when I look in the mirror, I look good. But then I'll take a picture and I'll end up looking like the bride of frankenstein. I don't get it. I'll take a picture of me and look in the mirror at the same time and the two are so different. talk about not being photogenic...
follow up question: when someone else sees you, do they see the mirror image or the picture image?
It could have something to do with the way you perceive yourself. Technically, according to cognitive psychology, everything around us is nothing more than in our minds, because it's how our mind interprets our world that we come to know it. Which means that you could very well see what you want to see when you look in the mirror, whereas the photo will show you what is truly there, or, maybe, you have something against cameras, and the stigma that you aren't photogenic could actually allow you to perceive yourself in that way. When you feel differently, you do look differently, also. You know how people tell pregnant women or those who're recently engaged that they're radiant or glowing? The way you feel can influence how you perceive yourself in a mirror. This could all be completely quack though, but this is what cognitive psychologists would probably tell you. It's all in your head.
Neither are good indicators of how you look, with a photo it depends on the lighting conditions and angle, in a mirror it depends on the lighting conditions too but no worry about flash causing a bad image. A more accurate measure of how you look would be video
You just have to practice different angles and poses and smiles in the picture. I had a problem taking pictures because I never looked directly at the lens so my eyes looked weird. lol I learned to tilt my head and add some depth/dimension to my face/body and wah-laa I was taking better pictures lol
Photos are just innaccurate, plenty of pretty people look eh in photos and vice versa. I find it has a whole lot to do with angles and lighting.
I'm not sure how to say this but I think beauty is in the eye of the beholder. When you take a still photo they don't see your movements, they don't hear your voice, they don't smell your distinct smell, and they don't see you in 3D the way you smile or your every little move so no pictures aren ot like real life and real life is usually better depiction of a person, at least I think so.
Some times pictures can make you skin color or your face and such look a little different. I look funny in a lot of my photos, but some I look really attractive. I think it depends on the photographer and also the lighting a lot! Other than that, there's the angle of the camera and the time of the photo shoot. You can take one when you look perfect or if you're about to talk and your eyes are half closed, you don't look so picture perfect if you know what I mean.
This happens to me every time. It's like, how can I look cute in the mirror but the picture I took in the mirror looks horrible? How is that possible?
The only time I look good is 1. on video (because I'm in motion and not frozen) and 2. in candid pictures my friends take when I'm not posing or expecting it.