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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

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.

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  1. I’ve been talking to this one guy he’s younger than me by one year. He send me a picture of him(face) then I send me him one of me(of my face). He later send me a body pic and he asked for one. He’s really attractive, I really don’t know I’m not sure if I want to send him one. When he asked I told him I didn’t know him that well. But every time we talk he brings up the topic about if I’m going to send it to him the pic. He has my face picture saved. And he asked if I wanted to hang out with him. But I really don’t know I feel like every time we talk he’s going to ask for it again. I want to keep talking to him but I don’t know what to do.

    • He is attracted to you. It is likely that he is interested in developing a physical relationship with you. Take this time to determine what you want for your future. Decide if you believe that his behaviors are appropriate. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. If you want to nourish this relationship, then spend time with him in person. Have a great day, Nicky!

  2. This guy has a girlfriend. I simply asked if he wanted to take a picture with me and he was all about it. His girlfriend constantly gives me dirty looks when I talk to him or make him laugh. So when we took the picture she was really mad. We have known each other for 2 years and talk everyday. Then the next day he asked for the picture of us and I gave it to him. They have a off and on relationship and I can make him smile just by saying his name. So I guess my question is why did he want the photo and if he likes me?

    • He might be attracted to you. Since he does have an on-and-off-again relationship, he might not feel as committed as a normal boyfriend would. Still, you really shouldn’t do anything about it. If he were to flirt with or even date you while he was with her, it would only cause problems–and you’d be stuck in a relationship with someone you know for sure is untrustworthy. There’s not way to know for sure if he likes you, but it definitely sounds more likely than not.

  3. So there’s this guys that I have met. We became so close and he started asking for my pictures and he would always complement them. He’s the flirty type but he always calls me the prettiest and the best girl he saw in his life and that he loves me so much. He still asks for my pictures but he calls me his sister. Is that because he’s afraid of rejection? Or does he not like me?

    • If he calls you his sister, he either sees you as his sister or he doesn’t want you to think that he likes you for whatever reason. It sounds entirely possible that he likes you, but nothing is for sure quite yet because his behavior is so confusing. I’d hold off on making a move until he is a bit clearer about what he wants. Best of luck, Louisa!

  4. If he sees me as his sister, why does he ask me for pictures? And why does he flirt with me? He complements me on everything.

    • His statement regarding his feelings regarding you being his sister are an indication that he feels a close emotional connection with you. This does not mean that he is uninterested in maintaining a romantic relationship with you. His flirtations and requests for pictures are indications that he is physically attracted to you. Make a decision about what you want for the future of this relationship. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings, and give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Louisa!

  5. I have no one to talk to or to take their opinion. So hello it’s me again. I don’t get him anymore. He’s so confusing. He went from complementing me every day to barely texting me. I don’t get why he suddenly kept the distance although I felt our relationship getting stronger and I felt like he loved it and was interested. I love him so much but if moving on will be the right choice I’ll just do it.

    • It sounds like you need to make a decision about what you want for the future of this relationship. His behaviors may be an indication that he is uncertain about what he wants. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. If he ignores you or treats you poorly, then you are aware of his feelings. Have a great day, Louisa!

  6. He is one of the most confusing guys I have ever
    met. He tells me he loves me so much but repeats the word sister so much. He asks for my pictures and he compliments me. He gets so close to me and then he suddenly disappears. He goes from texting me all the time to stopping to text me for a while. He’s obsessed over my pictures. He would want me to send my whole camera roll. From disappearing he returns to being nice and very friendly. I really don’t know what to do with such a personality. He never even tried to show how much he loves me as more than just a friend. Although when I compliment him he would get so happy and he would tell me I made his day. But then he never made me feel special

    • His behaviors are indications that he feels a strong social and emotional relationship with you. His decision to inform you that he feels you are like his sister means that he feels close to you. His other behaviors are indications that he is attracted to you. Make a decision about what you want for the future of this relationship. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings, and give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Nourish this relationship by spending additional time with him in person. Have a great day, Melissa!

  7. I have a huge crush on a celeb. And when I found a snap of him I added him. IT took long for him to accept me but hè did. At first hè Said hè wasn’t him but later on hè Said hè was ( my celeb crush) we start chatting and now hè askie me for a picture… I am not Sire If I should give him a selfie… is iT save or not ? Its just a selfie so no sexy picture should I do iT??

    • If it’s just a selfie, it probably isn’t an issue–after all, someone could find a picture of you on any of your profile pages. Other than the selfie though, I would be cautious because there is always a risk when you meet someone online. Good luck, Armita!

  8. There’s this guy that I met through a friend in Dec 2017. We all hung out and what not. He and the friend went back to their town (another state). 4 months later I added him on fb and when he added me back, he messaged me right away. Ever since then, we’ve been talking/texting. It’s been a year and 3 months of us texting everyday. About October-ish he started screenshotting the pictures I would send him on Snapchat. And even asked me for a picture! I don’t get it because when I brought up the topic of “where this is going” he said that he doesn’t want a relationship now because he’s in the military and how it’d be unfair for whoever he was dating. So, I’m not understanding why he’s screenshotting my pics and not wanting anything now ? Also flirting sometimes! He’s a very respectful guy. Mhy would he be talking to me EVERYDAY if he doesn’t want something now? Guys don’t talk to girls everyday they don’t get anything from.

    • He clearly feels a strong social and emotional connection with you. He has stated his feelings regarding maintaining a relationship while in the military. Your belief that guys only speak to girls for something is a personal opinion. This is not necessarily a reflection of reality. Determine what you want for the future of this relationship. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings, and give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Lisa!

  9. It’s just that, why would he talk to me every single day for over a year if I’m not giving him anything? Aka anything sexual. I’ve spoken to him about my thoughts and feelings and he said that he’s not interested in being in a relationship while being in the military because of how his past relationship went. Why talk to me everyday then? Is he stringing me along? I truly don’t know.

  10. I trust the guy so much although I heard he might be a bad person. He asks me from full body pictures and some friends told me to stop sending. But I’m afraid I stop sending and he would stop loving me. I’m not even sure if he likes me or no but I’m afraid he’ll stop.

    • His behaviors are clear indications that he is attracted to you and wants to maintain a romantic relationship with you. Since you made the decision to send him pictures, if you make the decision to stop, then it is likely that he will become confused. Make a decision about the future of this relationship. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings, and give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Megan!

  11. He compliments me a lot at times and then suddenly stops. He texts me everyday and then he suddenly stops. He’s usually the first to text but he stopped. When I started texting first he seemed fine with the chat but somehow I feel like he doesn’t miss me when he’s away. He just asks for my pictures because he had been away for a month. He compliments all girls the way he does to me but there’s something inside me that tells me he likes me somehow. What do you think??

    • His behaviors are clear indications that he is attracted to you and wants to maintain a romantic relationship with you. Since you made the decision to send him pictures, if you make the decision to stop, then it is likely that he will become confused. Make a decision about the future of this relationship. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings, and give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Megan!

  12. I don’t just have a crush on this guy, I think I’m in love with him. His personality is so good and he makes me feel like he’s always there for me. I trust him so much. He used to like me a year ago but he never told me because he was afraid of rejection. I have a feeling he still does but I’m not sure if he does. He flirts with all girls and I feel like I’m treated as all other girls are treated. But there’s something different about me than the other girls. Although he flirts with all of them as well as he does with me too, I’m the only one he asks for pictures from. Is it because I’m kind hearted and I’m the only one who would send him the pictures?? Because at times he calls me sister and his actions are so confusing.

    • You feel a strong emotional connection with this person. It is certainly possible that he still has feelings for you. He asks for pictures because he is attracted to you, and he wants something person from you. Make a decision about 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. Nourish this relationship by spending additional time with him in person. Have a great day, Kylie!

  13. So I have a big crush on that guy and I was always not sure about how he feels towards me. A year ago he used to like me but he never told me. He is a flirty type and he compliments girls like he complements me. He usually asks me to send a lot of pictures till today and I always wanted to know why is it that I’m the only girl he asks for this. When I asked him why he asks me for the pictures he told me that he actually doesn’t know why he asks for them and he apologized. What does that mean?

    • He asked you for the pictures because he likes you and wants to have a picture of you on hand. He apologized because your reaction made him think that you aren’t interested. You should definitely send him a picture and ask for one in return–otherwise, he’s going to think that you don’t like him because you asked him why he wanted the photo. You could also try just asking him on a date since it seems more likely than not that he is interested in you. BEst of luck, Mellanie!

  14. I have a big crush on a guy. He liked me a year ago but he never told me. We’re so close now like best friends And now I feel like he likes me again and I share the same feelings. He used to compliment me a lot but then he stopped recently. But he didn’t stop asking me to send my pictures. From the first day we started getting to know each other till this day he asks me for any pictures I take and he never confessed that he likes me. And when I asked why he asks for them he told me “I actually don’t know why I ask for them and I’m sorry” . Does this mean he still likes me? Is it a sign?

    • He asked you for the pictures because he likes you and wants to have a picture of you on hand. He apologized because your reaction made him think that you aren’t interested. You should definitely send him a picture and ask for one in return–otherwise, he’s going to think that you don’t like him because you asked him why he wanted the photo. You could also try just asking him on a date since it seems more likely than not that he is interested in you. Best of luck, Mellanie!

  15. the next chat we had after that with a day was that he complemented my picture again and it’s been a while. And then he asked how my day was and what I did since I travelled to another country with other friends. And then at night he texted me again asking if I enjoyed the day. Does this show any sings that he likes me???

    • It definitely sounds like he likes you! He is so far doing everything that someone would do if they are interested. If you like him back, keep talking to him, try flirting a bit and see where everything goes. Good luck, Mellanie!

  16. Please help. I’m tired. I keep loving my best friend more day by day and I can’t control myself anymore. And I’m so confused. I literally don’t know if he likes me or no and I just want to know if he does. He’s the flirty type. Can I know any signs that would show he likes me? But like obvious signs. He texts me everyday and complements me a lot. I don’t know I feel a connection but idk if he feels it too. I’m so tired I just need to know if he loves me back or no because he’s confusing. Please don’t tell me to tell him because I can’t. Tell me what to to do or say and tell the reaction he’s supposed to make if he likes me back.

    • You are interested in maintaining a relationship with him. His flirtatious behavior is an indication that he may be attracted to you. It is possible that he wants to maintain a romantic relationship with you. Make a decision about what you want for the future of this relationship, and speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Allison!

  17. I’ll type again since I think my message got deleted. Look this isn’t about pictures. You seem like you’re a guy who understands how other guys think. I’m tired and done with everything. I keep loving my best friend more day by day. He’s so confusing and I don’t know if he likes me back or no. He used to like me in the past but I never knew. And I just want to know if he likes me till today or no. Can you please help me. Tell me obvious signs. Tell me actions to do and the reactions he’s supposed to make on them if he likes me back. Don’t ask me to tell him I love him because I can’t at all. It will ruin everything between us. Please help me because I love him so much. No one can ever love someone the way I do to him. My love to him is more than you can imagine so please reply to my message and help me.

    • You are interested in maintaining a relationship with him. His flirtatious behavior is an indication that he may be attracted to you. It is possible that he wants to maintain a romantic relationship with you. Make a decision about what you want for the future of this relationship, and speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Allison!

  18. I don’t know if this guy thinks I like him or no. But I’m in love with him. And I’m sure he used to have feelings for me but I knew months later. I’ve had feelings for him for 2 years and I keep loving him more minute by minute. But we weren’t as close when we first met. We’re way closer now. And I can’t tell him I love him. And he’s soooo confusing. I think you’re a guy and you could help me. Can you please help me because I’m done with everything. The only thing I want is his love back. Can you tell me obvious signs. Or tell me actions to do and the reactions he’s supposed to make if he feels the same way.please reply to my message cause I’m dying everyday wishing he would confess his love to me but I feel like he might be afraid to lose the friendship. And I’m not sure about my feeling

    • You are interested in maintaining a relationship with him. His flirtatious behavior is an indication that he may be attracted to you. It is possible that he wants to maintain a romantic relationship with you. Make a decision about what you want for the future of this relationship, and speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Allison!

  19. There’s this guy I just met online. We’ve talked over the phone and online. I have pictures of my face up. He requested me to send him a full picture with my body in it. Is he just looking for sex?

    • The two of you are sharing pictures, which is an indication that both of you are looking to determine whether or not you are attracted to the person that you are speaking with. He has asked for a full picture of your body, which is a sign that he may want to maintain a physical relationship with you. He may be looking for sex, but that does not mean that he is only thinking about sex. Make a decision about what type of relationship you want to maintain, and take whatever action that you feel is appropriate. Have a great day, Braya!

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