The Best Way to Get Great Online Dating Photos If You’re Camera-Shy

You want to do online dating, but you’ve spent most of your time hiding from cameras.  You’re camera-shy.  I am too.

In fact, that picture is me, avoiding the shutterbug StupidRanger at GenCon 2009.

So when you NEED pictures for your online dating profile, but you HATE being in front of a camera, what can you do?

Hire a Friend

You can pay a professional to snap photos of you, but if you’re camera shy, they might come out with that awkward, forced, “I’m smiling now for the camera” smile.  Those don’t look good.  You might get a few that are salvageable, but if you’re a real camera-phobe, it’ll be tough.

Get a friend who you trust not to make fun of you.  Put a semi-decent digital camera in their hands.  Then you’re ready for step two.

Pick An Activity

Go out and DO SOMETHING – playing D&D, jamming on Rock Band, jazzing it up with your saxophone, tossing a ball with your dog.  The important thing is that it’s an activity you can do for a while that will demand most of your attention.

Feel free to use multiple activities on multiple days with different outfits.  (The outfits thing is pretty important – it’s always a little weird when someone’s photos are all the same clothes…)

Have Fun!

Have a blast doing whatever it is that you do.  Pay no attention to the friend with the camera.  Just do what you’re doing and put all your focus on that.  Out of 100 pictures, you’ll probably get 2-5 that are AWESOME, 10-50 that are meh, and the other half that are either awful or hilarious.  But all you need for a great set of online dating photos are those 2-5 awesome ones!

I leave you with a pretty funny picture – me laughing my ass off at something that happened during Out of the Box Roleplaying at GenCon 2009.  It’s most likely the fault of Bartoneus.  Photography by the beautiful and Fit4GenCon StupidRanger.

About e

Since 2008, E. Foley of Geek’s Dream Girl has been helping geeks from around the world find love. She writes amazing online dating profiles for her fellow geeks and guides them through the perilous waters of the dating scene and out the other side. She's totally proud to report that she's even caused a couple geek weddings! She lives in Maryland with DaveTheGame, her adorable cats, Mr. Peanut & Don Juan, and Titania, Queen of the Cocker Spaniels. (Email e, or follow @geeksdreamgirl on Twitter.)

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