I've spent most of my adult life avoiding having my picture taken, because photos of me always come out awful. I don't know what it is... I've received more than enough compliments about my appearance to know I'm at least fairly good looking, but whenever I see a picture of myself I want to tear it up in shame. I've just interviewed with the owner of a gym, where I've been offered a job as a trainer. She asked me to send her a photo of myself so she can make a little catalog of all her trainers for prospective clients. So I just tried having a few photos of myself taken. I took them outside, where it was partly cloudy, and did some with and without a flash. Admittedly, I wasn't using a fancy camera or anything, just a cheap kodak digital number, but good gravy... the pictures are absolutely horrendous. The top of my head looks flat, my ears look like they belong on an elephant, my eyes look tiny, and I look ten years older than I usually do. I have to be the least photogenic person in the world, yet I have to somehow get a picture of myself that is a reasonable approximation of how I look in real life. Are there any techniques that I could use to improve the quality of these pictures? I'd really rather not go blow fifty bucks on a photo session with a professional, especially since there's a good possibility that even they couldn't take a picture of me that doesn't make the viewer feel their lunch coming back up.