No matter how I configure the photos in the product tab, the variant image always shows up when the product page first loads and not the image that I want. How can I make it so a different image (that is not the variant image) shows first when the product page loads, then if you select a variant it will then change to the variant image?
I found the solution to this problem since I had it myself. Here's the help doc, it's a bit lengthy: https://shopify.dev/tutorials/customize-theme-how-to-add-a-pick-an-option-to-drop-downs
Be sure not to skip the last section "Edit your product price snippet"