We are friends, Crystal and Jesse, from Portland Oregon and we have spent almost a year photographing ourselves dressed up as our favorite online dating profile stereotypes.


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What began as a single funny idea to spoof the classic "guy holding a fish" for Jesse's dating profile, quickly turned into a full-time endeavor to recreate all the best stereotypes.

When I, Crystal, first signed up for online dating I immediately noticed a trend regarding male profile pictures. I was so perplexed by the number of guys with photos holding fish that I started taking screenshots of all I found. Within a couple of weeks, I had more than 200 screenshots. Shortly after Jesse asked me if I would take a new profile photo for him, and I thought it would be hilarious to take one of him holding a stuffed toy fish. During that photoshoot, we passed by some horses on the street, and Jesse took a few frames of me as "girl with horse". And so the project began.

"I find the online dating psychology fascinating," says Jesse. "You see people from all walks of life; people you wouldn't normally see inside your social circles, and yet throughout them all, there are so many recurring themes."

The project is intended to be taken lightheartedly. Online dating can often be exhausting and disheartening. This silly project helps to keep it feeling light. If we can't find the humor in it, why do it? We are all in it together, cliches and all, and Jesse and I are making fun of ourselves just as much as the whole idea.

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#1 The Holding A Fish Guy

The Holding A Fish Guy

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Hayley Ness 3 weeks ago

I think Jesse and Crystal should go out together- they match each other’s sense of humour!!

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#2 The Which One Is She Girl

The Which One Is She Girl

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BREAK YOUr perceptions 3 weeks ago

podiatrist? look for the one with the healthiest feet?

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#5 The Jumping In A Bikini Girl

The Jumping In A Bikini Girl

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Misterscooter 3 weeks ago

As a parent, my first thought is, "I hope she's wearing sunscreen because that skin hasn't seen sun in a while."

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#7 The Creepy Snapchat Girl

The Creepy Snapchat Girl

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Nigel Rodgers 3 weeks ago

Should have had rainbow puke in the toilet bowl too!

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#8 The Unimpressive Yoga Pose Girl

The Unimpressive Yoga Pose Girl

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Hallak65 3 weeks ago

When I see a pic like this, I always hear the I need a man from Eurythmics :D

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#9 The Pot Smoker Guy

The Pot Smoker Guy

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Victoria Jolley 3 weeks ago

the jackass or the one trying to "make friends"

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#10 The Muscle Mirror Selfie Guy

The Muscle Mirror Selfie Guy

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Samantha Lucy 3 weeks ago

I can't stop looking at the insidiously big nipples O_o

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