why does my face look different in pictures

I used to HATE photographs being taken of me. Because of this. I would look in the mirror and feel comfortable with my face. (Not 'Woohoo I love me' but comfortable) then i'd see a photo and would look nothing like the person I see in the mirror. But then I realized that we all have asymmetrical faces. You don't really notice it until photos. E. g. I have wonky eyebrows. And a small mole on the left side of my chin (Real time, not mirror). I also have a slightly protruding lateral incisor on the left side, and a
slightly misaligned jaw. This I all accept in the mirror. But when photographed so a reversed picture it all looks ten times worse. and I focus on everyflaw. It actually bugged me so much I point blank refused to have photos taken and when people did take them I got downright miserable and hated myself. My friends always looked like themselves in the mirror or photos.


And they looked pretty. Well ten times prettier than me. Then I got over it. And stopped being so image obsessed. Now I am happy with myself. Genuinely happy. I stop obsessing over every flaw (Do NOT type this OP question into google. When I had my mirror/photo issues I did and it made it so much worse. People where moaning about tiny ridiculous flaws and how they were getting/had/wanted surgery to correct them. to the point where all I wanted was surgery. ) So trust me when I say. You are the same person, in the mirror and photos. Except what you may see as flaws when photographed and are horrified its simply you reversed. So everything is like a 'new flaw' when in reality you accepted them in mirror time. Plus as others have said lighting, distance from the camera, the facial expression you have. Can affect photos. This story originally appeared on :б Quite simply, your face is the wrong way round.


As a portrait photographer, IБve found about 90% of people will say they hate having their photo taken and are the least photogenic person in their family (if not the world). What I discovered was when I flip the image of someone on my computer, most people prefer it. We have spent our lives seeing our faces in the mirror, and we have become used to seeing our face that way round. So when we reverse that image, it doesnБt look right. No one has a perfectly symmetricalб face. Most people part their hair on one side rather than the other. Most people have one eye slightly larger than the other. Most people have one curvier eyebrow and one straighter or pointier. Most people smile slightly more out of one side of their mouth than the other. Most people have a mole, scar or facial feature on one side and not the other.


And so it goes on. So if your nose goes 2mm to the left, then when your image is the other way round it appears to be 4mm to the right of where youБre expecting it to be. When you add all these things together, when you see your face in reverse to how you expect it to be, itБs you, but not you. And that makes you feel uncomfortable. Consider this image of one of the worldБs most famous facesБLeonardo da VinciБs Mona Lisa. Which version to you preferБthe one on the left or right? When I have shown this image to photography clubs I have given talks to on portraiture, 90% of the audience prefer the one on the leftБthe way she was originally painted. When I put up an image like this (original and flipped side by side) of someone no one knows, I get a 50/50 split in preference. And thatБs because most of us are more far more comfortable with whatБs familiar.


So when you look at a family photo, or group shot, everyone else looks as you expect them toБthe way you see them every day. But you donБt. Your face is the wrong way round to what you are expecting. So you think you are the un-photogenic one. Meanwhile, everyone else is thinking exactly the same thing. So when you say to your sister, Бyou look great, but I look awful in this,Б she thinks youБre crazy, because to her you look fine and she thinks sheБs the odd looking one. Find a photo of yourself and hold it up in the mirrorБlook at its reflection. And if it looks better to you that way round, it will look fine to everyone else the normal way round. Related links: is a photographer who loves to make people look cool. Check out for more information. Kim is also a Quora contributor. б You can follow Quora on, and. б

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