May be they do see things in profession terms - however I think that the lighting on this makes it looks really artistic. Especially around the eyes and it gives good volume/structure to your cheek bones. I also look at a photograph in terms of how it would look if drawn.
I like the way your hair has come out on this too.
The only thing that looks strange is your nose shape - because of the light/shadow.
I think I really like this because it doesn't have lighting to make it look pretty.
You know - these preofessionals often produce work that all looks the same but with different people. This one is different and that counts for a lot.
yeah i saw that the light on my nose creates an odd shape, i think its actualy the shadow from below my eye in contrast with the harsh light on my nose.
I also look at things and think about how i would draw them. Especially since i have been seriously studying arts, trying to paint realistically. It forces me to analize shapes and shadows in the world around me all the time...