Many of my clients are always concerned that they look “weird” in photos. The answer to this one is really rather simple. One does not look weird in photos, one looks different.
No person has ever seen their own face directly. We have grown up looking at ourselves in a mirror. . The hidden gem here is that no human face is exactly symmetrical and that familiar face in the mirror is not the face that everyone else has grown up with. When you look at your own face in a photograph, it is a direct representation of what everyone else has gotten to know, recognize and love but is also, a “mirror” image of the one you know so, even though it “looks” like you, you are unfamiliar with it because of these slight differences from side to side. This is what makes you feel uncomfortable when you look at it. A simple experiment can be done here, get someone to take a photo of you directly from the front with your phone. Then use some editing software to flip it vertically and try not to look for any difference in the details, but rather concentrate on the different way the image makes you feel when it is flipped. I have often thought of doing a studio shoot and “mirroring” all the images to let the client feel more comfortable but the question here is: “Would you really want that?” Essentially you may feel more comfortable with the images but all those around you may not….