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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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Interview with a Top Maryland Photographer (& Washington DC area)

Meet Ann

I’m Soooooo Grateful that Ann’s on the LookBetterOnline team! I realize this when I look at Ann’s photos-whether they are the candid dating profile photos that she offers LookBetterOnline customers or her family photos that capture the beauty of a family moment.

Highly skilled & experienced

Ann’s definitely a top Maryland photographer…she’s had a camera in her hand since she was 15. As a professional freelancer for over 35 years, photography has been her way of expression and creativity, and has always been her passion. Ann enjoy’s the challenge that each job brings and finds the “creative connection” with each person. In Ann’s words

“With candid portraits, I have fun reaching in and pulling out your personality through my work.  In the end, everyone has had a good time.”

3 Questions for Ann

To give you a better sense of who Ann is, I recently asked her 3 questions about photography…here are her replies:

Giles (LookBetterOnline.com) What do you love about portrait photography?
Ann:
I learned early on that photography was a passion of mine. I’ve had a knack for relaxing people in photos ever since my teens.  I started photographing children, then my classmates for yearbook and on to families and events.  My first love will always be the intimacy of a portrait session. I think my calming personality relaxes my clients to allow themselves to open up to me and I find those sweet spots to capture.  Not sure what it is, but they feel I “get” them and I am able to express that in my work.  Anyone who starts out with “no one ever gets a good photo of me” comes away with the biggest smile when they see how I have captured them.  Their inner self comes out in my photos. Maybe its the angle or just catching the smile or look at the right time, but my clients can finally say “wow, I can look good in a photo”. Knowing I have created images that will help their self-esteem to use in work, on a dating site or sharing with a loved one, feels great to me.

Giles (LookBetterOnline.com) Can you share something about yourself that most people don’t know about you to our customers?
Ann: I’ve been a “people person” ever since childhood,  being the “welcome wagon” of the neighborhood. Having a very social personality has lend itself to a career in photography. Once I found my niche with my camera, I realized I could capture so many special moments and bring smiles to so many people with these images. Be it at a party, my daughters being silly with their friends, or a simple gathering of my own best buds, my photos stand out because I know when to wait for the right shot.  Photography for me is not simply a job, but an extension of my personality.  I love my photos so much that when I run into clients from years past, I can chat with them about specific photos, what they were wearing, doing etc. They are always in awe that I remember them, but that’s me, a “photographic memory” of special times.

Giles (LookBetterOnline.com) Any Advice and/or tips to a prospective customer?
Ann:
When getting ready for a photo shoot, think about those outfits that people have commented on in the past, as in “that look’s great on you”, “when you wear ___ color it really brings your eyes out”.  Have these clothes in mind when having your photo shoot. If you do an “on location” photo shoot, pick a time with the photographer where there will be less people around.  Having you relaxed is key and people mingling about probably won’t bring that out in you.  I find the key to good photos is the mental attitude.  When we chat during the session I sometimes have you think about what your goal is in these photos. Picturing yourself with the man/woman of your dreams and suddenly, the smiles and twinkles I get in the eyes shows through in the photos. Just remember, you can have a room with 5 different photographers, but it’s the one who can choose the right time and pose to make a difference in how you look.  Treat yourself to letting the wonderful you shine through in a professional photo shoot and leave the cell phone photos to Facebook.

Amazing results: What Ann’s customers are saying

They say the proof is in the results…Here’s what Ann’s customers have to say!

When I first joined Match, the photos I included in my profile were those that others had randomly taken of me on outings using a cell phone. I received a fair amount of views and winks. I am not photogenic at all and decided to have Ann take a few pictures. Wow, what a difference! Ann makes you feel so comfortable that you can relax and enjoy the process and the end result are professional but totally natural looking photographs. I have been on Match for about six months now and just had her take new photos for the fall. A small tweak in my profile along with brand new pictures and my responses have doubled. I highly recommend her services.-ADELE

After posting the new pictures on my profile, everything changed. I actually had women who had seen my profile before reach out to me and comment on how much better the photos were, and the responses to me emails were much more positive. I met my current girlfriend on Match.com using my profile with Ann’s pictures, and I know that at 50, I finally met the woman of my dreams. I KNOW that this would not have been possible without the new and improved photos that Ann provided. I whole-heartedly recommend letting Ann provide your profile pictures, if you are serious about on-line dating.-PAUL

To Book a session with Ann simply CLICK HERE

 

Awful Statistics on Date Rape (And how to avoid it)

No Intention

I had no intention to even write this post , writing this blog post isn’t easy, or fun or what many people might want to read. I had originally wanted to write a guide for women about staying safe when online dating!

Shocking statistics

But the reason I’m writing this is because while researching for to write the LookBetterOnline dating tip Blog that I came across some statistics that really shocked me:

  • Approximately one in four college aged women is date raped or experiences an attempted date rape during her college years.
  • Eighty-four percent of women who have been date raped knew their attackers.
  • Women between the ages of 16-24 are four times more likely to be date raped than any other age group.
  • Approximately 90% of date rapes happen with alcohol involved.

These statistics really got my attention! And made me angry to just read them, so here’s some practical advice to avoid date rape, and please pass this on to your friends who have daughters…if 1 woman can avoid this scenario then I will have fulfilled the purpose of writing this post.

Simple Tips to avoid date rape

Use good judgment and always meet initial dates in public, don’t allow anyone to come to your home immediately and don’t be pressured into inviting an individual into your home, even it’s for having a glass of water or using the bathroom.

Don’t get in a strange man’s car

Make your own travel arrangements when going to a date (If you have no transportation, call a cab rather than getting in a strange man’s car)…I know this sounds such simple advice.

Let a friend know

Always let a friend or family member know that you’re going on a date and where you’re going.

Trust your gut

Never be afraid to leave an uncomfortable environment. If your instincts are warning you to be afraid of a person or a situation, leave immediately…trust your gut. (Any decent man will understand and support you for doing this)

If You decide to drink…

If you decide to drink alcohol then don’t leave your drink unattended. If you think someone put something in your drink then find somewhere safe to go, call a friend to come and pick you up and go to the hospital and if this isn’t an option then call the police…

The bottom line is to know that alcohol impairs our judgment. The more you drink the more you are at risk. Keep yourself to a 1-2 drink limit, avoid secluded places and be aware of your own personal safety especially when with acquaintances and strangers.

Last thoughts and please share

NEVER feel obligated to kiss anyone simply because they paid for drinks or dinner. NEVER be obligated to engage in sexual activity with anyone who you don’t want to and never forget that NO means NO.

Please share this article if you know someone who’s at risk…

Spotlight on Top San Francisco photographer

Meet Alessandro

I realize this when I look at Alessandro’s photos-whether they are the candid dating profile photos that he offers LookBetterOnline customers or his masterful “From the sky” aerial photos that capture the beauty of nature.

Highly skilled & experienced

A professional photographer for over 20 years, Alessandro’s photography career actually started at the tender age of 19. He was in his native home of Sardinia (the famous island off the coast of Italy).  Moved to Milan when his work was noticed by famed modeling agency, Riccardo Gay. Alessandro worked for them for four years fine-tuning his craft – specializing in fashion photography and portraits – before taking his talent on the road. In the ensuing years, his work has taken him to London, Buenos Aires and New York to work with freelance commercial advertising, companies.

It was during his time in New York that Alessandro paid his first visit to San Francisco and one visit was all it took to fall in love with the city. He found the famed city to be more relaxed, international in atmosphere, and open-minded. Three weeks after returning to New York, he came back to San Francisco to stay.

What Alessandro’s customers are saying

“Alessandro is personable, skillful and delightful. He knows his business. He created a relaxing session. He had high quality equipment that was appropriate for the shoot. The proof is in the pudding. The photographs are excellent.”- STEVEN

 “Alessandro is professional, talented, and easy to work with. The last thing in the world that I wanted to do was have my photo taken, but Alessandro made the experience virtually pain free. I would highly recommend him.”-LEONARD

“Alessandro is a great photographer. He makes you feel very comfortable during the session and his pictures were amazing and natural. I highly recommend him.” FRANCIS

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 Alessandro simply CLICK HERE

NEVER forget that women LOVE flowers

Sometimes it’s simple old-fashioned advice that gets us good results! This post is simple so don’t over-think things!

Waste of money

It shouldn’t surprise anyone to know that most men consider buying flowers a waste of money
Guys Flowers are NEVER a waste of time, effort or money

Here are a couple of options for you…

Option 1.

If you really like her and know where she lives then have flowers delivered to her the day after a date…and have the card read “I really enjoyed spending time with you…You’re more beautiful than these flowers”.

Option 2.

If you don’t know where she lives than bring flowers to the second date

Remember

Flowers are NEVER a waste of money…Women loooove flowers…NEVER forget this and NEVER be afraid to give flowers… She’ll be happy when she looks at them and she’ll be thinking of you!

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 Gail

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

I realize this when I look at Angela’s photos-whether they are the candid dating profile photos that he offers LookBetterOnline customers or his masterful “Baby and Family” photos that capture the beauty of the moment.

Highly skilled & experienced

Angela has professionally photographed wedding and portraits for over 8 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.

Outdoor portraiture is highly encouraged for dating profile portraits! Outdoor portraits of people are more “approachable” and casual in style. Angela is quite experienced in taking professional yet very natural photographs outdoors with natural light, which is lovely. In fact, most of my clients end up choosing to go with the outdoor look instead!

A former member of the Professional Photographers of America and Professional Photographers of the Greater Bay Area association, Angela still pursues photographic excellence and strives to deliver the best possible product to her clients.

What Angela’s customers are saying

“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

“Angela Gail took the time to find out about me and my needs. Then she recomended a great setting and talked me through the entire photo shoot. She made the whole experience enjoyable plus the pictures came out better that I expected. “-DAVID

“Angela did a great job taking my pictures and was very personable and friendly and made me feel very comfortable. I am very happy with the job she did. Thanks”-TOM

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

Dating tips for dummies.

dating tips and dating photos1. Arrive on time

Be on time or, if possible, early for a date. If you arrive late, it signals to your date that you had better things to do than honor his/her time with a prompt arrival.

2. Don’t pick up that cell phone!

If you’re on a date, Don’t answer your phone, unless it’s an emergency call then  it’s just plain rude, show some respect.

3. Don’t drink too much!

Don’t drink to loosen up! You are not in college any more,  your goal on a date is to meet someone and not to get as drunk as fast as you can.

4. Comfortable silence is OK

A natural pause in a conversation is okay. It’s better to have a moment of silence to collect your thoughts than to talk just to fill the space.

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 Manhattan photographer

Meet Melody

I’m grateful to have Top Manhattan Photographer Melody on the LookBetterOnline.com team

I realize this when I look at Melody’s photos-whether they are the candid dating profile photos that he offers LookBetterOnline customers or her masterful photos that capture the essence and soul of New York. (Her street photography takes her deep into the crowds of fleeting urban subjects, looking to capture inspiration)

Highly skilled & experienced

Melody Reed a native New Yorker, a long-time working photographer and experienced instructor who teaches photographers. As well as working for LookBetterOnline, she is a Professor at (CUNY, Pratt Institute, Columbia, The New School, and ICP) of computer graphics, web design, and photography, from film at first to digital now.

What Melody’s customer are saying

I love when I get feedback from happy customers, here’s some of the feedback that people have given me after booking a session with Melody:

“I cannot overstate how satisfied and pleased I am to have worked with Melody Reed. Initially I was hesitant to sign up for this service but once I received the confirmation call from Melody my doubts began to evaporate. Her reassuring words, helpful hints and confident manner laid to rest any lingering reservations. Our session was relaxed, efficient and enjoyable. Melody is clearly an experienced, talented and gifted photographer. Her charm and confidence set me at ease and allowed me to relax and enjoy the shoot. She even took the extra time to help me sort through the shots to pick out the best of the bunch. If you are still deciding to pull the trigger don’t wait. Melody is going to get great shots of you and you will probably have fun in the process. It’s that simple! “-KERRY

“I was thrilled with the quality of my photos and I am usually super-critical of myself in photos! Melody is very talented and a delight to work with. “-MERYL

“Melody was so fun to work with and she took some GREAT pictures. A real professional who totally knew what she was doing and made a what could have been a nerve racking experience a really fun and enjoyable one!”-ANN

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 Melody simply CLICK HERE

An Example of how Women and Men think differently to make you laugh

WOMAN’S DIARY

Saw him in the evening and he was acting really strangely.

I’d been at the spa with the girls and was a little late, perhaps he was mad

The bar was really crowded and loud, so I suggested we go somewhere
quieter to talk.

He was still quiet and seemed distracted so I suggested we went
to a more intimate restaurant.

All through dinner he just didn’t seem himself – didn’t seem to be paying any attention to me or to what I was saying, I just knew that something was wrong. When I asked him what was wrong he replied “Nothing” and just smiled a vacant smile

When we got home back home I again asked him what was wrong, but he said he was fine and  turned
the television on.

After thirty minutes of silence I said that I was going upstairs to bed, I put my arms around him and told him that I loved him deeply, He just smiled.

He didn’t follow me up immediately but came up later and, to my surprise, we made love – but he still seemed distant.

I cried myself to sleep – I think he’s planning to leave me.

MAN’S DIARY

My motorcycle is broken and I can’t work out how to fix it?

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