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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Picture on Internet=Not Cool

I have a long sorted history with the practice of being photographed. I have always hated it. Never a photogenic type, my friends and family members are in possession of millions of images of me with half closed eyes and stiff, uncomfortable body language. Recently, I've tried to be a better sport about it, but the results continue to prove disasterous. I know that part of this is due to my natural inclination towards being way too self critical. It also stems from a myriad of other reasons too personal to blog about that continute to affect my self esteem.

I've never understood how other people who I am as or more attractive than in real life can look so stunning in photos, whereas I look like a 300 pound woman wearing a trash bag.

But regardless, I hate it.

10 Comments:

Blogger recovering overachiever said...

I think you either love or hate being photographed.
I HATE being photographed as well! At least I'm in good company if you feel the same way!

6:50 PM  
Blogger Brunch Bird said...

Ah, this sounds like the writing of someone fresh from a blogger Happy Hour. Nothing sorts out the photogenics from the nons like those things. Every time I come back from one I'm like, "Oh heavens, I apparently didn't get the memo on looking cute in photos." And ps-you look totes adorable in your pic that I saw in one of the wrap ups!

7:02 PM  
Blogger I-66 said...

[raising my hand]

Totally didn't do it.

I know no amount of "you look just fine" well help, but I offer it anyway.

7:09 PM  
Blogger Red said...

I have always hated being photographed due to awful and embarassing photos and me with multiple chins.
I actually practiced a few times on how to avoid the chins the rest is outta my control.

8:03 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

I much prefer being behind the camera. I shudder before the shutter and tend to look like crap... I empathize.

8:28 PM  
Blogger Dave S. said...

Red makes a good point - after getting a few suggestions as to how to look good in a photo, I'm much happier with the results. (That being said, pictures of me from high-school still make me shake my head in confusion.)

I always figure half of it is the company - if you aren't happy someone is taking your picture, you won't end up happy with the result. It also helps to avoid alcohol, poor lighting situations (helloooo bars!), and shots from someone shorter (or below) you.

HP - what you really need is to go out with friends and a good camera, blow two rolls of film on fun photos in various enjoyable spots (suggestions include a monument, a playground, a sunny field, and a rooftop-patio), then pick your favorites.

9:57 PM  
Blogger Lickety Split said...

I am one of God's LEAST photogenic creatures...and I feel ashamed of that since I dont consider myself unattractive. If I was hideous, I could deal. Nonetheless, I avoid photos of myself like the plague.

I hear ya.

12:53 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

I avoided posting pictures on my blog for the longest time because I do not photograph well. I had a photo shoot several months ago, posted a variety of the finishe dphots and got some of th enastiest, hate filled comments (mostly from some blogger in Chicago who encouraged her friends to post on my blog.)

I wish I had the balls to do Half Naked Thursdays.

Sex & Moxie
http://www.moxieblog.typepad.com

4:35 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

I also have never looked good in a picture. I don't really get it, I might have a bad smile, I hope not though.

8:03 PM  
Blogger Awkward said...

Just remember- we always think we look worse than we actually do- and borrow tips from the pros- tilt your head, shoulders back...

8:19 PM  

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