I didn't want to embarrass any clients, so I will humble myself for sake of this explanation.
You get up in the morning, you look in the mirror to fix your hair, brush your teeth, floss, put on your make-up and perhaps to make sure that you lined up your buttons correctly.
As you lean into that reflected version of you, look again.
Your left eye is on the wrong side of your face! Really. You see your left on your left, and your right on your right.
Take a photograph of yourself, and then you see yourself as the world sees you.
Here is how you see me... (when hiding in a corner typing at Starbucks - less the cheesy smile)
Here is how I see me...
When I see this guy above in the mirror in the morning, Because we all do it, I'll point out an imperfection I'd see in my face. My nose (after years of pressing a camera against my left eye) pushes to the side.
Unconsciously, I look at this mug full of off-balanced features and identify it as me.
You, on the other hand, look at the image prior and have your own idea of what my normal is. So if I'm picking pictures of myself, I will ALWAYS yield to my wife's opinion because of perspective.
Try this for yourself:
• On a Good Hair Day, take a picture of yourself.
• Look at the photo on your phone/camara for the one that you like most.
• Now hold the photo up in the mirror. Chances are you will love it even more reflecting your perceived version of you.
And here is what a symmetric version of my face to help you appreciate your own non-symmetry.
The next time you're debating over the best version of yourself during a photo presentation, just ask us to show you your morning face and we'll flip your head on right.
As my portrait mentor Lou always told me... "You're alright, it's the whole world that's wrong!.." Something he'd likely retract if he was alive to see my two-left-faces image above.