Pictures are a large part of life. Especially in today’s modern day and age, when selfies, as they popularly say, “Are life”. Everywhere we go, click and look upon there seems to be pictures. So when someone wants a picture it usually isn’t that out of the norm for them to ask for one. It might seem normal for your grandparents, mom or even your best friend to ask for a snapshot of you. But what does it mean when a guy asks you for a picture? It would be simple if there was just one straight up reason, but unfortunately it’s a little more complicated than that.
There are a few different reasons a guy could be asking for your selfie. But first you have to ask yourself things like who is he to you? Or how long have you known each other? Or even how do the two of you talk?
Why are these questions important? Because they are going to be what points you to why he is asking for a picture of you. They are going to be what tells you what it all means!
You want to ask yourself who he is. Is he a stranger or have you two been friends for a long time? Where you stand in your relationship as two people is going to tell you a lot about why he would want your picture.
You want to think about how long you have known each other, because it is going to make more sense for someone that you have known a while to ask for a picture versus someone who you just met. This will usually tell you their intentions.
And what platform you talk on, if any, or if you talk in person might also signal to what is making him ask such a question.
Let us explain more as we go over some of the reason a guy would ask for a picture of you.
The Reasons Why
Reason #1: He Is Attracted To You
Well, first and foremost one of the most common reasons that a guy would ask for your picture is because he finds you extremely attractive. This is a reason that you can identify by the time the two of you have known each other. If he simply only wants your pic because he finds you attractive then it probably means you two have not known each other for that long. He might ask your for an actual photo or ask you to send a special photo of yourself digitally because he simply enjoys looking at you. Be weary of people that you haven’t known that long. The shorter the time, the more creepy the reason could be that he’s asking for this. If you catch the drift…
Reason #2: He Likes You As More Than A Friend
Now this is the second most common reason that he might be asking you to give him your picture. Of course, this would have to mean that the two of you have known each other for an extended period of time. And most likely he talks to you in person as well as online. You might be able to tell this is the reason if you two have been talking for awhile and there has been quite a bit of flirting going on, too. You might be on the road to a relationship at this point and now he just wants a picture of you because he really likes you as a person and enjoys peeking at you. Maybe he likes to see a picture of you because it cheers him up!
Reason #3: He Wants To Show You Off
Another reason that he might be requesting this is because he wants to be able to show you off anytime he pleases. This is probably the reason if the two of you have been friends, friends with benefits or have been dating for a very long period of time. This may also be more of the reason if he asks for an actual picture of you in person and not digitally. Take it as a compliment, because it means he thinks you are super hot and he wants his friends to know just what he’s got!
Reason #4: He Wants To Exchange Photos
He might also be asking you only because he wants you to ask him in return. He may not actually be that concerned with getting your picture, but something in him is making him want for you to ask for his picture. He might be thinking that this will prompt you to do so.
Reason #5: He’s Going Away Somewhere
And lastly, of course, he might want a picture of you because he is going travelling. There may not always be times where he will have cell service and be able to look up your picture on a social media platform. He might want a real picture of you to carry in his wallet. Why? Because he obviously cares about you very deeply!
What Does It Mean When a Guy Asks You to Send a Picture?
It depends. How did the guy ask you to send a picture? Did you meet online and start talking to each other? Or are you already friends? There is no problem with just asking him why or what he wants it for.
If you were just talking online and have not met in person, he most likely wants to see what you look like—especially since many people do not update their profile photos regularly. If you already know each other, then he might want your picture because he likes you or wants to have a physical reminder of you. While he could just see you as a friend, it is also possible that he wants something more. When a guy asks you to send a picture, it is often an indication that he likes how you look and is trying to get a relationship of some sort going.
Whether you send him a picture is entirely up to you and if you like him back or not. Do you have feelings for him? Do you see the relationship going anywhere? If you want to potentially date him someday, send him your picture and see where things go. Unless he is just a friend, asking for your picture is generally a sign that he likes you, so keep this in mind as you decide your next step.
Should I Send Him a Picture of Me?
The answer to “Should I send him a picture of me?” really depends on what you want. In most cases, a guy asks for a picture because he wants to see what you look like. If he already knows what you look like, then he most likely wants to have a picture with him because he likes your looks—or he may even want to show a friend a picture of the attractive woman he is talking to.
In all of these circumstances, it is safe to say that he is asking for your picture because he likes you or is interested on some level. He might already know that he likes your personality if you have been talking online, so now he wants to see what you look like.
Some guys will also ask for pictures because they are hoping for a sexy photo. If that is what you want, you can do it—just remember that you have no control over the photo after you give it to him. If he is untrustworthy, then he might show that photo to other people or use it in ways that you do not approve of. Because of this, it is probably good to err on the side of caution when it comes to sexy images.
The question really is if you like him back or see the relationship going anywhere. If you are not interested in him romantically, then sending him a photo will only give him the impression that you might want something more out of talking to him. If you actually do want to see where the relationship will go, send him a picture of yourself. If you are not interested at all, continuing to talk to him and sending him photos will only lead him on unnecessarily.
If a Guy Keeps Your Picture
If a guy keeps your picture, it can mean different things depending on the situation and what your relationship is currently like. If you already dated and broke up, then he might just be keeping it because he has fond memories of your relationship. He might also be the type of guy who just forgets to delete things.
If you have not dated at all and are just friends, he might just like to have a photo to remind himself of you. This may be because he likes you as more than a friend, or he might just see you as a good friend. Many people keep photos around of your friend, so don’t assume too much if a guy keeps your picture and you already have a friendship with each other.
If a guy keeps your picture and you are not friends at all, then it might be a sign that he likes you or finds you attractive. This is especially true if he is the kind of guy who normally deletes things or throws out his old photos. If he is the type of guy who never gets rid of anything though, don’t read too much into it.
In most cases, a guy who keeps your picture likes you on some level. It might be as a friend, a potential love interest or a current crush. Whatever the case, you are probably the best person to figure out what it really means if a guy keeps your picture.
When a Guy Wants to Take a Picture With You
What does it really mean when a guy wants to take a picture with you? In most cases, it is a sign that he likes you on some level. He may just see you as a good friend, or he may want something more out of the relationship. If he is young and immature, he might also want a picture with you so that his friends can see the attractive lady he is hanging out with.
If you are in a group of friends at a party or an event, he might want the picture just to remember the event and the people he was with. Take a look around and see if he is taking photos with anyone else. If you are just one of the many people that he is taking pictures with, he is probably just commemorating the event and sees you as merely a friend.
If it is only you and the guy or you are the only person he asks for a picture with, then there is a fairly good chance that he likes you on some level. When a guy wants to take a picture with you, it is a sign that he wants to be seen with you and to have a memory of hanging out. At the very least, it is an indication that he sees you as an extremely good friend and wants to remember that moment with you.
Why Do Guys Ask for Selfies?
Because they like how you look. There are many potential things he might want next, but it is fairly safe to say that guys ask for selfies because they are attracted to the woman. It is highly unlikely that he would want a selfie of you if he was not attracted to you on some level.
Guys ask for selfies because they like your appearance. In some cases, they ask for a selfie because they want to see what you look like without a filter on your photo. If he was just telling one of his friends about you, he might also want your selfie to show his friend that a) you do exist and b) you are extremely attractive.
Think about the reasons why you ask a guy for a selfie. How many times have you ever asked a guy to send you a selfie without liking his looks? Once you got the selfie, did you have any other reason for having it other than liking him/the selfie? Probably not. A guy asks for your selfie for many of the same reasons why you would ask for one in reverse. He likes the way you look and might see the relationship going somewhere. Whether he sees you as more than just a fling depends entirely on what happens next and what you want out of the relationship.
How to Say No When a Guy Asks for a Picture
There are several ways for how to say no when a guy asks for a picture. You could try just being honest and tell him that you would rather not send a photo to him. If you want to soften it up a bit, you could say that you’d rather wait until you know him better to send a picture.
If you don’t want to take the completely honest approach, you could always make an excuse. You could say that you don’t really know how to use the picture button on your phone or you don’t have time at the moment to take a photo. If you are using your computer, you could tell him that the lighting is bad or your computer doesn’t do pictures.
If he is asking for a sexual picture, you can definitely be honest with him and say that you aren’t comfortable with that. Tell him that you don’t do sexual photos, especially early on in the relationship. If he is asking for sexy photos, then telling him this will also subtly let him know that you probably aren’t interested in just a sexual fling as well. If he suddenly stops talking to you after you say no, then you can bet that he was only interested in sleeping with you and nothing more.