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I Hate Having My Picture Taken

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    Pro At Avoiding Camera's

    I don't think my picture has been taken in about 35 years, except for my wedding photo's, and one other family shoot. I was at church one Sunday, we were having a dinner after services, the lady that took all of the official church pictures kept trying to get my picture and I...
    AcerDeville AcerDeville 41-45, M 1 Response Oct 19, 2013

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    It's So Annoying!

    I hate when people just take pictures of you when you don't even know that they are, and refuse to delete the picture! It's even worse when they post it online.
    BlueEyedGirl11 BlueEyedGirl11 16-17, F Aug 23, 2009

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    I Will Hide Now!

    I don't like my picture being taken, especially. NO! I'm not running from the law! =p Most of this is due to my bad teeth. When I smile in pics, it's obvious! But when I don't smile, it looks like I'm angry or sad. Which I'm not! And so I want to smile... but then I worry about...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Feb 25, 2009

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    Picture Of Me

    I thought that I was the only person with that kind of problem. I see myself very bad in photos. Maybe it's not true, but still it's my feeling. So, I like photos of others but not for me. I used to take photos of 'scenery' and part of my country and sometimes of 'beautiful...
    BenChell BenChell 41-45, M Aug 8, 2012

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    I hate having any kind of picture taken by

    people of me because it feels weird and awkward. In my head I'm like "Oh god this is weird and awkward" and I get anxiety or something. Especially when they take like a million years to take the picture. Like just take the god damn picture! Your just standing there alone or with...
    XxTheHighsxX XxTheHighsxX 16-17, F 1 Response May 23

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    It's Invasive

    I don't know why it's so painful to have a camera pointed at me.  It feels invasive.  I've always compared it to surgery without anesthesia.  But everyone tells me I'm so photogenic.  Maybe it's uncomfortable because it's like having someone stare at you...
    Nophotos Nophotos 51-55 1 Response May 15, 2009

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    I Thought It Was Just Me.

    I really, really, hate having my picture taken.  And I work in a business where every time I turn around, someone's taking it.  I don't understand why you don't have the right to refuse this.  I've always hated having my picture taken.  When I was young, my father and others...
    lgmaddox lgmaddox 51-55 Apr 19, 2012

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    You Can Thank My Sister For That!

    ! When we were young my sister had a thing for taking pictures of me. I don't mean nice ones either. She would hide in different places, under the bed, around a corner, behind a door etc.. and jump out and snap a photo of me. They were horrendous!! I'm not lying. Once I...
    maqeurious maqeurious 31-35, F Mar 30

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    I've Always Hated It!!

    It was awful on my wedding day, I didn't have a photographer and everyone else decided they would be!! "over here" "smile" "look this way" "one more" GRRR!!!! I hated it, I do wish now that I had more pictures of my day but it was just...
    AWUK AWUK 26-30, F 1 Response Sep 16, 2007

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    You Can Thank My Sister For That!!

    When we were young my sister had a thing for taking pictures of me.  I don't mean nice ones either.  She would hide in different places, under the bed, around a corner, behind a door etc.. and jump out and snap a photo of me.  They were horrendous!!  I'm not...
    Maqi Maqi 26-30, F 6 Responses Jun 5, 2009

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    It's Like Torture :-(

    I think I would rather have my teeth pulled without anesthetic than have my picture taken.   I think the last time I had my picture taken of 3 or 4 years ago.   I  did post some pictures of me a while ago... mostly from my wedding and a couple of high...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Dec 9, 2007

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    Scared To Have My Photo Taken

    when i was younger my teacher did a class prodject and took everyones picture and put them on the schools work area where anyone can get them, i forgot about them for a wile but then last year someone came across them and put mine on facebook i felt humiliated i felt like mine...
    theskier theskier 16-17 Jan 4, 2012

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    I HATE to have my photo taken

    when I was pregnant I was a photo queen I never missed the opertuninty to post my big belly and photos when you could see my son's foot almost breaking the skin of my belly! Now tho I HATE to have my photo taken my body is just not the same as it was. Then I read this article...
    snowbabe3 snowbabe3 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 21

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    Pictures Don't Lie

    I have spent half my life avoiding pictures. I think the problem with a picture is it doesn't lie. I am a big fat guy. I know that, but seeing a picture of myself really brings it home. For some reason looking in the mirror does not cause the same despair as a picture. I...
    eMemaN eMemaN 36-40, M Oct 28, 2011

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    Curtails My Life

    I find that many of social networking sites nag you for a photo; especially dating sites. I'm so fearful of having my photo taken that I eventually leave such sites. I think part of my dislike stems from my crazy over-the-top aunt who snapped photos all the time, without asking...
    faithlesslyyours faithlesslyyours 41-45, M Aug 4, 2012

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    All My Life

    I don't think i've ever liked it. I'm pretty good at dodging photos. It makes me angry for some reason. No matter how drunk I get or how off guard I am. I think something is harwired in my brain that says "must avoid photos at all costs". I really hate when people just point a...
    orderedchaos orderedchaos 22-25, M Aug 18, 2013

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    Here's Why:

    Picture taken by me: Picture taken by someone else: What the hell is going on here?! Do I just magically swell to the size of a small elephant when someone other than *me* picks up a camera??? I don't get it! I've done mirror shots and I don't look the way I look when someone...
    SpiritOfTheRabbit SpiritOfTheRabbit 31-35, F 7 Responses Dec 17, 2012

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    I'm Funny Looking To Start With

    And most photos make me look even worse. I have a big head, and most of the hair is gone from it, so what you see is this big, shiny, reflective dome. ("It's got two moons in orbit and its own weather system!") My eyes are also kind of sunken, and, while I've lost quite a bit of...
    SomeDudeNearBoston SomeDudeNearBoston 46-50, M Mar 27, 2013

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    Since I Was A Little Kid

    One of the few memory's I have of being quite young was running away and hiding when it came to having family or group pictures taken. My mother got so angry she threw a shoe at me once (missing of course). A few years back my parents sent a collection of baby and school age...
    Fortnight Fortnight 51-55, M Sep 11, 2011

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    this has everything to do with self esteem

    and body image, ready story about body image issues.
    NvBikeBoy NvBikeBoy 31-35, M 1 Response Jan 21

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    Good Night

    How do you take it when someone says goodnight to you? Are you happy that you finally are not to see them again? Does it worry you that you won't waken the next day,like it has me? Do you wonder if the meaning is there for you as in...Have a good Night? ......or,.....Was there an...
    mzdivine mzdivine 56-60 1 Response Jun 6, 2012

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    Hate It!!

    i have always hated having my picture taken, cos its as if i feel that i look somehow a little different in real life compared to the way i look in pictures, i mean, its like if i look at myself in the mirror, i know im not the best looking guy in the world, but i look at myself...
    cowshed123 cowshed123 31-35, M 2 Responses Feb 22, 2013

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    Say Cheese

    Pictures are like a reality show....sometimes they show you something thats not true effects and colors beyond truth...then others it reminds you why you never wanted the picture....its like a mirror pointing out every flaw...dont worry you can zoom in on them too.......why have...
    cookie285 cookie285 13-15, F Apr 9, 2012

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    Call It Superstition, I Guess.

    I am superstitious in weird ways. I have nightmares about vampires. I get paranoid when riding in an elevator. Every time I get in my car, the first thing I do is check the back seat. My most superstitious belief is that every time your picture is taken, a little piece of your...
    JesusKravitz JesusKravitz 18-21, M 1 Response Nov 4, 2012

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    Can You Hold That Smile For Just A Little Longer?

    So recently, I got this surprise. Surprises are good right? Wrong. This surprise was a family photo shoot with a professional. I had a day notice. My hair needed a cut. My skin was pale. Bo gained weight. It was safe to say I was close to tears. My whole family os...
    fitsie fitsie 22-25, F Jul 25, 2013

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    Does My Opinion Matter?

    I've been told my entire life that I'm a good looking guy, but I don't think so. I can look in a mirror and I know what is commonly refered to as an "atractive man" and I just don't think I measure up. I have just recently realised that I am indeed not "ugly"...
    Wid Wid 26-30, M May 5, 2008

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    Don't Look At Me!!

    I hate having my picture taken for the same reason as most people, I don't like the way I look, so I don't want that captured forever in a photograph.  To avoid getting my picture taken, just make sure I am the one always behind the camera.
    institches1981 institches1981 26-30, F 1 Response May 5, 2008

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    You Can Thank My Sister For That!

    ! When we were young my sister had a thing for taking pictures of me. I don't mean nice ones either. She would hide in different places, under the bed, around a corner, behind a door etc.. and jump out and snap a photo of me. They were horrendous!! I'm not lying. Once I...
    maqeurious maqeurious 31-35, F Mar 30

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    Blah!

    I absolutely detest having my picture taken... Specially the ones you don't know are coming. People always manage to try and take a picture of me when i least expect it, and i end up having to fight them to delete it lol.  I don't mind pictures if i'm the one taking them, i...
    EdenEyed EdenEyed 26-30, F 1 Response Feb 4, 2010

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    I Hyperventilate.

    i dont know why but when someone takes a picture of me, im hideous. people get upset when i dont want to take pictures with them, clearly they dont understand how traumatizing that is for me. i always look ugly. im happy that everyone else can take pictures and look great but im...
    GreyDaze GreyDaze 22-25, F 2 Responses Feb 14, 2013

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    i had a really close friend.

    we hit off really well as soon as we met. but i obviously screwed it up... we had just stayed up all night talking a bunch of us and then we went to a lake just outside of the city for sunrise (we got there late) we were all sitting around the lake relaxing when she decided to...
    Anaihsohs Anaihsohs 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 7

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    Idk why. Probably just cuz I suck at taking pictures lol but I really do hate taking pictures.
    toiletwater toiletwater 16-17, M 1 Response 6 days ago

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    As the title implies * I hate having to be nice to stupid people. I really try to be nice to everyone,I do , its who I am. But some people are just so f*****g stupid. Unfortuantely...
    edemylove edemylove 22-25, F Jun 28

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    I just hate when I'm on my period and then everybody decides to invite me to the beach or a pool, I don't mind using tampons, I just hate having period, is exhausting all the mood...
    evlys evlys 18-21, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    I have anxiety and I hate having it. I there any older woman i can talk to about it
    starwars1234 starwars1234 16-17, M Jun 23

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    I hate having anxiety. Is there any woman out there willing to talk message me if interested plz
    starwars1234 starwars1234 16-17, M 2 Responses Jun 23

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    Literally it sucks nothing is enjoyable at all I hate having to fake being happy for the happiness of others I've only ever told 7 people I have depression how do I let people know...
    Meeppeep Meeppeep 16-17, M Jul 12

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    This is so true for me. I hate if someone points camera at me and i am so glad we are not allowed to have mobile phones at school, so no girl can take pictures.
    yulico yulico 13-15, F 5 Responses Jul 5

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    I only like to take pictures of myself when I'm alone. I don't like group pictures or people that snap a picture of me just for fun. I always get insecure when we are doing such...
    WillsWill WillsWill 16-17, M 2 days ago

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    I hate getting angry, and then people laughing at me because I'm quite small. I have gotten into a recent habit of pouring water over people's heads, I have done it 3 times in the...
    oliviedog oliviedog 13-15, F 1 Response Jun 23

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    My self image is so bad I am really not photogenic I just hate it
    Sproketsocet Sproketsocet 18-21, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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    Anxiety holds me back from so much stuff and I hate it. My anxiety affects certain things more than others and one of the big things is swimming. I hate being in deep water and I...
    Ashley1421 Ashley1421 13-15, F 1 Response Jun 24

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    I don't really hate them I just hate when they live far and I know ill probably never be able to see them. Since I was younger and couldn't travel alone or really tell anyone. But...
    WoundedDreamer WoundedDreamer 16-17, F 5 days ago

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    Having anxiety ruins a lot of things and takes up way too much energy. It'd be wonderful to just be okay with the stresses coming my way instead of having to play scenarios over...
    sweetstar1 sweetstar1 22-25, F 1 Response Jun 23

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    Kmart. Early. Almost empty. Still worried. Of what me never knows. Subway. Customer gets up from table far away and me jumps like he lunged at me. Hw notices and studies...
    converted converted 46-50, M 1 Response Jun 23

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    I thought I felt like I was going to throw up. And then the anxiety kicked in. I was freaking out. I feel like I am going to throw up. I feel like I am going to throw up. I laid on...
    heartlovehate heartlovehate 18-21, F Jun 23

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    One of my close friends wants me to go to a concert with her today, but I want to stay home because my period is so bad, and I'm terrified of being stuck in that huge crowd for...
    luna1912 luna1912 18-21, F Jun 25

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    I have no idea why or what caused it. But I had the worst night. I could not sleep and when I did I woke up with a anxiety attack. I hate it, especially cause I don't have control...
    malu1835 malu1835 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 25

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    I hate arguments there is no need for them really, I have spent too many years screaming and shouting but now I have become calm and laid back. Me and my husband spend 24/7 with...
    Gentleandlovingsoul Gentleandlovingsoul 36-40, F Jun 29

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    I'm tired if staying up all night, tossing and turning, weeping and vomiting, over wondering about what's going wrong in everyone else's life. I'm tired of worrying about everyone...
    tastelesscharm tastelesscharm 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 3

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    :( hate this feeling! Headache stop pls:(:(
    jme25 jme25 22-25, F 3 Responses