There’s always someone who takes all the photos and is rarely in any. That is me. I don’t like having my photo taken, but it’s something I’m working on. Turns out I’m not the only one out there who feels this way, and there’s a reason for it!
When you see a photo of yourself, do you think it somehow doesn’t look quite like you think you look? I don’t mean when you’re snapped in mid sentence, or blinking, or the morning-after-the-night-before. Those don’t count. Apparently it’s down to mirrors. We look at ourselves in mirrors, but photos are not a mirror reflection so the opposite way around. Who knew! Everyone else thinks you look great in photos, but you think photo-you is not quite right. There’s a TED talk about this if you are interested, you can watch it HERE. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUDxHB41dPQ&feature=youtu.be
Researchers have come up with another reason why we don’t like having photos taken. I’m not sure I agree with this one, and I’m pretty sure I don’t fall into this category but here it is. People think they are better looking than they are. I think we all have a different idea of what “good looking” is, so this is all subjective. Apparently some researchers took a portrait, changed it into a bunch of photos ranging from beaten-with-the-ugly-stick to incredibly hot. The participant had to choose which was their true photo. You guessed it - most people chose the hot one. At least we don’t suffer from low self-esteem!
Either way, the next time you see a photo of yourself that you don’t really like, don’t worry about it, it’s just your perception. Everyone else thinks you look great!