Adjusted Reality

“Reality can be beaten with enough imagination.” – Mark Twain

Photobooth Phollies

Ridici-busy is what I am today, so no REAL post.  However, I just wanted to share.  Just like we always croon on about how magazine pictures are photoshopped and are not accurate representations of the actual models, it can occur in real life.  No shopping or mal-intent necessary.

Enter the photos from the yelp event last month.  I usually like this photographer’s shots of me, but this time, ugh.  I might as well be 50 lbs heavier than I am here.

The angle is all wrong, all you see is my gigantic protruding chest because I’m arching my back a little, but you can’t see any of my waist to realize that – hey, my whole body is not proportional to my shoulders/bazooms there.  My hair is all nappy and I’m doing the cheesy smile where I squish my chin back which displays some pudge that I can only produce that way.  I had half a second of “uck” when I saw this, and realized that it wasn’t because I somehow gained back like 50 lbs, it’s just a TERRIBLE photo.  Maybe I wasn’t looking so hot that day, but I wasn’t looking THIS bad.

Then, today we found the other photos from the “photo booth”. These photos were taken within 30 mins of the other ones.

Picture one: RAWR!

And picture two: I see what you did there?

Now, if I ACTUALLY looked like that, I’d probably throw a freaking party (especially that first pic).  She’s using the famous down angle trick.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, try it – get a camera, hold it above your head, and snap a picture.  It’s a good way to get a very flattering head shot.  Our heads are in focus, and our bodies are stretched out weirdly.  I’m not cut off at that weird part under my boobs where it looks as if I am about twice my weight because that’s just the biggest part of me.

In person, I’m somewhere an average of all my pictures taken recently.  And I think I’m ok with that for now.  I just always have to remember that some are going to be winners, and some will be losers.  But I can certainly put the best ones up on facebook and let the other ones fade into obscurity…


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  1. I am so glad you posted this! I am the queen of taking bad pictures (I totally do that same chin thing) so it’s nice to see the comparison all laid out like that. PS> You and Zliten are adorable!!

  2. WOW! What a difference the angle makes. You look great either way!!

  3. Biz

    Hey – nice to meet you – I came from my brother Charlie’s site at backtothefridge.

    Yep, I’ve definitely had pictures taken at the wrong angle, bad light and think “do I really look like that??!!”

  4. Oh my gosh. That is ka-ray-say! You don’t even look like the same woman. I’d not have guessed it was you in the first photo.

    I have many photo fails that are not my fault too. 😛

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