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Interview with Top Florida (Boca Raton) Photographer

I’m grateful to have Photographer Ben on the LookBetterOnline.com team

I realize this when I look at Ben’s photo’s:
whether they are the candid dating profile photos that he offers LookBetterOnline customers or his masterful fine art photos that capture the majestic beauty of the natural world.

Ben’s worked with some really famous people too! Bob Wier from the Grateful Dead, The Foo Fighters,  Fergie, Beastie Boys, REM, and many more (if you don’t recognize these names than spend a few minutes on Google and you’ll get the picture!)

(Ben is also focused on using his photography as a medium to communicate the importance of sea turtle conservation as these magnificent creatures are one of the most important indicators of the health of the world’s marine and coastal ecosystems)

Top Photographer

Ben is definitely BOTH a top dating profile photographer and nature Photographer (And I see a lot of photographers)  Here are some questions that I asked him and his answers.

An Interview with Ben

LookBetterOnline (Giles): Tell me a little about yourself?
Ben: In pursuing my passion of photography, I strive to achieve a diverse image at the highest quality while enjoying myself and making my clients feel comfortable and relaxed.

LookBetterOnline (Giles):  How do you make your customers comfortable?
Ben: Upon first meeting I try and let them know who I am and what I do and let them tell me a little about themselves as well. It’s all about where the client is comfortable shooting. If they are comfortable then I am comfortable

LookBetterOnline (Giles): Do you have formal education related to photography?
Ben: I graduated from Florida Atlantic University in Graphic Design and took 5 photography classes while enrolled.
LookBetterOnline (Giles): Ben’s also spent literally thousands of hour behind a camera and has a commitment to photography that most people only aspire to attain (Just sayin!)

LookBetterOnline (Giles): What are your favorite locations to take Dating profile photos?
Ben: I like to bring my client into my natural studio, Mother nature. There are endless combinations outside, especially living in beautiful South Florida. The beach and parks are a favorite of mine to visit (Spanish River Park, Mizner Park, Boca Raton Inlet, Red Reef Park, Deerfield Pier, Palmetto Park Beach, Delray Public Beach and Downtown Delray Beach)

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

 

5 First date tips!

First dates can be anything from fun to stressful or boring!

Let’s make sure you’re dates in 2014 are successful with these seven first date tips:

1.Show respect

Dress sharp, show up on time, be polite to the waiter, and give your date your attention.(If you have to keep your phone on (If you have Kids or a friend waiting to call you just in  case the date goes bad) then put it on “vibrate”.

2. Never talk About Your “Ex”

NEVER, NEVER, NEVER talk about your Ex.
While I’s easy to talk about your Ex on a first date-because both of you have ‘that terrible Ex in common. Don’t do it!
The idea of a date is to have fun and get to know someone a little better…while later down the road you can discuss past relationships, now is NOT the time…First dates should be drama free and fun!

3. Don’t Interrogate your Date.

It’s a date not a job interview!
I’ve heard many people give the advice that tells you to ask your date lots of questions and listen attentively but remember to allow your date to get to know you too.

4. NEVER Get Drunk

Many of us have been on a date when the other person get’s drunk-it’s no fun at all- remember first impressions count so make a good one.”

5. Relax and be you.

Relax and be you…never try to impress your date and never try to be what you think your date will like! (It’s way too stressful!) Be honest about who you are and what you do.

Also think about this!

Having great online dating photos  (Taken in a specific way) 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!

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!

Guys…don’t screw up the first date…

Guys…don’t screw up the first date…

Don’t screw up

Online dating can take up a lots of your time …so when you’ve got a first date…don’t screw it up and certainly avoid these 3 simple mistakes

A friend of mine

lives out of the city just went on a date with a guy she’d met online and who she thought could be a great boyfriend, he thought he was handsome and they had a great time talking on the telephone…but he really screwed up the first date. They’d agreed to meet at a nice restaurant that stayed open late and he hadn’t hesitated to tell her what a great time they’d have…only to find that the restaurant was closed…she waited outside in the cold for him for 15 minutes and then when they looked for somewhere else they found every other place closed… she was forgiving but returned home hungry and tired…first impressions count, so hardly a great first impression.

A second chance

I asked her if she was going to give him a second chance…she said probably not as if he couldn’t be bothered to check the opening time of a restaurant  thay she didn’t feel special.

Guys…always remember the purpose of a first date is to get to know her AND make her feel special!

1. Guys..take a little time to research where you’re going to meet

2. Guys…Be on time…no girl wants to be kept waiting, (and if you’re going to be late take time to send her a text)

 

Think About This too!

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!

 

 

3 things to look for when reading Online Dating Profiles

The fact is, much of what you find on most profiles actually tells you very little. When you see a profile that says, “My friends would describe me as…” you can usually expect the usual series of adjectives that include reliable, attractive, honest, dependable etc., all of which are probably true but don’t really tell you what makes the person unique—or uniquely attractive.

Pay Attention

Often, all you need to pay attention to is the first thing that someone puts on their profile:

dating profile 001I’m a Christian woman. I’m not perfect and I have my faults but I know the difference between right and wrong and try to live my life that way. I don’t drink or do drugs and wouldn’t date a man who does. I like the smell of rain, barn dancing, slow drives in the country and long evenings in front of the fire.

Believe it or not, you’ll find lots of profiles like this on dating sites, profiles in which the very first sentence tells you everything you need to know. The writer has placed her values front and foremost, and it’s fairly clear what kind of relationship she’s looking for—and what kind of man.

Not all profiles are that obvious though. You certainly might find plenty of profiles that say that the single behind it likes Britney Spears or Christina Aguilera, choices which speak volumes about their musical taste and makes clear that there’ll be no fighting over the music collection if things don’t work out. But how someone writes can reveal as much about who they are, where they’re from and where they’d like to go as what they write.

It’s often possible to spot a number of small signs that give a clue to the writer’s background, personality and most important, compatibility.

1. Spelling

There are two kinds of profiles: those with spelling mistakes and those without. And it’s not just the misspelled words that tell you about the writer’s writing skills—or their ability to use spellcheck—it’s also the use of numbers instead of letters, dodgy punctuation and missing capitals.

dating profile 002This happens a lot in online communications and there’s nothing fundamentally wrong with skipping spelling rules (although it’s always best to follow them, if only for the sake of clarity). But a tendency to leave writing laws in the dust does say much about the person doing the writing—and whether you’d make a good match.

In general, people who write “4 u” instead of “for you”, tend to be young, trendy and… a bit lazy. They’re more comfortable with SMS messaging and online chatting than sitting and writing words in full.

That’s fine if you’re the same. If you can’t understand why “too” has three letters instead of two, especially when you can write it “2”, then dating someone who’s “looking 4 u” could work out just fine. But if you’re infuriated at people’s inability to write properly, then dating someone who likes to take the shortcut to creating sentences might not be for you at all

2. Humor

When you’ve seen a lot of dating site profiles, you’ll quickly notice that just about everyone online seems to be looking for a date with a sense of humor. The Internet is not a good place for po-faced dullards to find their other halves.

Unfortunately, few profiles seem to show the qualities their writers are looking for. Most people tend to take a pretty straightforward approach to creating their profile. That’s not entirely their fault. There aren’t many great jokes that begin “About Me And My Match” and even Chris Rock would find it a challenge to be funny in the small amount of space you can find on most dating site profiles.

That means that on the one hand, it’s not a good idea to hold a lack of wit against someone you see online. They might be a scream in real life and your date might be filled with unending laughter but when it comes to getting across their humor on their profile, they could have just come up a bit short.

On the other hand, if you do see someone who looks good and has a profile that makes you smile, send out an email as soon as you spot it. If someone can make you laugh with what they squeezed into their self-description, imagine how much fun the date will be!

3. Integrity

It would be great if you could judge the level of someone’s integrity just by seeing what they write on their profile. But it’s just not that easy. No one ever writes in their self-description, “I’m unreliable, unfaithful, deceitful and selfish. I’ll hit on your pals, stand you up on dates and if you think I’m really going to hang around for a long-distance relationship, you can think again. At the first sign you’re getting serious, I’ll be heading for the hills.”

No one ever writes that, but you might find ages that seem at odds with the look in the picture, income ranges that are pitched way too high for someone who works in catering or retail, or occupations that just don’t seem to match the level of education.

Now, it’s perfectly possible that there’s a perfectly good explanation for what to you looks like a strange discrepancy. But if you’re already raising questions about your potential date’s integrity, do you really want to enter into a relationship with them—and begin by having to decide whether you believe their answers?

Trying to read between the lines of the information you’ve got on a dating site profile isn’t easy. But with so little to go on before you send out that first email and so many people to choose from, you’ll find yourself doing it without even noticing. In all, the best policy is to trust your instincts. If something someone writes gets your goat, the best policy is to give them the elbow. If you find yourself attracted to the wit in someone’s self-description, then shoot them out an email and see what they say back!

Another important thing you need to know…get good dating profile pictures

Having  great dating profile pictures is the single most important thing you can do when dating online, so visit www.LookBetterOnline.com and find out why more than 98% of our customers get better dates, and see how with great online dating photos we can help make your online dating experience successful and more fun than you thought possible!

Facts You DONT WANT to know when dating (But need to know)

Imagine

Imagine walking into a room full of friendly people, there’s a great crowd, everyone’s smiling and you feel like this is a great place to find that someone special and start dating…

Now imagine that for each 3 people that 1 of them has a disease that could harm you.

While that might seem like an extreme situation According to US government Center for disease control….110 million people in the USA have an STD…

110,000,000….A number to blow your mind

If this number still hasn’t sunk in yet..imagine EVERYONE living is California, Texas, Florida, New York and Pennsylvania all having an STD….Does that put things in perspective for you! For me this number blows my mind just thinking about it!

This is a Fact You DONT WANT to know when dating (But need to know)

What you do as a result of knowing this information is a personal decision! I think anyone with a little common sense will think about this number? How will it affect the way you date? Whats the smart way to date? PLEASE if you have ANY feedback then leave me a comment at the end of this article!

One way of dealing with this information is to get tested yourself prior to dating and prior to having any intimate relations with anyone to see if they were tested! I know that this is the least romantic subject ever discussed, but sometimes we need to think smart and balance heart and head. You could ask that someone special discreetly to go to their doctor and get checked OR there’s another option…

Meet MateSafe

In response to these staggering figures comes a new business called “MateSafe” In their own words here’s how they describe themselves:

“MateSafe allows users to establish a Medically Verified Online Health Credential that they can control and share across various Dating and Technology platforms”

The concept

You Join Matesafe, get STD tested and can provide dates with this information that  you shows a level of personal responsibility that attracts others, and demands a higher level of safety. With a variety of safety measures, potential dates will feel confident that they chose someone who truly MatesSafe.

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To learn about Matesafe click HERE

Also 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!

 

First date tips

Make the leap

Once you’ve made the leap and asked the question—or been asked the question—there’s always the problem of where you go for that crucial first date.

Picking the right location

Ideally, an idea for a great place will have popped up during your first little email exchange. If you know the person you’ve been chatting with likes the beach then a beachfront café is likely to be a good choice. If they said on their profile that they’re into salads and sushi then proposing a veggie bar or a Japanese restaurant will make it hard for your new friend to say no.

Be safe

Wherever you choose, the crucial rule is to make sure that you meet in a public place.

There’s no getting around this one. Even if you’ve been talking for a couple of weeks about how great the hiking route you’ve discovered is and how much your new pal will enjoy it—and even if they’re as enthusiastic as you are to check it out—the first date should still be in a spot where other people can see you.

Remember, you still don’t know the person you’re planning to meet, however long you’ve been swapping messages across the ether. It always pays to be cautious, especially on that first meeting.

Relaxed environment

For some people Cafes are good choices for dates because they’re relaxed, laid back and much less formal than dinner for two—which can feel a bit like a job interview. And activity dates are usually safe bets as well. If you run out of things to say about yourselves or each other, you can always talk about what you’re seeing or doing.

You could also take a historical walking tour of your local town, pay a visit to a museum, even take a spin on a rollercoaster. You could also make it a group thing and join two sets of pals together to take some of the pressure off that first meeting.

Remember

The first date isn’t just about whether or not you both walk away feeling as though you’ve been struck by lightning. Not all great relationships start with a bolt from the blue. It’s about whether you feel comfortable in each other’s company, can make each other laugh and find that you’d like to see each other again and get to know each other better. Many of the best relationships are those that grow out of friendship and a first date should always be seen as the first meeting with a new friend.

If that turns out to be a friend with benefits—and then a great deal more—so much the better.

And if not, maybe your new friend has friends…

Don’t sweat it

There’s always a huge amount of pressure on a first date. Don’t sweat it. Just think of it as a couple of hours with a new friend and if it doesn’t work out, just remember: there’s a dating site full of better options.
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Think About This too!

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!

How to overcome dating rejection and rebuild your self-esteem.

99.9% of people who date online will at some point feel rejection. Perhaps it’s an unanswered email, or you have a wonderful first date and then never hear from the person again, or perhaps you have a few dates and the person decides that you’re simply not a good match for them

For most people this really hurts! And many people are left miserable with a feeling of lower self-esteem, questioning whether that are smart, or rich or beautiful or good enough to find someone special!

“There must be something wrong with me” they often say.

The answer to overcome dating rejection is actually quite simple! After rejection you need to rebuild your self-esteem! OK let’s get started

Step 1: Make a list

Make a list of 50 qualities you have that are important in a partner such as being loving, kind, considerate, a great lover, a great friend, a great sense of humor…now this may take a while but don’t stop until you have at least 50 good things about you

Step 2: Do something you love

Take a day off and do something that you  love. Whether its golfing for a day, watching movies while eating Ice-cream or going skydiving take some time to treat yourself to show yourself that you’re worthy of some good times

Step 3: Change the way you think!

Change the way you think of the dating process! Meeting someone special can take a while so remember there’s nothing wrong with you! If you go into dating with the belief that you’ll meet people who don’t think you’re a match and meet people you don’t think are a match before you meet your “someone special” then  dating can be way more fun.

Another important thing you need to know…get good dating profile pictures

Having  great dating profile pictures 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 online dating photos we can help make your online dating experience successful and more fun than you thought possible!