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On Being Photogenic

Pronunciation: {fō-tə-ˈje-nik, -ˈjē-}
Function: adjective
Date: 1839
1 : produced or precipitated by light {photogenic dermatitis}
2 : producing or generating light : phosphorescent {photogenic bacteria}
3 : suitable for being photographed especially because of visual appeal {a photogenic smile}

I hear people say “I’m not photogenic!” or “I never look good in pictures!” and so they run from the camera. But I’ve been taking pictures of people’s faces since I was 13 years old. Here’s my take on it:

A : a person is not responsible for looking “photogenic” in a picture. The photographer is responsible for that.
B : a person’s “look” in a picture has almost everything to do with how they’re feeling at that moment. And since most of our feelings at any given moment are in reaction to what’s going on around us, we can look how we feel. So if you’re scared of being in a picture you won’t look very photogenic.
C : when you find the right photographer (and believe me, you’ll “know”), just relax and let them make you look your best!

wendy g

WENDY G PHOTOGRAPHY | NY Film Wedding Photographer


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