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Framed Forever in Time

Updated on March 31, 2016

Posing for photos is not my kind of a thing. I feel very odd and uncomfortable standing waiting to be clicked. Just staring at the camera, I wonder “What am I doing?” waiting to be clicked and frozen in time in a photo shot.

In all probability, the photo will be framed and hung on the wall. Every time I look at the pictures, I wonder “What was I thinking of?”, or “What a picture, I look awful!!”, “Oh! My God look at my smile, just not right!” etc., etc.

The point to be noted is, I do not like being photographed. I don’t mind if someone clicks without my knowledge. The minute someone pipes up “Say Cheese!”, “Smile!”, “Look at the camera” or something along those lines, I freeze. My stomach churns and I look as though I’m going to face the axe.

Say Cheese - Click! Click!

When we are out on a vacation and we want to take a family photo with some awesome nature background, we ask a passerby to take our photo. Bad enough having to be clicked by some total stranger, this stranger is all happy to oblige and grinning from ear to ear.

Then it starts, “Stand closer”, “Put your arms around each other”, “A little to the side”, “Look at the camera”, etc., etc. I wonder silently "When exactly this stranger will press the button", a worrying thought "Will we be frozen in time right here instead of the photo frame?".

Finally out comes the word “Say Cheese”, I silently wonder “Why Cheese?” can’t you think of something else. Cheese is delicious to be eaten “Why Cheese”. There are other lines too that follow and the the friendly coaxing continues.

There are other phrases too which I have come across - “Smile a mile wide”, “Fantastic!! show some teeth”, “Say Yay!” etc., etc.

Hanging on the Wall

Finally, our shot was taken we move on. The priceless part comes when the photo lands up on our wall - hung, trapped in a frame, frozen in time eternity.

Scene 1

A friend enters. The friend takes one look at the photo; I knew what was coming.

Friend – So, you went on a family vacation?

Me – Yes

Friend – Look at you, you are scowling, you could have smiled,

I take one look at the photo and agreed. I could have smiled. The topic does not change.

Friend – Your dress looks pretty. Is that the one you bought in “XYZ” shop?

I looked at the photo - it is an old dress I had bought a long time ago. I mumble some name of a shop I vaguely remembered.

The conversation continues, and I am somewhat relieved when the topic changes.There are many other interesting conversations about our photos on the wall, but I think I will stop with this for now.

Don't get me wrong; I am not against taking photos or family photos or any photos for that matter. I love photography, all kinds of photos, but the minute someone says “Say Cheese” or something along those lines I instantly freeze.

I must say this, even though I do not like to be photographed I am there in so many of them. Photographs are precious moments captured, frozen forever in time to be enjoyed again and again.

Photographs are precious and I cherish each and every one that I have, so go ahead and smile.

Say Cheese - "Click, Click".

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© 2012 Nithya Venkat


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    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      2 years ago from Dubai

      Thank you for your appreciation! I love nature photography too and with today’s technology it has become so easy.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very interesting thoughts expressed in your hub, that made me smile.

      Yes, saying Cheese, show your teeth, seems funny.

      I love taking photographs, of Nature, of people and so on. Nowadays taking pictures, editing them, is so much easier, compared to the times, when I was growing up. Then one can take a lot of them, and select the one which looks the best. In those days, photography, printing etc. was expansive too.

      By the way, you look so good in your photograph. Consider it as a compliment and get ready to pose.

      Thanks for sharing this interesting article! I enjoyed reading it.

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      vocalcoach it is great that you enjoy posing, I feel very self conscious when I pose and my photos come out all weird!! Thank you for stopping by.

    • vocalcoach profile image

      Audrey Hunt 

      6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Clicking that button when no one is aware can capture some amazing shots. I have done my share of posing and rather enjoy it. Good Hub.

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      Millionaire Tips I perfectly understand!! The children are indeed hilarious when they pose for photos!! The best way is to click them when they are unaware. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Shasta Matova 

      7 years ago from USA

      The trick is to become the photographer, so you don't have to get your own picture taken! It is hilarious to see children posting for a shot, because their smile is so exaggerated.

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      8 years ago from Dubai

      Ruchira thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.

    • Ruchira profile image


      8 years ago from United States

      yup agree velur. saying cheese puts one in the moment and we could either get self conscious of ourself or be totally's our personality.

      btw, these days kids say quirky cheese prior to clicking for a

      good observation though.

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      8 years ago from Dubai

      Deborah Brooks thank you. I usually have the cat got my tongue look when a photo is taken :).

    • Deborah Brooks profile image

      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      8 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      LOl I can relate to this hub..

      so many times I look at pictures and I think you look

      great hub


    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      8 years ago from Dubai

      deepateresa am glad you enjoyed my hub. Thank you.

    • deepateresa profile image


      8 years ago from Trivandrum, Kerala,India

      Enjoyed your hub, me too bit uncomfortable in front of strange photographers... Your hub, reminded me about the time, I faced those..

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      8 years ago from Dubai

      unknown spy am glad you enjoyed my hub. Thank you.

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      Life Under Construction 

      8 years ago from Neverland

      i love taking photos of things and natures but photos don't love taking pictures of me. I'm not photogenic, I really mess the whole picture... Your hub is totally great. Loved reading it!

    • Jackie Lynnley profile image

      Jackie Lynnley 

      8 years ago from the beautiful south

      Oh I have always hid from cameras, but lately taking out all the photos of family at the beach I am sort of sorry to not see me there!

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      8 years ago from Dubai

      teaches12345, am still wondering about the say "Cheese" bit!!!! Am happy my hub brought out some chukles!!!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      8 years ago

      I had a good chuckle on this one! Yes, why does it have to be cheese? It is the most popular phrase in getting someone's attention for a picture. Thanks for the smiles.


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