Infographic: How Women Feel About Being in Photos

Photo printing company PhotoBox recently conducted a survey of 1,000 women aged 18-65 to find out how they feel about being in photographs. An interesting finding was that the women generally cared much more about how other women view the images than how men view them. Only 10% of women care about what men think of their photogenic-ness. Of the other 9 in 10 women, it’s the 36-45 demographic that cares the most about being judged by other women.

Another interesting fact is that women tend to be picky regarding where they stand in a group photograph, with old women strongly preferring being in the back of these shots.

In terms of aging, a good number of 46-55 year olds stated that they worried about looking old in photos, but once they hit the 56-65 range, this worry apparently goes out the window.

Here’s an infographic that shows the results of the survey:

Portrait photographer Annabel Williams has a few tips for looking your best in photos:

1. Choose clothes which you are most comfortable in and flatter you most. If you feel uncomfortable, you’ll look uncomfortable
2. Think relaxed beauty queen – stand slightly sideways on to the camera, closest leg to camera should be forward, and toe turned out, shoulders turned slightly. Facing straight on will make you appear wider
3. Wearing the same colour top and bottom will lengthen you out and v necked shirts and tops elongate your neck
4. If you can, look up at the camera – ask the photographer to shoot down on you, your eyes will look bigger and brighter
5. Enjoy having your photograph taken – if you don’t enjoy the moment, you’re inevitably going to be disappointed with the end result

(via PhotoPlus)

Image credit: Co-operative Group Secretary joins ‘inspirational’ women by The Co-operative

  • Samcornwell

    As a women, I find this article very powerful.

  • Alferd


  • Samcornwell

    Thanks Alfred. As a woman, I should have done better at school.

  • Fyi


  • Samcornwell

    Oh good grief. For a woman, this isn’t going well at all.

  • Tim Knecht

    When Polaroid debuted their folding, TTL instant camera, back in the early 70s, I was working for a retailer who carried Polaroid products. Polaroid gathered area managers and took them to an introductory seminar, where they introduced the camera, explained how it worked, and then allowed each of us to shoot it. They had models there for us. The model I had was in her 30s, neither gorgeous nor ugly. When I went to take a shot of her, she stood in front of the background, and visibly “settled herself in”, by which I mean she composed herself and “projected”, making herself more attractive than she was. That sounds facetious, but it is true, and it worked. Years later, when I was shooting semi-professionally and doing portfolio work, I tried to convey that my subjects. If you THINK “I’m attractive” and become confident, it will show itself in the photos.

  • Dave

    *As a woman

  • Tomi Tarkin

    I’ve known that for a loong loooong time that women don’t primarily care what men think about them as long as men do what women want. Us men are so easy to please after all and we get all head over our heels when a woman shows even a little bit of affection to us, us giving all we’ve got in return, ideally! That’s how the evolution has planned the mechanism of reproduction to work. On the other hand women always compete against each other about mens attention, thus the peers judgement is much more important because women simply mingle more with women than men. And at the end of the day it’s only one man for a woman, but that man can always be dumbed and changed to another one if he doesn’t like what the woman is willing put out.. So there you go! :)

    And what comes to elderly women and their self perception or behaviour generally it’s the menopausal change in their lives that makes a huge difference. Woman’s body produces these womanly hormones after puberty necessary in becoming and being a nurturing and caring mother to a child, so when the hormonal balance changes, also women’s personality changes. It’s almost like they stopped being women, at least the women they used to be. Though grandmothers are known often to be good care takers, it must more of that they don’t become men after the menopause after all.. :)

  • reader w