True Confession Time
The pictures of myself that I use in Chick's Picks' marketing, Facebook, the blog, postcards were all done professionally. I am talking professional photographer, lighting, hair, makeup, even a stylist on set. I had many outfit, setting, prop and accessory changes! Photographers have stood on chairs & ladders for shots -- still not sure if it was for an
artsy angle, or to hide the over-forty chin situation? Who cares? It worked.
However, today I am writing about the photo above ... a candid taken at a
50th Birthday party I went to Saturday night. A professional camera man shot the photo ... but I got dressed and posed all by myself.
What you don't know are all the GIRLFRIEND secrets that are involved in this photograph. And I just gotta share:
- the Disappearing-Double-Chin Trick: Extend your neck up straight and tall
(like almost an inch), then stick your face out (an inch), then drop your chin ever so slightly. You'll feel feel like a chicken, but I promise it works! My LA sister-in-law Sarah, who is in the "industry," taught me this; we have laughed so hard as we practiced that we actually added chins. Try the mirror first!
- I am wearing an Invisibelt so my jeans are not slipping down over
my muffin top during the photo;
- the black shell and jacket are slimming. Not just because they are black --
works for lots of colors -- just make it monochromatic, so
the outfit isn't choppy;
-a scoop or V-neck is elongating;
-same with a long necklace;
-same with a front crease in your jeans or trousers, pointy toes, and nude or high heels;
- I got a new leave-in conditioning hair product, Moroccanoil at
Hair Harmony in Sterling (or click on image), that allows me to
style & wear my hair down!! Friends don't even recognize me if my hair isn't up -- lack of time, know-how, and product.
Between this miracle stuff, and the big-brushes-left-in-your-hair-when-drying trick, I have never been happier with a hair picture. And last Saturday it was drizzling! And I had to walk blocks because I got to the party late;
-and finally, stand next to a thirty-something hot chick!
Thanks Dawn - who is a longtime CP customer & friend!
These vanities may not be for you, however with the prolific camera phones and facebook uploads, we have to be ready 24/7. Feel free to share your photo tips with me too! Now, go practice looking like a chicken!