6 Types Of Faces People Make When Getting Their Picture Taken

Everyone has a go-to expression they make when getting their picture taken. For me, it’s closing my eyes and sticking my tongue out. No, I’m serious. There is an embarrassing amount of pictures of me doing just that.

Okay, I’ll stop. You get the point, right? My go-to camera face is freakish, to say the least. I’m not even sure why this is the one that I chose—it makes my mother cringe and is perhaps the reason why my OKCupid profile never took off—but it looks like it’s here to stay. At this point, it’s become like a nervous tic. “Must look like a wIlD PaRtY gURl when the camera is put in front of me because it’s funny?”

While making yourself look like a devilish monster in all of your Facebook defaults is a questionable choice, there are many other expressions that are just as strange and/or annoying. The following faces are the ones I see popping up the most these days:

Face # 1: I’m giving an overenthusiastic thumbs up because of reasons x, y, and z!

This expression is distant cousins with my tongue out/eyes closed face because the effect is sort of the same: Exaggerate your happiness for comedic effect. The overenthusiastic thumbs up could be used in the following scenarios: “OMG, I’m at a restaurant and have a delicious plate of food/dessert in front of me. I’m so excited in a 12-year-old kind of way!”. “I’m traveling and in front of a super important monument so I’m going to behave like a cheesy American tourist in an ironic way!” and, “I’m at a party and there is a ton of alcohol in front of me. Cool bro!”

Face # 2: I’m giving sass so I can tell the world that I’m a bitch (AKA: Gayface)

This vapid facial technique is usually employed by gay men but it can occasionally be executed by the right female. In order to give some serious sass to the cam, you have to pout your lips and then emulate straight-up demon eyes. This picture is usually taken in da club with your friends or taken by yourself in the car or your bathroom. It’s very Myspace of you to use this kind of face and chances are, you’ll look like a tool, but who am I to judge?! I stick my tongue out, remember?

Face # 3: I have a BF/GF and you don’t BYE

Okay so this isn’t so much a facial expression as it is a type of person. Everyone has that friend on Facebook whose photo albums only consist of them and their significant other doing various activities together. You can’t find a single picture of them alone and their facial expressions always seem to say, “I’M HAVING A HEALTHY AMOUNT OF SEX AND I LOVE RIVER RAFTING!” I mean, these people are cheesy and seem to have lost their own sense of self but I’m not going to lie: Those photos of them vacationing in Aruba made me feel jealous.

Face # 4: I have dead eyes and will eat your soul

This face is really popular amongst the elite socialite crowd. The perfect setting is in some nightlife hotspot/hotel you can’t get into and the photos are always taken by some nightlife photographer. These types of pictures are best done with a friend because “Double the dead party eyes, double the chicness” or something. The people who take these types of pictures scare me. They never smile. They just stare right in the camera and look like they’re going to kill you and/or steal your coke. You will never see photos of them during the daytime because they’re asleep, but they might wake up and give their “Dead Eyes” if they’re partying on a yacht somewhere.

Face # 5: I went to a liberal arts college

The liberal arts college face is usually serious, melancholy, and introspective and taken in some kind of nature. It really thrives in the following locations: The mountains, the beach, someone’s bedroom, “in polaroids”, on a yoga retreat or at a cafe. You’ll want to dislike the person who’s making the “I went to a liberal arts college” face for being a pretentious nightmare but they’re usually soooo hot.

Face # 6: I’m a genuinely good, simple person and I didn’t know people had pre-planned camera faces!

The type of person who isn’t aware of their image in photographs is someone we envy but ultimately never want to be. They don’t “get” the internet/their face, which must be liberating, but, ew, look at that picture of them smiling with their girlfriends at Applebee’s! Or holding those red cups at a depressing house party. Or in someone’s SUV on the way to play mini-golf. WHAT? TC mark

Ryan O'Connell

I'm a brat.


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  • pig

    I don’t like your articles any more

  • Curious

    Out of curiosity, did you go to a liberal arts college? You always seem to throw in something about them, and, honestly, usually something that is offensive/off base.

    • http://twitter.com/mung_beans Mung Beans

      I think you mean “on point”

    • Anonymous

      he went to san fran state uni

      • butt parker

        and the new school

    • Leila

      You find this offensive/ off base? Really? Wow. Some of you guys have exceptionally thin skin. I LOVE liberal arts colleges and the people I’ve met who went to them, but I can still laugh at how they ARE elitist culture bubbles. Get a grip. 

      Also, I love Ryan’s writing. It’s the perfect mix of light and dark, and I love the way he ‘states the obvious’ in a way I would never think to. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ciara-Garner/100000581140018 Ciara Garner

    Cute! I really enjoyed this.

  • Anonymous
  • Guest

    So tedious. So Ryan.

  • Sauce

    You forgot to mention the girl who “knows her angles” and therefore always tilts her head a certain way so as to emphasize her good side.

    • Elle

      Hey sometimes you have certain features (for me, small round face) that if caught at the wrong angle, make you look like a demon. Work it. 

  • I'mnot telling

    I love your articles, I love spending the first hour at work jsut reading your blog. <3 lets hang out

  • guest


  • http://twitter.com/kaimcn Kai

    What about the “I’m naked and pretending it’s no big deal” face/pose?

  • Guest

    More feeling, less humor. 

  • http://www.nosexcity.com NoSexCity

    Needed photo examples to generate the LOLz.

    • http://onward-sailing.blogspot.com arnie

      Yeah, I agree! I wanna see some cheesy face pix

  • jenn

    how come it’s always 6 types of whatever..haha what about 5 or 7?

  • Anonymous

    how about the i dont realize youre taking a picture of me stuffing this folded slice of “i love ny” pizza into my mouth as my chin is quite flatteringly tripled

  • thisisdepressing

    I think it’s really cool that Ryan doesn’t like the negative criticism of his “articles” influence him — as you can see, they remain just as shitty and hastily conceived as ever!

    • Anonymous


  • Guest

    your pictures made me love you even more

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1198922828 Marianna Elvira

    It’s not a face, but body turned at at 37 degree angle, head tilted, hand on hip, knee pointing forward with foot off the ground and a smile! :-)

  • T_lj

    Honestly? I feel like u talk about the most redundant things.

  • guest

    If you don’t like Ryan’s articles, don’t read them. Just sayin…

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    I tend to squirm my face instead to resemble a constipated octopus…

  • http://twitter.com/sarasuebeedoo Sara Hankins

    ryan always makes me lol. pretty sure I was his big sister in a former life. and to all the ‘critics’? show some love, or get lost. no one’s interested in reading your criticism of an article they just enjoyed reading. critical bitches are lousy lays. just sayin…

  • DanaD

    this made me so, so sad.

  • ahab sprang

    i don’t get the liberal arts college thing.  i went to one, and the great majority was not elite.  they were all a bunch of jocks and sorority girls, and then a few elitist bastards who were of course my friends. yeah

  • Anonymous

    Ryan, you are a bad, bad writer.

  • Guest

    Aren’t you getting a bit old for Thought Catalog?

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