Picture Taking

by Susan
(Muskegon, MI)

At a recent family gathering, my sister insisted taking pictures. I politely told her no.. She knows I hate having my picture taken. She would not take no for an answer. I tried being insistant but it was making me look like a witch so I finally caved in. Now the pics are on the internet. How can I politely handle this in the future. Don't tell me this is dumb because I have a right to my feelings. This is like forcing someone to eat cake after they have said no thank you. It is rude. I am at the point of refusing to attend these get togethers because of this.

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by: Ms P Etiquette

Dear Susan,

Yes, you have a right to your feelings, to your own personal space and your own boundaries. You sister was very rude. It is such poor etiquette to insist anyone do something after they decline. If you cannot explain this to your sister in a way that she can understand, you may have to find other ways to avoid the camera. My guess is the latter will prevail.

Thank you for this most interesting question.

Ms Practical Etiquette

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