#6: While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Catherine: Looks like he’s developing a personal style, and appears talented (assuming he can actually play that guitar he’s posing with), but seems to have fallen victim to Not Looking at the Camera Syndrome. I can tell from this picture that he’s a smoker, which (for me) would be a deal-breaker, but I actually appreciate knowing that up front. Also kinda nice that there’s a date on the picture, so I know that this isn’t exactly recent… (2008)
Amanda: I really like this image. I like how casual this image is. #6 is just laying back, playing his guitar with ‘Fight Club’ laying on the side table. My only problem is the timestamp on the side. Old pictures are suspicious…for all I know you’ve gained 80 lbs, dyed your hair pink and got a face tattoo.
Caroline: There are many turn-offs in this photo. 1.) He’s a smoker. 2.) He is too committed to the couch to stand for a photo. 3.) The angle of the photo makes this guy look overweight, and the shiny hair product/ shiny face make me wonder if he’s sweating. 4.) He has Avril Lavigne-like wrist accessories. 5.) I don’t like the look of his place. On the bright side, he’s a musician. In theory, musicians can get laid, just not with this photo.
Kelly: First of all, SWEET guitar. I like his coasters. His photo is too old. First thing that makes someone think is he obviously don’t look this way anymore, and have just tossed up an old photo he thinks captures you at a better time. CLICK. Next person. Get an updated photo!
#7 A vs. B: Tickets to the Gun Show
Emily: For some girls this would be a great photo- active, muscles, smiles, sense of humor. For me its a good pic but also lets me know you’re probably not my type. Its not you, its just that runners and I have never been able to date well. This doesn’t mean its a bad photo though- quite the opposite. A dating profile shouldn’t be a shotgun “let’s get them all” sort of thing, it should be a “here’s an accurate snapshot of who I am” that’s tailored to attract the type of person you want to be with. This picture would be great to attract a really active girl who wants a boyfriend that will train for a half marathon with her. That’s good, that’s also just not me.
Catherine: #7 looks like he knows how to have fun, and doesn’t take himself too seriously. He obviously stays in shape, but I might have trouble keeping up with him if I weren’t very athletic. What I like best about this picture is that it tells me a lot about #7 all at once: Attractive, athletic, active, fun.
Kelly: Oh dammit #7, you lost me here on all levels. I like guns as much as the next south east texas girl, but you look pretentious. Is this what you were smiling about earlier?
Jennifer: Very arty, with an implication that guns are probably going to feature prominently in his lifestyle. A good thing to show to a potential date, since gun ownership can be a divisive subject.
Caroline: Exactly. You can’t see his face, and he has a gun. No way I’d contact this guy.
Amanda: This works to show what his interests are, but it’s dark and I would want to see his face. If it’s in a collection of several images I would be okay with it, but the first thing I look for is a persons face…if I don’t see it I move on.
Emily: This picture makes me assume he’s either a soldier or really really really into guns. Here’s a general rule for dating pics, if you’re going to include something potentially polarizing either give it lots of context or recognize and accept that its going to make a good portion of your potential audience write you off right away. If you don’t want someone to make a snap judgement don’t include a picture of you with weapons, dead animals, getting crowned at the 2011 Magic the Gathering World Championship or surrounded by the collection of beanie babies you’ve been cultivating religiously since you were 9.
Amanda: I don’t know what to say about this picture. It’s not bad…if it were in a series of pictures I wouldn’t mind it, but alone it’s just not enough.
Jennifer: #8 looks like he’s trying to remember where he put his socks.
Kelly: I found myself making the same face this man is making when I look at this photo. I want to know what he’s staring at, and why its so confusing. Not your normal approach, but it does make me want to ask what happened next.
#9: Ready For His Close-Up
Caroline: Whoa! That’s zoomed in alright! Back up a bit, buddy! Get a friend to take the photo with a decent camera. Right now, all I notice are the facial hair, which was weirdly edged with a weed whacker, and the perked eyebrow, which makes me think you’re making faces at yourself in your iPhone. I have no sense of your body from this photo, and you’re in your room. Therefore, I wouldn’t trust you were a social person who left your room. This guy also looks very young.
Emily: As far as the myspace style photos go this one isn’t too bad. Its casual and he looks like a fun and friendly guy. If its his only photo on his profile I’m going to assume the online dating thing is more something he’s set up on a lark and he’s not to serious about it- which isn’t a bad thing. Don’t expect this photo to bring in droves and droves of women but it would probably work well to attract other casual people who aren’t too invested in this whole online dating thing also.
Catherine: I like that this is a close-up head shot, and that he’s smiling just a little. Marcus seems approachable and his eyes convey a sense of openness and interest in the person he’s talking to.
#10: The Phantom Stranger
Jennifer: I think I met this guy at a vampire LARP once. He had a notecard pinned to his t-shirt that said “I’m wearing an Armani suit.” The down tilted head and hat are signs that this guy isn’t confident in his looks and isn’t willing to show his whole face to the camera. He wants his clothes to speak for him and they’re saying “I take my LARP character very seriously.” I’d pass this guy right by.
Emily: There is a very very particular guy that pairs the long coat, wool fedora, t-shirt and old jeans. That combined with the fact that you don’t let me see your face and seem to be hiding from the camera make me think that you’re at best cripplingly shy and at worst a bit of an anti-social asshole. Either way if we date I’m probably going to spend a lot of time convincing you to put down the video control and come hang out with friends and please this time don’t tell my friend that her job as a real-estate saleswomen “Is simply a way of exploiting her sexuality and pseudo-domestiticy to the upper bougeouis who have bought into the american myth of home ownership.” (I wish I was making that up but its a verbatim quote from an ex….to one of my best friends…)
Caroline: The focal point of the photo is his fly, which is thankfully zipped.
Kelly: I don’t care what you think, the hat doesn’t make you look cooler. When a girl can’t see your face, you’re creating more work for her. Now she has to go hunt for it.