Everyone always wants to look and feel their best. Not everyone wants to do the work that it requires to actually do this, so instead, you rely on some clever finagling to achieve this effect.
Maybe you won't diet and work out or stick to a strict skin care routine, but you can convince the rest of your friends on social media you're fabulous by picking the right photo filters, lighting, and angles to pull off the aesthetic you're going for, which so happens to be one that puts you in a more desirable light.
I don't think I need to really explain how much of a difference a good photographer makes when snapping photos. Even a structure as iconic and beautiful as the Eiffel tower can look vastly different when you've got a pro behind the lens.
In fact, even if you are taking care of yourself and have positively glowing skin and are wearing a cute outfit, you'll have that one friend who will absolutely ruin your photo and make you look like a troglodyte.
And the worst part is that you take such beautiful works of art for them. And while you might not be able to get cute pictures of yourself from your besties, you can at least be consoled by the fact that you're not alone in the awful photo-snapping struggle.
People are sharing the photos they're taking of their friends, versus the one they're getting in return.
It could be that they don't care as much as you do, or that they don't spend as much time getting that perfect shot, whatever it is, there are a lot of people out there incensed at their friends for taking awful photos.
There's focus issues.
Inefficient use of lighting.
I mean you go all-out for your friends, finding the right angles, going to some crazy lengths.
Their "candid" photos also end up looking like total butt.
It's almost like they do it on purpose.
Or they wait until you're completely caught off guard.
Do they just not understand what proper lighting looks like, or...?
The disrespect of this one is just completely next level.
I think it just boils down to the amount of time they're willing to spend.
The phenomenon is obviously a well-known meme, because it's so heavily steeped in reality.
Tell your friends to shape up, either that, or make enough money for a pro photographer to follow you on your outings.