(Closed) Photographing the unphotogenic?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Araya:  ::raises hand:: Me!

I look horrible in pictures. I don’t look like “me” at all. Posting here to hopefully see some encouraging photo posts

Post # 4
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3766 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I always considered myself unphotogenic. Regular pics rarely look like the image I see and felt great about in the mirror.

Maybe because they did a great job relaxing us and capturing the natural moment, but my engagement photos looked great! I didn’t see an unphotogenic one in the 1400+ we received. Bad angles, sure, but I looked great!

I think the magic is in relaxing and being comfortable instead of feeling like you need to pose and pray this one comes out decent.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Umm yes I am un-photogenic and I am terrified for wedding pictures :-/

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

I am generally not thrilled with how I look in pictures. I was so happy on the day of our wedding, though, and our photographer did a great job of capturing that – I’m actually, astonishingly, really pleased with the pictures! Maybe she just did a good job of editing out all the goofy-faced ones before she gave us the discs, but I now have a totally unprecedented problem on my hands: deciding how to narrow down my choices from way too many GREAT options for our photo album!

I hope all of you have a similarly great experience with your photographers!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Araya:  Me, too!  Posed photos are not meant for me at all.  I can’t hold a pose.  I also have a really round face so I get a double chin most of the time.   <- Not cool.  Fortunately, our photographer was quick enough to take tons of photos that gave me good ones.  Plus, he was unobtrusive so I didn’t feel awkward at all. 

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I even love our goofy ones, like this:

This is us thinking, “How many more times do we need to kiss?/How much longer is this shoot?/Ow my feet hurt/What did he say?”

 

 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

What I see in the mirror is never what I see in pictures! I hate it, i’s horrible! I have searched for reasons why and what I can do to correct it. I read that people who are photogenic have facial features that show up better in pictures, so they actually may not look as good or look the same in person. While unphotogenic people can look very pretty or handsome in person but their features don’t transfer well to pictures. So nothing super useful. I did take a lot of pictures of myself and found I like pictures of myself with my hair down better than up, angles I look better in and smiles that look better. I’ve found that candid pictures of me are usually the most flattering. So we just had e pics on Monday and our photographer took a good mixture of posed and candid. I am hoping for the best but we shall see! One thing I did that I hope helped was I went and got my hair and make up done and felt amazing and gorgeous, hopefully it shines through in the pictures!

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

H and I are both unhappy we our teeth and thus we weren’t thrilled with our close up photos.  We bought braces for the both of us as our wedding gift to each other.

 

OUr photographer did a lot of scenic shots – meaning we were in the picture, but mainly we’re getting the beautiful background – which we wanted, otherwise we would not have driven 2000 miles to this location! LOL

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

For the most part, I am not photogenic. In many photos I somehow manage to close my eyes – or worse, I have them in a half blink and look wasted (and I rarely drink!). I’m also a little physically awkward and don’t know how to pose. But I was extremely pleased with my pictures! I love love love my wedding pictures. He told us how to pose and there are very few pictures that I won’t show people. Also, if he took any of me in a blink or half blink, he didn’t send them to me so I don’t have to lament over them! Ha! 🙂

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@ShutterbugCait:  same here! I look in the mirror and see one thing, and then see something totally different in pictures! I never look like I have makeup onif even if I do it. As in, my blush disappears and my mascara ran away. I’m also taller than most of my friends, so I just look like an awkward giant and don’t see any of the muscle definition I bust my ass in the gym for.

wow, I sound like a total peach today! 🙂 

Post # 13
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379 posts
Helper bee

+1 to mirror not matching pictures! lol

Post # 14
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85 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m not photogenic at all, and I consider that to be a fairly objective observation given that even relative strangers have said so. (One example: I was showing the bridal shop employees photos of my hair and makeup trial, and they all said I was much prettier in person than in photos. See, Mom? It’s not just in my head.)

Needless to say, I was really worried for wedding pictures, but they came out so, so well. There are a few I don’t like, but even those aren’t terrible. I know that part of it is that I look so freakin’ happy that there was no way the pictures could’ve turned out anything but great. 🙂

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Yes and yes!  I am unphotogenic but I was really pleased with my wedding photos!  I wish I were brave enough to post some “regular” photos and my wedding photos here so you could see, but I’m too chicken.  I even have guest photos and pro photos from the same moment in time and you can see the photographer’s magic and talent in the shots and editing!  He really helped set up our posed shots nicely, too.  I was so relieved!

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