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Discussion related to living as a Catholic in the single state of life. As long as a topic is being discussed from the perspective of a single Catholic then it will be on-topic.

Tobias and Sarah's story is from the Book of Tobit, and his journey is guided by Saint Raphael.
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Aug 25th 2013 new
My daughter just wants me to be rid of the 64 boxes of books! rolling eyes NoWay! There is a website called bookshelfporn.com. It is a zillion bookcases, libraries, bookshelfs, etc etc etc....
She does not understand why I've got so many bible study books, Christology, and Theology. I did pass on ALL of my nursing books ages ago. And 99% of my fiction. But some, I just can't let go of the books! Guess that is why I don't have a Kindle, and don't use the iPad to read from. There is something about holding a book.!!
Aug 25th 2013 new
(quote) Angela-965276 said: So I have noticed that some people have photos that are unflattering for their profile photo. Leaving aside simple bad photography (or lack of access to a good photo) there is still the question of "why aren't they smiling?"
I am not saying that I feel that this makes them an unappealing person, only I am confused as to why a person would put up a photo (as their profile photo) that makes them look upset (or other less flattering emotions). Then, when I have looked through some of their photos (if they have more) often times I find that they have other pictures that are much kinder and they look so much more 'smiley' and happy.
So I guess my question is... Do you think that a profile picture should be given extra consideration?
*side note* I am in no way trying to sound judgemental, I am only trying to see if others share my appreciation of fine photography.
Sometimes they might not be smiling due to regional/social trends.

Take my dad's side of the family - Germans. Ever tried to get us to smile in photographs? Even when we are, it looks like we're not. :P
Aug 25th 2013 new
Yes I do think the profile picture should be given extra attention. When you submit a hard copy resume you make sure the paper is not folded, bent, or no coffee stains! You want it to look its best because that is a reflection of you. Your profile picture is the same way. Regardless if you think you are attractive or not, you can smile (showing teeth optional), be in focus, and be in place where there is enough light so you aren't a shadow.
There is this one woman's profile picture that is awesome. It looks like a friend took a picture of her laughing maybe without her knowing. You can't see her entire face but more than enough to know what she looks like and just the positivity emanating from her smile and laughter is definitely worth 1000 positive words.
Someone recently told me a story when he was at a graduation in June and people took out their cameras, they were all smart phones except for one woman with a regular digital camera. Isn't that the reality though? Most people's only camera is their phone. I still use a dedicated digital camera for photography; my old camera with gun powder flash and glass photo plates was starting to become too unwieldy laughing
Aug 25th 2013 new
I like having a 'bad' photo!
Checking to see if guys will look past that:o)
Nothing is worse than seeing some amazing photo, then you realize it was just an amazing shot that added hair and took off 200 pounds.
That said, I'm trying to be less of a 'visual' person....which is my tendency as an ISFP...
I'm looking for an ugly guy who will love me and be loyal.
Aug 26th 2013 new
Maybe they figure that, if you can get past their grumpy mood right off the bat, you might just be a keeper.
Aug 26th 2013 new
I hear that.....am an INFJ myself...btw, love the rainy day pic. Rain is soooo....lifegiving.
Aug 27th 2013 new
(quote) John-971967 said: I don't smile because I don't want to disclose that I have missing teeth!

What? I'm serious!

I can laugh now, because none of you can see
Check the refrigerator John. If the jar is not there, look for the blender (normally they are larger and brighter in color so much easier to find). That way you can eat anyway. mischievous

Incidentally, what did you do to make her knock out your teeth? It's a good thing you're here visiting with those of us who are so much more gentle laughingso not to worry winksince we all know you're really a gentleman scratchchin
Aug 27th 2013 new
(quote) Tom-975374 said: Respondeo dicendum traditionalists never smile

I also don't have pics of me smiling, and if I ever try take selfies of me smiling I feel twice as lame. It's also a running joke in my family that's now kinda a part of me; since I was a kid I'd purposefully frown in photos to annoy my mom. I haven't grown up yet thanks be to God.

You can't hide the smile in your eyes, though! wink
Aug 27th 2013 new
(quote) Angela-965276 said: So I have noticed that some people have photos that are unflattering for their profile photo. Leaving aside simple bad photography (or lack of access to a good photo) there is still the question of "why aren't they smiling?"
I am not saying that I feel that this makes them an unappealing person, only I am confused as to why a person would put up a photo (as their profile photo) that makes them look upset (or other less flattering emotions). Then, when I have looked through some of their photos (if they have more) often times I find that they have other pictures that are much kinder and they look so much more 'smiley' and happy.
So I guess my question is... Do you think that a profile picture should be given extra consideration?
*side note* I am in no way trying to sound judgemental, I am only trying to see if others share my appreciation of fine photography.
Hello Angela,

Let me first say, welcome to the fora!

You bring up a very good point about profile pictures. It's been said that first impressions are important, and when it comes to online, our pictures can do just that. I know that if I try to take a picture of myself, I feel really dumb smiling at the camera..that's why my mom became my photographer, or as my best friends calls her own mom, my paparazzi. laughing If it's at all possible, I would definitely recommend NOT taking your own photo, NOT wearing anything that will cover your bee-utiful face, NOT standing 20 feet away from the camera but while wearing your bestest nicest smile. wink If the most one can do is smile with their eyes, then that's okay, too. tongue
Aug 27th 2013 new
I guess it's just the way I am, but I don't even think about whether someone's smiling in their picture. Just not something I take into account. Doesn't mean anything to me one way or another. I do notice stuff like murky lighting, but I only 'notice' it; it's not like I knock off points when I see such a picture.
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