Online Dating Photography – Tinder Pictures

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Do you need professional portraits for your Tinder or online dating profile?

Your picture is the most important part of your online dating profile

People will read your online dating profile only if they are attracted or intrigued enough by your profile picture. If not, you will be swiped left and they will never find out how wonderful your personality is.

Everyone is scrolling through photos on dating websites so quickly, you only get one chance to make a good impression. Studies show that the average time a Tinder user looks at a new profile is about half a second. Make it count.

A professional online dating photo will make you stand out from the sea of blurry selfies and awkwardly posed snapshots.

I will help you make a great first impression

That is all that really matters. A great first impression. Enough interest or intrigue for the viewer to pause and read the rest of the profile.

If you’re nervous or unsure about doing a portrait session, I don’t blame you. I don’t like my pictures taken either, and I’m a photographer. It’s not something that we do every day. Well, unless you are some sort of Instagram star, but then you wouldn’t be here, would you?

I am a portrait photographer

I photograph people for a living and I know how to make them look their best. Having photographed hundreds of portraits and headshots I can assure you that even models and actors get nervous in front of the camera. The best advice I can give you is to relax and leave it to me.

I will direct you with posing, help you with wardrobe choices, find the best angles to take your photographs. But most importantly I’ll make you comfortable and relaxed in front of the camera. You’ll go away with great images and you may even enjoy the photo session. Most people do.

Depending on the option you choose, you may have a number of headshots, half and full body pictures, and you can use them not only on your Tinder or dating profile but update your Facebook or LinkedIn profiles as well. If all that sounds good to you then email me to book your online dating portrait session.

Do you need help choosing or buying your clothes?

Stylist and personal shopper

If you’re worried about what to wear to your portrait shoot, I have a solution for you. A personal shopping assistant for your online dating portrait session.

A personal shopper

A personal shopper will meet with you at a shopping center, have a chat with you about your preferences and about the look that you like. They will then go shopping with you for up to 3 hours, which should be plenty to get what you need. They will suggest the shops that will have the right type of clothes, they will suggest the styles, the color combinations. They will also make sure that the clothes that you are buying actually fit properly and are suited for you.

The idea is to find 2-3 full outfits that you can use for your portrait session and of course for your everyday life. You want to have some variety in your portraits and you may take this opportunity to update your wardrobe with some new, stylish clothes.

If you are interested in the services of a wardrobe stylist or a personal shopper, please let me know in your email and I will organise a shopping assistant for you that will help you look your best for your portrait session.


Option 1


  • 30 min photography
  • 1-2 different looks
  • 15 of the best images
  • Delivered electronically within a week

Option 2


  • 1 hour photography
  • Up to 3 looks
  • 30 of the best images
  • Delivered electronically within a week

Option 3


  • 90 min photography
  • Multiple (4+) looks
  • 50 of the best images
  • Delivered electronically within a week

Option 4


  • Half day photography
  • Multiple (4+) looks
  • Multiple locations
  • 100 of the best images
  • 4 retouched images
  • Delivered electronically within a week
  • Makeup artist for the entire session (optional) add $350

Stylist and personal shopping assistant

Up to 2 hours with a stylist and a personal shopping assistant who will help you choose the right clothes for your session.


Tell a story about yourself

If there is one truth that I learned from photographing hundreds of portraits is this:

All men want to look cool and all women want to look beautiful.

First of all – that it is my job as a portrait photographer to deliver it. With Tinder and online dating portraits, there is also another dimension that may be just as important. A portrait should tell something about the person being photographed. A little story that describes them beyond the image itself.

A picture is worth a thousand words

This old saying is true for a reason. I prefer taking pictures of people doing their favorite things; showing off their personality and character. I shot people playing soccer, cricket, American football, reading books, dancing. Of course, these images were not shot during a sporting event. We were just having fun with props during the photo shoot. But these photos revealed a little bit more about the person than just what they looked like.

I encourage everyone wanting to take Tinder pictures or online dating headshots, to show off their skills, talents, passions during the photo shoot. Images shot this way always look interesting and more genuine, and above all, they are a lot more fun to shoot.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What if . . .

I hate being photographed too, and I’m a photographer. It’s just not something we naturally do. Most of us were not born Instagram models. Everyone else gets a little awkward in front of the camera. That is OK and it’s perfectly normal.

It’s my job to put you at ease and to help you relax, and I’m pretty good at it. I can promise you that pretty much everyone ends up enjoying the photography session. You’ll feel like a star for a little while. Nothing wrong with that…

You mean when your friends tag you in a picture where they look awesome and you are half way through your potato chip?
Or because you often have this fake smile on your face, the one your grandma taught you?
Or maybe because you always pose so stiff, like a kid in a school photograph…

– Don’t worry, this session is all about you. I will direct you, pose you and photograph you from angles that make you look your best. These may be the best pictures you have ever taken…

We will shoot in public places as we want to maintain authenticity. However, we’ll find spots with few people so you’ll feel comfortable and confident.

The best solution to this problem I got from one of my clients. The lady lived in northern beaches of Sydney, but requested a photo session in Hurstville. Why? She didn’t care who saw her during the session, because, most likely, she will never, ever see them again.

Send us an email and we’ll help you prepare for the session. Suggest the right type of clothing, shoes, jewellery. We can also organise a personal shopper for you. 

A personal shopper will take you to a shopping center of your choice and help you choose outfits that best suit you.

You really don’t need anything other than your chosen outfits. Maybe a prop that can be used in a couple of images. Something like a football, a book, bicycle, etc. 

The best photographs are those showing you do things that you enjoy.

For women, makeup is a good option. You can do it yourself or get it done in a shop or a department store. We can also organise a makeup artist for you if you wish at an additional cost. 

Often a simple makeup you do yourself and a proper retouching of a few images may be a better option. Makeup hides skin imperfections, a retouch removes them altogether. I do not recommend editing your images that change the shape of your face or your body, however, if you do get things like a double chin or suffer from a bit too much skin acne, makeup will not help you with those.

My retouching will remove temporary skin imperfections much better than any foundation would. I can retouch 1 image for you for $30, or 4 images for $100

If you’re a man, a makeup session is not recommended. It just never looks good. You either wear your pimples with pride, book your session when your skin is good or spend a bit more on my professional retouching.

We’d be happy to organise a makeup artist for you for your online dating photography session. You can get your makeup and hair done before the session, or you can even have an MUA stay with you for the entire time. Help with touchups after each wardrobe change, etc.

Please let us know when you contact us.

We never shoot online dating photos in a studio. We want you to look as authentic and casual as possible. There is a place for studio photography, but dating portraits are best done outdoors.

My online dating portraits are shot around Sydney. In Strathfield area, or close to it. Sydney is blessed with so many great photography spots, but to be honest, portraits can be shot pretty much anywhere.

If you have a favorite cafe or a park, I can certainly accommodate you. Additional cost may be involved if it’s far from Sydney. Please mention that in your message.

I shoot most of my online dating photos in Sydney, but I’m happy to travel. Some additional cost will be involved. Please let me know your location and I’ll see what I can do.

It’s adorable and highly recommended. In fact, we have even “borrowed” a dog from someone in a park for our images before.

Most online dating agencies will not allow pictures of children in dating profiles. However, you could have a couple of pictures with the rest of your clan in your private collection and share them with your prospective partners privately

If you choose one of the longer sessions, you will have enough time and looks to not only do portraits for online dating but also get some nice headshots. You can use them for your Facebook or LinkedIn profile.

Please let me know where you want to use the images and I’ll direct you slightly differently for LinkedIn, which tends to be more conservative and Facebook where pretty much anything goes.

More questions?

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Additional Info

A “look” is an outfit. 2 different looks mean that you can get images in 2 completely different outfits. One could be casual, one more conservative.

30 min

A quick, no fuss photography session for someone in a hurry.

1 hour

More time to relax in front of the camera. More looks, more time to change clothes and more time to get the poses right.

90 min

This session is the most productive. We will have plenty of time to shoot more looks, and different locations too. As many different looks as we can squeeze into 90 min of shooting. You will get more variety of images. Not only online dating photos, but also headshots for your LinkedIn of Facebook.

This session is ideal for someone who wants to register with different online dating agencies. You may want to shoot more conservative images for eHarmony, and something much more casual or sexy for Tinder.

Light retouching means color correction, cropping, removing obvious unwanted marks from the face.

It does not mean slimming, ironing of clothes, tanning, reshaping of the face, removing double chins, etc… All of these things can be done in photoshop, but they are not part of the deal. Plus, for online dating photos, you may want to use Photoshop as little as possible. You still want to look like the picture you posted online.

Having said that, I do offer retouching that would take care of the above-mentioned issues. The price is $30 for 1 or $100 for 4 images.

We can discuss your requirements at the shoot.

I will process the images from the shoot and upload them to your private online gallery. They will be available for you to download within a week from the shoot.

The gallery will have a password to protect your privacy.

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