Why You Look Better in The Mirror Than In Photos - 9 Reasons

Ever looked in the mirror, loved what you see, then someone snaps a picture of you and your whole world is shattered because it’s a disaster?

Yep…it’s happened to all of us. Here are 9 reasons as to why this is happening.

Very quickly skimming over the obvious first 7 points:

  1. you don’t know how to pose

  2. you don’t know how to dress properly for your body shape

  3. you don’t know which colours are best for your skin tone

  4. you haven’t found your best face and body angles 

  5. the lighting is incorrect

  6. wrong positioning of the camera - different lenses and positioning of the camera in proportion to you will make you look entirely different. that’s why often 50mm angles are the choice for portrait photography as this lens makes people look smashing

  7. what camera is used - and no - best quality isn’t always the best. Sometimes with crappy cameras the quality is a bit grainy and we like that as it hides imperfections and the high quality cameras can bring every detail to life

Then we get into the psychological effects why you might not like what you look like. And this is going to blow your mind:

  1. Mere exposure effect -  - people react to things better when they are exposed to it more often.
    You’re not used to seeing the side of your head - i started getting adjusted to my side angles slowly but at first when i started being on youtube or seeing photos from the side, cringe. it took me a while to digest what my profile looks like and start falling in love with it. 

  2. the mirror is a flipped reflection of reality - so you’re not used to seeing yourself that way

  3. in the mirror you give yourself immediate feedback and you adjust your face to suit how you like yourself. you can’t tweak photos like that - you look better when you’re moving

  4. filters are altering the way we see ourselves - a quick swipe on instagram on the regular will mean you literally start viewing yourself that way instead of the original. The more you use filters, then watch back your stories, the less you’ll be used to what the original snap looked like and it’s all downhill from there. So I’d say, for your own minds sake, keep the original snaps and don’t use filters even if it risks looking ‘better’ on the internet. It’s about self preservation after all in the long run.

  5. research shows most people actually think they are more attractive than they are. It’s a bit confusing this as we all know we can be our own worst enemy, however from personal experience, I can also vouch for this to be true. Having taken hundreds of advanced selfies now, I do think my photos are MUCH more beautiful than reality. I actually think that’s why you guys like me so much because i’m just some normal ass girl, but in photos I can look like queen which hopefully inspires you that anyone can get a good photo of themselves. And luckily I am actually aware that photos are better of me than real life, but I just giggle at this now. 

Do you think there is a difference between what you look like in the mirror and pictures? Which one do you prefer?

To end it all, we’re all meant to be unique and different. A world full of cookie cutter pictures (aka most instagrams online) is boring and you can probably vouch for yourself instagram is just the same old shit and it’s getting pretty lame. To back yourself and fall in love with your unique beauty and work that with confidence, it stops people in their tracks. Here are just a few examples of Instagram accounts that stand out like sore thumbs in the world of fakes.