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Friday, 18 March 2016

No Photos Please...

No photosThis is a post I've been meaning to write for a while. I've done a lot of blog reading this week and it was refreshing to find a fellow blogger who doesn't like having her photo taken. Thanks Debs for your honesty and inspiring me to finally get around to writing this. You can read Deb's original post here if you wish.

As bloggers I guess we're supposed to feel comfortable in front of the camera. I'm filled with admiration for those who are happy to smile and post their picture-perfect snaps online. I only wish I could be so relaxed and happy to join in.

It's just that I really don't like photos with me in them. Never have. Never will.

That explains why there are exactly 4 photographs of me on the entire blog. Instead, you're more likely to find pictures of me disappearing into the distance...

Luxemborg gardens, Paris

Or admiring something in a window...

Laduree, Macaron, Paris


This is the best my husband can manage.

I'm confident in all other aspects of life - I have lots of friends, I'm happy to socialise in groups and also enjoy my own company. At work, I talk to the teens in my charge about anything and encourage them to be the very best they can be. Nothing really fazes me all that much to be honest.

Get a camera out though, and chances are I'll do a runner.

My daughters on the other hand, photograph beautifully. As I'm usually the one behind the camera - this provides the perfect excuse to avoid being photographed at all - yay! I don't however, have permission to post photos of them on the blog - that is their decision to make and I am more than happy to respect it. There are snaps of my daughters all over the house though, and they are truly lovely.

Over the years I've done this...

1. Accidentally 'borrowed' memory cards and deleted any images that have me in them. Family are becoming wise to my antics and have learnt to email one another with the photos before I can get my mitts on them.

2. For years my photo ID for work was concealed by a photo of our cat - fortunately no one noticed.

3. The bio photo for the blog was taken on a professional photo shoot - I loathed every minute of the experience. Over 200 photographs were taken and I struggled to find 3 that I was even remotely happy with.

And I've never ever done this...

1. Taken a selfie.

How scary is the camera on Skype exactly?! As my daughters tend to Skype late into the evening, I am sans make-up and realise that I am turning into a cross between Jabba the Hutt and my mother. Sorry Mum x

It wasn't always this way. This 1973 snap of me aged 5 is kind of OKish - but I still don't like my smile.

Izzie Anderton, aged 5, schooldays
 
Please tell me I'm not the only one who doesn't like being in front of the camera?


Copyright ©2016 Izzie Anderton

27 comments :

  1. i dont love having my picture taken but don't mind. i'm also not bothered by how the photo looks either, as long as i'm not being rediculed for my appearance

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  2. I am not a fan of having my picture taken but I do have some pics of myself that I like x

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  3. I hate having my photo taken...Most of the photos I have of me are either when I'm drunk or hiding behind my girls. lol

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  4. Hi Izzie, thank you so much for the mention and so glad that my dilemma inspired you to get on and write your planned post! The best photos of me were when I was a toddler too, as I had a mop of ringlets that took the attention away from me, but I'm not sure they would pass as good profile pictures now.

    I'm far more comfortable being behind the camera than in front of it. I seem to do the same when someone is trying to get a photo of me as I do when I've got peoples attention in real life; I squirm. Literally and it's obvious for all to see.

    I do believe I have made my decision in regards to my new profile pic, I just haven't got round to changing it (procrastination at work, I think!).

    xx

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  5. I'm with you! I hate it too. I'm trying to get better though because I've realised there'll be no pictures of me with my daughter if I don't!

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  6. Some people are photogenic and others not but it does not matter , what matters is if you comfy in front of the camera or not.

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  7. I am the same I prefer to be behind the camera! I don't know if I will ever gain the confidence to be the other side

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  8. I don't like having my photograph taken either. I have one tucked away on my 'About' page but that is it!

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  9. Wow so you really don't like it! I don't mind having photos taken but selfies are a bit too close for me. I was going to take one the other day then saw my roots desperately needed doing!

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  10. I'm not keen, but I don't go to your lengths to avoid it.

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  11. I don't mind taking my own picture but for some reason when ever my husband or anyone else does it I look like some sought of creature from the swamp! No idea how, so I am mostly behind the camera and not in front of it.

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  12. I think it is more common than you might imagine, I don't have a problem with photos of myself but just never get round to taking any as I'm the camera holder. No one else thinks to take me either so I'm also in short supply on my blog.

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  13. I used to be like this and then I read a post about a lady who died and she hadn't had any photos taken with her kids and there was a huge whole left behind for the kids. So now I get in every photo that I can. Your kids don't see what you see, they will want photos of you to treasure forever because they love you and to them you are the most wonderful thing in the world.

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  14. I'm not the biggest fan of my picture being taken either, especially drunken ones! I do untag myself a lot on Facebook! My only problem now is I am never in any family photos and my husband never takes flattering ones of me! I love your school photo! x

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  15. Oh my yes, the camera on FaceTime or Skype is hideous! i find it so distracting as I keep fiddling with my hair or staring at my own profile on it - not good for conversation! I don't like having my photo taken either but that is just a recent thing. I will also vet every single photo before airing. You're def not alone!

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  16. I am not keen having my picture taken, but after my mum died seeing her in pictures was just amazing. I want my boys to have that ability and for that I will be in the picture

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  17. I hate having my photos taken but I want there to be pictures of me having fun with the kids in years to come - they're not going to look at imperfections but just at the fact that I was there with them in all the fun times. Even if you don't share the photos with us, do try and get in the picture a bit more with them x x

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  18. This is a really interesting post and I can half relate. I do like to have photos of myself with the kids on special occasions, but only with them, never on my own! I struggle with the concept of selfies and don't understand peoe who take them constantly. There's something quite vain about them and that doesn't sit well with me!

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  19. No you are not alone. I loathe photos of me and even though I know that I really should appear in family photos for the children's sake blah blah blah, it does not happen. I remain firmly behind the camera and I am happy to stay there. I have never found a photo of me I liked, I have to face up to the fact that I am overweight and I just feel thoroughly miserable. So no, definitely not alone on that one!

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  20. I even found it a nightmare yesterday getting a photo taken in a booth as I needed them to be a chaperone at my daughter's upcoming ballet show! It's rare for me to be in front of the camera - selfies never happen - and luckily my husband never takes photos. I do worry sometimes though that my children someday will discover that they hardly have any photos of their mother.

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  21. I was always the same, but over time I have got better with this and now enjoy it.

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  22. I have made a concious decision to get in front of the camera more often as I want to prove I was joining in with the fun and not just snapping away

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  23. I hate it now that I don't look as slim as I once used to. Cameras show every flaw and wobbly chin and I am not too keen on showing the world those bits, lol.

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  24. I think there's only two photos of me on my blog, maybe three?! I love taking selfies with my kids though, we always make daft faces at the camera.

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  25. I love your far away shots they can look more artistic! I am not keen on pictures of myself either, much prefer the kids who always look cute x

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  26. I loathe having my photo taken. I never pose for any photos except by necessity for passport and driving licence, and to be honest they always look terrible for everyone.

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  27. I definitely find it hard not to be super critical of any photos of myself but I am learning to love them more, especially ones where I am with my children!

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