Social Media Portraits

Social media is a powerful platform in both our professional and personal lives. It goes without saying that having a good profile portrait is a key part of sending out the right message to our audience. Whether it's LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook or Tinder, a good profile portrait will open doors for you and help you extend your social reach. 

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Enhance your social media profile 

Social media is all about connecting with others. In order to create a more personal experience for the person viewing your photos, it’s important to be authentic. Use an up to date portrait that is both flattering and on-brand.

Online dating photographer
Social Media Photographer

 Online dating photography

When it comes to creating a good first impression people are more savvy now than ever before. Whether your preference is Tinder, Bumble, OK Cupid or RSVP, your online dating profile portrait will be the first point of connection between you and a potential partner. It therefore needs to be flattering, engage the eye of the viewer and convey a genuine sense of who you are.  

Putting time into your own personal branding by creating good profile portraits can instantly change the way in which others perceive you. 

Social Media Portrait shot outdoors with natural light.

Social Media Portrait shot outdoors with natural light.

Advice for first timers

If you’re undertaking a professional photo shoot for the first time, it’s quite normal to feel a little overwhelmed.  For this reason, I provide step by step on-camera direction. I’ll be taking you through the same techniques I use when I shoot professional models for the magazines, from how to achieve a natural pose to how to project energy in your photos. 



Why choose Kiren?

Having worked as an editorial fashion photographer for the last 25 years, I was fortunate to be one of the pioneers of online dating photography in New York in the early millennium. I’ve seen online dating evolve from a discreet and once taboo practice to something that is so common and a part of our everyday lives. I love working with people and enjoy using the skills I’ve acquired working for fashion magazines and model agencies to help the everyday person look their very best in front of the camera.

According to LinkedIn, viewers are 21 times more likely to click on a profile that has a photo than one without one. However having no profile portrait is still better than having a bad one.
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What to wear

Having two decades of experience as both a renown fashion photographer and a professional model, I’ve spent a lot of time casting people as well as being cast myself for various TV ads and magazines. It’s given me a fist hand insight into what goes on in the minds of people when they are viewing profile pictures and assessing potential candidates.

When deciding on what to wear, my advice is to choose clothing that is flattering to your physique and colours that compliment your complexion. If you wish to look slimmer, wear darker colours and avoid white. If you wish to look more genuine and convey trust, wear mid-tone blue. On-line dating is a visual medium, so it’s worth investing a bit of time into what you’ll be wearing on the day of your shoot.  

If you're including 3 outfit changes, show diversity by styling them from casual to semi formal. Add more dimension to your outfit choices by layering your clothing. Include everyday props such as hats, scarves and bags. Remember, on-line dating is not meant to be like a job interview, so avoid anything too formal or corporate. Finally, feeling comfortable in your clothing choices will help you to feel more confident and relaxed in front of the camera. 

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Hair and Make Up

Like clothing, hair and make-up for your social media portrait is going to come down to your personal style. As a guide, simply apply the same amount that you’d wear if you were meeting a friend for lunch at a nice cafe.

For women, you’ll want your skin to look fresh and vibrant. A common mistake when undertaking social media photography is for women to over compensate and wear too much make up. While wearing make up may make you feel more confident, wearing too much will make you look more formal and less approachable. Try to avoid powder and foundation as it will make you look older and flatten out your features. Issues like skin blemishes can be retouched afterwards. Long hair is best left down or tied back in a low tail. Having your hair up tends to look too formal and less approachable. 

For men, simply apply lip balm, some hair product and make sure you get a good night’s sleep before the day of your shoot. If you don’t already have a good personal grooming routine, try drinking up to 2 litres of water a day in the lead up to you shoot, as well as exfoliating and moisturising your skin. This will help deliver a fresh healthy glow to your appearance. 

If you intend to get a hair cut, book an appointment at least 5 days before your shoot. This will allow your hair time to settle back into it’s natural shape.


As everyone's social media requirements are different, I recommend emailing me for a range of options and prices.  

Turn Around Time

Jpeg files from your social media portrait session are usually ready within 3 business days from your shoot date. You can easily view and download these on-line. There is no need to come back twice or sit through any sales or viewing session.

Online Dating Portraits - What to Wear. Tips and Advice on Social Media Portraits and Photography.