The universal (read: first world) problem: looking good in the mirror, but not in photos. This used to be a mild annoyance before social media and selfies, now it’s an unforgiveable sin.
There are people who look good in photos, and people who don’t. But even the people who look unbelievable on camera don’t look half as good there as they do in real life. Take Kate Middleton for instance. We can all agree she’s beautiful right? Absolutely stunning, and yes photogenic. However I once saw her in a parade in cambridge New Zealand, and ever since then any photos can’t even compare to how beautiful she is in real life! It’s like she glows, and that’s impossible to get on camera.
Another example, the cute boy on campus (who I have yet to be brave enough to speak
to). Gorgeous, magical, looks like a rockstar on drugs just before they crash and burn. But in photos he looks entirely average.
So what is it? Is it our ‘air’, the way we carry ourselves, our expression, our moods? I think that maybe it has a lot to do with the fact that in real life we are able to perceive moods, and personalities, or simply ‘vibes’.
None of this helps me look cute enough to update my facebook profile picture, but it makes me feel better about it that’s for sure.