📸 Skai Chan Photography

Professional Dating Profile Rebranding Photographer in Singapore

Professional dating profile rebranding photographer

What is Dating Profile Photography?

Dating profile photography is a photography category that caters for users of online dating apps and websites, such as Tinder, OkCupid (OKC), Bumble, Coffee Meets Bagel (CMB) and Facebook Dating.

As looks are one of the most important criteria for attracting interest, the pictures used in a dating profile are crucial to success. It makes sense to create better dating pictures.

Rates & Packages for Dating Profile Photography


Up to 1.5 hours: $400

Additional Hour: $150/block hr
  • 🌞 Natural Light photography
  • Up to 3 outfits & 2 locations
  • Pace of shoot: Slow

  • 9-12 photos
  • Basic Edit (exposure & colour correction)
  • Digital copies (high resolution JPG)

Special Requests/ Add-Ons
  • Get back remaining good photos:
    +$50 (subject to availability)
  • Same-day photo edit:
    +$50/photo (subject to availability)
  • Expedited photo edit (3 days after shoot):
    +$50 (subject to availability)
  • Privacy of photos: +$50
  • Dating profile vetting & guidance services: +$100

Personalised 1

Up to 3 hours: $600

Additional Hour: $150/block hr
  • 🌞 Natural Light photography
  • Up to 5 themes/ outfits
  • Pace of shoot: Slow

  • 15-20 photos
  • Basic Edit (exposure & colour correction)
  • Digital copies (high resolution JPG)

Special Requests/ Add-Ons
  • Get back remaining good photos:
    +$150 (subject to availability)
  • Same-day photo edit:
    +$50/photo (subject to availability)
  • Expedited photo edit (3 days after shoot):
    +$150 (subject to availability)
  • Privacy of photos: +$150
  • Dating profile vetting & guidance services: +$100

Personalised 2

Up to 5 hours: $800

Additional Hour: $150/block hr
  • 🌞 Natural Light photography
  • Up to 7 themes/ outfits
  • Pace of shoot: Slow

  • 27-36 photos
  • Basic Edit (exposure & colour correction)
  • Digital copies (high resolution JPG)

Special Requests/ Add-Ons
  • Get back remaining good photos:
    +$250 (subject to availability)
  • Same-day photo edit:
    +$50/photo (subject to availability)
  • Expedited photo edit (3 days after shoot):
    +$250 (subject to availability)
  • Privacy of photos: +$250
  • Dating profile vetting & guidance services: +$100

Hairstyling & Makeup

$180 /Female
$120 /Male
  • 1x Hair & Makeup Artist (HMUA)
  • Up to 1 hour
  • 1 Look (Hairstyling for a neat look & Makeup)

  • Add-Ons
  • Follow through the photoshoot: +$60/hr
    (subject to availability)

Details: Hair & Makeup Artist (HMUA)

The basic package is suitable for people who are looking at getting some good-looking casual fashion photographs of themselves to present their best looks to their target audience.

The personalised packages are for people who see the need to create various themed images to present themselves for better understanding of their personalities and hobbies. They require more planning, including outfits and locations to be covered within the timeframe.

I lean towards personalised dating profile photography for I personally think it's more interesting and enriching to potential dates.


All booked duration

Includes changing of equipment, wardrobe, makeup, hairstyle, and travelling (if applicable) during the shoot.

Please read

(1) Checklist for hiring a photographer, (2) FAQ and (3) Service Agreement before making enquiries.

Ideas and advice

Will only be given to serious clients after a booking fee is being placed.

Contact me now for a customised package tailored to your personal needs.

Your Goals: What Do You Want to Achieve from Your Dating Profile Photoshoot?

Get More Matches

You want to look your best so that there's a higher chance to get matches. Having interesting photographs can further score points.

At the same time, you don't want to upload bad photographs. You need someone with experience to guide you and look out for errors.

More and more of your competitors are uploading better photographs. You don't want to be left far too behind.

Meet Up with Your Matches

Having interesting and meaningful pictures on your dating profile will help greatly in securing a date.

Each picture can aid your potential date in creating topics that can spike up the conversation, or at least, be an icebreaker.

Your professionally planned and taken pictures will create interest for your potential date want to meet up with you.

Reduce Wastage of Time

Let your potential dates understand you more.

It can be very time-consuming, energy-draining and expensive, and sometimes hurtful, to keep meeting people who likely won't be interested in you. Of course, if meeting up with new people is your hobby, it's a different case.

It's much more efficient to narrow down your potential dates in your limited time. Rather than wasting your time, utilize them in finding more potential dates instead!

The pictures you upload can help your potential dates to find out more about you. They not only help to connect with your potential dates before the actual meet-up but also allow unsuitable ones to "filter you off", in order not to waste time.

This is extremely useful for dating app/ website users who are looking for a long-term relationship.

If your primary goals are above,
you should contact me to assist you with your dating profile.

Dating Profile Photography

Online dating profile photographer

Dating apps and websites are very useful and common platforms to find dates and make friends. Due to the huge number of users, everyone is simply one of the many choices of others and thus it can be very difficult to attract others' attention. To increase the chance of getting a match, extra effort must be made to fill up his/her dating profile in order to impress the target audience.

How Do I Make My Dating Profile Stand Out?

The most important part of a dating profile is the photo section. A picture speaks a thousand words and this is especially true for a dating profile. A user may be looking through hundreds of dating profiles over a short period of time and the attention span will be very low.

Let's be realistic that the majority of people care about the looks of their partners. Fortunately, most of them wouldn't be expecting their future partners to look as charming as a celebrity, but rather, someone reasonably comfortable to their eyes at the minimal. Therefore, having good pictures is important.

For dating profile photographs, the quality means both presentation and level of impact. That means the photographs must not only look good but also be interesting enough to catch your viewers' attention - it requires more than just photography skill - coming out with good ideas. Apart from showcasing flattering photographs of yourself, you need to let your admirers know you better, and you need to attract the right people who truly appreciate you so as to not waste your effort.

In this IT era where most people own a phone camera, there's no excuse not to include at least one self-picture on a dating profile. We are no longer looking for a pen pal. No matter how good or bad one may look, he/she has to reveal the true self. It's also a form of respect for others.

One of my clients went to a professional dating coach and the first and most important advice he received was to get some professional photographs taken for his online dating profile. He then approached me.

Why Do People Hire a Dating Profile Photographer?

No matter how good you look in your appearance, you will need your pictures to be taken. There are various reasons why you should hire a dating profile photographer instead of doing selfies or asking a friend for help.

  1. Selfie is tedious and unflattering
    Taking your own photographs is tedious and may not look flattering. In the worst case that you've to do a selfie, your phone camera may make your face look fatter and less appealing.
  2. Selfie gives a bad impression
    Selfie gives viewers the impression that you're a loner who has no friend to help you to take a photograph. After all, popularity is an attraction factor and most people are naturally drawn to people who are more popular.
  3. Avoid troubling your friend
    If you were to seek your friend's help to take pictures for you, you will be troubling him/ her. Instead, a professional dating profile photographer is hired by you to do the job and it won't make you feel bad.
  4. Avoid being judged by your friend
    Furthermore, you may feel awkward admitting to the use of the photographs. Your friend may judge you, openly or secretly, unlike a professional dating profile photographer who truly understands the need for using good quality photographs for your dating profile.
  5. Better photo quality for better impression
    Using better-quality photographs does give your viewers a better impression of you. Unless your friend is a good photographer or he/ she happens to snap a lucky shot, you're not going to get very good quality photographs. Get the correct person (dating profile photographer) to do the job.
  6. Speed up your experience
    Make yourself stand out from the huge number of competitors. Hiring a professional dating profile photographer would help to speed up and increase the chance of you getting a suitable match.
  7. A gift for yourself
    Some of my clients have never done a photoshoot in their lives. They take their dating profile photoshoots as good opportunities to experience doing a photoshoot.

What Makes Skai's Dating Profile Photography Services Stand Out?

  1. Professionally taken photographs for your dating profile
    Firstly, you must have seen the quality of my work before you would even want to find out more information from me and therefore I thank you for appreciating my work. You will receive very professionally taken photographs that look natural. My proficiency in creating great photographs that focus on the model is the most suitable photography to showcase you to the community. You can look charming, stylish, charismatic or even mysterious; the professional photography equipment and technique would do the trick.
  2. Personalised photo ideas for your dating profile
    I've been customising photoshoot ideas throughout my photography journey because I believe in creating unique work. Your dating profile pictures, apart from being professionally taken, will be customised and planned together with you, based on your need and background. Customised photographs can help to reveal and highlight the positive aspects of yourself. The professionally taken photographs would be eye-catching and also give a good vibe. Overall, these would make your dating profile valuable and appealing to your potential dates.

    What I truly wish to create are unique images that would not only look great (requires excessive planning) but also speak more about yourself. Next, I also emphasize making the photographs look natural, such that your viewers can't determine that you've hired a professional photographer.

    Eventually, your target audience would also feel your sincerity in you.
  3. Avoid the wrong photographs
    Sometimes, it's not just about sharing the correct photographs on your dating profile; you have to also avoid posting the wrong photographs. My research and experience in dating profile photography can help you with it.
  4. Inputs from both genders
    Throughout the planning and post-production phases, whenever I'm in doubt, I would wink at my assistant/ consultant (my partner) who's very supportive of my passion. I may get advice from her, including culling the pictures to seek the best and most suitable ones. It's a luxury to get opinions from both males and females, which would further polish your dating profile.
  5. Advice on your dating profile (optional)
    I have a great interest in making friends through dating apps/websites, which I have been researching on; this experience would help to determine what are necessary to create a better dating profile for you.

    As I have been a naïve guy my entire life, a "professional" Casanova friend has been highlighting my mistakes. Therefore, I hope I'm able to help more good people to avoid making my past mistakes as well.

How Some Other Photographers Do Dating Profile Photography

  1. Fashion shoots
    I've seen the work of some dating profile photographers from overseas. One of the styles is simply to take some fashion photographs of their clients looking good - many professional photographers can do this and I do receive requests for such kind of photography services for their dating profile pictures as well.
  2. Mass production
    Another dating profile photography style is a mass production where a few settings/ backdrops/ backgrounds are created to be reused by all clients.

    For example, the photography company would rent an expensive car for a few hours and the clients would take turns to be photographed with the car to give a fake illusion that the clients own the car. The cost of the car rental is included in the package, which is shared among the clients. Of course, the package will include other set-ups as well.

    This is doable in countries with a huge population and unlikely to work in Singapore due to the low demand.

    On the other hand, I strongly prefer creating customised photographs for individuals that are more related to their lifestyles and not mass production of extremely deceiving themes.

Online Dating Profile Examples

The best dating profile pictures may not suit everyone. What I'm looking at is customising dating photo ideas that fit you best. The followings are some of the ideas that I would be looking into when customising your dating profile photographs.

Please note that we may need a heart-to-heart conversation and discussion before I can propose the photoshoot for you. You're also welcome to give your suggestion.

General Dating Profile Picture Ideas

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Show off your hobby

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Share your lifestyle

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Show off your big heart

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Be a little cool or sexy

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You can look professional

You may like to look at more examples of bespoke photography that I have done.

Dating Profile Sample for Guys - 1

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A decisive man wins the hearts of the females.
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Many women desire a man who can cook.
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Endurance and persistence are attributes that women value.
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I am..
An outdoor person who keeps a healthy lifestyle because I wish to provide lifelong security and happiness for my future partner.

I'm accommodating and can even spend time in the kitchen with you to learn to bake new food.

My job requires me to learn a martial art; a free and dedicated bodyguard for you.

I can assure you that I'll treat you better than my beloved car if you're adventurous enough to explore life with me.

I like..
Keeping myself fit and occupying my free time doing volunteer work.

I'm a lover of the diecast model car collection and you should see them for yourself.

I appreciate my date..
To be herself and enjoys every moment with me, including laughing over the silly jokes that I might sometimes make, or perhaps, not make.

Sharing the same interest as me would be a big bonus. Of course, you should meet me over coffee to discover more of our common interests that might surprise you.

Dating Profile Sample for Guys - 2

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Music charms the way to a girl's heart.
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Knowledge is sexy, so is the enthusiasm to learn, such as picking up a new language.
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A man who's comfortable in his own skin radiates confidence.
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A playful guy is so much fun to be with.
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A man who balances well is able to focus on his priorities.

Dating Profile Sample for Guys - 3

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Whenever a challenge arrives, keep cool and keep smiling, because you can overcome it.
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Fun and adventurous hobbies draw interest from others.
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Knowledge is wealth; so is the drive to be aware of things.
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Music charms; smile charm hearts too.
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It requires patience and love to take care of little things.

Dating Profile Sample for Guys - 4

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A unique and tasteful appreciation for music draws curiosity.
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Music & zen; love and peace.
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Different ways to express oneself signal more room for communication.
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A calm mind and an eagerness for learning show good progress.
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A well-dressed man is charming.
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Fun-loving guys never make girls bore.
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Bikers are known to be cool and adventurous.

Dating Profile Sample for Ladies - 1

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The key to a man's heart is in his stomach
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Music shows manners while a fun-going personality is a charm.
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Yoga is a healthy lifestyle; gracious moves attract guys.

The Dating Profile Photographer

Why Does Skai Do Dating Profile Rebranding?

  1. Love helping people
    I'm Enneagram Type 2 - The Helper. Giving is receiving. If I were born with a silver spoon, I would be doing full-time volunteering work. Some friends may call me nosey but I do love doing matchmaking. It's great to help people find happiness.
  2. Experienced the frustration of lack of good photographs
    I experienced problems with presenting myself through photographs when I was using online dating websites and apps. Although photographs could impress my potential dates and allow them to understand me more, I didn't want to trouble my friends to help me with photo taking. Taking good self-portraits isn't simple.
  3. Single no more
    Being single most of my life and after being through a few relationships, I've finally met my soulmate (not through Dating App though). This inspires me to dedicate my life to helping others.
  4. More meaningful photography
    I've been helping people to increase their confidence by making them look good in photographs and documenting memorable events. Helping others to create their best dating profile photographs brings the purpose of photography to greater heights.
  5. Show case my photography skill & creativity
    Photography has always been my passion since young. No matter how skilful a photographer is, it is useless when people don't get to see his work; just like a great product that isn't known to others. Through rebranding dating profiles, my photography can reach out to more people.
  6. Create more varieties of work
    Through dating profile photography, I can get to do various different photoshoot themes for each individual; it helps me greatly in expanding my photography portfolio and satisfying my lust for photography.

How Would Skai's Past Experiences Help to Rebrand Dating Profiles?

  1. Photography skill and creativity
    My years of focus in photography are about beautifying people with the most flattering lighting possible and customising unique and interesting concepts that stand out from the rest. You will receive pictures that are flattering, eye-catching and natural.
  2. I've done large varieties of photography genres
    Unlike some very established professional photographers who have been focusing on a certain genre, such as headshot, wedding, boudoir or corporate photography, I've been trying hard to maintain my passion for photography by doing different interesting genres and themes. Therefore, I'm ready to make you look sweet, cute, cool, beautiful, edgy, charming and any look you wish to portray on your dating profile.
  3. Easy lifestyle poses for you
    I've been working with mainly non-professional models and if they can do it, you can do it too. You don't need to pose like a professional model because my photography style is towards lifestyle - something natural and non-posey.
  4. Bespoke photography
    I have been helping people to customise photoshoot concepts that suit them the most. There's no single concept that would suit everyone and thus every photoshoot has to be personalised.
  5. Experience in using dating profiles
    I was a frequent user of online dating websites and apps for over 10 years, making countless friends. My years of experience and frank exchanges of knowledge with others, especially the opposite sex, will be very useful to other users to receive more matches.
You should view my portrait portfolio to have a visualised understanding of how my experiences would help you.

Skai's Experience as a Dating Profile Photographer

  1. The Beginning
    I began doing dating profile photography officially in early 2021, after enjoying months of love showered by my partner and also after years of being a "busybody" with my friends' love lives.

    I screwed up the first few enquiries partly because I basically had no idea what kind of packages people were looking for. I quickly pieced up what people would want, which, at the same time, would be both doable and affordable.
  2. Towards more fun customised shoots
    My first few clients were simply looking for pictures to be taken, which I felt would have less impact. I could only try my best to make their "fashion shoots" more interesting.

    As I loaded up more information and tips onto my website, I started receiving more clients who understood the advantages of creating more personalised photographs. This helps me to maintain my passion because I would get to do more fun and meaningful photoshoots instead of simple fashion photoshoots.
  3. Excellent clients, excellent personalities
    I've worked with clients who are charming in appearance. I get to verify that regardless of looks, people simply need photographs of themselves to be used on their dating profiles.

    Based on my unbiased observation, most of my clients have great personalities. They are very nice people whom I would consider "good catches". All they need is the opportunity to interact with their potential dates to showcase their inner charm. I'm certain that rebranding their dating profiles with better and more suitable pictures would increase the chance of them being "swiped right" by their potential dates. Eventually, it still depends a lot on luck.
  4. Short-term relationship seekers
    As my dating profile photoshoot is personalised for every individual, I would seek honest details from my clients, including their goals. I've come across people who are seeking short-term relationships and they do have their own valid reasons. For one, he's an expat and might not stay in Singapore for long, and thus he didn't want to have any commitment. Most people make decisions based on their past experience and own situation, and thus it's not good to make any judgement without finding out more. I'm also drawn by individual stories and would love to hear from more people.
  5. My knowledge grows with clients
    I'm glad that many clients have done lots of research on creating good dating profile pictures. Many of them were excited and generous in sharing their findings with me. I was delighted to find out that the pieces of research/ opinions verified my beliefs. At the same time, I did learn more new things from everyone, and my knowledge piled up little by little.
  6. Meaningful photography
    My focus in photography has been mainly on creating artwork, which not everyone would greatly appreciate. These people may not resonate with photography lovers who simply love their photographs to be taken. Some of them would comment "Nice pictures, but so what?"

    After I got my girlfriend involved when I was working with an elderly who was seeking a life partner, she told me photography was a meaningful job.
  7. Private albums
    One of my biggest struggles in dating profile photography so far is that most clients prefer paying extra to keep their photographs private.

    This means that although I've done many interesting themes with my clients, I'm not able to publish many of the cool images online to show off. At the same time, since I can only afford to take up a limited number of projects each month, it reduces the number of new albums I can show to my potential clients.

Clients' Reviews for Skai

I don't specifically get my clients to state what kind of photography we have worked on because some people are rather sensitive about hiring a dating profile photographer. You may like to go through my testimonials page and get a feel of how my clients feel about me, my services and my work.

Dating APP & Website Reviews

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They ain't only for looking for dates.

A weird fact: my primary use of online dating websites and apps wasn't for finding a date but rather, was for making friends. I was simply too busy with my work and my obsession with photography required me to source for potential models to create unique photoshoot concepts. Nevertheless, I found some models and good friends via dating platforms.

I met an ex-girlfriend via OkCupid. The relationship lasted over a year, which ended due to the difference in our life priorities. Apart from that, we were very connected in every other way. Therefore, I strongly believe in the use of dating apps to find true soulmates.

OkCupid (OKC)

Dating APP - OkCupid (OKC) profile photographer

OkCupid was one of the first dating websites I embarked on. It was my preferred website for many reasons.

The two best things I like about OkCupid was the questionnaires and the "unlimited" character input.

The questionnaires, including very sensitive questions (optional), allow users to understand each other very well. It also has a powerful and useful "point system" to help members to check their capability rating.

The unlimited words allow users to introduce themselves beyond "256 characters" so that the users can be very detailed. Users who are serious about getting a date would tend to put more effort into their dating profiles and thus OkCupid is attracting such people.

OkCupid also has options for users to indicate if they're looking for friends, short-term relationships, long-term relationships and hook up. It's pretty clear.

OkCupid allows users to send others a message apart from just swiping right. The recipient will get to see the message while deciding whether to swipe right or not. This greatly increases the chance of the members who make effort.

However, OkCupid has started limiting the number of "likes / swiping right" within a period of time.

Business model: You can pay to get onto their A-list (membership), which allows more search option to filter their users, see a full list of users who have already liked you, check if your sent messages have been read... etc.


Dating APP - Tinder profile photographer

Tinder is one of the most popular choices for people who are looking for a date or even flings.

I personally feel it's very picture-driven as there's character limitation on the profile, which makes it unique in a way. Let's be realistic that most people care about looks. Basically, every user has tried to win over the viewers (who bother to read) over a short introduction.

The best thing about Tinder is its somehow huge user base. You can have more selections of profiles, although you are limited to around 50 rightward swipes/likes per 12 hours.

The thing I hate most about Tinder is its "passport" system that allows foreigners to virtually move to your country. Unless you're finding a pen pal, the unsuitable matches would drain your energy and waste your likes. The popularity of the APP attracts a lot of scammers and bot-created fake accounts.

The feedback I've gathered regarding Tinder is that there are far too many people who are looking for hook-up, ONS, FWB, fling, and DTF.

Tinder has its web platform as well but I encountered bugs when I last used it and thus I was using its Android APP in the past.

Business model: Tinder allows you to pay in order to get premium services. It allows unlimited likes for a period of time. It also allows you to undo your decision if you accidentally swipe left on a potential date's profile. Other than these, you will get extra daily super likes to let your potential date know instantly that you're into him/her. If you were to pay for a longer membership period, the rate is cheaper.

Coffee Meet Bagel (CMB)

Dating APP - Coffee Meets Bagel (CMB) profile photographer

Coffee Meet Bagel is more similar to Tinder but its system of showing only a small limited number of profiles every day makes it very unique. The system tends to attract people who are more serious about finding a partner to use it.

A user will be presented with a list of 20-plus profiles daily to accept or reject. The user can even choose to accept or reject all profiles.

The limitation of choices may force its users to be more careful in making their decisions. Since there are only "a few profiles" to vet through every day, it's less tedious and would encourage more users to log in daily, unlike Tinder, which users may decide to take a break at times.

Business model: Coffee Meet Bagel allows users to buy "beans" in order to "swipe" on more users on an additional browse list. Of course, the list of users who are presented to you is probably the most popular users (I'm a programmer) who are usually better looking.

Facebook Dating

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Facebook Dating is one of the latest players. Its advantage is that Facebook has an insane number of users and thus the potential of Facebook Dating can be of a big threat to other more established APPs.

However, since it's late into the game and it's already striving into different markets (for example, Facebook Gaming), its reach to its existing users may be diluted.

I did try Facebook Dating for a few months when it first started but the excitement of having a new strong competitor to force the industry players to improve soon vanished.

Perhaps, in a small market like Singapore, it's more difficult to kick start. In my limited experience with Facebook Dating, the female profiles I saw were mainly work permit holders (foreigners). I personally feel there will be a huge cultural difference.

The 5000-Dollar Love-Seeking Story

A good friend of mine has been seeking a life partner. He has a stable civil servant job and he also owns a car. He is decent-looking and has a righteous character.

One day, he shared a story with me and my partner that traumatized us. He sought help from a matchmaking agency that he paid around $3000 to get meetup opportunities with five potential dates. He ended up paying an extra $2000 for opportunities through another dating agency but none turned out well.

What went wrong with the matchmaking sessions was that none of the potential dates actually met his stated criteria, which I would consider very minimalistic and realistic. His main requirement was that the potential date had to be sporty. Not only did the dates' appearance differ far from the sporty image, but they were also upfront that they weren't into fitness at all.

Basically, he has received nothing from the approximately 5,000 bucks experience and all the high-class meals he paid for. My partner suggests that if he has spent a small portion of that sum of money on building his online dating profiles, he would, at least, have received something. Over time, his online dating profiles would have garnered interest from some potential matches.

I'm not indicating that matchmaking agencies cannot do a good job; in fact, I think a decent matchmaking agency can help a lot, given that the members are generally serious about finding their life partners; it would increase the chances of every member. However, I personally prefer online dating platforms where every user can reach out to more potential soulmates and there is transparency.

This story inspires me to bring forward my dream of helping people to find their life partners, by rebranding their online dating profiles.


General Dating Profile Questions

  1. Should I hire a photographer for my dating profile?
    Yes, you should definitely hire a dating profile photographer if you are serious in getting more matches. You don't have to hire me - although I sincerely hope I'm able to help you - but do get yourself some professional pictures.
  2. Are professional dating photos worth it?
    Yes, they do help to increase the chance of you getting matches. Just imagine you are scrolling through other dating profiles to select your matches, good photographs would certainly draw your attention more. This applies to other users who are scrolling through tens or hundreds of profiles daily.
  3. I'm a female. Can I hire a professional dating profile photographer as well?
    Yes. Females have the right to showcase their charm and allow others to understand them better.
  4. I'm an elderly. Can I hire a professional dating profile photographer as well?
    Yes. The most senior person I have fortunately worked with is a gentleman in his 60s.
  5. Do I need to be good-looking to do a dating profile photoshoot?
    No, everyone, regardless of looks, deserves the right to do a dating profile photoshoot.

    However, do be realistic about the results of the photoshoot - I can help you to create more flattering, eye-catching and meaningful photographs but I can't make you look like David Beckham or Marilyn Monroe.
  6. I'm just looking for a short-term relationship and not a soulmate. Can I also hire a photographer for my dating profile?
    Yes. I have had the opportunity to talk to many friends and clients about their goals in using dating apps. I don't think it's good to judge people based on their personal preferences due to their unique circumstances.
  7. Is hiring a professional hair and makeup artist (HMUA) necessary for a dating profile photoshoot, including for guys?
    An HMUA would highlight the good features, improve vitally and conceal flaws on the face to an extent. Areas of concealing may include scars, dark eyes rings and uneven skin. The amount of transformation, of course, would depend on the existing conditions of the model. Overall, hiring a professional HMUA helps to improve the quality of the photographs.

    Although the overall makeup for a female and male may not be exactly the same, the basic goals are the same. Thus, guys are encouraged to hire an HMUA as well.
  8. How many photographs do I need for my dating profile?
    Between five to nine good photographs with different themes/outfits is a good number to present yourself since all dating APPs and websites limit you to a certain number of photographs. Of course, the more themes/outfits you need, the higher the photography price you will have to pay since more time and effort will be required from the photographer. The photographs should include at least a close-up and a full body shot, which can showcase your look and build.
  9. Do I need skin-retouching (add-on services) for my pictures?
    There's no right or wrong answer. However, I would advise people, especially guys, not to use it, not because I don't want to earn more bucks from them, but because it's costly (much more time is needed) and I prefer keeping dating profile pictures totally natural. It's not good to hide imperfections from dates and end up disappointing them during the first meet-up.

    On my part, I would try to find the most flattering natural light at the venue to make the skin look better on the pictures. Of course, that would require your full cooperation and understanding, which may require hard work to walk around the venue to find the best spot with the best lighting possible.
  10. Which is the best place to take dating profile pictures?
    There's no best place! There are many places in Singapore that we can consider. However, I would need to find out more from you before I can make any recommendations. On the other hand, you should feel free to share some of your ideal places with me.
  11. Do we need many locations for the photoshoot?
    Not really. The fewer locations, the better it is - in terms of time and energy saving - because travelling is a terror.

    The focus has to be on you and thus we don't need to emphasize the background for most of the themes. Therefore, if we were to shoot multiple themes within the same area, I will try to make the backgrounds look different and not easily be identified.
  12. Many articles claim that it's not good to be too flashy. However, can I show off my body in one of the photographs?
    It depends on your goal. Share more with me and I will give you suggestion(s) on something that can show off your body in a less try-hard way, which can be accepted generally.

About the Dating Profile Packages

  1. I'm interested in your dating profile rebranding services, what should I do next?
    (1) Do look through my rates to have a rough understanding of what you will be paying for so that you won't get a price shock and waste both our time. (2) Next, contact me so that I can understand your requirements. (3) If you're okay with the final quotation, place a booking fee to confirm my services. (4) We will then discuss about the photoshoot, which may take quite some time - be patient and open! (5) We will arrange to do the actual photoshoot and the remaining fee will be paid at the end of the photoshoot. (6) I will send you a link to download the photographs once they are ready.
  2. Is there a student discount?
    No. If my effort, time, equipment and talent aren't being properly paid, I won't be able to continue to provide the services.
  3. Why are there so many photographs in each of your packages?
    Whenever possible (if the photographs are really good), I'll try to give you extra photographs (more than one) for each theme/outfit for you to select and also, use them at other places, such as your social media accounts. Do take note that for your dating profile, it's best that you don't use more than one picture in the same outfit/ theme/ styling.
  4. Can I include a formal/ corporate headshot picture in the package?
    It depends on the purpose.

    If you require a formal picture for your LinkedIn profile or passport/ IC, do consider taking up a professional corporate photoshoot instead. You don't have to hire me for your corporate profile photoshoot but please at least do it more professionally, because it greatly affects your image. The dating profile packages include only the use of natural light, which isn't ideal for a corporate photoshoot that requires high-end photography to produce more stunning and professional-looking photographs.

    Besides, do take note that if the main purpose of the photoshoot is for your dating profile, I will prioritise the shoot for your dating profile. This means that the lighting, angle, background, props, styling and poses may not be the most optimal for other usages.

    I personally think it's not very good to look too formal in your dating pictures. Of course, it depends on your target audience.
  5. Can I propose the themes to do?
    Sure. As you probably know yourself better, it's good that you can come out with ideas as well, and we will discuss if these ideas are doable.
  6. Do I have to purchase new clothes if I have a limited wardrobe?
    I usually advise people to use what they own. Of course, if you have super limited clothes, then it's good if you can purchase more for your daily use. As a dating profile photographer, if I think your outfits are bad, I will give you my honest opinions. If they are really very bad, it will be good to buy new ones. It's up to you whether you want or not, and I can only provide you with advice - I can't force you to spend extra money. Eventually, whatever clothes you want to buy, they must be something that you like and that you will wear it.

    For example, if I want to take dating profile pictures for myself and I don't own any formal working clothes (I'm a photographer!), I won't want to buy any just for the sake of using it ONE time. However, if it happens that all my sports outfits don't look nice, I will buy a new set for my dating profile pictures because I know I will be using it for my workout and thus putting it to good use. Anyway, I will TRY to use whatever clothes I have, because my future dates will be seeing me wearing them in near future. So, whatever I have are likely clothes that I feel comfortable wearing.

    So far, most of my clients don't have to purchase new outfits. Even simple t-shirts can be presentable enough.
  7. Do the clothes have to be neatly ironed with no creases?
    If you want to wear a formal shirt, of course, it needs to be neat; otherwise, if the clothes are casual ones, just make sure they aren't too crumbled. Anyway, the photographs are supposed to be natural and they aren't supposed to be perfect.

    If you have the time, you can iron the casual ones too. However, from my experience, most of the guys don't do it, except for their formal clothes.
  8. Why is only the use of natural light included in the packages?
    Firstly, I want your dating profile pictures to (1) look like they are taken by relatives or friends, and not a professional photographer. Secondly, doing high-end photography requires (2) too much time and it (3) lacks mobility; remember that we likely need to cover a few looks and locations/ spots. (4) Next, I want the focus to be on you and not the scenery; I need not use my professional lighting to help to show details of the sky or background to impress (but distract) viewers. (5) Lastly, it's more affordable to use natural light compared to professional lighting (high-end photography).

    I may bring a speedlite (without any light modifier or light stand) along for certain planned indoor themes, to be mounted on top of the camera only.
  9. Will the professional dating profile pictures look different from my true self?
    No, I don't want your date to think "my tinder date looks nothing like picture". My aim is to make you look better by presenting you in the best angles possible and depending on your budget, with the aid of a hair and makeup artist.

    Therefore, the packages don't include the use of professional light or advanced editing (skin retouching).
  10. Will the dating profile pictures help me build a successful dating profile?
    Having good and suitable pictures can increase your chance of success but it doesn't guarantee it.
  11. Is there any success story that you can share?
    My role is to take photographs to improve the dating profiles of people who have sought my help, and by no mean the photographs can guarantee any success. None of them is required to update me on their progress, especially since some are simply looking for a short-term dating.
  12. What will I get from the dating profile vetting and guidance services?
    I will go through one of your dating profiles on CMB, Tinder, OkCupid or Facebook Dating, and let you know what can be improved - the writing and existing pictures.
Please also check out the main FAQ for hiring a photographer.

Do you have very few matches on dating apps and websites like Tinder, OkCupid or Coffee Meets Bagel (CMB)? Do you wish to improve the number of your matches? If you wish to increase your chance of getting a partner, contact me.

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