(photo taken by Rose when we were in a very hot and primitive youth hostel in Malaga, Spain)
When I was young, people used to tell me I was photogenic. To me it meant that I looked better in photos than I did in real life. I don't get told that anymore.
Now that I am older, if I am unaware of the camera, I sometimes like my photo. Like the one above. Or maybe it is because I am halfway behind a wall?
When I know the camera is there, this is what happens to my face--I look mean:
(photo taken by someone...)
Usually the mean look is because I am not smiling so my cheeks don't appear chubby, or I think I am looking "natural" (naturally mean?).
Or there is the fake smile, trying to be very casual (and not let the cheeks take over). Trying to not look like I am posing:
(photo taken by Doug when we were near the top of a church spire in Copenhagen, Denmark)
Even with a talented photographer, I end up with a pinched, fake smile (sorry to throw you under the bus, too, Barb):
(photo taken by Jimmy Toro for the TallulahsJewelry.com website)
So, thanks, Rose, for getting one while I was looking the other way (and partially covered by a wall). Now that I am no longer photogenic, does it mean I look better in real life?