Is it possible someone looks good (cute/attractive) in real life, but not on photographs?

Someone looks good in real life, but not in the pictures?

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Someone looks good in photos, but not so much in real life?


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Most Helpful Guy

  • Lots of people will just "take a photo" with whatever camera they have so there are weird shadows on their faces, maybe they had a pimple on their nose that day, odd poses, odd clothing, odd angle, stuff that makes them look uglier in a photograph than they really are. The converse is of course true; lots of makeup, airbrushing, sideways shots, stuff to the point that a photo may look far better than real life.

    Even in the time before photography this was a common occurrence; when having a portrait painted, the artist would ask "how would you like me to paint you?" Meaning, you want that big fat mole on your face in the painting, or should I bleep it out?

    So yes, oftentimes a person will appear differently in real life vs. a photo. In all truthfulness the "profile photo" is more advertising than anything else.

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    • A lot of my friends Facebook, and the differences between their profile photos and descriptions vs. what I know to be true in real life is usually a lot.. The ones who really get into it have the most out-of-this-world BS on their pages.

    • One guy has a pic of himself posing in front of a Ferrari in downtown Scottsdale with a caption that says "my favorite ride...love it so much more than my M5". Know how that photo was taken? He rented a suit from a prop store and took the bus to a ritzy nightclub and posed in front of various expensive cars LOL.

What Guys Said 5

  • Yeah but its also because 55% of communication is physical (body language, movements, etc.) so you don't get the physical presence of that particular person when only see them in a picture.

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  • Yes I'm one of those guys, completely non photogenic!

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  • Story of my life. My friends all say I'm a pretty good looking guy, but when I get photographed I look like Gilbert Gottfried. It's pretty terrible.

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  • Im the opposite. I photograph horribly, but look good in person.

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  • I'd say it's much more common for someone to look "good" in a particular photo but not look good in real life.

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What Girls Said 7

  • Yeah, of course. Especially since a lot of a peoples attractiveness has to do with their personality (charming, funny, etc.), and a picture doesn't show those things. But as far as someone being physically attractive in real life but not in pictures...it's normal.

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  • Yep. I'm not exactly photogenic, but I can look nice in real life.

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  • yeah it's called photogenic and not photogenic haha

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  • yea I look better in real life and not so good in pics

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  • yes that's me. I never take good pics

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  • yes, I avoid pictures because I'm not photogenic

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  • My sister is that way, she's just not photogenic. For some people, the lighting is never right or there's always a bad angle. And for some people it's the opposite and they look better in pictures than real life. It's a shame because photography is such a beautiful art.

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