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    Dating Headshots in Huffington Post

    Dating Headshots in Huffington Post article by dating expert, Lisa Copeland, of Find a Quality Man.

    The article called The 15 Best Do’s and Don’ts for Posting Pictures Online covers the Do’s and Don’t of online dating photos.  As you probably guessed, we at Dating Headshots can discuss that topic for days, so it’s great when an online dating expert reiterates the importance of good photos when online dating.  We’re all visual creatures, so why try and fight it.  In the piece she states:

    DO hire a pro….The advantage of a professional picture is they help you stand out from everyone else on the site. Just make sure the photographer does minimal retouching……If you’re having trouble finding a photographer in your area, I’d recommend checking out Dating Headshots. They know what they’re doing when it comes to taking the pictures you need to get noticed online.

    As our home page states, “90% of dating coaches recommend professional online dating photos,” and this article is further proof of that fact.  Make sure you’re making the right first impression online with great professional dating photos.  Remember, you can use your new photos for any dating site or app, as well as on LinkedIn and Facebook.  Improve your personal brand online can help you get an edge in online dating as well as your career.

    We also agree with Lisa’s statement about minimal retouching.  Just like you don’t want to misrepresent yourself with a 10 year (or more) high school photo, you don’t want to change the way you look with retouching.  We all know that retouching can do scary things like change your face shape, take 10+ years off your face, but if you do those things the guy or gal you’re meeting probably won’t recognize you.  Once they realize what you’ve done to your photos, they will probably end the date quickly and not ask you for a second one.  Never be dishonest with your photos or written profile.

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    8 Summertime Date Ideas to Spark the Romance

    Spark the romance by surprising her with a unique romantic summertime date, here are 8 date ideas to choose from.

    Longer days and warmer temperatures mean there are more options for going outside and enjoying time together. Here are 8 date ideas to romance your sweetheart and have her swooning.

    Pretend You’re Tourists

    Explore your city and its attractions to gain a fresh perspective on what makes your hometown great. Don your best tourist outfit (including fanny pack) and go sightseeing downtown. Get lost in the city, take pictures of each other in front of local popular attractions and visit places you’ve never actually visited because you live there.

    Hit the Farmers Market and Cook Together

    Get fresh produce and support local farmers and artists by visiting a farmers market. Plan a meal that consists solely of the freshest ingredients found at the market. Take the purchased items home and whip up a romantic meal for two together.

    Play

    Channel your inner child with a fun afternoon playdate. Pack your Frisbee, paddle tennis set and boccie balls because it’s going to get competitive. Fill a cooler with snacks, water and cold beer (if that’s your thing), and don’t forget sunscreen.

    Go Rummaging

    Beat the heat by getting up early and hitting yard and estate sales. Get there early to get the good stuff. The Dating Divas suggest having a garage sale scavenger hunt where you create a checklist of items to find while visiting different sales. Items can include a baby swing, tennis racket, self-help book, rollerblades and a board game. You can play the game together to make it a team effort.

    Play Outdoors

    If the weather permits, venture into nature together. Spend some quiet time alone with your girl and Mother Nature by renting a canoe or going on a hike.

    Have a Romantic Backyard Picnic

    All you really need to have a picnic is a blanket, food and good company. But if you want to get a little more creative with your setup, scour Pinterest for food and décor ideas. Here are some suggestions:

    • Set up a patio umbrella to use as a canopy to protect you and your date from the afternoon sun
    • Fill vases with flowers
    • Hang colorful paper lanterns from trees
    • Play soft music (jazz would be a good selection)
    • Set out pillows
    • Serve chilled white wine and a cheese and charcuterie board

    Check out a Music Festival

    Music warms the soul and brings people together. What better way is there to be one with your date than to attend an afternoon concert? And, summertime brings out the musicians. There are thousands of music festivals across the country even in the smallest of towns. Check with your local news station’s website for event listings.

    Go to a Carnival

    Ferris wheels, snow cones and hand holding — that’s a romantic afternoon at the fair. There’s nothing more romantic than meandering the colorful attractions hand-in-hand, laughing uncontrollably on the tilt-a-whirl and winning your date the largest stuffed animal you can hold (or a goldfish — one of the two). Get your kicks at a local carnival for a dreamy day date.

    So there you have our Top 8 Summer Date Ideas, but we suggest that you get creative when thinking of date ideas.  She or he will really appreciate the effort you too in researching date ideas.  Do you have date ideas that we missed?  We’d love to hear about it.  Please let us know your date ideas in the comments below.

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    Single Parent Dating Tips

    If you’re a single parent dating can be hard, but online dating can make it so much easier.

    Online dating sites give you the opportunity to meet many more people than you’d ever have the opportunity to meet rushing from the day care center to work to the grocery to your child’s gymnastics lesson. Time is one thing single parents never have enough of.  For the busy single parent dating can now fit into your busy life after you put your child/ children to bed.

    Dating online makes it easier to fit dating into your hectic schedule – and you should. When you’re a single parent, it’s easy to get lost in your children’s schedules and needs. But it’s important to remember that you are also an individual with needs of your own and deserve to have an adult life away from your children.

    Don’t let fear or guilt keep you from dating. Sure, it’s difficult to tell your children you’re going to go out with someone who isn’t mommy or daddy. But part of being a healthy role model for your children is showing your children how to be a strong adult and demonstrating how parents balance personal needs with child-rearing responsibilities. Preparing your children well before you actually start dating will lessen their anxiety. Talk about feeling lonely and needing friends your own age. Children can understand this. It may be difficult for them to adjust to your dating, but they want their parents to be happy and will adjust in time.

    Before you start dating online, you have to know what you’re looking for. For any single parent dating someone new can be daunting, so be honest with yourself. Are you looking for fun and an occasional escape from the demands of parenting? Are you looking for a fling with no-strings sex? Are you looking for romance? Are you looking for a new life partner? Knowing what you want will help you choose online daters who are looking for the same thing.

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    Online Dating After a Break Up

    Online dating after a break up can be hard, experts and even your friends will tell you that you need to give yourself time to heal.

    However, even if you’re not bitter or brokenhearted anymore it doesn’t mean that you won’t feel intimidated at the thought of going through the process of dating again. Yet, you know that you have got to get back into the dating pool if you want to find love. The idea of getting back out there after a break up can be daunting, especially if you’ve been used to focusing on a relationship and not on attracting new people. Online dating can help you get back out there in small, incremental steps.

    First, the act of preparing an online dating profile is practical and symbolic. It’s practical because having a profile on dating websites will put you on your way to meeting new potential romantic partners. It’s symbolic because even if you do not go out on a date right away, you are declaring to yourself and the world that you want to stop mourning your previous relationship and that you are ready for love.

    Online dating after a break up helps you to see that there are a lot of people out there who, like you, want to meet people. If you were a part of a couple and many of your friends had romantic partners, you may feel like everyone is all set, except you. This is certainly not the case. Online dating serves as an excellent reminder that there are plenty of fish in the sea. You don’t have to settle for being alone, nor do you have to settle for being in a relationship that really is not working for you.

    Prepare your new online dating profile now and start by finding a photographer near you.

     

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    Our Top 4 Tips for Online Dating Safety

    You need to keep online dating safety in mind with the many online dating sites and apps around.

    The discovery of your soulmate could begin with a simple swipe right, but never compromise your online dating safety. The convenience of online dating appeals to all. It provides a protective, cyber wall that lets you screen a person before you even meet them. While online dating may appear to lessen your vulnerability or squelch any surprises, it actually has many of its own unique pitfalls.

    The information you see on a potential love interest’s profile could be entirely made up and some users may have sinister intentions. Make sure you know how you can protect yourself online, so you don’t find yourself in a catfishing or scam scenario. Here are some tips that will help you stay safe in the world of online dating:

    Privacy

    When you meet someone online, online dating safety starts by limiting the amount of information you provide. If they are an online predator who plans to commit any sort of fraud, they will to collect as much information as possible from you. If it feels like someone is pressuring you for very personal details, this is a warning sign. Many people will go beyond the dating site and look you up on all other social sites for additional information. The closer they can get, the more at risk you are. Set your social media settings to private so they can’t gather any information they could use against you. Don’t use your entire first and last name on the dating site, as that is another way someone can easily cyber stalk you.

    Fraud

    Protect yourself from theft or identity fraud, when you engage in online dating. Do not share or post any personal information that provides details related to your bank account, credit card number or Social Security number. Try and refrain from sharing your personal contact information, as identity thieves will often pretend to be your financial institution in emails or phone calls. Utilize an identity theft protection service, like LifeLock, which can help you stay safe from any scams or fraudulent activities.

    Paid vs. Free Dating Sites

    There are many advantages and disadvantages that come with both free and paid online dating services. On a paid dating site you will get better quality of services, find more active profiles and meet people who take their involvement seriously. Paid sites also help weed out those who commit online fraud. These sites require more detailed information for payment and enrollment, which holds members accountable.

    Unpaid sites may only require an email or phone number, which can easily be made up. An identity thief or con artist will not want to pay for the services of the paid online dating site, as it may not be worth the reward, and they will also be wary of sharing any personal details.

    Meeting in Person

    After the first few message exchanges, ask your potential love interest if they can meet in person. If they live far away, offer the option to video chat. It is best to physically see the person you’re interested in, so you know they are how they appear on their profile. If your love interest seems wary of a face-to-face meeting, this is an immediate red flag. A scammer will rarely meet you in person, so this is one of the best methods that will test how genuine they are.

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    Dating after Divorce- Tips for Post Divorce Dating

    Dating after divorce can be difficult.  CNN.com has given tips to people referred to as “gray divorcees.” Gray divorcees are people who have divorced after the age of 50. The news outlet offered online dating tips for people who may have made their last foray into the dating world at a time when dating was much more formal. Older daters may be used to being set up or meeting people at school dances or other community events that they do not attend anymore. After having spent years with the same person, you are not used to having to think about getting to know new people with romance as the aim. For people who are not used to looking for love online, this can be quite an adjustment.

    Your transition into the world of dating after divorce, and many years of being married, may also be an adjustment for your children.

    If you haven’t dated since before you became a parent, your children may be skeptical. One expert gave the parents of adult children the same advice that is often given to the parents of young children:

    “Many gray divorcees have older children who can’t — or don’t want to — picture their parents on dates. When and how to break the news depends on the age and maturity level of the children. ‘Don’t tell the children until it becomes significant,’ Praver [a clinical psychologist] advises.”

    Older daters also have to think about what to call a significant other. Of course this is a minor concern since finding and connecting with someone is really the major hurdle. Some mature daters aren’t crazy about terms “boyfriend” or “girlfriend”. One woman told CNN that she refers to the man she is dating as her “love slave” but noted that this was not something she planned to share with her sons.

    Over 50 Dating made easy! Get the most out of online dating perfect profiles in less than 60 minutes.

     

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    How to Impress on First Date: Strategies for Success

    If you’re in the dating scene, you know first impressions are everything. Everyone’s been on a date in which the other person is rude, speaks loudly or too much, and doesn’t understand the give and take a first date should be in order for the two individuals to get to know each other. While first impressions may be simple for some, even they can learn more. Here are some tips on how you can make a great first impression on any first date.

    Handle Rejection

    Better get this out of the way first, because nobody likes rejection, yet it happens to us all. While rejection may come at the end of a first date, acknowledgement of this aspect of the dating culture is important, as is the way you deal with rejection when it occurs. When you suffer a true loss, it hurts, and you may need time, however, not landing a second date is not a tragedy, just another path.

    If you respond poorly when the person you’ve gone on a date with doesn’t want another, it reaffirms their decision. If you’re gracious and regretful, yet respectful of their decision, it can make people second guess themselves and if you live in a small town you’ll probably run into them again, maybe become friends–and who knows what will happen then.

    Talk, But not a Lot

    Remember the give and take of the first date we talked about earlier? Well, think of your first conversation like the tides–there is a natural ebb and flow when you’re on a first date. Both of you have questions for the other, both of you have passions you (potentially) want to share with this person, but this does’t mean you should bombard him/her with your hopes and dreams, or your life story. Of course, if you touch on a topic you’re both passionate about so much the better.

    Know What to Order

    If you go out for a bite and drink, know what you like. Don’t defer your choice, or pick something you might not enjoy. If you try and send a drink or plate of food back you might come off as snobbish, while if you don’t seem to enjoy your food, it’s likely your date will see this as a sign you aren’t enjoying yourself. Because of this, don’t try something new unless you know you’ll love it. If you meet at a bar, go for a classic like Guinness or Merlot. If you meet at a trendy restaurant, look for main ingredients you know you like, such as a turkey sandwich or a fresh salad, even if it has some unknown items on the side or as garnish.

    Is It Just Someone, or That Someone?

    More and more people find matches over the Internet these days, but make sure when you go on a date with someone you’ve found online that you’re interested in them not just anyone. Read their dating profile and before you meet, think of questions you can ask that person. Your date will appreciate the fact that that you read, and are curious about his/her profile and interests. If you find yourself constantly asking questions and don’t answer any in return, your date may have just been bored and out for some conversation, not interested in you specifically.

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    Online Dating- How to Make it Work for You

    If you are jumping back into the dating pool after the breakup of a long-term relationship or are newly divorced, you may not have any, or at least not much, experience with online dating. Today, all the dating action is online or via an app. When you start exploring online dating websites, you’ll find a mind-boggling number of online dating sites and dating apps to choose from. Many are broad-spectrum and attract daters of all types and ages. Other online dating sites target specific groups, such as suddenly single divorce survivors, college students, people over 60, Christians or other religious groups, specific ethnic or cultural groups and a plethora of others. There are even online dating sites that have an extremely narrow, very specific focus such as Trek Passions, a dating site for Star Trek fans. The point is, there’s an online dating site for every person; although you may have to try a few before you find a site the clicks.

    If you’re new to online dating, it’s important to remember that the ball is always in your court. Despite their promises, online dating sites do little to support their members beyond the initial profile set up (and religiously collecting your monthly fees). To achieve successful results (i.e., a date with someone fabulous), you need to take command of your online dating experience.

    Here are a few things the suddenly single need to know about dating.

    • When you sign up for an online dating site or app — before you hand over your credit card info — read all of the fine print. Make sure you understand the financial agreement, especially billing practices, automatic membership extensions, add-on expenses and how to cancel your membership if you are dissatisfied.
    • Invest some money in a professionally-written dating profile and dating headshot taken by a professional photographer. Taking the do-it-yourself approach by using the tools available on the dating site will severely limit your opportunity to connect with someone fabulous. When people scan online dating sites, your photo has to stand out from thousands of other photos and attract their attention. A professional photographer knows how to manipulate lighting, background and body position to make sure your dating headshot shows you at your best.
    • There’s an art to writing an online dating profile that attracts attention. If words aren’t your thing, consider getting some professional help with your profile. A pro could give your profile the zing it needs to make sure your online dating profile gets noticed.

     

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    4 Tips to Getting a Great Dating Photo

    You’re scrolling through hundreds of dating photos online and on dating apps to find that special someone who captures your eye. Like a slot machine, you suddenly stop at that one picture that captivates you amongst the blur of faces. It’s only then that you start reading the profile to see if it’s someone you would consider taking that next step with. What was it about that particular dating photo that stopped you in your tracks? Maybe it was the way they were dressed, or perhaps it was the expression on their face – or yes, it could just be the way the camera captured their body. Whatever it was, the fact is that a picture does tell a thousand words. Although there are so many other components that are important when it comes to attraction, people are not going to GET to know you if you are not putting yourself out there in a way that grabs someone’s attention. So I invite you to dig deep and ask yourself: Are you getting a “click” with your dating photo? Check out these tips and you will start seeing more action on your profile simply by focusing on your dating image and creating a great first impression.

    Tip #1: Hire a pro to take your dating photos.

    Because an amazing photo results in more people emailing you online, I highly recommend hiring a professional photographer like DatingHeadshots.com who can make sure you look your best by highlighting your strengths, and downplaying any flaws. If you don’t want to splurge on a professional photographer, you can still get a great photo by asking a friend to take a few shots of you outside before 10am or after 3pm when the light is the softest. Avoid trying to take these photos yourself!

    Tip #2: Choose the right clothes and accessories for your dating photos!

    You want your clothes to be sexy and put together, so choose your outfit wisely.

    A few things to avoid:

    • No sunglasses or glasses.
    • No patterns or stripes. They’re distracting and often add bulk.
    • No turtlenecks. They make you look closed off and aren’t particularly flattering.
    • No baggy clothing! Wear outfits that show off and slim your figure
    • Pay attention to your shoes! Women go for a heel with a dress.       Men a nice boot or dress shoe will really pull together even a casual look. And yes, women notice your shoes!

    Whether you’re getting your picture taken by a friend or a professional, change your outfit at least three times during the shoot. Have photos taken in at least one dressier outfit and one casual look. Choose accessories that are simple and fun, but not distracting.

    Also, men and women really respond to color! Try choosing colors that look great against your skin tone and really attract the eye. The most universally flattering colors are blue, green, purple, and red.

    Tip #3: Have the right attitude!

    Research shows that upon first impression (which is in the first 30 seconds of seeing someone), a person’s attitude is one of the most important determining factors of likability and attraction. That is why it’s crucial to make sure you are portraying a positive mood in your dating photos. Avoid bad posture, crossing your arms and being too serious. Instead focus on being approachable and inviting by smiling and appearing confident in your body language.

    Tip #4: Less is more!

    And I don’t mean less clothes! I mean less pictures. Remember you are only as good as your worst picture. You may look attractive in five pictures, but if the sixth picture is unattractive or you look vastly different from the rest, then you may lose your visitor at the last second. It’s not about what your friends would find cute or showing how diverse you are doing various activities. It’s about congruency, sex appeal and what the opposite sex finds attractive. I recommend three or four good shots varying in close ups and full body that puts you in the best light possible.

    Overall, it is important to keep in mind that it’s not about changing who you are so that you look vastly different, but portraying an attractive and sexy image that the opposite sex will find appealing, creating a desire to learn more about you.  Remember, Dating Headshots is here to help you get the best dating photos possible.

    For more tips on how to get Clicks on Your Pics, please check out our videos just for Men and Women.

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    9 Tips to Keep the Spark in Your Relationship

    When a relationship is new, there are butterflies and everything feels new and fresh. As time passes long-term partners might grow weary of the day-to-day, so ways to keep the spark in your relationship are crucial. Don’t let your love get boring! Show your lover you care. Here are 9 tips to keep the spark in your relationship and keep the love exciting.

    Mail Love Letters

    Why not revive the art of letter writing? In a world that is inundated by technology, a handwritten note will definitely let your honey know that you care. Mail it to him or her. This will add an extra touch and element of surprise, which will definitely keep the spark in your relationship alive. Find love-letter inspiration at Letters of Note.

    Go Out

    Work responsibilities, kid activities and the general stress of life can put a damper on your connection and put your relationship in a rut. Set up a date night at a restaurant you both enjoy. OpenTable.com makes reservations easy, even last minute.

    Send Sexy Texts

    Sometimes it isn’t possible to have a date night or take a weekend for yourselves, but that doesn’t mean your relationship is on pause. Send romantic text messages to each other. Get personal. A few flirty words sent throughout the day will be a welcomed interruption for the both of you.

    Dress Up

    Everyone want their boyfriends or girlfriends to notice them. Put effort into your appearance and take pride in your clothing and accessories. Splurge on a classy Coach handbag, a new outfit or a new haircut. This effort will show your significant other that you are still attracted them. Looking good and feeling good will ignite those initial sparks.

    Stay In

    You don’t need to go out to dinner for you and your special someone to go on a date. Cook a favorite meal and eat in the candlelight. With good food and good music in the background, your efforts will not go unnoticed.

    Or keep it casual. Low-key evenings are a fun way to add an extra something to your relationship. Grab the popcorn, chocolate and the beverage of your choice and unwind with a movie you’ll both enjoy.

    Be Intimate

    Sweatpants, dishes in the sink and screaming kids all get in the way of intimacy. Don’t let the sensual part of your relationship slip. Carve out time to nourish that physical connection.

    Go on a Staycation

    Extended vacations are not always possible, but a few days in town might give your relationship the boost it needs. Plan a few nights at a local hotel or bed-and-breakfast. Plan this in the off-season, so you can take advantage of the best deals.

    Air Grievances

    All couples run into problems and need time to vent and share relationship concerns. Take a break from your regular environment and slip into a coffee shop, where you two can discuss issues in a constructive manner. It shows you’re both still willing to put in the work.

    Surprise Him

    Plan a poker night for your significant other at home or organize an evening with the boys or girls where they can enjoy some guy or girl time. Your significant other needs space and a night out with their friends just like you do.

    A long-term relationship can show signs of age, but it doesn’t mean you can’t make it fresh again.  Do you have any tips to keep the spark in your relationship?  If so, please let us know in the comments below.