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 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.