The main criterion, when choosing a partner through the marriage site, is the photograph. A bad photograph will make even the most beautiful of people go unnoticed or even be cast aside. A quality and professional photograph is therefore imperative for attracting the maximum amount of attention. Make sure you use the services of a professional photographer and try not to use photographs that have been taken by an everyday camera. However, if for some reason you cannot afford it, then read the following recommendations carefully on how to make the best of your own camera shots.
Remember, though, that the setting for the photo-shoot is extremely important; it should not take the emphasis away from you but, at the same time, it should not be dull or boring. Apartment interiors which contain sofas, cushions, wall carpets, soft toys, books and such like are definitely not suitable. That said, if you have the opportunity to take the photograph in a stunning, contemporary home then, by all means, make the most of the opportunity! It is best if the backdrop is monotone.
Always pay attention to the lighting as it should always be sufficient. The best type of lighting is natural light or sunlight. Insufficiency in natural day-light requires electric lights. Be sure that the light is not cast downwards, but focused on you. Choosing the correct lighting is the key to getting a good photograph. This reinforces the point that it is best to place your confidence in a professional.
Pay attention to the environment, your outer appearance and your attire which should not be too extravagant. Play around with the contrasts. Take several photos in various clothes and poses and also in different places. You don’t have to just take photos in the home; you can also take them outside, provided the setting is stunning and you can get an artistic shot. That said, I will stress again that it is best to entrust a photographer with this, his professional flair will ensure the very best of photographs.
4. Variations of smiles
You must look gorgeous in the photograph as well as intriguing, alluring, confident, approachable, self-assured and dignified. Try taking a range of shots; some with beaming smiles, some with half smiles and some with hardly any smile so as to give your appearance a certain mystique. Serious, stern faces and expressionless, unfriendly appearances do not attract people’s attention. Neither do haughty and cold looks. If you don’t know which pose to go for, then have a flick through your photo albums or women’s magazines beforehand and replicate what looks best in front of the mirror. Do not be afraid to improvise during the shoot, put on some upbeat music or chat to someone to prevent you from feeling self-conscious.
5. Style of clothing – how to choose the correct one
An extremely important factor in obtaining a great photo is your clothing. Your attire should be not too dressy but it should also not be too plain. Your clothes should not be overly modest but, at the same time, they should not be excessively flamboyant. Dresses, pinafores, different styles of skirt and blouse as well as stunning tops are perfectly suitable. Nobody can prevent you from wearing jeans or trousers, however, at least try to avoid this masculine type of clothing on your photos. Don’t wear too much jewellery and it is best not to wear a ring.
6. Fitting of clothes and its colour
Your clothes should be appropriate. They should not be body-hugging. Your clothes need to suit you and draw attention to your assets while concealing your inadequacies. Buy yourself something new after a consultation with someone in the shop. Also ask for men’s opinions as to whether the clothes suit you or not. Don’t wear clothes that are multicoloured or too bright. The colours of the clothes should be pure, gorgeous and should be suited to your face, eye colour, skin tone and hair colour.
7. Don’t overdo with cosmetics and hairstyle
Don’t wear too much make-up and don’t go for elaborate hairstyles. If your hair is long, the best thing you can do is to wear it loose and leave it natural. This gives an excellent representation emphasising what men value the most: women should look feminine and elegant. Wear make-up so that it looks natural and is hardly noticeable. If you wear layers of slap, then it is difficult to see your face. Your face should be fresh and pure. Your photograph should show off your true nature.
8. Photos on different days
Don’t just take one photo on one day. Take several shots over several days. This way you can change your disposition and the photograph accordingly so as to get the very best look. On different days, you can invent different scenes and settings for the shoot; in time you may even come to enjoy this hobby and take many more beautiful and fascinating photographs.
9. For women: do not ruin your chances – be modest
Never submit an extravagant, explicit photograph if you are searching for a husband; men want modest and respectable wives. The photos that are not modest can put off any of your potential groom, as man looking for a life partner, naturally prefer decent and modest lady.
10. For men: successful look
Men look best when they are wearing an outfit with a tie, or a shirt with trousers. Young men can get away with wearing jeans and a smart t-shirt or pullover. Don’t wear sporting attire as it is a goofy look. It is best not to take photos with an expensive car in the background; this might look very appealing to gold-diggers. These types of photo show that the man is a show-off and wants to attract a frivolous, money-grabbing lady. Also, be careful not to show photographs with a bare torso as this comes across like you are non-committal rather than showing off your amazing physique!
11. Add at least 3-4 photos of different types
Put several photos of yourself on the site. Try submitting one photo that only shows your face, one that shows off your whole body and finally, one that is your favourite. Make sure that your head is not cropped in the photo and that your feet can be seen in the one of your whole body. Have several great photos on standby as they can be sent off to potential partners with letters of correspondence. Photos can ensure the best chance of contact and can help your partner to know you better.
12. Be critical, seek for advise
The quality of the photo is very important, since, without a good quality photo you can go unnoticed or even be cast aside. We urge you to be critical of the photos that you place on the site. Ask for people’s opinion; your friends for example. It is important that the photo is a good representation of you so that you can be seen in the best and natural light.
And last, but not least – as soon as you get a chance, use the services of a professional photographer. The huge increase of responses and interests expressed will make you regret you did not do it before.