Am I the only one who hates their picture taken?

stewie griffin - I feel like I look like one of the Griffins. Stewie or the Dad I think.
@dloveli (4369)
United States
February 25, 2010 7:11am CST
I HATE my picture being taken. It seems that I dont have many good ones. When I was younger and had no kids I loved it. Then you have children and nothing is where it should be anymore. I dont like to be taped or photographed. Reason being that It doesnt come out good.I always look like a dork! My photos remind me of stewie griffin of family guy. maybe even the father. How about you? Do you like to be photographed?
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@binagupta (628)
• India
25 Feb 10
no, dear you are not only the same problem is with me i also dont like if someone is taking my snap
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@dloveli (4369)
• United States
27 Feb 10
Im with you BING! I also really really hate when someone trys to take your picture without you knowing. I hate that! I have literally got into several arguments as I have caught people. I have erased pics on peoples cameras because Ive been so mad that took them without asking. I dont care. Next time they'll ask. dl
@kitty42 (3912)
• United States
28 Feb 10
Hello lmaoooo you are so funny don't feel bad the camera hates me and I hate it as well, when I take a picture I have to take many just to pick one that I really don't like but I pick one just because, I really envy people that take good pics I think that really stinks its not fair, why does this have to happen to us oh well I am good at other things lol Great topic lol
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@dloveli (4369)
• United States
1 Mar 10
Kitty its not supposed to be funny. I really do look like stewie griffins father in pics. I dont know why but camera finds out its me and makes me look as ridiculous. I think their out to get me. I cant stand photographs. Its good to know Im not alone. Thanks kitty. dl
@kitty42 (3912)
• United States
1 Mar 10
Hello I looked at your pic you are so pretty, don't be so hard on yourself you have no worries from what I see
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@dloveli (4369)
• United States
5 Mar 10
Kitty you are the sweetest person! You dont have to say that. I think that any photos of me are good. I hate them. But I do thank you for giving me such a delightful, yet undeserved compliment. You're the best! dl
@towongfoo27 (2989)
• United States
25 Feb 10
While I like to be photographed, my mom doesn't like the experience. I think it is because she is shy and is a more private person. My pictures usually come out good, and I enjoy looking at them, whether from the past or persent. It makes me wonder what I was thinking at the moment the person took the picture, for alot can be said by a person's eyes. I would like to see a picture of you! I think everyone is beautiful in thier own way.
• China
26 Feb 10
HI,towongfoo27,i agree with your opinion.everyone is beatiful in their own way,and from a person's eye we can know him or her a lot.i like the photograph of myself and my family.
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@dloveli (4369)
• United States
27 Feb 10
I would love to be friend with you guys. The fact that you dont judge people by their looks is wonderful. So many of us do judge a book by its cover. Two wong if you really must see a picture of me, there is one on my profile. I had just cut 23 inches off my hair and wanted to see how it photographed. Dont laugh. Happy MyLotting. dl
• United States
27 Feb 10
I love your picture dloveli, and think you are very picturesque! I also love your new hairdo, and am thinking of doing the same. Thank you for responding dloveli!
• Bangladesh
17 Mar 10
Well my friend, Though my photo never pleases me, I don't hate getting photographed when required. There was a time my voice sounded very hoarse and I didn't like to hear that taped and replayed. Even I hated my own voice heard with my ears. But now, it's got better. I don't feel embarrassed seeing my photos as like before. Have a great day.
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@dloveli (4369)
• United States
17 Mar 10
I wish I felt like that. Unfortunately I hate it. Even when I was younger I didnt like it. I didnt even have my yearbook picture taken. I hate it. Its true though it would be better if I tolerated it when required. I am going to work on it. If you can do it, so can I. Thanks for giving me the idea my friend. dl
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• Bangladesh
17 Mar 10
Hey friend, I'm so glad at your efforts to increase tolerance. I hope you'll be able to do many such positive things in life. May Allah bless you. Have a colourful day.
• Malaysia
27 Feb 10
well, once long time ago you did enjoyed in being photographed. the child in you is still there. Dloveli, its nice to have photos taken as time will show the changes in us, the maturity in us, then comes the wrinkles, the thinning of hair getting the salt and pepper look or the silver haired look, the heavy round the belly look, whatever. as years go by, out photos takes in the 'new' you. every year, take a few photos to show to your generations and generations to come or even to reflect how you have grown and prosper. it does not matter how the photos turned out. that photo is you, the original you that God designed and fashioned as original and unique when you come to this world and yelled at the top of your voice.well, i like to be photographed so that it reminds me of my toddler's years, my childhood years, my teenage years,schooling years, my graduation, my career years, my marriage years, raising my family years, my retirement years as the golden girl with my family, extended families, friends and ex colleagues. these photos not only show changes in us physically but also give us a glimpse of the hairstyles and fashion of the days gone by. there is a time and season in life for everything. capture them in photos. its so easy nowadays with camera handphones. just delete the photos you dont like and snap some more till you get a nice pic and pose that you adore.keep the ones you like. i am sure your family love to take photos of you.
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@dloveli (4369)
• United States
27 Feb 10
Very well said Graceful! From reading your response it makes me want to photograph myself. It's not like I care about the weight gain. Let me re-phrase that. I do care about my weight gain but its not the reason I dont want to be photographed. Or at least not the main reason. I just hate the way I look. The camera seems to always capture the bad side. I think they're made that way. Really! dl
• Malaysia
28 Feb 10
hie, just keep reminding yourself that is you and the camera has a way of capturing you that way. as you look long enough at your photos, you will grow to like your pics, that familiar look, pose and gestures which are truly you. remember you are like a 'grain of sand' out of million and million of sand perfected in God's way. your family and closed ones surely like your photos, right.
• United States
27 Feb 10
i don't mind it if i'm ready for it. but if i'm sleeping or i just woke up,forget about it. i've had people take pictures of me while sleeping and i'm not quite sure why.
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@dloveli (4369)
• United States
1 Mar 10
Oh Heck No! If I am sleeping or just woke up and they take or try to take my pic they will SUFFER! This I can promise them. lol I get very upset when people do that. I really really dont want my photo taken. I hate the way I look and dont want to have to have documented for all to see. BOTTOM LINE! dl
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• United States
7 Mar 10
i have to admit the one sleeping shot did turn out funny. i was taking a nap face down,and at some point,my friend's cat climbed up and sat on my butt,curled up. i did laugh at that one.
@celticeagle (120469)
• Boise, Idaho
27 Feb 10
I also hate to have my picture taken. Being shy most of my life it is very difficult for me to pose or feel I look okay for a picture to be taken. No I am over weight, old and missing a tooth in the front of my mouth that I can't afford to get fixed yet so it is nearly traumatizing for me to have my pic taken. Also, I have social anxiety and that is never condusive to having your picture taken.
@dloveli (4369)
• United States
27 Feb 10
Having your photo is bad enough but when you're shy its traumatizing for you. Listen no one is perfect. I am not a thin girl either. I had a tooth issue as well. They have dentist who work with low income. Sometimes if you call the schools of dentistry they will use you as a teaching subject. I have seen it done before. They do a great job. If I were you I would contact the medicaid office in your area. I am a visiting nurse and I have had my patients do this and they were referred to a program that provides dentistry to those who cant afford it. Please dont let your insecurities hold you hostage. If you need to talk, please PM me and I will gladly share my stories and experiences with you. I hope we can be friends. dl
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@celticeagle (120469)
• Boise, Idaho
27 Feb 10
Hey, thanks alot for your kind and caring words. I would like your friendship very much. That would be nice. Thank you. As far as the dentistry thing goes I understand what you are saying but I have had a couple of traumatizing experiences with dentists and I just don't trust them in my mouth. That is the bottomline. When my teeth get bad enough i guess I will have do something.
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@sminut13 (1786)
• Singapore
26 Feb 10
like you and many others, i too am one of many who is uncomfortable with having their picture taken for similar reasons as yours. i never ever look good in any of the pictures unless they're impromptu. then once in a blue moon, out comes a good picture of me. it's also because i feel shy i guess. it's embarassing to me to watch myself on video or on a photograph. i tend to wonder what others think of me in the video or picture, and that i don't look good at all. but there are some who enjoys having their pictures taken, one example being my younger sister. hehe since young, whenever my parents say to take a picture, she's already giving a pose of some sort or smiling at the camera. hehe that doesn't come to me as easily or as naturally. it would look fake if i tried. grins
@dloveli (4369)
• United States
27 Feb 10
I here you SMinut. I dont understand how people can look so good in photographs and videos and I look creepy. I get so many compliments. Yet the pictures dont back it up. If the picture is worth a thousand words. Boy am I talking trash. lol Happy MyLotting my friend, dl
@sminut13 (1786)
• Singapore
4 Mar 10
i hear you too. people say i look good in some too(hehe) but i personally find it crap. oh well.
• United States
26 Feb 10
I am with you. I hate pictures of me. But I have come to accept it because I know the day will come when that will be all my children/grandchildren will have, so I try to tolerate it. I tell them "fine, just don't let me see it!" I think I look like a beached whale, a squirell with a mouth full of nuts, and a ruffled pottato chip with air pockets! But while I hate to have my picture taken I really dislike the people that will stick a pillow in front of their face, or make a really disgusting face (all the pictures of my dad are with a made up face!) Or they see you getting ready to take the picture then they bend down and hide!
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@dloveli (4369)
• United States
1 Mar 10
That is so heart wrenching Christmas. I never thought of it like that. Maybe I will have a change of heart. My family will definitely want to say thanks to you for helping me see the light. You have a way with words my friend. dl
• United States
1 Mar 10
Thank you for your compliment. My daughter was here yesterday and we went through photo albums, boxes of pictures, etc. looking for pictures of her grandparents on her dad's side...we could not find ANY! She was doing a school project with her daughter, it was a family tree and she wanted to put pictures on going back through the family. We spent hours looking for these pictures..we did finally find a couple that she could use. If anyone reads this I would encourage you to think of your future family coming up and please write WHO is in the pictures and the dates on the back of your pictures. I have family pictures from before I was born that I don't know who they are and I have NOONE that I can ask!
@moondancer (7434)
• United States
26 Feb 10
No, I really do not like being photographed. Even as a child I did not like it. I'm more the shutter bug. I like being behind the camera. My sons do not not having their pictures taken either. They will turn away if you try to take their pictures. My daughter does not really like hers taken either but she will let you take one. She was a model and in pageants when she was younger and had her picture taken a lot. I don't like the way I look in pictures, they never turn out right.
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@dloveli (4369)
• United States
26 Feb 10
I can totally relate. Although my kids love to have their picture taken. My youngest daughter is a bit too photogenic. She documents everyday with at least one photograph. THen she puts them on the computer and does different little things to them. I must admit she is talented both infront of and behind the camera. I will leave the photos to them. dl
• United States
26 Feb 10
This may actually be a good thing for your daughter. SHe loves taking pictures and can do things with them on the computer. She may be able to sell some of her work. That would be great.
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@livewyre (2455)
25 Feb 10
I like to spread the goodness around and let everybody and anybody have a good look at my beauty But seriously, I am vain enough to be miffed if a bad photo is circulating but in general don't really care. My wife on the other hand HATES having her photo taken and will do anything to avoid it - I think it's a kind of vanity though, if you are that worried about how people see you...
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@dloveli (4369)
• United States
25 Feb 10
Well far be it for me to hate on all the goodness you spread. lmao You are a humanitarian if nothing else my friend. Your wife should be thankful she has been given a photo of you and your beautiful self. Seriously it must be hard for you two to get a photo taken since she doesnt like it. I have one good photo from the right before xmas that I give out when necessary. My daughter made a good point what am I going to do in a few months when scarves arent necessary. HELP. Keep on spreading that goodness Livewyre. Happy MyLotting dl
@livewyre (2455)
25 Feb 10
funnily enough my wife has never asked for a photo of my beautiful self, and I just can't work out why that would be??? The only time you can get her in a photo is either by sleight of hand, dowright craftiness or if it is a family portrait so she can hide behind our daughter...
@shhheila (1847)
• Philippines
8 Mar 10
same here... i hate my taking pictures... even when i was still in teens, i hate it, i enjoy much more if im the one taking pictures. hehehe...maybe im just camera shy.
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@dloveli (4369)
• United States
8 Mar 10
I remember in High school I took photography and the assignment was to dress up and photograph ourselves as what we think could tell a story. I didnt even dress up. I just had no idea how to even express anything photographically. That says it all doesnt it. Thanks for letting me know Im not alone. dl
• United States
5 Mar 10
No I don't The only picture I like of myself was taken when I was 7. After that all of my pictures don't look good.
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@dloveli (4369)
• United States
5 Mar 10
I feel the same way my friend. I hate every picture that was taken of me aside from maybe a few when I was little and two when I was an adult. Yes, You heard me two whole pics. That's probably all they'll ever get. dl
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@niara25 (148)
• United States
5 Mar 10
I'm not fond of my picture being taken, either. I always look fat, greasy and burnt. Not at all attractive, if you ask me. I don't like to smile because I have a gap between my front teeth. Since, my eyes hurt from the flash, I usually close them and look worse. So I try to avoid having my picture taken.
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@dloveli (4369)
• United States
5 Mar 10
Girlfriend you've said it all! lol I wish I had thought of every word you used to describe having my photo taken. It always comes at the worst time. I hate when my man takes them because he wont erase them. He keeps all them. He's a donkey sometimes. That's okay cause when he's not home I go and erase a few here and there. I dont know what happened maybe he pushed the wrong button. How do I know? lmao I try to avoid photos at all costs. Happy MyLotting dl
@jdyrj777 (6556)
• United States
2 Mar 10
No you are not the only one that hates it. I hate it, my mother hated it, my son hates it, my grandmother hated it. Your just like evryone else.
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@dloveli (4369)
• United States
5 Mar 10
A few generations of haters!lol Thanks for saying that I just like everyone else. I usually dont like to blend in but in this case its ok. My grandma told me that if I dont want my picture taken make sure I keep good diaries and write letters so that I can remember anything important in my life. I have literally about 20 Journals filled with memories. I even have a few pics in there Thanks again and Happy MyLotting. dl
• United States
27 Feb 10
Hi dloveli,I do not like to have my picture taken either.When I was younger I did not mind my picture being taken..Now I absolutely hate it.Due to illnesses I have aged older than my years and I do not make a good picture..Blessings to you..
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@dloveli (4369)
• United States
27 Feb 10
Hey there friend! I think child hood innocense makes for a good picture. Now that Im not so innocent, pictures are awful. I hope you dont have to be pestered by people wanting to take your photos. You need to worry about feeling better. You dont need some one bothering you for photos until you feel better. I hope you feel better. remember that at least you are here to age. You can use this as a rememberance as to what you survived. Hang in there my friend. I hope you feel better soon. dl
@hmkoct5 (2067)
• United States
26 Feb 10
Nope, you're not the only one! I also hate having my picture taken. I always look so fat. I don't understand it. I don't think I look that fat in the mirror. But, the photos make me look huge! I hate it because I always try to stay out of pictures. I'm going to get older and hate that I was never in any family pictures.
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@dloveli (4369)
• United States
27 Feb 10
Pictures are over rated. I think that the film is made to purposely make certain people look bad. I think the film is cursed. Yeah that's it its cursed. Lol What I do is take one unwanted family photo. And make sure you your family knows how much you have sacrificed for them and their darn photos. lol Have a happy family photo. dl
@KATRINKA (1659)
• United States
26 Feb 10
I hate having my picture taken. Always have. My dad was a pathological picture taker, so he took hundreds and hundreds of pictures of me. When I was little, I didn't have much of a say in it. I actually hammed it up for the photo. Then I hit my teen years, those awkward, ugly years. I had glasses and braces. What a curse! I dreaded the school picture day, and I did not allow my dad to take any pics of me. I love being behind the camera now though I still do not like having my picture taken. BTW, I think Stewie is adorable.
@dloveli (4369)
• United States
27 Feb 10
Thanks Katrinka for you kind words. Stewie may be adorable but I am a 40 year old mother of two. I dont think its really a good thing for me to resemble any of the griffin clan. lol I have felt the exact same ways about photos. Even before I had children and had gained weight I hated them. My family wasnt that big on photos but when the video camera came into play, forget it. I hated school picture day too. I think those little black plastic combs are jinxed. Happy MyLotting dl
@flowerchilde (12547)
• United States
26 Feb 10
No sirree, you are not the only one who hates having their picture taken! The only thing worse is to be in charge of taking pictures!! Yes, I am totally camera illiterate and picture dysfunctional.. albeit, pictures sure are nice.. especially years later! so.. go figure!
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@dloveli (4369)
• United States
27 Feb 10
I hate looking back when I was younger. Someone always has the worst profile of me in a photo. Why is it that the camera creates double chins when I never knew I had one? Cameras were created as a form of torture. I hate the whole photographic deal. I want no part of it. I am never captured in a positive light. dl
@raven66 (335)
• Canada
26 Feb 10
I doubt it!... there are alot of folks that think as you do!
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@dloveli (4369)
• United States
27 Feb 10
Im glad to know I am not the only one who feels this way. Thanks Raven!. dl