The Date Photographer FAQ
I hate having my picture taken. Do I have to do this?
Yes. If you're serious about meeting
someone online, you need good pictures. And the picture that
grimacing into your iPhone held at arm's length is not a good
picture. Neither is the one with your ex chopped out, along
with half your arm.
I'm not convinced.
You're sitting there browsing through
profiles. What is the first thing you do? Read the witty
opening paragraph? I don't think
so. You look at the picture. And if the picture sucks --
even if the person is special, interesting or delightful
move on. Now imagine this. Your perfect partner is browsing
profiles. They see yours. Your picture sucks. What happens
I'm a slow reader. Can't we just talk?
pictures do you take?
Usually between 100 and 200.
Can you help me decide what clothes are best?
Yes. When you sign up for your session,
you'll receive an info packet that talks about what to wear.
And when we meet,
I'll be happy to review your clothing choices with you.
Where did I leave my keys?
Check your jacket.
What about provocative pictures?
You know, guy w/o shirt,
girl in bikini?
I don't recommend them. Remember, you're showing pictures
to people you've never met. You want to be subtly sexy, and
best pictures will hint at the mouth watering whatever that
lurks underneath those True Religions. Unless you're on a hook-up-for-sex
site, outright sexy pictures can be offputting. But if you
want 'em, I'll take 'em.
I'm on more than one dating site. Can
I use my pictures on all of them?
What's your favorite whisky?
This week? Johnny Walker Green.
What's the "bring a friend for 25% off" deal?
Bring a friend. You each get 25%
off the price of your session. Both sessions must take place on the same day and in the same location.
What if the light isn't good on the day we take my pictures?
Don't worry. We bring lights.
Do you accept credit cards?
Do you accept PayPal?
Do you accept Girl Scout Cookies?
No. Those are bad for you.
I'm a photographer. I want to be a Date Photographer too.
Send me 5 of your best portraits, a link to your website, your
phone #, and where you live. We'll talk.
What's a Photo Review?
I look at 3 of your pictures and give
you an honest assessment of how they work. If you later choose
to have me take pictures
of you, the
cost of the review is applied to your session fee. And yes,
I'll tell you if you don't need to hire me. Click
What's your guarantee?
If you're not delighted with your pictures, you get your money
I put my new pictures online but I'm not getting any more
Really? Perhaps you need a profile
What's a Profile Makeover?
A professional writer reviews your profile (the words) and
punches it up. Click here for examples.
What's the best chocolate in the world?
That would be Amedei, and specifically
Amedei Chuao. Want proof? Mention chocolate during our session
and I'll give you a sample.
The instructions on my dating site say
that pictures have to be yadda pixels tall by blahblah pictures
wide. Can you make that happen?
Yes. When we deliver your pictures,
we'll tell you
exactly which size to use for the dating site(s) you're
using. If your site isn't on our list, we'll add it.
Once I select my pictures, can
you help me put them online?
Where are you located?
The Date Photographer's studio is in
San Francisco. Click here for directions.
We also have affiliated photographers all over the place.
Studio? Do you offer studio portraits?
Yes. If you're a vivacious person whose
personality shines in facial expressions and gestures, then
a series of classic studio portraits
may be perfect.
Do you come to me, or do I come to you?
Yes. Come to
us and we'll photograph you in our neighborhood. Or, for 29 bucks, we
come to you (your house, your park, your
coffee shop, whatever).
I'm outside of the SF Bay Area. Can we still work together?
Yes. We have relationships with photographers throughout the
country. We select each photographer personally,
and our guarantee and pricing applies no matter where you
are. Please contact us, and we'll introduce you to an affiliated
Date Photographer in your area.
I still have questions.
Write to me.
Click here, put in your phone number, and both our phones will
ring. Ain't the web great?