Preferably, i feel that a list of the latest books, seminars and/or classes, movies, radio, and television would be more useful to have a good profile of than the pic since what goes in must come out.
The prettier the pic, the less likely i am to think he's "real" since character only has a slight bit to do with a man/woman,'s character. Thus, a Ken doll type pic is not going to interest me half as much (or at all) as a list of favorite literature, etc . . .
I am not saying that I feel that this makes them an unappealing person, only I am confused as to why a person would put up a photo (as their profile photo) that makes them look upset (or other less flattering emotions). Then, when I have looked through some of their photos (if they have more) often times I find that they have other pictures that are much kinder and they look so much more 'smiley' and happy.
So I guess my question is... Do you think that a profile picture should be given extra consideration?
*side note* I am in no way trying to sound judgemental, I am only trying to see if others share my appreciation of fine photography.
Avoid taking cell phone or computer camera "selfies." They are too close resulting in wide angle distortion of facial features and unless taken outdoors, the flash often washes out the detail and natural contours of the face. Have a close friend or family member take several dozen images of you because your expressions will be more relaxed and natural, as opposed to a stranger taking them. Take them outdoors on a cloudy or overcast day~ the soft overhead lighting is much more flattering. Be conscious of a distracting background, and take full length and more closeup head and shoulders. Avoid bright sun (no sunglasses!), because you will be squinting, and if facing away from the sun your face will be in a shadow. You don't need an expensive camera as long as you follow these basic directions. Again, NO selfies, NO bright sun, NO sunglasses, NO flash.
As Dave commented here, "What makes a person pick up a Book.... an interesting Cover or Title, right?" You want someone scrolling through profiles to stop and open yours. In photojournalism this is called "Visual Impact in Print."
Well yes, of course, more attention should be paid to the profile photo (yours is charming!). I hasten to add, I wouldn't be careless regarding any photos posted. To me, it's kind of like a resume or c.v., in that we try to make everything absolutely perfect for its purpose. Best foot forward, and all that. Extra pictures get extra points, because they can add delightful information about your family and interests.
For my part, I made an appointment for my son and me at a studio, and let the professionals take over. I'm very happy with the results. Not too expensive, considering we are talking about attracting a mate for life, I think.
Finally, and I don't want to sound like a scold, but for those who post no photo, you get no response from me, sorry. And if you post a photo, make it your best, and if you don't have a best (and I didn't - I mean, how good can iPhone pictures be, really?), consider a professional. They will bring out your best, and that's what you want, isn't it?
Thank you Angela for a great question.
Oilers or Flames? Cordially yours, from your fan of the Red Wings, Doug