What type of adhesive are you using for pictures?
I use a tape gun or runner that lays the adhesive just where I want it to stay without getting any on the photo.
I just flip over the photo on whatever is handy then pick it up and place.
You have probably found the adhesive is one of the two deadly products you can get on a photo, the other is moisture!!!
Just make sure you have a dry surface to lay your pictures on when applying adhesive.
I do not use a glue stick or "wet" glue for my pictures.
Anything else yes, I will use glue but not pictures.