Oh yes, I know this feeling exactly. I have been extremely camera shy all my life, but I went for about 10 years actively avoiding the camera. It was REALLY hard to find a "before" shot of my weight loss - and it's tragic. Fun times with friends, family...trips, I have no photographic records of happy times.
About halfway through my weight loss, I went to a conference and I was in LOTS of pictures. I weighed about 165 (down to a size 16 or so) and I was absolutely entranced. My cheekbones were visible, I had a nice smile, I couldn't STOP staring at the pictures, I looked okay, I looked normal, it was a miracle.
Now, at goal weight, I'm a camera hog, I pretty much like all pictures of me now!
SIX YEARS at maintenance weight!
My very long weight loss story
"I saw an angel in the marble and I chiseled until I set it free."