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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!

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