Do you know "beautiful" people that aren't photogenic?

I don't think the two have to work together necessarily. Thoughts?


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  • I have a best friend who I think is the most beautiful person ever. I mean seriously, he has great health, posture, body, skin, hair, eyes, teeth its crazy. He looks like the product of generations of meticulous breeding lol and as an artist and photographer I can't help but notice.

    Yet he takes the crappiest pictures. Even with a high quality DSLR I am unable to capture him properly. I think he has difficulty posing, and makes a weird smile-like expression that does it. He's like a whole other person in animation though.

    I think for many others, improper lighting (which creates weird eye bags, bluer skin etc), or low quality of the photographs is the bigger issue. Likewise, we look at our bodies and face all the time, we automatically register the best impression of ourselves in our minds. However, the photograph may not be a complete montage of what we think but more so how we actually look like then, which may not live up to our expectations.

    Sometimes, you won't think you're as good looking in a picture whereas others may think you look absolutely great. Happens, its natural for us to think this way.

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  • Being good looking will give an edge but not necessarily will it guarantee a good pic. It is important to grasp that being naturally beautiful or striking does not necessarily translate to being photogenic in photos. Being photogenic can be obtained by learning how to pose in a picture.

    First, professional photographers will always be able to take pose in your best position and construct the perfect pose, it's their job. However, you can do a couple of things that will put forward a better pic of yourself.

    Determine your best angle. Finding the right angle for your face can be challenging. Experiment using a digital camera so you see the results of each pose immediately. It will very quickly become obvious which angles are most flattering for you. Once you're aware of this, use the best angles as much as possible in the future. Try looking slightly above the camera when the picture is taken. If the photographer is at a lower level look more or less directly forward, not at the camera, so your eyes aren't mostly closed.

    Focus on your posture. Not only does this matter for photos but daily good posture makes everything easier in life, including your confidence.

    Also the way you are mentally conducting yourself will reflect on your face, so relax and give a genuine smile.

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  • Let me preface this by saying that I am in no way calling myself beautiful, lol. But there's no question in my mind that I look better in person than in photographs. I avoid having my picture taken if at all possible.

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    • I wonder why that is though. I feel the same way. I don't know why! lol

    • Well, I think a camera flash is such a harsh light and I look better in soft light.

  • I look so much better in the mirror than in photos its really rediculous. Not saying I'm beautiful but its definitely a fact...

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  • Sure, people with skin blemishes don't photograph well, although the blemshes might look cute to most people...they don't photograph well. Also, people with ponytails, they usually cast odd shadows in photographs.

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  • Yes..I know very attractive people that always seem to take horrible pics...seems like the only way to get a pic of them is to take a surprise snapshot...and even that doesn't work all the time..(:(:(:

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  • My wife. :)

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  • Well, in mirror you see your reflection with is pretty much the opposite of you, and in the picture you see how others see you,

    You're used to seeing the reflection of yourself therefore you think you're ugly when you see the real you.

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What Girls Said 9

  • This is an interesting question and I can answer it. Five stars!

    I have a friend who is stunning. Blond hair, blue eyes, dimples, perfect teeth, long legs and not an inch of fat on her. Like a real life barbie doll (all natural too). She has guys constantly throw themselves at her but somehow on all the pictures I see of her on Facebook, she looks completely different.

    Her head seems giagantic, her eyes bulge and her skin appears to be kind of grey in color.

    I then have other friends, who take stunning photos of themselves but you wouldn't think it was the same person if you compared them to real life.

    It's mind boggling how this happens :S

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  • I'm beautiful and EXTREMELY UNPHOTOGENIC. Like I'm not only ugly I look so different. Last time I took my DMV photo the lady looked down at the picture she had just taken, looked at me with disbelief, then said "You're very beautiful" I just laughed cause I knew I looked bad.lol

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  • beauty is subjective but I've had a lot of people tell me I'm beautiful, cute, and very pretty. I see it in the mirror. I look f***ed up in photos though. seriously lol

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  • Definitely. I have one friend who is drop dead gorgeous, like guys come in their pants when they look at her (it really did happen once...anyway...) but she looks terrble in photos. Her features just don't translate well.

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    • Well guess they are pleasantly suprised when they see her then (from a pic)! lol

  • i hate taking photos of myself. I reckon that photos are just for people that wanna show off their body and think their all it that's my opinion.

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  • yea my best friend is absolutely stunning but she can't take a picture to save her life

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  • Yeah it happens both ways some people are better 2d and some are better 3d

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    • I guess I'll take being better 3d versus 2d then! =p

    • Yeah but think about the future the one the looks good as 2d will show their grandkids look this was me and She could look Great :)

    • Ha ha! Assuming I was alive then...(and had grandkids!) Yikes! =)

  • yeah my boyfriend is really good looking and adorable but in pictures he always smiles weird or make s a funny face by accident. its so hard to get a good photo of him :P

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  • yes...it sucks!

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