Later, the subjects were invited back to an exhibition where they viewed both sketches of them. One was how they saw themselves and the other was how other people saw them. Without exception, the other person’s view of each subject was more realistic and more attractive than how the subjects thought they looked.
I’ve found the same to be true when I’m photographing someone’s portrait or headshot. A huge majority of people, female or male, think other people look better than they themselves think they do. Which is exactly what the Dove campaign so brilliantly demonstrated.
How we look in our headshot photos is partly up to us, but it’s also up to the people who photograph us, how they prepare us, how they make us feel in front of the camera, how they put us at ease. how they light us, how they help us choose the right clothing.