Photogenic.....Are you?

photogenic - A beautiful picture of a young lady.
@zandi458 (27952)
Malaysia
October 2, 2009 3:52am CST
Many people are proud of being photographed and exchange their photos with others for the sake of remembrance. I was in my mum's house the other day and was going through all the photo albums which are still kept nicely in her study room. What I noticed is that people used to write some notes behind their photos with their signatures. I believe this is no longer in practice now. The black and white photographs are in far contrast with the colored photographs now. I have also a good collection of my own photos in the 70s and 80s. When I look at myself now and then, I feel sad as there is no trace of the face I once owned. It shocked me to see how great the changes in me with the passage of time. When I looked at the mirror I can see my mother staring at me. Though I don't have the beauty of a beauty queen but I can still remember walking in the air whenever I get wolf whistles in my heydays. Now...I have to admit aging has taken its toll on my physical appearance. The gravity of aging has pulled the shape of the face and body in all uncontrolled directions. I am now camera shy as I no longer worthy of being photographed, not photogenic anymore. Some people age gracefully and still look great in their twilight years. Am sure some still look gorgeous in real and in photographs. Do you still take pictures of yourself as much as you did when you were young?
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@Ithink (10495)
• United States
2 Oct 09
I have never liked my picture taken even when everyone said I was pretty and blah blah. LOL! Even when I was really skinny I didnt like them. I dont think I take good pictures at all. However I love a few of me that I kept but most I get rid of. That said yes age does take a toll, that is for sure. After having all our kids and just going thru life you can look beat down at times. lol I am thankful I look even half good as I do (most think Im about 10 years younger then I am and I will take that! lol) However when I look in the mirror I see the lines that werent there before. I see the gray hair coming in. WHERE did my youth go!
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
2 Oct 09
Our youth has become history and we are in a new chapter of life. The melting point of our youth.
@Ithink (10495)
• United States
3 Oct 09
I cant afford to melt .. I still have kids at home! LOL!
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
3 Oct 09
How else can we describe our long lost youth? The beauty of youth melt along with the passage of time but we are still around to cherish this beautiful world breathing the free supply of oxygen.
@sacmom (14315)
• United States
4 Oct 09
Hi zandi. I've never really been photogenic. If anything I hate having my photo taken! LOL I'm usually the one behind the camera taking the pictures anyway. I'd much rather be the one taking the pictures than the one being photographed. It's just better that way! LOL Happy mylotting!
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
2 Nov 09
By the look of your avatar, you are photogenic. I could never pose the way you have shown yourself here. Anyone would be impressed by this pose.
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@sacmom (14315)
• United States
4 Nov 09
Thanks zandi. What can I say, my husband brings out the best in me. LOL
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@suzzy3 (8357)
3 Oct 09
Black and white were very kind to everyone,but with the colour and all those mega pixels pointing out every age spot and wrinkle.What we must remember the people who love us don't look at the floors they just look at us.Not many of us were raving beauties who would want to be,just be yourself.My wolf whistling days are over as well,but thats for the younger ones we have had our day.Photos just show the passage of time and remind you of events ,normally happy ones.So just do what I do and enjoy your next stage of life.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
3 Oct 09
I am definitely going to make the most of the next chapter of my life regardless how I look. Afterall we are who we are and are not here to please everyone.
@suzzy3 (8357)
3 Oct 09
You are so right.Just be happy and the rest will follow.
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@littleowl (7157)
3 Oct 09
Hi Humbug, forunatley although am in my 50's I still look good and have got better than when I was in my teens, the thing with photo's with me is that I have never liked my photo taken and refuse to let anyone take any of me although there have been a couple of occasions that I have allowed one to be taken. In a sense though it is a shame as my children won't have anything to show my grandchild of what I did look like and neither will my children, so may have a nice one taken but for them not anyone else...hugs LoLo
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
3 Oct 09
Hi..lolo, you are lucky to glow in your beauty as you age. It is like a fruitcake, the longer you keep it the better it becomes. Likewise human improve their looks as they advance in age. Thumbs-up for you.
@littleowl (7157)
6 Oct 09
thanks for the compliment Zandi,,,LoLo
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
2 Oct 09
I have never liked to have my picture taken ever. Therfore i have never has too many flattering pictures made of me, lol. I am just what i am no matter what my age, what u see is what u get,lol. I am just glad to be alive & wish i looked better but i don't .That is not one of my worries.
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
2 Oct 09
It needs someone to view and give their honest comments as we are not the best judge to rate ourselves. I don't know why the nice features of me are always hidden behind the worse side of me and I often end up being over critical of myself. But honestly, I am not photogenic at all.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
2 Oct 09
I'm not eirher but it doesn't bother me one bit. I BET U ARE BEING MODEST. i HAVE AN AWFULLY PRETTY PICTURE OF U IN MY MIND.
@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
6 Oct 09
I was never beautiful. You could not describe me as "pretty" or "lovely" but I was attractive and I had a certain something. My looks have gone as well and I wish I had taken more photos of myself when I was young. There are more opportunities for photos now that the digital age is here but I don't want to be photographed now that I have lost my looks.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
2 Nov 09
Don't be camera shy. I am sure the passage of time did not totally wipe out all the attractive features in you.
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@veronizm (909)
• Philippines
5 Oct 09
Hi zandi! oh my gosh I'm not photogenic at all! LOL! Taking a picture of myself takes a lot of time since I can't get a nice one on the first shot! I mean, I still need to get a good lighting, fix my hair, practice my smile, get the right angle and stuff, unlike with the photogenics wherein all they need to do is look at the camera and viola! a photo worth keeping! :D I do admire my pictures when I was still a kiddo but then again, we ALL look cute during our childhood years :D Now, even though I'm still in my 20's, I still don't look good in cameras. That's why I don't have so many close-up photos of just me coz I always get frustrated everytime I look at the pictures, LOL. The only great pictures I have is when I were in parties and I had my make-up on and it's not close-up :D
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
2 Nov 09
Well, you still look charming in your avatar. Maybe you lack confidence. It takes someone to give you rating and of course we can't compliment ourselves.
• Philippines
3 Oct 09
I think I'm photogenic because I always look good on pictures. I always make sure that I smile and look good on pictures because in the future when you see it you'll appreciate in and not laugh at it. But sometimes its fun making laugh at it.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
3 Oct 09
You are lucky you are capable of looking good in front of the camera. One of the most photographed person is the late Princess Diana and she knows how to look good when photographed.
• Philippines
3 Oct 09
I have many photos during childhood but they were burned after our house was caught in fire in 2001. I don't like taking pictures of me when I was young because I don't look good during that time. When I was in high school, I usually give pictures of me to my friends with dedication at the back. Nowadays, I enjoy taking pictures of me, my family and friends, everything. I can say that I'm photogenic now because I have developed physically.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
3 Oct 09
How sad, all memories are wiped out by the fire. The only thing now is to care for the present time.
@tvb2009 (237)
• Singapore
3 Oct 09
I never felt i am photogenic so i seldom take photos too. Your comments on aging is great. But don't be too sad over it. Having it is better than not having at all.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
3 Oct 09
Yah...I agree with you. We should be thankful to be born normal.
@angelajoy (1839)
• Philippines
3 Oct 09
I'm not that old yet, but I don't like taking pictures much. There's no particular reason for that. I just don't like posing in front of a camera. I usually only have my picture taken when I'm with my boyfriend or someone else. I have very few solo pictures, and my poses are the same. I don't look bad in pictures, but I'm just not fond of posing solo.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
3 Oct 09
I prefer to look at group pictures than pictures of individual snapshots.
@ashter (22)
• Indonesia
3 Oct 09
I not always take my picture when I was Young.only sometimes on certain time I take My picture.because Incidentally I not too like being photographed.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
3 Oct 09
When you are still young and fit, take advantage of this prime time and you'll always cherish the beauty you had in your youth when you look at your pictures later in life. They will bring back fond memories of how beautiful you were once.
• India
2 Oct 09
i am too conscious in front of camera that makes my photograph somewhat made up.hence imostly avoid being photographed.but i don't think age shouldn't be a detterant in being photographed.i know things change but your memories are worthy in itself besides your looks.so go ahead and "say cheese".
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
2 Oct 09
I don't think I look good even saying 'cheese' makes no difference.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
2 Oct 09
about the same as I do most of the photo taking so never did get into many pics at all
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
2 Oct 09
we are the same, I don't take many pictures of myself.
@Hatley (164471)
• Garden Grove, California
2 Oct 09
hi zandi although many people say I look younger than my 'age I dislike photos of myself as I think I always look bored and sleepy. When I was younger I was much better looking but now I look more like a senior citizen than ever. I don't think I ever was really photogenic. I was not ugly just not really gorgeous that's all.
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
2 Oct 09
In the true sense of the word, no one is ugly. We are infact beautiful in our own ways. My pictures always highlight my worse features like my big nose and wide forehead but my best assets like my almond eyes and my lips are obviously hidden. That is why I seldom go in front of the camera.
• Philippines
2 Oct 09
Yeah, I take my pictures alone or with groups as I likes photography. I am the one who always takes the pictures of my family in every occasion. I must say that i am not a camera shy type of gal. Whether aging makes a lot of changes in the appearance of a person it is not enough reasons to get shy as everyone gets older in due times. Acceptance of the fact is necessary to live gracefully as the beauty that counts still is found on the inside and not on the outside physical appearance that counts which matter most.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
2 Oct 09
Photography is a great hobby. And I agree with you that beauty is only an outward appearance. But still I don't like to see my own self in a picture. I am just not meant to look good in pictures.
@cherrc (666)
• Philippines
2 Oct 09
i love taking pictures of me, friends, families, places or even strangers. i love pictures which tell stories. as for me, really dont care much of how would i look as long as it is good in the shot. coz sometimes, i love candid. :)
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
2 Oct 09
Memories are all recorded in photographs. It is great that you like taking pictures. It reminds me of a signboard in one of our park that says: 'Take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints'.
@Jhaszy (236)
• Philippines
2 Oct 09
Hhahahahhah no worries you are not alone..i too feel that way,i somtimes look at my pic when iwas still working as a band singer in 5 star hotels in Malaysia,wow! i could say i was really pretty,that was 3 yrs ago only..was pretty and look younger than my age plus a very good skin and hands..but now..i barely cant even look at myself..well there are angles in pic that i look young and pretty but most i look very different..but i never like taking pic of myself even before anyway..and aging is part of changes plus problems...it can easily makes us older..but anyway thats life!!!!have a nice evening!!!
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
2 Oct 09
As an artist, the beauty of the face and talent is in a package. You must always be in your best appearance as the paparazzi is always after public figures. I suppose you are still maintaining your good old self.
@magickat (382)
2 Oct 09
i'm not photogenic now and never have been, I always try to be the one behind the camera to avoid having my picture taken....
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
2 Oct 09
Then you escape the camera lens. Great job!
@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
2 Oct 09
It's a shame that people no longer label photos. When my mother passed, I inherited several boxes of pictures. Some are in albums, others are loose. Other than picures of immediate family, I have hundreds of pictures of people that I have no idea who they are. Some undoubtably are family, others are friends that she had throught her life. Don't be critical of yourself in pictures...hardly any of us really like what we see in them, especially as we get older. But for the people who love us, they see the person that they love.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
2 Oct 09
Honestly, not only the body has gone out of shape, the face too is loosing the contours. The face turn out to be more like a pancake.