With modern digital technology, all kinds of pictures can be doctored to look perfect or changed: damaged parts of an old pic; facial imperfections; change of background; deletion of any person in a group picture; and so on.
The following story is about a vain King:
There was a King who had 1 Eye and 1 leg.
He asked all the painters to draw a beautiful portrait of him.
But none of them could because how could they paint him beautifully with the defects in 1 eye and 1 leg...
Eventually one of them agreed and drew a classic picture of the King. It was a fantastic picture and surprised everyone.
He painted the King AIMING for a HUNT.
Targeting with ONE Eye Closed and One Leg Bent ...
MORAL: Why can't we all paint pictures like this for others. Hiding their weaknesses and highlighting their strength.
Photographers, especially those dealing in wedding 'photo-shoots' are very popular because of the newly weds' idea that 'it is once in a lifetime so it is worth the exorbitant amount'.
Personally, I rather be my natural self instead of feeling happy for what I am not (as a result of digital doctoring). If I am unhappy, I can't smile naturally and this shows and I don't think any digital technology can improve on that. Normally, I rather have natural takes instead of posed ones. I used to joke about a brother-in-law who always has the same pose, regardless of the background or who he is with!