This page is for the folks that need extra help with their profiles—specifically their pictures! As mentioned in the main pages, there is no one-size-fits-all for a profile. But, there are a few rules that you should follow.
First, make sure that you have created a profile according to the research outlined on the
If you have all of these already added, good. Here are the additional things that you can add to your profile pictures to increase your match/like count:
Head-and-shoulders, or head-to-waist photo
Full-body photos take people's attention away from what matters most: Your face and upper torso. Furthermore, keeping your photos focused on what people care more about will make you appear more attractive [1, 2]. Don't use full-body photos.
Jawline with a shadow
This mostly for the men reading. Your jawline can look even sharper by using an overhead light to cast a shadow downwards from your jawline. A nice jawline is attractive, so keep yours looking clean [1, 2].
Dark-colored suits, light-colored button-downs
The contrast between the dark suit and the light color button down is attractive to most people so keep in mind what you wear in your photos. Contrast what you wear.
Symmetry is nice to look at to a point. But, some asymmetry goes a long way when it comes to how people evaluate photos .
Try looking away from the camera or have one sleeve rolled up. It works.
If you need more help with your photos, check out these links.
They're not listed in any particular order so if you really need help, read them all.
What Research Says About the Best Profile Picture | Buffer
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Top 10 Profile Photo and Portrait Hacks Based on Science - Neuromarketing
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