Name: Laura Gub
Position & Company: Founder, MyDatingPhotos.com
Twitter ID: @brandyoumax
Tell us a little about your personal background.
I am an ex model, dating photographer, blogger, with experience in business management and consultancy. I have worked as a fashion, photographic, editorial and life model for over seven years. I have developed a keen sense of style and a strong eye, for the “right” picture.
My years spent as a model have proven invaluable in determining the best ways of introducing oneself effectively, whether online or offline. My deep interest and passion for nowadays’ social dynamics led me to initiate the founding of MyDatingPhotos.com, dedicated to help bring out the best in you, for a better, richer and more exciting dating life.
Can you give a brief description of your new service – My Dating Photos?
MyDatingPhotos.com is a photography service. We provide single and and twin photo shoots for daters. What makes us unique is our all round service that includes:
In addition we provide further assistance through another branch of ours, like:
Why did you decide to create the service? Was there any specific inspiration?
Communicating through photos is a big part of my life. I started modelling at the age of 30. It taught me how to break a genuine smile and how to look into the camera with confidence. It also taught me that it’s all about capturing the moment and framing it right. Working with both professional and amateur photographers taught me the difference between good and bad photos.
I did modelling for 7 years. By then I was a hobby photographer, snapping every scene that caught my eye. I had been online dating on and off for about 8 years. Only a handful of people made an effort to upload really good photos. They were the ones who won dates. Then, when a male friend asked me to take photos of him while on a short break in Rome and afterwards told me how he won dates on Tinder, an idea was born. That idea is now a genuine service that gives people the opportunity to get attention and dates. It is called mydatingphotos.com.
When did you launch the service?
I launched the service on the 13th August 2015.
What are the biggest problems with singles’ dating photos?
The biggest problem with singles dating photos is lack of quality and focus in the photos. Anything goes, poor lighting, odd angles, messy backgrounds and group photos from parties, to name a few.
Why are good quality photos so important?
Good quality photos are important, because the dater’s aim is to, so to speak, win the “role of the romantic lead” in the story of somebody’s life, and as such it’s important to stand out from the crowd.
What are your rates for a shoot?
Our rate for a single photo shoot, (1 person) is £150 and the duration of the shoot is 30 to 45 minutes. The rate for the twin shoot (bring a friend) is £200 and the duration is 60 to 90 minutes.
What did you do prior to launching My Dating Photos?
Prior to launching MyDatingPhotos I worked and I’m currently still working on affiliated services like dating profile writing, consultancy and dating blogs.
What has customer feedback been like so far?
Customer feedback has been very positive. Having been a model for over 7 years seems to pay off. My great advantage in comparison to other photographers is that by stepping on the other side of the camera, but still knowing exactly how the person in front of the camera feels, I can interact with the client in such way that I bring out the best in him or her.
How do you plan to expand your business?
I’d like to expand MyDatingPhotos.com into a national and eventually an international brand, where I can consult with and organize talented people in being excellent dating photographers. Online dating is here to stay, and so is the need for genuine quality photos that give us the chance to make a great first impression.
Find out more about My Dating Photos here.