Just be careful to avoid squinting into the sun, and opt for a sideways glance instead.
DON'T: Be In A Costume As one e Harmony blogger pleads, even if you think it's a hilarious picture, don't put up a shot of your Halloween costume.
DON'T: Crop Someone Out Along with falling into that narrow "up and down" no-no, cropping someone out results in less communication, according to e Harmony.
And besides, you really should have at least one good picture of you on your own somewhere.
So you can understand why when it comes to an online dating picture, it's a whole different ballgame.
With more and more couples getting to know each other online, the online dating picture literally creates your first chance to meet someone and hook their interest — dating website e notes that profiles with pictures are nine times more likely to receive communication than those without.
But how can you choose from the variety of snaps on your smartphone to find the one that could lead to love?
DO: Take A Selfie (If You're A Gal) The researchers seemed as surprised by this as us, but apparently, the selfie, duck face or My Space photo was the biggest hit by Ok Cupid users in terms of context. DO: Grab An Animal (If You're A Guy) As for men, the favoured context for a headshot was one featuring a guy with an animal, whether a pet or even one at the zoo.
Flirting away from the camera, however, was the least favoured expression.
DO: Get Serious Away From The Camera For men on Ok Cupid, the most favoured expression was an unsmiling face that looked away from the camera — possibly, they theorized, because it gave an air of mystery.
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