How to ruin a perfectly good photo

Friends, Mr. Ogden will deny this, but I stand by it: he is super photogenic. I have a few theories as to why this is, and at the top of the list are the facts he is usually calm & relaxed, he smiles easily, and he works in film/media, so he is comfortable around cameras. Together, these traits are an unstoppable combination of photogenicity. Photogenicness? Photogenicility? Whatever the word is, I think you know what I mean.

I first noticed this about him while looking at our wedding proofs, and now it’s happening again with our slew of travel photos. It’s bordering on a super power, I swear. Almost like this guy. So anyway, this means if we had a bad picture, it was usually my fault. Here are some examples:

"Does this look artsy?"
"How about this?"

I’m not bringing this up to whine or lament about my ability to take a photo – we brought home many more good ones than bad. I bring this up because it happened just enough times for me to notice. I think it may have had something to do with me trying too hard, while he barely tried at all. More examples, now with Mr. Ogden as the control group:

"How are my bangs?"
"No, seriously."
There's just no excuse for this one.
Beards make me sleepy.

So, since we have photographic proof now, it can’t be ignored. Trying too hard doesn’t work in photos! But really, does it work with anything? Speaking of trying to make something turn out awesome while looking effortless at the same time, I am going to work on my novel now…

(Note to self: sitting really far from the camera helps)