The last time I was suggested to a guy, I received a most interesting resume. Aside from the usual detailed information, he had included a photo. Yes, whilst some guys do include a photo, usually it's a profile picture of some sort. This guy, though had included a photo of him-surrounded by family. It looked like a wedding picture from a married sibling, only with an arrow pointing him out and a red circle around his face.
I havta admit, at first I thought it was so strange. Then I realized-it was utter brilliance.
You see, most photos I've received from potential young men, are an official pose, a professional photo, or some dumb photo that they thought was 'casual' but made them look ridiculous. It's hard to tell a guy's personality from a professional photo=they are so stuck on being positioned (chin down, face camera, etc) and with a pasted on smile that it is just a photo to see if you find them goodlooking or not. The casual ones, may reveal somewhat of a personality, or how they would like you to perceive them.
This guy's photo, although it was posed, and all official, showed you more than the guy-it showed you his family. It was a smart idea, as you always wanna know what kind of family the guy comes from. What type of people they are, etc. Even though you make phonecalls and ask around, it's hard to get a picture-and literally, here I had a photo. This made me feel more comfortable with my decision, as I was able to tell alot from this single photo. I can tell what type of people they were, and was able to see the family members, the emotions on their faces, etc.
As much as we hate to admit it, and as much as we are told-it's not the family you're marrying-it's the guy, family does count and we eventually do end up marrying into the family. Whether they are close or not, whether they live in the same city/country/continent, family is family. If it doesn't matter to you, it should matter to you. This is where the guy comes from, this is how he grew up, these are people he lived with, these are where his manners, middos, upbringing come from.
So, whilst I thought it was odd to send such a picture, I now appreciate how much that picture told and how I was able to see what type of family he comes from.