful dating photos.

Here’s a list of things to AVOID when posting your dating profile photos (And a link at the end of the article to tell you what to do too!)

1.NO “Bathroom-Mirror-Self-Portraits:

Bathroom Selfies” make you look like you’re a loner and a loser.

2.NO Blurred/Dark photos.

People want to see if they find you attractive. Blurred and dark dating profile photos are a FAIL!

3.NO Sunglasses or a Cap.

So what are you trying to Hide?  If you’re balding, who cares, some women love bald men and the eyes are the window to the soul, which is why you shouldn’t hide behind your shades. People want to look into your eyes to see who you really are. your matches want to see your sparkling eyes (Eye contact can be just as engaging in a photo as it is in person)

4.NO frowning photos.

Smile…In social situations if we see someone smiling then we assume that they are approachable and happy and people who don’t smile are often Moody and difficult!~and it’s the same with online dating profile photos…so smile a little.

5.NO Drinking photos.

Dating profile Photos holding a drink give people the impression that like to drink…a lot. So unless you’re a partying college kid leave them out…otherwise you’ll just look like an alcoholic.

6.NO Photos with people cut out.

Do you really not have any photos without your EX?  Don’t cut the ex out of the photo, so that there’s an obvious gaping hole, or use a piece of paper to block out their ex.

7.NO Old photos.

A rule of thumb is to never have a photo over 3 years old.

8.NO Kids in photos.

While you might be a great parent Photos of children just don’t belong on a dating website

9. NO Pics of your parents.

No one wants to see a grown man hugging his mother on a dating site, It just looks odd!

10. NO photos where its not obvious who you are.

Which one are you?  Your date shouldn’t have to guess which person you are in the photo.

11.NO messy backgrounds…

Watch your backgrounds. Last thing we want to see is your dirty place…this is a huge FAIL for a dating profile photo.

12. For Men-No bare chests or flexed muscle

Unless you want to look like a complete “tool”.

13. Don’t post glamour shots.

A glamour shot is not about The Real You, it’s about the photographer creating the image that they find the most pleasing. The photographer will use heavy makeup, hair styling, unnatural lighting and heavy post production retouching. The result is a fantasy image, and it fails online. People avoid these type of dating profile pictures because they feel that no one looks like this, or they avoid you after the date because you didn’t measure up to the dating photos on your profile.

OK, So I’ve told you about all the things to AVOID…now CLICK HERE to read my article  called Good Online dating Photos that get results

 

Dating Profile Photo Secret from Top Californian Photographer

Today I want to Spotlight one of our talented dating profile photographers

Meet Stuart

Stuart is an internationally renowned Southern California photographer who found his calling when he was 17. Since then for 35 years, he has photographed literally thousands of people…

An impressive resume

And Stuart’s resume is impressive…He’s a Graduate of UCI BA in photography, Is a past President of Professional Photographers of Orange County and  has learned with the best. Dean Collins, Monte Zucker and Ken Marcus to name a few of the photography masters of this century
As you can imagine Stuart loves both people and photography and his down-to-earth character makes everyone he photographs feel completely at ease…

On Location OR Studio

Southern California offers some great settings… When I asked Stuart about his favorite locations he told me about some of the amazing beach and ocean front settings that he has available…these settings can’t help make anyone look like a million dollars, and get you the dating profile photos that get results.

Stuart also has a studio located in Newport Blvd. It is cozy and fully equipped with a make-up area, lights and a dressing room.

Stuart has been featured in Eye on L.A., Two on a Town, Hour Magazine, The Love Report with Fredrick , People are Talking (CBS), People Magazine, The Wall St. Journal, The London Sunday Times and Der Spiegel among others.

Photo Secret

When speaking with Stuart on the telephone today I asked him to share something with me that would help people get great photos and here’s what he had to say.

So here’s the dating profile Secret…….it’s so simple it crazy!

“The night before you take your dating profile photos don’t forget to get a Good night’s sleep!” 

Good practical common sense if you ask me (And Why is common sense not common?)

Fail to do!

99% of people fail to do this….

They spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on buying the right clothes (And for women hundreds more on getting their hair just right) and then they forget to get a decent night’s sleep!

…Then when they see their photos they are aware that they need more sleep…think bags under tired eyes!

Get a good night’s sleep the night before, drink plenty of water to Hydrate and I guarantee you’ll look better in your photos…and as we all know Better photos mean Better Dates!

To book your own photo-session with Stuart go to:
http://www2.lookbetteronline.com/Photographer_Costa-Mesa_4490_92024.html

Dating profile photo tips from a top Beverly Hills photographer.

Interview with a top Beverly Hills photographer

As we get lots of requests from people who want online dating photos in the Beverly Hills and Los Angeles areas, I thought I’d showcase one of our talented photographers in  Beverly hills, ask a her a few questions on preparing for a photo-session so that you can get the best dating profile photos possible!

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Meet Charlotte and her impressive resume.

With a background as an international photographer, Charlotte travels between Europe and the U.S. shooting people from all walks of life. She is equally enthusiastic photographing mega celebrities as she is regular folks.

Charlotte knows a thing or two about being in front of the camera herself and is always happy to guide you through the session and make it an altogether positive, relaxed and fun experience. Especially if you think you are the world’s least photogenic person and you absolutely loathe having your picture taken. She takes great pride in helping you present the best possible face to the world.

Some Questions for Photographer Charlotte

How should someone pose for online dating profile photos?
The customer’s only job is to show up and leave the rest to the photographer! Unless you are, in fact, a professional model, you are not required or expected to know any modeling poses at all, or know which one is your “best angle”. If you are fretting over real or imaginary flaws and how they will look on camera, just let your photographer know so that they have a chance to work around them during your shoot.

If we are doing a natural light session, don’t be alarmed if you get asked to pose in the most mundane location, like a doorway, back alley or garage entrance. The background won’t be noticeable in your headshot. It’s all about the best lighting for your face and what light makes your eyes “pop”

Remember that, by the time you arrive for your shoot, if you’ve decided what to wear and  done your grooming – there’s really nothing else to worry about. The only thing for you to do now is be yourself in front of the camera. So relax and have fun!

What should people do before the shoot?
Get everything together for the shoot well in advance, so you don’t have to worry about it on the day of the shoot. Put your freshly pressed clothes on hangers – not in a bag.
And Get a good night’s sleep. Stay off the alcohol. It will show on your face, the last thing you want to look is tired on your dating profile photos!

Any advice for the day of the photo-session?
Don’t wear any eye or sunglasses for a few hours prior to your photo session as they tend to leave marks on the bridge of your nose that even make-up can’t hide.

If you normally wear regular eye glasses, and would like to wear them in your pictures, it is very important that you bring a plain pair without photo-chromatic (darkening) coating, so that the camera can see your eyes. On the other hand, anti-reflective coating works well to cut flare.

Make sure you know how to get to the location where we will be shooting. Give yourself plenty of time in case of traffic. The last thing you want is to arrive late, flustered and in a hurry, since you need to be as relaxed as possible for the shoot. Arriving late, or not quite ready to start shooting, will cut into your session time, and chances are, there are other clients scheduled right after your session. So be punctual and we will utilize the time we have set aside to the fullest.

What would you say to people who know that they need great online dating photos, but aren’t sure if they are photogenic!
“If you have beautiful eyes, we”ll make them sparkle. If your mega-watt smile is what draws people in, we’ll make sure to capture that. You might not even know what your best features are – but we will find them! Everyone has something that is worth playing up in pictures, to capture the true essence of who they are. Never cheesy or contrived; we will simply concentrate on bringing out the very best of you.”

And it really works. As you look at the sample pictures here above, you might be surprised to learn that only ONE person had had any prior modeling experience. All the others were first-timers in front of the camera!

To see more of Charlotte’s work or book a photo session with her please visit
http://www2.lookbetteronline.com/Photographer_Beverly-Hills_3521_90210.html

 

Outstanding Dating profile photos for New Yorkers.

An Online dating photographer, a few questions and a tip

As we get lots of requests from people who want online dating photos in New York, I thought I’d showcase one of our talented photographers in New York, ask a her a few questions about dating profile photos and get you a tip on preparing for a photo-session so that you can get the best dating profile photos possible!

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Meet Melody and her impressive resume

Melody is a native New Yorker, a fine art and portrait photographer, she regularly exhibits in galleries in NYC and currently has a one-woman-show at Pratt called “Beauty in the Beast”.

For the last two years she’s produced a cable TV show on MNN called Melody’s Media Mix. And in 2005, she won the award for outstanding photography and graphics instructor of the year from the Association of Graphic Communicators.

Melody has been a photographic and digital graphic instructor at Pratt Institute for 18 years, and teaches photography and the “digital darkroom” at CUNY.

An “on Location” Photographer

Melody is an “on location” photographer. “On location” means that rather than go to a photography studio that you meet the photographer in a relaxed out of studio location.

Some Questions for Photographer Melody

What Locations are perfect for taking Dating photos in New York City?
I have scouted many locations so that I have the perfect place no matter what the weather is doing! I love Interesting indoor/outdoor hotel lobbies, urban retail centers, private pocket parks, galleries, the Met, Central Park of course, Riverside Drive Park, by the Hudson River, and most recently, The High Line, a public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. Also I am always open to a suggestion of a special place you might like or feel comfortable.

Why do you prefer creating online dating photos for people on location?
I think that shooting outside of the studio environment get s people remarkable results when it comes to online dating photos. I think people can be more spontaneous, relaxed and at the same time stimulated by a non-studio environment for natural unposed expressions …often studio shots end up looking tense and posed and actually backfires on peoples wish to have a natural real and flattering photo of them when they choose an on location venue.

How do you make people feel comfortable when you take online dating photos?
I make people comfortable with relaxed humor. I will talk to you while I am shooting, like a director might, trying to evoke that special expression. I try for that you’re-at-a-party-and-someone’s-called-your-name-and-you’re-looking-over-and- laughing look.

Even if you never had professional photos taken, (and most people have not) you will have a relaxing and fun experience while getting to discover your best, and sometimes hidden,

A Tip for preparing for a photo-session from Melody
One tip I have is that prior to a photo session is to take the time to wear the clothes that you want to be photographed in front of your mirror! Find out which clothes make you feel more confident when you’re wearing them, don’t wear new clothes for the first tie when at a photo-session, look at yourself wearing them in the mirror. Your photos are important so take the time to prepare and bring a compact mirror and lint roller with you, but most of all bring a smile and know that I’ll be helping you relax and bring out the real you!

To see more of Melody’s work or book a photo session with her please visit
http://www2.lookbetteronline.com/Photographer_New-York_1615_10003.html

Dating tips for women over 65!

For those of you who don’t know her yet, let me introduce my friend Joann Cohen

Meet Dating Expert Joann Cohen

Joann has Master’s in Education with a concentration in Human Relations and Counseling and had been featured by TV guide, Fox news, USA today, TLC, ABC and many others ( To find out more about her visit www.joanncohen.com/ )

A couple of weeks ago we were talking about the subject of older women and some of the challenges that they face…here’s what Joann had to say

Some seniors are in great shape

My mom is pretty awesome. She still goes to the gym three times a week and does weights/cardio, is taking sign language, volunteers at the airport and is in better health than all her kids! “

Looking good in dating photos….This can be more of a challenge for seniors.

Women have more a challenge

As you said,  women have more a challenge. As they become over 65 years, there are tons to women and few men. Of the men who are single,  there are few  healthy, financially ok,  relationship minded men. Women who want these men –  have lots of competition. Those men  almost always want to go for younger and they definitely go for youthful appearance. A woman can go online and search for women in her age category and search for men to see the numbers for herself.

I don’t make the rules

I don’t make the rules but I do communicate them to clients. Therefore most of these points below are for senior women.

Old Hair Styles

Women – keep old hair styles that age them. It’s the bouffant/puffy look. They can stay grey/white but add a contemporary edge. There are several senior women models that they can take some photos to their hairdresser and try something different.

Not too Blond

Women go too blonde. It washes them unless they are super careful with makeup. Blonde is a color that hides the grey better (greying roots are more observable on dark color hair) but it’s a double edged sword. Women’s coloring naturally fades as we get older and really light hair, makes us washed out.  Women need to be careful and look for adding darker blondes perhaps with a few blonde highlights.

Color Helps

Men/Women – seem they  wear lots of blacks, whites, grey. On seniors – I think color really helps to make them youthful. The black just seems to wash them out. Color seems and feels more vibrant = youthful.  (there’s actually a study that wearing color and good fitting clothes can alter a bad mood to a positive one!). Blues, teals (look good on almost any skin shade), purples (that’s a go to color for men – there’s always a shade that looks good on a man), etc.

 

Smile please

Smiling is even more important – it diminishes the jowling.

Even more important

Posture is even more critical. While it’s a problem for anyone not to stand up straight – when they’re seniors, things have really sagged. This sagging really ages them and makes them look older and heavier. This results in women having less definition in their curves. It’s important women wear good bras (yes-  I will tell women of any age that.)

Show who you are

There’s numerous studies that men are attracted to curves so it’s crucial women show them. Women make a mistake that men want skinny ladies – big mistake. I had a senor client (80 something) and if a woman was 5’4”, she better by at least 165 pounds. So whatever women have – make sure they show it!

Women try to hide the weight (of all ages) by wearing loose billowy clothes. This always adds weight to everyone but really bad for older women. They are more likely than younger women to wear baggier clothes – it’s a safe way of disappearing. But it disappearing doesn’t work online to capture a man.

Don’t try too

Some women go the opposite and try to dress too youthful or wear too much makeup. They’ll try to capture the men’s attention with some outfit that would look best on their granddaughters. The color is too dramatic for This will actually make them look older and more desperate.

Classy and contemporary

I recommend to my senior clients style to go for classy and contemporary. They don’t have to dress in the latest Vogue fashion but show that they know classic style.  For example – my mom’s dress ( I bought it for her). It’s classic, Ralph Lauren.

Seniors’ skin has sagged and gotten spotty so a deep cut (even v neck) may not be their best look. So a Boat neck (straight across like my Mom’s), round collar can be flattering. I don’t usually like turtlenecks as most women (unless they had work done) is jowly and the turtleneck emphasizes it.

And most (not all) arms have really gotten saggy. So wear clothes that go to the elbow, ¾ sleeves or long sleeves is a more flattering look. Of course, men over 50 without shirts isn’t going to work but they still try. If you’re someone that has toned arms (I do have 1 senior female client with amazing toned arms) than she’ll want to flaunt them. But that’s 1 out of a thousand.

Shoes are huge. In  photos many will wear clunky orthopedic looking things which is again. I always  have women wearing a spikey (even if it’s a small heel) to make their ankles and legs look slimmer. I have women of all ages wear spikes because wedges, chunky heels make legs look bigger. If they can’t wear heels, then a ballet slipper or similar simple flat. IF that fails – don’t take any photos showing the feet.

Take the time

I also recommend to all clients that they have photo shoots that are at least 30 minutes (even if it’s a family member). Because they start to relax and then the best photos are taken. What I do with my clients is have the photographer shoot about 5 shots and then show the client how marvelous they look. Once they see that, they feel more comfortable and we get better photos. This process can be repeated throughout the shoot to make sure the client feels like a super model.

From the Heart, Joann Cohen

 

Think About This!

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

Modern Love!

Recently I was sent a book to review by  CIJA BLACK Author of “Modern Love-The grownup’s guide to relationships & online dating”

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I get to read and review a ton of books about online dating…

Why this book is different

This book is different from a lot of other books for one simple (And very important detail) that instead of diving straight into the world of online dating and the Do’s and Dont’s; Cija focuses on whether people are ready to date first!

I found myself thinking about a good friend of mine (and more than a few women that I dated) who were coming out of  messy divorces and insisted that they were OK to date! (they weren’t ready to even begin to start dating, yet loneliness and a desire to be loved prompted them to subscribe to an online dating website and go on date after date when they were simply not ready.)..the results were predictable and sad…jumping from bad date to bad date or even worse into incompatible relationships.

Relationship Archeology

I wish I’d read this book a year ago…I could have given my friend my copy and forced him to read the first section called “Relationship Archeology”.
I love Cija’s concept of digging up the past and learning from it before going on dates!

The book starts with a checklist “You might not be ready to date if…” good solid advice here that could save people a ton of heartache if they read this!

Another Checklist

There’s another useful checklist called “Why do you want to date” too

The theme of relationship Archeology continues with Cija giving her readers answers to questions like.
“How exactly does happily ever after work?”, “Ideals, standards and Boundaries”, “looking back to move forward”, “separating your issues from your partners” and more and also goes on to offer helpful advice on personality types to avoid the not to be missed “The most important questions you will ever answer”.

The next sections of the book Cija covers the topics of Getting your profile online and Going on Dates and more…She offers practical common sense advice that seems to me to work. (My only comment is that there are some things that could be added to the section on photos-of course being the CEO of a dating profile photo company that will come as no surprise)

In summary

I can hear a lot of you saying…yes, but what a lot of work…and yes if you read this book and listen and apply what Cija recommends then this will involve a fair amount of introspection. But the results you get in your life will be worth it!

I’ve given this book 4.5 out of 5 stars…because I NEVER give anything 5 stars and I found the introduction a little long for me (and to be fair I’m not into reading the introductions of any book) Here’s a link to buy your copy! ( Click here )