Before setting up as a dating photographer, I spent 8 years dating online. Yes I did say 8 years. And 3 of those years were spent scrolling through pages and pages of crappy photos of guys who, despite using some of the worst photos ever taken, were in actual fact trying to impress and woo women. Incredible. You can see how I spotted the niche for my business!
Over those 3 years scrolling through some of the worst photos ever created and dating some of those guys, I became good at decoding what the dating photo actually means which I thought I’d share with you here to make your online dating experience a little easier.
Dating Photo Decoder
The man with no photo – this guy is dog ugly, married or a teacher & doesn’t want to be spotted & mocked by his pupils… or all of the above
The guy posed next to a sports car – this guy is insecure about his manhood & he’ll flirt with other women in front of you
The guy pictured mid sky-dive so you can’t see his face – he’s dog ugly but adventurous
The guy pictured snow-boarding so you can’t see his face – he’s dog ugly but he’s cool
The guy sporting a massive beard – he’s either a hipster using last year’s photo, a bird watcher or a history teacher
The guy who is wearing a hat – he’s bald
The guy who is wearing a hat posed next to a sports car – he’s bald, insecure about his manhood and will flirt with other women in front of you
The guy posed on a yacht – he’s wealthy, a control freak and under 5’ 5”
The guy posing with no top on – he’s kinky, proud of his manhood and will hit on your sister
The guy posing with a dog – oh he’s good. He knows how to attract women. He’s probably fairly emotionally intelligent but may still check out your sister when he thinks you’re not looking
The guy wearing a suit – he’s never going to leave the office in time to make it to that family birthday dinner
The guy wearing a cowboy hat – he’s bald or American or kinky (or all three)
The guy wearing a Columbo style mac – he’s had his photo snapped as he’s on the way home from an S & M club on a Sunday lunchtime (true story)
The guy posing with a child which is clearly not his own – he’s trying to be as smart as the guy posing with the dog but he’s getting into dangerous territory. Never mess with a woman and her hormones when she’s dating.
The guy holding a beer – good time guy, will flirt with other women behind your back and don’t bank on him making that family birthday dinner either
The guy holding a child in one arm and a beer in the other – I saw this for real and frankly I’m thinking run for the hills
Don’t miss out on all the amazing content that Saskia is pumping out on her sexy new website, the Daily Mail, Time (yep, she was recently featured), Match.com UK and many more.
She puts her extensive online dating experiences to good use on her blog, and also organizes dating workshops that focus on helping people create irresistible dating profiles. Even if you hate having your photo taken (like me) Saskia makes you feel like a star and you actually end up never wanting the shoot to end (I know, I did one with her last month!).