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How to add the best possible photo to your online personal ad

I read this amazing statistic that states that 24.3% of singles have used or are currently using online dating services or personals to meet someone. Wow. Right now there are 15 major subscription-based online matchmaking sites, as well as thousands of smaller, more specialized ones. Like myself, many of my friends have or are giving it a shot, and the last two weddings that I’ve attended were for couples who met on online dating services.

So now that we’ve established that it’s becoming quite the viable way to meet someone, let’s say that you’ve decided to give online dating a try. Okay?, good.

You probably know the basics of how it works. You join up, and you create a profile, which consists of telling a little something about yourself, and/or answering a series of questions, which could be anything from your eye color to your philosophy on Eastern religious practices. But what you might not know is that adding your photo to your ad can mean the difference between getting a big fat bunch of responses or hardly any at all. You literally have 12 times more of a chance of getting a response with a photo than without, and I do believe this to be true, because when I went crusing through the ads, I didn’t even bother to look at any without photos. I wouldn’t want my blind dates to be *that* blind, you know?

Getting Your Picture Taken

Okay, so you’ve decided to add a photo. Now you have a few options to consider. Do you go get a glamour shot from the mall? or do you have a friend who’s talented behind the camera?. A friend with a digital camera is even more preferable because then you have less steps from camera to computer. If you already have a great photo of yourself, then you can always get it scanned at a local copier place for next to nothing. They give you an image on a floppy, and you upload it onto your computer. The dating sites will alter and resize your image for you if you can’t do it yourself.

If you do decide to get your pictures taken from scratch, then remember a few important details. Never have your picture taken if you aren’t in a really great mood, because it always shows. And have as many taken as possible, so you have more to choose from – rest assured, even supermodel shoots work this way.