Posted by Michele “the Matchmaker” Fields
I’m writing this Post to emphasize and explain two important aspects of this service and your profile when you become a client.
The two most important areas are also the ones most clients have difficulty with. First, your pictures for Bon Jour Matchmaking. My clients are quite savvy and know when the pictures are professional which they discount immediately because of the better lighting, make up and photo shopping. So I request snapshots. I need both head and full length. Most of the people just try to find their various pictures on their computer and use those which often leads to me saying that I need them to get with a friend (or whomever) and take a bunch of photos in various outfits and send me the best ones. This should not be that big a deal but people seem to get very frazzled with this process. It is to the client’s benefit to have pictures that are clear, current, uncluttered with other people and places and most people end up doing just that. Remember, I want you to succeed! Giving me pictures that are more “Internet dating services” type pictures will not be well received by clients and are not appropriate in most cases for Bon Jour.
The second very important component is the Narrative that a new client writes shortly after the interview once they have viewed multiple profiles and read their Narratives. I am very specific at what should and should not be included in this. It is all of half of a page, however again people lose their minds over this. You all went to college and worked a lot harder at assignments than this requires, however many people have a tough time getting this right.
The purpose of the Narrative is to pull the whole picture together, including information that is not addressed elsewhere on the profile. It is in the case where a prospective match who is on the fence will fall towards you because of information contained in that Narrative rather than away from you. I just want you to succeed.
That is why you chose Bon Jour, for the coaching and assistance but also because of the pictures and thorough profile information.