I really hope you can take pictures of your badass character in photo mode. It would be a massive waste of potential if you can't take pictures of your character, especially when style and customizing your character is part of the game.
Since I'm effectively the source for this story (again... weird), might as well elaborate.
I brought it up quite a while ago, probably over 6 months, on Discord, and essentially implied you'd be able to see your character in the planned Photo Mode, since that seemed obvious to me and it was relevant to the discussion at the time (people concerned about FPP-only etc. etc. etc. the usual stuff). Then Lila said something along the lines of, "it doesn't necessarily mean that," and I think she brought up Doom as an example of a photo mode where you don't necessarily see your own character.
My original statement was more a "don't get your hopes up" type thing than a "this will absolutely not happen" type thing. For all I know, she was basically just saying "we aren't sure if it will let you see your character or not" because so much is in flux. But the fact that my assumption was picked at at all, by a CM no less, did make me think it might not happen.
Buuuttt... She never outright confirmed or denied anything. So we aren't really in a different position than we were before.
EDIT: Ok, found the exact exchange. I said "they did say there will be a photo mode for seeing your character!" she said "that's not entirely true as well." Then "there is a plan for photo mode, its still very unclear how it will work and what kind of features it will have," then when I asked what part I got wrong, "seeing your character part," then "there are fpp games that you cannot see your character in photo mode (like doom for example)."
Please bear in mind this was about four months ago, so I'm sure a lot has changed and this should not be read into much. But I did want to try to provide some sort of source. Please also don't hold her or CDPR to statements they made months ago.