(Un)Photogenic

camera selfie

Everyone who is close to me knows that I hate having my photo taken. They also know that I actively avoid attending social events where people might be taking photos that could be shared online, or elsewhere.  Being in front of the lens scares the bejesus out of me, and it shows. I truly am the least photogenic person I know. I get furious every time someone shares their hideous photos of me.  This one stupid thing is causing me to shy away from experiences that, if not for the presence of cameras, could be fun for me.

Can a girl like me train herself to look better in photos? An exhaustive Google search has pointed me to a slew of “experts” who claim that the answer to my question is, YES! And, we all know, if it’s on the internet, it must be true, right?

All kidding aside, I do believe this one. I’m an amateur photographer. That’s me behind the lens (and in front of a mirror) in the photo above.  When I got serious about learning how to take “good photos”, it didn’t take long for me to figure out that the saying, “the camera never lies” is a big fat lie! The camera always lies! It does not see what our eyes see. When we know how to manipulate the (optical) illusion, our photos have the potential to be amazing—when we don’t know what the heck we’re doing, we might get lucky, but we’ll more than likely end up with lousy shots.

So now that I’ve decided to believe that it’s possible to train myself to look better in photos, what will I do? Well, duh! I’m going to follow the advice of all the “experts” on the internet and practice what they preach. But if you think I’m going to trust anyone else with a camera just yet, you’re crazy! I’m going to be both the subject and the photographer for this endeavour.

I have no idea what the parameters of this undertaking will be. Will I have a theme? Will I have a shooting schedule? Will I share my photos with the world, or will I keep them private? It’s all up in the air. Until I decide how to go about this, I’m going to read up on some of the “tricks of the trade” and try to find a store in the area that sells the remote control for my camera.

I’m curious… how do you feel about having your photo taken? Do you like or loath seeing photos of yourself? What are your thoughts about self-portraiture?  Do you follow anyone who is doing a selfie project? Are you doing a selfie project?