Post
Experience Project iOS Android Apps | Download EP for your Mobile Device

I Dont Like to Pose For a Camera

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 2,558 People

    I Am One Of The Most Unphotogenic People Out There

    I used to be photogenic as a kid... and be able to pose really well for the camera. And then as I got older, it just got worse and worse. I am the most unphotogenic person I know. My left eye scrunches up to look like I'm winking sometimes, and I have the dorkiest smile. My face...
    chels25 chels25 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 5, 2011

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Horrific!

    I can't think of many things that make me more uncomfortable than having to pose for a picture, its probably a self confidence issue but its traumatic! I absolutely hate the way I look in photos and I must be the least photogenic person on the planet. I won a makeover photo...
    Lilacpearl Lilacpearl 31-35, F Oct 11, 2013

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Strike A Pose

    I never liked posing for a camera and now I don't mind.  Let it roll...I'm up for it.  :)
    Whateverrrrr Whateverrrrr 36-40, F Aug 21, 2011

    Your Response

    Cancel
    khewster khewster 36-40, F Sep 23

    Your Response

    Cancel
    Gblue5 Gblue5 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 22

    Your Response

    Cancel

    I hate having my picture taken

    when I have to smile because it never looks right
    Fred363 Fred363 16-17, M 1 Response Jul 21

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Candid photos are the best photos.

    Every time I pose for a camera, my smile looks so fake.
    AzaleaElise AzaleaElise 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 10

    Your Response

    Cancel

    When Others Take Photos Of Me

    I really dont like it. I dont know what to do and then I end up with a weird smile/pose in the pic.  Candid shots are better. Or when I take my own pics because I am more prepared. 
    reset reset 18-21, F 4 Responses Aug 16, 2010

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Hate Hate Hate HATE Posing

    Nothing wrong if it's genuine, but theres nothing I hate more (cept for Obama) than having to fake enjoyment. Just take the damn picture before I start scowling!
    JackedHueMan JackedHueMan 36-40, M Nov 16, 2013

    Your Response

    Cancel

    I don't mind having my picture taken,

    but I feel it takes away from the experience if you remove yourself to get a picture. I love seeing people laughing whole heartedly or doing something natural. It captures the true atmosphere of the situation.
    yesdni yesdni 16-17, F Jan 21

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Point That Thing Away From Me

    I've always loathed having photos taken.  Family photos were always a nightmare with some old camera we all had to sit still for.  Hold on, just a minute, keep smiling.  Nearly got it.  You two boys, keep still!!  The annual school photos were as bad.  My mum would always...
    CrookedMan CrookedMan 46-50 Mar 18, 2011

    Your Response

    Cancel

    There is a time for everything.

    But apparently, so much people I know think every time is picture or selfie or instagram time. I could pose for a picture if I wanted, during the right time, like during vacations. But the reason I started to hate pictures was because my family and friends take pictures...
    emilesfault emilesfault 16-17, M 2 Responses Jan 30

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Ever since I can remember I have hated having

    pictures taken of me. When I was younger I would cry and pout if my parents wanted to photograph me. To this day it still gives me anxiety. It's true that I'm currently dealing with a weight issue and I refuse to take pics of myself right now. But even when I was in undergrad...
    ShyGirlie78 ShyGirlie78 36-40, F 2 Responses Apr 24

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Super Awkward

    I always end up looking super awkward when I pose for a picture your way better taking a picture of me when im not looking that's when the magic happens ^.^
    Yashanti Yashanti 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 9, 2013

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Group photos particularly.

    Some of my friends would drag me to join in but as soon as I'm already there, I try pretending I'm actually looking forward to being taken a group picture but then I slowly sneak my way out of the group without my friends knowing. I always do this that they are always suprised...
    acitythatneverwakesup acitythatneverwakesup 16-17, F 1 Response 6 days ago

    Your Response

    Cancel

    But I Will Pose For That Muthafucker If It Will Get You Out Of My Face

    I wasn't the most effusive kid. I don't see what that has to be a problem but it is sometimes. So thank all my bubbly friends for pulling me into the light and making me smile through every picture you'll probably ever see of me.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Nov 21, 2011

    Your Response

    Cancel
    pyeito pyeito 31-35, M Jan 12

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Not Photogenic

    I always take horrible photos. It takes about a thousand horrible pictures to be taken to find one even decent picture of myself. On the upside since all my old highschool yearbook pictures are truly the worst, I make others feel better about their own pictures.  Haha I just...
    bubblesgalore bubblesgalore 19-21, F 2 Responses Mar 4, 2008

    Your Response

    Cancel

    It’s Now Or Never

    I love theatre acting and performing in front of people, but I don’t like being recorded. I shall make a complete fool of myself, but I don’t want people to have ‘evidence’ of it. You either see me doing something 1st hand or not at all. My mother has...
    Floydess Floydess 18-21, F Mar 15, 2010

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Camera Reflex

    I can't help it;it's like a reflex action with me.When I see a camera,I turn the other way.But,at least they get my better side that way.
    Spiritheart Spiritheart 51-55, M May 3, 2009

    Your Response

    Cancel

    As far as I can remember I've always despised

    having my picture taken. My parents said it started when I was two or three. I'd just glare at the camera and be in a irritable mood the rest of the day. I still do that. On family vacations they require me to be smiling in photos. The also banned me from wearing hats because I...
    BleedingOrchids BleedingOrchids 13-15, F 1 Response Apr 23

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Picture Day

    When I was little I used to be a total diva. I would dress up for pictures pose ask for them the works. I even have a ton of pictures of my cousins that I in some way photo bombed just so I could be in the picture too. I loved attention it needed to be all about me all the time...
    ImaginaryPrototype ImaginaryPrototype 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 1, 2013

    Your Response

    Cancel

    I Love to Take Pictures Though.

    Although I hate posing for pictures, or having pictures taken of me in general for the most part, I love to take pictures.  I never take pictures of people though, always just nature, architecture, or really most anything but people.  Maybe an animal occasionally, but...
    Abstract Abstract 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 2, 2007

    Your Response

    Cancel
    sighimnotgoodwithnames sighimnotgoodwithnames 22-25, F 2 Responses Mar 20

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Not Really ....

    Not sure why but I never really liked the idea of my photo being taken.... I think because of my vivid imagination, that seems to fill up the experience into a much more holistic view - the sounds, the smells, the view etc....and with a picture of me I don't seem to get that...
    SamanthaTheStreetwalker SamanthaTheStreetwalker 41-45, F Apr 20, 2013

    Your Response

    Cancel

    I'M Not Pretty Enough

    I'm 20 years old, and like most young adults & teenagers I take numerous "selfies" but ill take 60 of the same pictures before I get one that's good enough for me to put online, on to the World Wide Web. Why? Because I don't find myself pretty! Some times it's hard for me to be...
    dallasx0 dallasx0 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 18, 2013

    Your Response

    Cancel

    I think if people want a picture

    that "looks natural" they should catch the subject in a natural way, not poseing
    EllieAmazing EllieAmazing 16-17, F Sep 27

    Your Response

    Cancel

    I Just Don't Like It

    I don't know why. I don't know how to react when someone told me that they want to take my picture. lol . I always tried to avoid getting my pictures taken.
    amethyst91 amethyst91 18-21, F 3 Responses Sep 26, 2010

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Don't Photograph Me!!!!

    I hate to be photographed or filmed. I love to take pictures, but please leave me out of the picture. Why? I don't know.
    linda linda 21-25, F 2 Responses Oct 23, 2006

    Your Response

    Cancel

    I can take great pictures of myself (sometimes)

    but when other people take pictures of me it turns out horribly...
    anovasiangel anovasiangel 13-15, F Mar 25

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Bloody Technology!!

    I will FOREVER hate Apple for installing the camera/video applications on the new iPods. It's torture to be sitting in class doing work and all of a sudden you hear this *click* near your ear. Three minutes later, it happens again. Three of my friends want to be photographers...
    TimeDragonClock TimeDragonClock 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 14, 2011

    Your Response

    Cancel

    I don't like posing and I just don't like

    pictures being taken of me in general. I've always been like this and my dad always gets upset, and today he got even more upset about it. I mean I understand that he wants pictures because I'm growing up and he wants to make memories, but to me, making memories isn't taking a...
    ForgottenCelestria ForgottenCelestria 16-17, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

    Your Response

    Cancel

    No Photos For Me Please

    I can't stand having my photo taken. So much that I have no photos of myself and my boyfriend together. Or even with my family. At family occasions everyone knows not to point the camera at me. I get really mad if my boyfriend does that. When I do take photos, I do it alone...
    Ikkine Ikkine 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 26, 2011

    Your Response

    Cancel

    I Hate Posing For The Camera

    I look horrible in photos. Everytime i spot my face in photos, i feel like puking! That's not a very comfortable feeling! Another thing i hate is that my friends and relatives will force me to take photos with them. This makes me even more uncomfortable. When i told them i hate...
    fuglygirlonthebench fuglygirlonthebench 18-21, F 10 Responses Dec 27, 2010

    Your Response

    Cancel

    I can't make myself smile,

    so I can't really take selfies for Instagram.
    ssjwesker ssjwesker 18-21, M Jun 3

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Haha I always feel like it turns out bad like

    for a project a while ago this girl asked if she could take a photo of me and I wished I could disappear because pictures give me anxiety
    NonexistantSoul NonexistantSoul 16-17, F Mar 23

    Your Response

    Cancel

    It's Awkward.

    First of all, it's so unnatural to pose. I have to shift the way I stand, where I put my arms and hands, how my face looks, my hair, etc. Most of the time I don't even know what to do. And then the awkward wait while I'm holding a pose and smiling as the photographer fumbles with...
    SpilledSecrets SpilledSecrets 22-25, F 2 Responses Oct 26, 2011

    Your Response

    Cancel
    ThatOneGirlWithTheBlueEyes ThatOneGirlWithTheBlueEyes 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 29

    Your Response

    Cancel

    A Bad Memory.

    Well for an exhibitionist this is an odd group to be in. The truth is that posing in front of a camera has bad memories for me. When I was a lot younger I discovered I loved being naked, especially if others were looking at me. I had a few adolescent dares and stripping games but...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses May 5, 2012

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Better Behind

    I am way better behind a camera than infront of it. I'm not saying that I thing I'm ugly and I'm far from model material I just don't like how I look when my picture is taken. They are really bad when I smile but when I make a funny face in the picture I think it's the most...
    rainbow1691 rainbow1691 18-21, F Apr 24, 2012

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Mhmmmm... Might I just say,

    don't edit my photos because you don't like the way I look in them. That's my job, thank you.
    bluegirlie98 bluegirlie98 16-17, F Jul 21

    Your Response

    Cancel

    I love photography. But being photographed.

    ...never comfortable with it.
    picklebobble picklebobble 46-50, M 6 days ago

    Your Response

    Cancel

    I'm Too Ugly!

    I take tons of pictures. Most of them I'm not in. I don't like to pose for the camera or have a candid picture of me taken. I wish my husband would respect that, but he doesn't. He takes candid shots of me all the time. When he shows them to me, I demand he delete it. I've...
    tickleshy tickleshy 46-50, F 1 Response Jul 23, 2013

    Your Response

    Cancel

    I hate posing , its kinda un comfortable .

    its like "what should i do , how should i pose" i dont like to pose ... i just sit and take the damn pic .
    LunarDream LunarDream 16-17, M 1 Response May 2

    Your Response

    Cancel
    HRHHeronMaxwell HRHHeronMaxwell 16-17, M Apr 14

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Camera Phobia.

    Sometime back i used to have this hate for taking photos. Actually i feared taking snaps because i though i couldn't. I am not a good looking person and it has taken years for me to finally accept myself and that i can't do anything to change myself
    CollinsTC CollinsTC 18-21, M 3 Responses Aug 1, 2013

    Your Response

    Cancel

    I don't mind having my picture taken,

    but don't expect me so act like the happiest person on earth when the camera flashes. It feels stupid putting on a fake smile. And when it comes to being in a picture with someone else, I don't wrap my arms around their waist either. Pictures are meant to capture the true moment...
    LifeLover12 LifeLover12 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 13

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Omg

    i have no idea why but when ever i take a pic of myself on a camera i look like some new ugley person its like i have to have tons of makeup on to make my self look like my slef in a picture it drives me crazy!idk how some girls sit in there house all day and take pics to me its...
    kimberly101 kimberly101 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 26, 2011

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Don't Look At Me

    I taking pictures I think its best I just stay out of mind and out of sight. I was born to be a shadow I don't want to be seen or heard or known I am the quiet person who stays in the shadows observing people. Hope that doesn't make me a sound like a creep. I'll be at a party or...
    ColorMeCrazy ColorMeCrazy 18-21, F Apr 18, 2011

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Related Experiences

    This guy likes me and I like him back but he shows it and I don't so should I like flirt with him or something I don't know what to do?!?!
    Hazel888 Hazel888 13-15, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

    Your Response

    Cancel
    Gonna have pizza for breakfast... Nice :3 haha
    Chrissaysyourock Chrissaysyourock 16-17, M 1 Response Oct 11

    Your Response

    Cancel
    How do I know if he likes me back he always talks to me on snapchat n always texts me does this mean anything
    Hazel888 Hazel888 13-15, F 1 Response 1 day ago

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I'm a huge fan of the graphic novel & movie Always have But I hate it when people mock great work of art. Such as protesters. So I was doing the roommates calendar for November...
    djdwtw17 djdwtw17 26-30, M 23 hrs ago

    Your Response

    Cancel