i think people tend to underestimate the amount of work that goes into passing for trans people and honestly i’d consider it a skill that is incredibly hard to master and i certainly have not
yes, i can ‘pass’ in photos that i 1) take myself and 2) choose to post on here, as i only generally post pictures i like of myself that make me feel good about myself, so of course online that’s all you’d see
but passing is more than your looks under a certain angle, unfortunately
this includes but is not limited to; how you walk (how you hold yourself up, how you maneuver yourself, what kind of presence you give off), how you speak (in vocabulary, mannerisms, pitch, tone), your size, how you sit, how you stand, how you react, how you interact, how certain facial features appear, many of these things i cannot change or change effectively
passing takes a large amount of focus and concentration and energy (both emotionally and physically) and even then, if you don’t fit certain ideas that cis people have in their heads, you’re likely to still be misgendered or worse which is already taxing enough
it’s also very expensive - hormones? surgeries? packers? binders? if you’re disabled? if you’re not thin? if you’re poor?
it’s not as simple as looking a certain way in pictures!