What's a noun for the state of being photogenic? For instance, if someone says, 'I'm not very photogenic' and I want to counter by saying

I have to differ with you regarding your __________________________.

'Photogenicness' is a bit awkward. I have not found anything in Webster's Dictionary.

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    photogenicity. Noun. (uncountable) The state of being photogenic.
    – Centaurus
    Apr 28, 2020 at 16:26
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    Not difficult to find the answer
    – Centaurus
    Apr 28, 2020 at 16:27
  • Thanks, but I didn't need the judgement. It's not in Webster's online. Do you have a citation @Centaurus?
    – dwilli
    Apr 28, 2020 at 16:28
  • I kinda like photogenesis. Apr 28, 2020 at 16:40
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    @dwilli as has been pointed out by Centaurus, the word is probably photogenicity, but nobody would ever use this word. It sounds like something that has been invented by the speaker - it does not appear in the OED., Iidiomatically, you would say: "I have to differ with you regarding your not being photogenic."
    – Greybeard
    Apr 28, 2020 at 18:27

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Two words, but how about photo friendliness? Your example:

I have to differ with you regarding your photo friendliness.

It's both eminently useable in a sentence -- written or spoken -- and, if in the latter case you deliver it with a smile, could amuse the recipient as well (depending on the recipient). If spoken, your other party won't know or care whether you're using one word or two. If you really need one written word, no one will stop you if you use photofriendliness.

A Google search indicates that makeup is sometimes marketed based on its photo friendliness.

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