Want to make a good first impression in the world of online dating? Way back when the Greatest Generation were courting, a good first impression meant attaining a base level of hygiene and human decency.
That is why in cities across America, photographers on Craigslist are marketing their ability to craft the perfect online dating profile picture.
Rhe De Ville, a New York City-based actress and photographer, said she has noticed an uptick in people looking for professional profile photos over the last three years.
“In many ways, it’s kind of like an audition,” De Ville, who charges 0 for her services, told NBC News.
“You can have a stellar profile, but if that photo isn’t connecting with people, it can kill a chance to meet an interesting person.” Pro tip from De Ville: Avoid selfies at all cost.
(She is talking to you, shirtless, flexing men in a club bathroom).
Also, while professional photos are great, stiff headshots aren't.Natural poses are the way to go — ideally in around six total profile photos.Of course, most people don't end up hiring a photographer.For every amateur photo, you might want to download an app like Beauty Box Photo and Facetune.The latter promises the ability to smooth over “wrinkles and small blemishes” with a swipe, “reshape” your face and patch up bald spots.An actual line from Facetune’s website: “No one will be able to ignore your deep, penetrating gaze!