Dating Profile Review: Rate My Profile, Rank My Dating Photos, Dating Photo Analyzer, Rate My Pictures For Dating Apps, Photo Feedback, Dating Photo Critique
As an online dating photographer and profile consultant, I have spent more than 6 years helping folks (here in the San Francisco Bay Area), across the country (Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City) and internationally with their dating profile, app choice, bio, photo and appearance makeovers.
My focus is to help relationship-focused individuals improve their chances of meeting that special someone online and offline. In addition to photos, I work on all aspects of a profile to make sure your photos will be used effectively alongside your app choices, bios, etiquette, prompts, answers and other existing photos.
As a dating profile expert, I provide guidance on realistic expectations based on your demographics, opportunities for improvement and highlight the areas for improvement to minimize self-sabotage. A recent trend I have noticed is putting too much weight and effort into getting the best scores on rating sites like Photofeeler.
Unlike professional headshots, dating photos have a different look and feel to them and signal different things based on app choice, answers to prompt, profile completeness, answers to prompts and messages sent. They should be candid, natural, imperfect, slightly grainy, self-deprecating, warm, approachable, and slightly vulnerable.
Before you update your photos or begin taking new photos, read this review on Photofeeler so you are aware of its limitations and biases.
WHAT IS PHOTOFEELER? HOW DOES PHOTOFEELER WORK? IS PHOTOFEELER FREE?
Photofeeler is a tool that allow you to receive a score and some limited feedback on your photos primarily for dating apps, business professional purposes i.e. LinkedIn or social media. The service is free but in order for your profile to be shown to others and receive feedback, you have to provide votes and feedback as well to other profiles, photos.
The more you do so, the more feedback you receive (karma credits). Users select the outlet for photos (business photos, dating photos or social media photos) and wait for the results to come in. If you want to accelerate the process or don’t want to rate people you can buy credits.
Although photos will not show up on Google Search results, that doesn’t mean people cannot save or screenshot photos. Anything you put up on the internet is subject to being stolen, misused or saved. Photofeeler only measures looks with respects to photos and not actual appearances.
Many attractive people take bad photos and many not so attractive people can take good photos. It’s important to understand the context of photos and nuances of how photos are taken and when.
PHOTOFEELER SCORES & METRICS
Photofeeler ranks photos on a scale of 1 to 10 on 3 metrics depending on the type of photo.
Business (likable, competent, influential);
Dating (attractiveness, trustworthy, smart);
Social (authentic, fun, confident).
IS PHOTOFEELER ACCURATE? PHOTOFEELER REVIEW
While I think Photofeeler.com is a good source for feedback on photos (especially when compared to getting no feedback at all), there are some things you want to be aware of before following advice blindly on those photo ratings.
Limited to Photos Only. While there are different lenses you can narrow your focus on (professional i.e. LinkedIn, dating profiles etc.) on Photo feeler, it does not offer personalized feedback on your app choices, bio, captions, messages etc.
Good photos can only take you so far and plenty of folks self-sabotage their chances through app choice, photo order, bios, messaging etc. Additionally, different dating apps require different types of photos to be successful. What might work on Tinder may not work on Bumble or Hinge.
Read this post on what your dating profile photos signal.
Location Bias. This can lead to inflated scores. There are more people in big cities like Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and San Francisco etc. and your photos will be reviewed and scored by all including smaller towns with possibly lesser differentiating expectations. Not to say there are not attractive people outside larger cities but you should be judging yourself against people you are interested in meeting. Politics, lifestyles and background go a long way in factoring into scores.
Selection Bias. Most people on Photofeeler are coming from a position of needing help themselves. Many are new to dating sites, others have been on dating sites for years without success. If you needed help with your 3pt shot would you ask Klay Thompson or would you ask people coming off the bench from the Knicks? Know your sources. Either way, there is more to you than just photos and you need to have context in terms of your lifestyle so you can not only get feedback on photos but understand where you can improve.
Subreddits like r/IncelsWithoutHate use photofeeler as their default tool for rating themselves and rating others.
Privacy. Anyone can view your photos on Photofeeler. While you will be showing your photos to people once you are on a dating site or app, you don’t want to expose bad photos of yourself right off the bat without some feedback. Some people do not want to expose their photos to the public more than they have to and this is enough of a reason to seek help from a professional vs. the public.
Context. Some photos will do better on an app like Tinder vs an app like Coffee Meets Bagel. Whether you are on the fast track for a long-term relationship or looking for something casual, it is important you know how to market yourself and understand what your photos signal.
User Credibility. While some users might have experience or even success on dating apps or getting high scores, some folks are merely looking to get feedback themselves and will blast through scores as quickly as possible and not take the time to thoughtfully review each photo. There is little to gain from helping others on a platform like this when others are viewed as competition.
Score. Reducing your looks, photos, appearance and date-ability to a single score can be misleading and dangerous. Assigning a score reverts society back to rating people ala the days of beauty competitions, and high school immaturity. Many people suffer from negative and bad comments on sites like this which can affect morale and confidence.
Don’t let your self-worth be associated to a subjective score, you are more than that. Photofeeler attractiveness scores only consider existing photos, it cannot provide guidance on how to take photos going forward and how to round out your profile to complement existing photos (for help with choosing the right photos for your profile check out this intro guide).
In order to do better on dating apps, it’s not about improving your scores but rather looking at everything including app choice, profile fatigue, bios, answers to prompts, messaging and more. Focus on whom you want to attract and work on becoming that person to attract said profile rather than focusing on getting the highest scores possible.
You attract who you are, not what you seek.
Rating Individual Photos vs. Telling A Story. Ranking individual photos is not helpful in that you can’t assume sum of the parts equal the whole. It’s quite possible to get high scores on headshots but that doesn’t mean you should use headshots. Also, sites like this don’t tell you what photos you should add to a profile.
How To Improve Your Scores On Photofeeler. It’s quite possible and easy to improve your scores on Photofeeler. Aside from physique, other things that can improve your score are smiles, wardrobe, environments, poses, variety of photos, photo captions, photo order and lighting. Read more on how to look more attractive in your photos.
HOW TO PAUSE YOUR PHOTOFEELER TESTS, HOW TO DELETE YOUR PHOTOFEELER PHOTOS & HOW TO DELETE YOUR PHOTOFEELER ACCOUNT
1) Go to ‘My Tests’ and pause any tests you have going on by clicking the pause symbol.
2) Once a test is paused, the pause button then becomes a delete (trash can) symbol from which you can click on to delete the test.
3) To delete your photo altogether after you paused your tests and deleted your tests, go to ‘My Tests’ and select new tests. The new screen will display photos in your account from which you can delete photos.
CUSTOM, PERSONAL DATING PROFILE REVIEW
If you are looking for your own personal, dating profile review that goes beyond photos but location, age, orientation, what you seek, bios, answers to prompts and dating app choices, you have come to the right place. Read more about my offerings here: https://eddie-hernandez.com/online-dating-profile-critique/
Additional Reading: Tinder Smart Photos (Pros & Cons, Should You Use It & More)
About Eddie Hernandez
Eddie Hernandez is a professional photographer (based in San Francisco, travels to Los Angeles, Chicago, New York etc.) specializing in natural, candid online dating photos. Featured in the SFGate, ABC7News, East Bay Express, Salon; contributor to Good Men Project, Plenty Of Fish and Meddle. In addition to photos, he provides guidance around app choice, bio optimization, messaging techniques, wardrobe advice and date ideas. https://eddie-hernandez.com/contact/
For other helpful online dating tips check out my blog for more helpful advice: https://eddie-hernandez.com/blog/
Online Dating Frequently Asked Questions (Photos, App Choice, Wardrobe, Messaging, Bios and More): https://eddie-hernandez.com/online-dating-frequently-asked-questions/
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