I always look bad in Pictures, You?

Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
July 4, 2007 4:12am CST
I don't know why, but whenever someone takes a picture of me i don't like how i am in them. Only sometimes when the picture is taken without me noticing i can look reasonably fine. I don't know why this happens, but some people have a gift before a camera, and others like me don't LOL Do you usually look good in pictures, or are you like me? LOL
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• Australia
5 Jul 07
Hi there LightninStrike again !! xD I remember you from the toothpaste discussion, gee you make the most interesting topics here on myLot, seriously! Anyways, back on topic, I do look bad in pictures than i do in real life, it is so true. When i was young i looked REALLY bad in photos and just hated my photo being taken, but now that i am older, i look all right in pictures and actually dont mind a photo of me being taken anymore! -D
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
5 Jul 07
You're going to make me blush, mini, thank you hehe. So you mean that as you've got older you look better on pics? then i guess i will just have to wait hehe.
• Australia
5 Jul 07
LOL! i mean, i am only 18 years old now lol... its not as if i am some 40 year old bloke... Anyways, you don't have to blush! I am just being honest...love your discussions =D PS: when i was little, i had a little round face (age of 7-8) and it looked like a ball, that is why i did not like my picture being taken! my face was also pretty red so it looked like a mini balloon LOL!
@vega83 (6345)
• Bahrain
4 Jul 07
Well, gone are my days of looking bad in pictures, these days 9 out of 10 of my pictures turn out good. Now, I'm not bragging but I'll tell you like anything else, it takes practice. Well after watching countless episodes and seasons of "America's next top model" I have learned a bit. So the next time my mom asks me "what will you ever learn by watching so much TV?" This would be a good answer to give. Well, the only thing you need to figure out is what your good side is. And the only way you could do that is "trial and error". Well I would suggest, if you have a mobile that has a camera, then get to work, take you pictures when you get dressed to go out, when you wake up before you go to sleep, that way you'd really know what expression is good for you, and what is your good side, should you lean your face to the right or to the left, how much should you smile and all that. It's your phone, delete the ones you don't like, and keep the rest, my phone is filled with my pictures and now I take pretty good pictures even when someone else is taking them. Kinda reminds me of the episode of "Friends" where Chandler makes that weird face for his photos, ha ha, you don't wanna be like that...
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
4 Jul 07
I'm glad you're good with a camera!! i really wish i were too. If you say that it takes some practice, maybe i could get better as well....but i don't think so LOL.
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@vega83 (6345)
• Bahrain
4 Jul 07
Yeah, sure you can, I think anyone can take a good picture, just like the most beautiful person can have bad pictures. Like the wrong side, bad angle and it can come really bad, so the opposite is also true. Once you have your "face" down, your good site, then taking pictures becomes a joy. I find that if I'm serious and not smiling then I look angry, and if I smile too much I look goofy, so I had to find the middle ground and smile just enough without showing my teeth at all, and now that's like my "look" for all pictures and it does suit me.
@ydnac22 (804)
• Philippines
5 Jul 07
(lol) sometimes i can appreciate my photos but sometimes i found it ugly espcially if these are stolen shots.(lol)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
5 Jul 07
hehehe. thank you yd.
• India
5 Jul 07
hii lightninstrike, there is a great saying " beauty lie in the eyes of the beholder".it all depends on our thinking and imagination.i can't say i am beautiful or photogenic but ya i look pretty in photographs.i too had the same problem with me long back.you can't even imagine how much consious i feel about myself,not only infront of camera but in real life too.but then one of my friend cleared my doubts. what really makes us look beautiful is happiness.if we are happy from inside and have positive thoughts, then no matter how ugly we are actually we will appear beautiful to everybody and we can feel it ourself. i had not thought about this concept.but when i heard about it i tried implementing and i found the result amazing.it really works.and onething never underestimate yourself.whatever we are and how we look its the creation of god.so we should never feel bad or embarrased about our appearance.one day it will fade away what will stay forever is a pure heart full of love that can be given to everybody. so i can say i like my pictures and they are beautiful in any way.
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
5 Jul 07
Thanks for your reply rinku, very enlightening. :)
• Philippines
5 Jul 07
Hey cheer up. You dont look bad in your aviatar. LOL. Just kidding. I used to have this problem. Not unless the photo was caught when I was unprepared, I wont look good. But then I realized that its a matter of motivations. We would look better on photos when we have enough confidence when it is taken.
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
5 Jul 07
I know i look great in my avatar...it's my best picture actually LOL. thanks for replying.
@rhinoboy (2129)
5 Jul 07
My wife is very much like that, I love taking pictures of her and my daughter but because she's so worried about looking bad in the picture she usually forces a smile or grimaces (or flat-out refuses to have a pic taken!). I don't think I look very good in pictures, but for family snaps I just try to relax and be as natural as possible. Nothing looks worse than a fake 'photo smile'.
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
5 Jul 07
Well i am not worried about it, but the fact is that when i take a look at the pictures i look bad LOL. And it's curious because i know i am not ugly. Anyway i know i should stop being so self conscious about pictures.
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@Dan_ul (858)
• Romania
5 Jul 07
with all my modesty I must admit that I don't look bad in pictures... just in some of them... but those are very well hided:)... but with the risk of repeating myself I must say that in general pictures are not telling the truth;)... I keep telling that to myself... i hope that some day I'll understand:P
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
5 Jul 07
hehe, i am glad you think that about your looks before a camera...and it's fine to think so, no need for modesty.
@meljessxena (2317)
• Australia
5 Jul 07
lol i know what u mean, im exactly the same but about 1 out of 10 looks alright and then still if and um about if that 1 looks any good.
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
5 Jul 07
yeah mel....us the self conscious people *sigh LOL
@glra2222 (492)
• Australia
5 Jul 07
i think you and me have something in common. I am definitely not photogenic - every picture ive had - especially driver's license, other id cards, even videos - i look completely different to how i look in the mirror. In fact, in videos i look like a criminal hahahaha talk about a mugshot lol!
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
5 Jul 07
hehe, thanks for answering glra.
@archer1811 (1099)
• Philippines
5 Jul 07
Sometimes i dont like how i look in the pictures specially in cellphones, but most of the time its good too, i awarded a ms. photogenic in a pageant before during my teenage years.
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
5 Jul 07
ohhh ms photogenic...that tells me that you look good in pictures, no doubt...good for you :)
@shrekk (561)
• Pakistan
5 Jul 07
I always, always look bad in snaps even though I'm quite sure I'm much better in real. I sneak away whenever I can when there's a chance somebody's going to take a shot. There's only one picture of myself I have in which I'm looking fairly nice and I've proudly set it up in my drawing room. At least I have SOMETHING to tell the new people I meet when I grow up that I really wasn't altogether that bad. I guess it's mostly just because of the kind of lightning they throw on you. On photogenic faces, it mostly reflects off well. On mine, it's deflected in all odd directions like from the holes and craters on the moon!
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
5 Jul 07
thanks for your thoughts, shrekk.
@axter69 (379)
5 Jul 07
see for yourself, in my avtar I am the one in the red T-shirt. I hate looking at myself in picutes but what can you do
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
5 Jul 07
Not much i guess, i know...just accept how you are and how you look...
@msjigga (866)
• United States
5 Jul 07
Hi LightninStike I take terrible pictures I look so bad in pictures. I tend to look bigger washed out and just plain bad in pictures. My friend on the other hand looks very good in pictures she looks like a different person in a good way in pictures I look like a different person in a bad way. I don't know why.
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
5 Jul 07
thanks for replying, msj
@Pequena (74)
• Canada
5 Jul 07
I usually look ok in pics, but I am very critical of what I look like. Left overs from my former line of work. I hate to have my picture taken though, so that usually makes for crappy pics, LOL.
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
5 Jul 07
You know u look great on pics...but you're silly so you have to say "this could be better, that could be improved..."...but you're really photogenical.
@makingpots (11920)
• United States
5 Jul 07
I know what you mean. I never like myself in posed picture. But, like you, I have seen the occassional picture that I had no idea was being taken and was okay with the way I looked. I'll bet you are just too hard on yourself though.
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
5 Jul 07
Probably. I mean, i know i'm not very ugly ok? I don't complain about my looks even though everything can be better. But i tell you that i hardly ever see myself well in printed paper hehe.
@stealthy (8188)
• United States
5 Jul 07
I almost never look good in photos and it has always been that way. I like to say that I don't translate well into 2 dimensions. In a strange twist one of the best photos of me is in an old passport, I never would have guessed that would happen. Of course, like most people, my driver's license photo is always incredibly terrible.
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
5 Jul 07
well but licenses and documents' pictures are a different category...it's almost impossible not to look horrible at them LOL. I remember that i looked like a terrorist in one of those pics...was really funny.
@wachit14 (3600)
• United States
5 Jul 07
I'm not a photogenic person and I have come to expect that my photos will not look so great. I look much better in person I think. I often used to envy those who photograph well, but now I'm much less vain about myself. Many models who photograph very well really aren't that pretty in person so perhaps you have to trade one thing for another.
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
5 Jul 07
Yeah, well the ideal thing would be to have both beauty and photogenia...but not so many of us are that lucky hehe.
@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
5 Jul 07
I sometimes think like that and shun taking pictures, but when I look back at the many hundreds of photos taken with me inside, especially from my holidays, I thought they don't look that bad. In fact, some turn out quite good. At least, I look good in them. Maybe you are too self-conscious when it comes to taking pictures, such that you are not your natural self when posing. Then you end up looking worse than you should normally. Next time someone takes a photo with you inside, make a point to look at the camera and smile a sweet smile. Then you may find that you will end up looking good in the photo. Practise at home by standing in front of the camera and smiling to yourself. That may help.
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
5 Jul 07
trying to make a sweet smile....I will keep that in mind...but it's not that easy you know LOL. thanks for your advices lexus :)
• United States
5 Jul 07
I never look good in pictures, at least not in my eyes. Ever since I gained weight from my pregnancies I've thought of myself as looking really bloated in photographs.
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
5 Jul 07
Well maybe you've gained weight, but a smile or the look of your eyes never fade...
@Gwapako_28 (2142)
• Philippines
5 Jul 07
I guess i am and they call it photogenic.I love the way i look when i am in the picture already.But of course there are times that i dont like the way how i look in the picture.Since i am using digital camera,so i check the photos i have and if i find myself ugly in the picture,nah,i will surely delete it...Hahahaha...
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
5 Jul 07
You're so lucky for being photogenic hehe. I wish i was too! thanks.