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What Does It Mean When A Guy Asks For A Picture Of You?

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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

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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!

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    • You have told him that you are not interested in sharing your pictures. He chose to not listen to your requests. Take this time to determine what actions are acceptable in this relationship. Have a great day, Rafeeah!

  1. What if i just started the friendship and he asked for a pic..?? We became friends about 2 or 3 days back… And i dont knw much abt him…. He just asked and i resfused… He was ok with it… But i am confused.. Should i continue the friendship or should keep a diatance with him…???!!

    • He may be interested in developing a relationship with you. It is possible that he is interested in maintaining a physical relationship with you. Take this time to determine what you want for your future. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Amy!

  2. My boyfriend wants me to send 3 photos of myself looking nice or/and something with the 3 shirts he gave me at Christmas but i lost to a bet that we played and he wants them and he keeps insisting that i should since he got me a game to play when i won one of the bets. But just recently i found him (i went on his facebook) i saw him sent a photo of my cousin to his 2 best guy friends that he hangs out every friday and i was really upset. I told him and he should know that she got a boyfriend but i dont understand why he would do that. So im worried he might do that to me even though im his gf. Should i keep refusing or give it to him?

    • If he has a picture of your cousin, then it is possible that he requested that photo from your cousin. Take this time to determine what actions you believe are appropriate for this relationship. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Perhaps it would not be reasonable for you to send him a photo at this time. Give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Jay!

  3. A friend I reconnected with after a few years wants me to send a picture of myself even after I’ve added him on Facebook where he could see all my current pictures and past pictures
    Why?

    • He is interested in seeing a picture that you take specifically for him. He may want a normal picture, or he may want a more revealing picture. Take this time to determine what you believe is appropriate for your relationship at this time. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Ladi!

    • He has a girlfriend. He should not be asking for your picture. It is likely that he wants an intimate picture of you. Focus your emotional energy elsewhere. If his relationship naturally ends and he reaches out to you, then determine what you want with this relationship in the future. For now, determine what you want for your future without him. Have a great day, Gami!

    • If someone asks for a picture of you and the two of you are friends, then it is likely that he feels an emotional connection with you. He may be interested in developing a relationship with you. Take this time to determine what you want for your future. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Lucy!

  4. I have a boyfriend and he constantly gets my pictures even when were hanging out. Im 15 n hes 16. He n i have been dating for almost a year. Why is he asking constantly for pics. He even sent one of his facial pics to me…. We both have been in love for a whilen tier 10 relationship but i wanna go further.

    • He is interested in having your pictures. He likely wants more intimate pictures. You are not comfortable with his requests. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. If he respects your wishes, then he will not continue to take and ask for pictures. If he does not respect you, then he will continue his actions. Have a great day, Savannah!

    • If you do not know this person, then do not send him a picture. If he does not respond or treats you poorly, then no longer communicate with him. If he is respectful, then determine what you want for the future of this relationship at this time. It is likely that he is interested in developing a physical relationship with you. Have a great day, Ann!

  5. This guy i know him for 12years.We went out once. Because he ask me to buy him t shirt when I’m travelling and after I return back Singapore we have a date just to pass him the gift…he have send me on and off his selfie photos..where he go what he eat but never say to me likes me or want to date me out again . he did ask a photo of me but i turn away. Because i don’t know what kind of relationship we will be. What do you suggest?

    • The two of you likely share a strong emotional bond with each other. He may be interested in developing a relationship with you. Take this time to determine what you want for the future of this relationship. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, June!

  6. This guy ask for a photo (only the face), and we know each other only one day.
    But I don’t know why at first wen we just start the conversation, he don’t say ‘hi’ he just ask me this question
    ‘sent me a photo of you face’

    • He is likely not interested in nourishing an emotional relationship with you. He may only be interested in a physical relationship. Determine what you want for your future. Decide what you think is appropriate for what you want for your future. Have a great day, Beat!

  7. My boyfriend and I constantly sharing and exchanging photos wthout asking it..we are in a long distance affair and we’ve been 9 months ..wht does it mean..

    • This means that the two of you share a strong emotional connection together. The two of you are likely physically attracted to each other. Determine what you want for your future. Continue to spend time with your partner, as this will strengthen your relationship. Have a great day, Marice!

  8. What if my ex asks me to send him pictures of me? We talked before and then stopped and now we are back talking? I’m not sure why he keeps asking so much. I told him no and that you’ll just see me I’m person but he kept saying “ you don’t have social media how am I suppose to see you” he won’t stop asking. Tbh I would want him to be my bf first then to be able to send him picture. so should I?

    • The two of you have ended your relationship. It is possible that he wants to develop a relationship with you again. Determine what you want for your future and take appropriate action. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, May!

  9. My friend ask my full photo most of the time.. We are friends for years.. He also has special concern about me.. But why does he wants my full photo.. What is his intention in it?

    • He likely is interested in looking at your physical form. It is possible that he is interested in developing a physical relationship with you. It is clear that he feels a strong connection with you. Determine what you want for the future of this relationship and decide what actions are appropriate. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Zana!

  10. I started talking to this guy on a respected Christian dating site, and he asked for a picture of me as we were talking. I still hadn’t met him, and there were like 6 photos of me from the site. Maybe he thought that I wasn’t real, and I kinda thought the same thing, so he sent me a pic of himself at his desk. I sent him mine. Then we went on a first date, and hit it off. We’ve been texting constantly. He asks me what I’m doing, etc. We’ve only been on two dates, but they were great! So last night, he asked for a picture again. It just felt weird, but I suppose thats the way dating these days work? Its just weird to me!

    • It is possible that he feels as though his feelings for you would increase when he receives a photo. It is likely that he is interested in developing a physical relationship with you. There is no reason to give him any photo that you do not feel comfortable giving him. If he decides to push you, then decide what you believe is appropriate for your relationship. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Lb!

  11. What about that if we are classmates and I talk him on WhatsApp and suddenly he said to me that he likes me and after sometime he ask me for my photos what will I do……??

    • He has shared his thoughts and feelings with you. He likely is interested in developing a relationship with you. He asked for photos of you, which may be a sign that he is physically attracted to you. Determine what you want and speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Samarthya!

  12. What if we are both married and he sent me his picture unsolicited and now he wants to take my picture. We’re friends for 4 years.

    • He has chosen to send you a picture. If this is a romantic or physical picture, then determine what you believe is appropriate. You are married, so do not attempt to develop a romantic relationship with him. He is married, so he should not act in that manner. Determine what you want for your future, and spend additional time with your partner, as this will strengthen your relationship. Have a great day, Mary!

  13. What if we’re both married an he sent me his unsolicited picture and now wants to take mine? We’re friends for three years.

    • He has chosen to send you a picture. If this is a romantic or physical picture, then determine what you believe is appropriate. You are married, so do not attempt to develop a romantic relationship with him. He is married, so he should not act in that manner. Determine what you want for your future, and spend additional time with your partner, as this will strengthen your relationship. Have a great day, Mary!

  14. a guy asked me a picture of mine, we know each other since above 5 years.. We were in a relationship but I dumped him due to some reasons and now we’re again in contact but not in a relationship.. He use to ask my pictures alot and everyday selfie, but the point is since 4 days he’s asking my special selfie
    M unable to understand this
    Even I asked him.. Special in what way?
    He answered I can’t explain everything.. I don’t know..
    Will u plz help me understand what is special selfie he’s asking abt?

    • The two of you once shared a strong emotional and social connection. This relationship ended due to circumstances that likely influence the state of your current relationship. It is likely that he is requesting pictures that are intimate. Determine what you want for the future of this relationship. Decide what you believe is appropriate. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Soniya!

  15. If we have known each other on the internet for a week and we are far from each, yes its ok for me to send my photo
    But if he asks me a ful photo from back and frot 😳is too wierd I think… what is yr opinion?? Can u give me some information about it ??

    • If you have known a person for a shirt period of time online, then you need to be aware that people may not be who they seem. If you trust him and feel comfortable sharing yourself, then do so. However, there is great benefit in ensuring that your friends and family are aware of the people that you are developing a relationship with. Have a great day, Angelika!

  16. I started socially chatting with a guy coworker of mine, who physically lives/works about 3 hours from where I live/work, but we communicate frequently every day. We are both in our 30s, so not kids! We started to chat about things other than work and we found that we have many mutual things we enjoy and really liked chatting with each other. We friended each other on social media and there was definitely some attraction there, but now he literally asks me for a selfie EVERY DAY!!! Not suggestive or racey selfies, just “send me a selfie”. I did for a few days but that has gotten old really fast! Why does this guy want a selfie of me every day?? It is really becomming annoying. I don’t look any different today than I did yesterday! He has said to me, “When you are bored or not doing anything, you should just send me a selfie”. For the life of me I cannot figure this out! I would actually understand if he was asking for suggestive or nude pics, I get the purpose of that, but a selfie of me at my desk or in my car?? He has access to about a million pics of me on social media too! What gives??

    • He is interested in seeing pictures of you. He likely wants to feel as though you are thinking about him. He doesn’t care if your pictures are new or unusual. He wants to give you attention by asking for pictures, and he wants to to give him attention as well. This does not mean that he wants to see naked pictures of you. However, it is unlikely that he would be offended if you did. Determine what you what you want for the future of this relationship. Perhaps speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Sarah!

  17. My crush asked me. Can i take a selfie with u ? What does it mean? Two months ago,he took my pictures, pat my head and stare at me. He likes someone so much and yet he does these things to me. What does he want? Why is he doing to me ?.

    • He may be interested in developing a relationship with you. He wants a picture of you, which may mean that he is physically attracted to you. Determine what you want for the future of this relationship. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Lychee!

    • The two of you have met on a dating site. He is asking for your picture because he wants to see you. He wants to determine if he is attracted to you, as he wants to ensure that this relationship is viable. Determine if you believe that his request is appropriate. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings, and give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Do!

  18. If he’s a friend of my lover, and we’ve been chatting about business for 2 months already and suddenly he asked for selfies (for 2times) what might that mean? Thanks for answering admin!

    • His behaviors may be a reflection of various social desires. You are his friend, and he may want to have photos taken with you. However, you are in a relationship, so determine what you believe is appropriate. Decide what you feel your partner may think when these pictures are made public. Speak with your partner about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Niki!

  19. This guy I met in tinder 2 days ago keeps asking me for pictures. Not inappropriate ones. Like normal selfies. What Does that mean? And what should I do?

    • He is interested in seeing what you look like in person. He is likely attracted to you and may want to develop a relationship with you. Attempt to meet him in person, if you believe it would be appropriate for you to do so. If you are comfortable with sharing pictures of yourself with a romantic interest, then do so. Have a great day, J!

  20. I play online gaming and at social media I have a bf he started post hes self and late on voice hes 18 and im 15 he ask about my pictures and voice so did sent him I left the chat room we broken up he shared my pictures of hes online friends I’m scared I didn’t ask much my self

    • You have developed a relationship with someone that you did not know. He is an adult and asked for your pictures. He decided to share these pictures without your permission. He is a predator, and you will find benefit in no longer communicating with him. Learn from this experience, and ensure that you act in a more secure manner in the future. There is always benefit in sharing your kindness and compassion. It is important for you to protect yourself in the future. Have a great day, Girl!

  21. I play online gaming and in a social media not a social fan I have a bf we been this 1 app he want my real pictures and voice I try say no he was very mad force me do it he first sent in hes pictures hes 18 sent in my voice then of a week he ask me again for pictures so did sent the pictures of me no nude just normal pictures so I left the chat room didn’t told him my nme an location been together we broke up he share he friends my pictures online I’m 15

    • You have developed a relationship with someone that you did not know. He is an adult and asked for your pictures. He decided to share these pictures without your permission. He is a predator, and you will find benefit in no longer communicating with him. Learn from this experience, and ensure that you act in a more secure manner in the future. There is always benefit in sharing your kindness and compassion. It is important for you to protect yourself in the future. Have a great day, Lou!

  22. A coworker that states he is interested in me asking for selfie. I enjoy having small convertsations with him but have no intentions of extending this to affair. And he sent a couple of photos of himself. Do I need to be concerned?

    • You do not need to be concerned. You are aware of what you want for the future of this relationship. Inform him that you are not interested in sending him pictures. You may want to take a step back from this relationship so he realizes that you are not looking at entertaining a romantic relationship with him. If he responds in a negative or disrespectful manner, then no longer communicate with him. Have a great day, AA!

  23. Okay, so I’ve met this guy in a game and he is bigger than me , it’s been 4 months since I met him, we probably play together everyday and we added each other in one app maybe 3 weeks ago , and he asked me for my picture twice and I told him that I’ll think about and that I’ll send it later, and today he told me to send my picture and I refused and told him that I’ll think about it, Im Really confused right now cuz whenever I ask him why do you want me to send pics of me he says that he is just curious and wants to see me, btw we never met and he never saw any pic of me, but I saw a pic of him.
    I have feelings for this guy and I don’t know if he knows or not but yeah.
    I’m afraid that he send or share my pics with someone which I really really don’t want this to happen..
    What shall I do?

    • You do not have any requirement to send your pictures to anyone. If you do not feel comfortable doing so, then do not send those pictures. The two of you share a social connection. He likely is interested in nourishing a relationship with you. This is the reason why he wants to see you. Determine what you want for the future of this relationship. Have a great day, Maya!

  24. A man I don’t know responded to a comment I made on a public facebook news article. We had a lengthy discussion about the news subject. He turned out to be a quite nice man with a great sense of humor, and also cute from his pics. He told me he thought I was sexy, I told him I thought he was too. He later friend requested me and I accepted. I have a boyfriend and he has a girlfriend but I thought it was nice to talk to someone on such a similar intellectual level. We continued to chat sporadically for over a year about news, jokes, etc., even discussing our significant others. I became friends with a few of his friends as well. Then one day he starts sending me selfies. I was surprised by it, but complemented him that he looked nice. I sensed he was trying to get me to send him a selfie back, but I did not. A few months later he was traveling for business and started sending me selfies again. Then he came right out and asked me to send him a selfie back. He has always been very polite, never inappropriate, so I sent him just a face shot back. Right after I sent it started to think maybe I should not have sent him the selfie, that his girlfriend would probably not like it. He thanked me for it politely and said he was really happy that we became friends and suggested we meet for drinks sometime. But he lives in Europe and travels to the US for work frequently. I like having a new friend but I am sensing he is possibly trying to pursue something romantic? I like him and would not mind meeting him in person, but I’m not sure what the whole selfie thing means . Him sending me one? Then asking me for one? Did I give him the wrong impression by sending him the selfie back?

    • You have stated that you are in a relationship. You are also aware that he is in a relationship. Do not continue to maintain a romantic relationship with him. By sharing these intimate pictures and words, you are cheating on your partner. You should speak with your current partner about what you want for your future. Make a decision about what you want for your relationship. Have a great day, Sumiko!

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