OT: Who Are You!?

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Registered: 05-14-1999
OT: Who Are You!?
Wed, 11-21-2012 - 1:29pm

That's what I said to myself this morning after I went to renew my driver's license.  It doesn't even look like the person that I *think* I see in the mirror much less, the person I see in my head.  I hated my last one so badly, that I spent two hours getting prepared (yes, I'm that vain) and even went and bought fake eyelashes for the first time in my life. 

I've realised that it's my smile that I detest.  I have huge lips and a broad smile but my palette is narrow so if I smile too broadly, I get the Rachel Ray slash Joker smile.  Ugh.  Two hours down the drain.  I even practiced in the mirror before I left!  I had it down to a science; a half grin with a tiny bit of teeth showing.  What did I do when I sat down for the picture?  I smiled as broadly as I could!  LOL!

I still have my license from 15 years ago.  I look almost nothing like that 20-something.  Aging is so much fun, I tell you!

On the brighter side, I was only there for about an hour and I sat down next to a Chatty Kathy who had some interesting stories to share.

Has anyone here ever been happy with their DL picture??????

On a side note, Happy Thanksgiving everyone.  Be well and stay safe.


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Registered: 12-03-2006
Wed, 12-19-2012 - 8:07pm

I like my DL picture. I think it captured my personality, easy-going and unassuming. I didn't do anything for it. In reality though I do need to fix up my hair which is always a challenge since it's too thin for my big sorta shapeless face.

Well, RR, despite her joker smile is still very cute. Maybe you're too critical of yourself.

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Registered: 05-10-2005
Fri, 11-23-2012 - 9:32am

I live in MA and just got mine renewed, and was thrilled they could use the same picture.  The last one I had taken was just over 5 years ago, but my skin is clear and just slightly tan, and my hair looks good.  I also remember being so happy that day, and I think it shows.  So glad I get another 5 years with that picture.

My passport picture is disastrous, and I look very heavy with ridiculous hair.  But that one is up for renewal in 2013. As much as I don't want to pay the fee, I am looking forward to getting a new passport photo.  I hate having them taken, but really, nothing can be worse than the one I have now.

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Registered: 11-28-1999
Fri, 11-23-2012 - 9:25am

In MA if you lost your license, you wouldn't even get a new picture, because they store them in their records, so they would just send you the same old picture again.

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Registered: 10-16-2006
Fri, 11-23-2012 - 7:10am

Oh, I can relate. I prepped big time for my last DL photo this year. I had to go in humid July, so it was a challenge getting from the parking lot to inside the building with perfectly flat-ironed hair!! I didn't hate my last photo 10 years ago, but I knew I didn't want to look at a bad photo for the next 10 years. I took a horrid passport photo a few years ago. Really, it's awful. It doesn't even look like me.

So the results of my DL photo weren't bad...but I felt it made my face look fat, and I don't even have a fat face. I felt I looked old, too. But it was funny, because the woman renewing my license said, "Oh, you photograph well," when she looked at it coming off of the machine. OK, whatever.

You can always "lose" your license if you hate the photo badly enough. But I think at my place they'd let you take it again right then if you really hated it.

And I can't ever imagine full lips being a liability, but I had to laugh over the Rachel Ray slash Joker smile. I'll have to pay attention next time I see her. 

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Registered: 01-02-2012
Fri, 11-23-2012 - 3:34am

OK, had to sign in three times before it worked.... I don´t have a DL, but my passport photo was OK. However, 2/3 of the photo page has now loosened and I need to get a new passport. I got visa to Russia recently (returned from St.Petersburg on Wednesday) and had to take new photos for that. Will use it for my new passport and it is not great (but will not spend more money on photos!). No glasses (even though I use them all the time) as that was not to be used on visa photo, no smiling by all means, hair almost behind the ears as the ears had to be shown and I had a bad hair day.... Rather tragic. But I suppose it will have to do...

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Registered: 06-03-2009
Thu, 11-22-2012 - 3:23pm
I'm on my second driver's license picture and I love it just as much as I loved the first one. The first one I was still a teen and the picture just captured me so well. I looked bubbly and like I didn't have a care in the world, which was mostly true. My new picture is me at 30 and the picture is the right combination of bubbly and downright foxy hehehe. I look at it and its really like looking in a mirror, unlike some peoples photos where they just don't recognize themselves. For both pictures I didn't do much in the way of prep. I woke up, washed my face, was makeup free, tossed on clothes, shook my hair a bit, and voila. I feel like if I had done more than that I would have looked strange to myself.
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Registered: 02-08-2011
Thu, 11-22-2012 - 9:41am
Great question, you usually have entertaining ones Cfk! I took a DL pic a long time ago during my happy beer days and didn't care about anything. So that DL pic was taken when my face had a bit of beer chub, my hair was sprung out and I had an old tie-dye. It was a mess. Little did I know that they just kept renewing my license for years and years without asking for a new picture. Sure, I could have gone in to get a new one, but who wants to go into those lines voluntarily.
So what began to happen was whoever I had to show my DL to, would also make a comment like "You look so much better now!" That's kind of a backhanded compliment because they're really saying - wow, you looked like crap then. But I didn't, just the picture.
So when they finally wanted a new DL pic, normally as a guy I could care less about pics, but after all those comments, I went in with a vengeance - good shirt, hair just cut, and a tan as a bonus. Except the guy taking the picture just wanted to get it done and said - "step here" then snapped it before I was ready. So I'm kind of half smiling but I'll take it.
My passport picture is bad, I had procrastinated on the renewal until I was almost too late, and took it on a day I was frustrated with my girlfriend at the time. So that's a grumpy one. I figure that's all right, the Customs people coming back into the US are usually in bad moods, so they can see my unfriendly pic right back at them.
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Registered: 07-16-2001
Wed, 11-21-2012 - 10:06pm
Trying this again! It didn't work earlier... My current driver's license picture is pretty good. It's my favorite one. I don't usually like pictures of myself, though. I think my face looks square and fat. I don't see it that way in the mirror most of the time, but in pictures I always do. I've also never been asked if I want to retake a picture. I don't remember ever seeing it until it's printed.
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Registered: 04-17-2008
Wed, 11-21-2012 - 9:49pm

I have NEVER been photogenic, except as a small child.   I know many people who are not all that attractive in person who photograph beautifully.

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Registered: 05-14-1999
Wed, 11-21-2012 - 5:43pm
You & FG are lucky that you live in states where they actually ask if you'd like to take another . . . I've never had that happen.