When I just click to place without dragging, it's fine and the container is the exact shape as the image, which is what I want.
Then why are you click/dragging?
The behaviors you describe are as-designed. With a Place-loaded cursor, you can click/drag a frame of any size and proportion, or you can just click and get a frame that is automatically sized to fit your image.
I don't see the problem. Am I missing something?
If I just click, it's loading the image at 100% which is a lot larger than what I am wanting. I want to control the size of the image as I bring it in, which is why I prefer to click-drag and have that size as I place it rather than re-sizing after. BUT... the frame around it should be the actual shape of my image, not a random horizontal shape which has nothing to do with the image shape I'm placing (if that makes sense). It used to work correctly, where the shape would be the exact same size as the image, but now it's seems to be defaulting to always be a horizontal shape without regard to the actual image. I'm not sure what I did to get it to work this "incorrect" way, so trying to figure it out how to get it back to "normal". Does that make sense?
I think this is a problem with how the image data is rotated in the camera. Try opening one of these images in Photoshop and resave it as .psd and see if that makes any difference.
YES!! Thanks so much, this did work and fix the issue.
// EDIT: Problem is solved.
// I posted too late, was distracted from sending the post here:
Can you see this behavior for every image you are placing?
Or just the one you were showing?
( I take it for granted, that the image has no white bars on the left and right side)
Are images affected that you edited and saved with PhotoShop?
What is your exact version of InDesign? On what OS?
Yes, this behavior seemed to be from all the vertical pictures I was trying to place for this exercise, the one I showed was just one example. When I opened it in PS and saved as a .psd file, the bounding box fit exactly around the vertical image, so it worked. Then, I saveed that .psd file into a .jpg and the new .jpg file placed properly as well. When I go back to the original .jpg file (before I made the .psd version) it still places incorrectly, so I would agree with Peter Spier above it's how it was related to the image data in the camera that was causing this to happen.
I'm running InDesign CC (2015) on Yosemite (10.10.2)