STRIKE A POSE - PART ONE

Updated on: 13/12/13 02:56pm
PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD....OR FACE
 
You may NOT be a top model vying for your place in FASHION WEEK, but... you DO want to look good in photos right?
 
My wonderful co-worker Samantha & I have endured years of THE DREADED COMPULSORY WORK PHOTO! 
Each new year brings giggles and sometimes fits of laughter at how horrid a team of 30 plus staff can look. Bare in mind, these photos have NO FILTERS, STARK LIGHTING & are usually taken early in the morning.... in a major rush before the work day begins. 
 
TRIED & TESTED TRICKS TO HELP YOU LOOK GOOD
 
Over the years we have developed OUR OWN little techniques to improve the final photo. You may want to give them a try too.
 
* NO DUCK FACE - Sooooo 2011... but totally acceptable on SOME occasions - just not this one. 
                                    - When the photographer tells you to call out "bikini, holidays, sandwiches..." DO IT! Saying these words as he/she clicks away will relax your face. I know of some models who repeat the vowels "a,e,i,o,u" as different facial expressions result.
 
* RELAX YOUR BODY - Make sure your feet are slightly apart - for good balance. Take a few deep breaths and let your shoulders fall naturally - stiff shoulders make you look too much like a soldier.
 
* ARMS - If you are standing for the photo, bend your arms so that a small gap appears between them and your body (not so much that you have chicken wings). This technique will create a more flattering look instead of being perceived as one big block.
 
*SIDE ON - Once again, if you are standing, twist your body ever so slightly to one side. This stance will elongate your body, slimming it down. 
 
*MAKEUP - Ever wonder why you end up looking like a ghost in some photos? Keep in mind that products containing an SPF can play funny tricks with the camera and lighting. 
 
*THE ELEMENTS - Find out in advance if your photos will be taken outdoors. Gusts of wind can play havoc with your hairdo. You could end up looking like "Cousin It" if you are not prepared. 
 
WANT SOME MORE TIPS? 

Keep a look out for some MORE handy photo tips in the near future. Let me know if you have any personal photo questions that I could help out with too. 

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