How to look better in group photos?
February 18, 2012 9:21 AM Subscribe
i don't want to be tagged in ugly pictures of myself
posted by thischarmingirl to clothing, beauty, & fashion (15 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
so, i have lots of picture-happy friends who are always trying to get me in group shots but i hate the way i end up looking in them. i don't have the easiest face to translate to film and with bad lighting at school or elsewhere with someone else holding the camera, i just look awful.
if you want a picture of me for reference, i'll send it over. i just don't feel like posting up here. but if a description will suffice, here it goes. i'm 5'1 with a very huge, pakistani nose and a skin color that does great in natural sunlight but awful in florescent lighting and dark brown eyes that don't really pick up light. i wear glasses but take them off for pics but that makes me feel disoriented and like i can't see. also, no matter how much make-up i wear, it never shows it off. i emphasize that because i've tried make-up to get better pictures and it doesn't really add anything to the photo. me being shorter than most of my friends also makes it awkward for posing.
oh, i also wear braces and i've had tmj forever. before braces, i had extremely crooked teeth and always avoided pictures so i'm aware that i've carried that complex but a wide-eyed smile actually physically hurts my jaw and i have braces pushing on my mouth already.
the thing is, i really love sharing memories with my friends and i feel like i'm missing out by taking pictures with my friends. but any time that anyone wants me to take a picture, i tense up and already imagine that the picture will end up awful (i know that reasoning contributes to the picture being bad but i can't stop it). contrary to what you may be thinking, i actually am not insecure. when i look in the mirror, i think i'm pretty and i love myself and i recognize just not my physical beauty but my inner, emotional, and spiritual beauty too. i just don't know how to convey that to photos.
all suggestions/advice are very much so appreciated!