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Saskia Nelson

The Matchmaker Academy – Are you the Next Patti?

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If you’re anything like me and just a little bit obsessed over Millionaire Matchmaker and fancy yourself as the next Patti Stanger, I have something very exciting to tell you about.

Britain’s top Matchmaker (yes – she has the awards to prove it!) Caroline Brealey has set up the country’s first Matchmaker Academy to teach wannabe cupids the tricks of the trade.

This bespoke Matchmaker Training weekend will be held in London at the super swanky Fox Club on June 13th and 14th and aims to help participants become successful matchmakers by giving them the tools and knowledge needed to make it as a real life Hitch.

I’ve seen first hand how dedicated to her craft Caroline is – she really knows her stuff when it comes to the love business. It’s no surprise she’s officially the UK’s and the world’s best matchmaker as well as the head judge at this year’s UK Dating Awards. So you’ll be in the best hands!

Caroline said: “Since setting up my own matchmaking agency, Mutual Attraction, over three years ago I’ve learnt first-hand how to run a successful dating business.

“Matchmaking is a fantastic career and you have the freedom and flexibility to shape it exactly how you want. Matchmakers work part time, full time, locally or internationally. From their own home or offices. Some operate on a freelance individual basis whilst others run big agencies. Aside from a job, matchmaking is a lifestyle choice.

“People pay several thousands of pounds for a matchmaker and they want a trained professional who will take care of the serious business of finding them love.”

The academy and the certification is going to set the benchmark for all matchmakers in the UK, improving standards right across the industry.

Guest Speakers

I’m going to be speaking at the academy, sharing my insights on how valuable coaching can be within your matchmaking business and as an additional paid service. The other speakers and dating industry experts are -:

Katy Horwood

Katy writes the award winning dating blog ‘all sweetness and life’ and is a dating columnist for Metro, Match.com and several large online dating websites. She will be talking about getting featured in the press, publicity and how to position your blog to sell your brand and bring in clients.

Saskia Nelson

Founder of the successful ‘Saturday Nights Alright’ dating photography business, she is the only dedicated dating photographer in the UK. Not only will you have a mini photoshoot with Saskia and receive awesome photographs (critical for publicity plan) she’ll be talking to you about the importance of collaboration within the dating industry and giving you her expert insider knowledge.

This really is an amazing opportunity to take those steps towards creating a lifestyle business you love – and one that enables other people to find love! Plus you’ll be the first to receive this training, guidance and mentoring that you won’t find elsewhere in the dating industry, so you’ll be at the advantage of getting a real head start when it comes to the nitty gritty biz stuff too.

To get yourself booked in (please let Caroline know you came via me) and for more info, head to http://www.matchmakeracademy.co.uk. Really hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Importance of Online Dating Pictures & my Shoot with Saturday Night’s Alright

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When it comes to online dating, we all know how important it is to show your best possible self. I work with many clients who are ready to get back into dating but not sure how and I always suggest that delving into online dating is a quick and effective way of getting started. It’s a great way to meet completely new people, improve your conversation and interaction skills, practice the dating game and find someone who you enjoy spending time with, of course!

The things is, many people’s downfall is that their online dating pictures do not sell them well. In fact, they can sometimes suck! If you’re going to do it, you might as well do it properly. So if you are one of those who has their face only half in the picture or so cocooned in ski gear that no one can actually see what you look like, or you’re throwing a middle finger at the camera with half a pint of beer split down your front (no, that’s not a good look!), then it’s worth looking at fixing this simple thing to improve your chances of getting dates – by miles.

And I’m not saying it’s about looking like a catwalk model. Let’s face it (unless you are a catwalk model of course!) with the power of Photoshop it’s easy to take a little digital enhancement a bit too far and then you’ll just annoy your dates when they see you don’t really look like that in real life. And it won’t be because you don’t look like it that’s the problem. It’s because it can be a little deceptive and portrays that you aren’t confident enough in your own skin. Same thing as using a picture of yourself taken 10 years ago.

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The key really is to put pictures on your profile that show your best self – and your personality. And believe it or not there is a lady who specialises in photography specifically for dating profiles – what a cool niche! That lady is Saskia of Saturday Night’s Alright. I had a shoot with Saskia a few weeks back and I can honestly say that I had such a brilliant time doing it and I’m delighted with the shots. It’s worth mentioning I’m very difficult to please when it comes to photos of myself but when I got these back I was so happy and couldn’t wait to add them to my website. (My shots were for promo purposes but the vibe of the shoot was still much the same as how Saskia works with her dating clients). I used to do a lot of singing and acting and the shoot definitely unleashed my inner performer again, which I have to admit, I took full advantage of for the hour!

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Saskia is very creative – she has a fantastic eye for what works and how to capture you in the best light and puts you at complete ease, which makes the shots very natural and reflective of your personality. She asked me to send over a mood board in advance so she could think about location, props and poses etc. This meant that when I arrived she knew exactly where we’d go and what we would do but she’s also very much up for a bit of improvisation. A bonus was that we had such giggle, which helps ease the pressure of having a camera in your face if you’re not used to it!

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I’ve included a selection of the images from the shoot in this post. I can’t recommend Saskia and her team at Saturday Night’s Alright highly enough and given that she’s been featured in The Daily Mail, the Evening Standard and nominated for 3 awards at The UK Dating Awards, it’s not only me who thinks so!

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So, if you are considering an online dating profile spruce up, you’ve read this at the right time 🙂 You can find Saskia over at Saturday Night’s Alright and she also has a great blog filled with dating tips and advice too.