So I've been having a very strange thing happen to me lately and I was wondering if any of you lovely ladies have had the same experience and what you think/do about it.
A few weeks ago I was out to lunch with my husband and niece and a lovely woman came up to our table to compliment me on my look/hairstyle. Then she proceeded to take out her iPhone and asked if she could take my photo. I was a little taken aback, so I just said yes. She then said "I'm going to post this on my Twitter account for my friends to see". She also took photos of my tattoos (1/2 sleeves on each arm). I found the photo the next day and it was NOT the photo that I "posed" for. It was clearly a photo she had taken of me from across the room at her table. Granted she stated in ther Tweet "this photo doesn't do her justice".
Anyway, last night my husband and best friend and I were at The Gathering here in Baltimore (a gathering of food trucks with music and stuff), we were sitting down to eat and my husband said there were two ladies taking my photo again. When I turned around to see, they came over and then asked me if they could take my photo. One asked if I was a movie star (I should have said yes), this time they showed me the photos and they actually turned out quite nice. Then they both said they were going to post them on their Facebook pages. FYI I was wearing the Ginger Dress in Green Atomic Print.
Now I understand the pinup models must get this all the time, either they get recongnized or people just love what they are wearing (and of course they are stunningly gorgeous). But I'm not used to THIS type of attention. I'm pretty much in PUG/Rockabilly/Classic 40's style every single day, and I'm a makeup artist/esthetician so I'm used to compliments on my clothes/hair/makeup. But taking my photo????
I'm starting to feel like people see me as a character and not as a person. Is this the price I pay for my style? Should I just see this as a good thing and not fret about it? Or does anyone think this is a bit strange?
It is a bit random, but I find it complementing as well. You are fabulous and look "different" so keep being proud of it. I get this happening all the time too and it is a bit random but oh well. =) The only thing I dont like is when people stare at me like im an animal in the zoo or something. hahaha THAT actually happens a lot and annoys me the most, but pictures dont bother.
Well I do think that it comes to what Auburn Hills said, that it just comes with the territory, standing out with the sort of beautiful clothing and refined style that your describing.
As for how to handle it, I think that the advice that's been given is pretty good. If your in a good mood and the person has been respectful to you, you should take it as a compliment. If they've accosted you, well then absolutely politely decline to let them take your picture. If they do it anyway... well I don't know I would do for sure but just walking away is the best advice I'd think.
Otherwise, keep on rocking that look because it's obviously working :)