Ok. So last week I had my first professional photo shoot.
If you are thinking that I have finally achieved that super model status I have always aspired to (forgive me but I grew up in the 1990s!), I am afraid I will have to disappoint you.
This being said, it is kind of work related, just not for that kind of work.
But that’s irrelevant.
What is relevant it is the huge excitement of the last
weeks days building up to photoshoot- I mean, what’s not to love? the pro make up? the expert lighting? or the post production photoshopping (I hope!)?
Here are 3 things I learnt in the process.
1. You are never enough done for a photo shoot.
I am not a big fan of perfectly polished looks.
Maybe it’s the rebel in me. Maybe it’s the association I make between polished and old. Maybe it’s the trying too hard. Maybe it’s just who I am: Miss no-foundation-ever-who-cares-about-freckles-and-small-imperfections-anyway.
So when I knew a professional make up artist ( as in movie make up artist people..breath…breath) was going to “do” my face, I decided to let my hair be au natural. You know, ying and yang.
9 am. 1 hour before my shoot, I am telling anyone who asks – yes because everybody KNOWS!!!- “no no, I am not getting a blow dry”.
9.30. I go to the bathroom and realise 2 things. There is polished and there is perfectly groomed. And I sure didn’t look like either of them.
9.40. I am out of the door running to the local hair dresser and asking out of breath for the fastest blow dry they could give.
10.00. I am back in the make up chair. Just in time. Sweaty (figure of speech as we all know girls don’t sweat) but with great hair. Or to be more accurate, hair as great as it can be. Sigh.
2. Pick the right outfit.
Somehow I envisioned my shoot as a head shot.
Probably because the only professional (loosely and generously using that adjective) photos I ever took were the super ugly head shots for ID cards and Co.
So I was mentally prepared for that.
Make up, check. Hair, check.
When I realised it was a full body shot, I thought… dress, NOT check!
See that morning, when I woke up, I was in a fat-stressed mood which means black loose dress to cover whatever needed to be covered and no accessories to distract me from the hard day work ahead**. Personal fact: when I need to concentrate and work really hard, I always do 2 things – take off my jewellery (who can focus with all those clic-clocs) and take off my shoes (not sure why…maybe the conection to mother earth energy flows???)
Long story short, I was wearing an OK dress.
But when it came to taking a photo, the OK dress looked more like some kind of shapeless PJs. It wasn’t exactly photogenic and so neither was I.
So I asked for a head shot instead please.
What I should have done is to pick a dress with i) V neck, ii) bright colour and iii) statement necklace. And probably end up being OTT.
But if I have to choose between PJs and Over The Top,it will always be OTT all the way!
3. Perfect your pose.
Hubby – who also moonlights as my blog’s photographer – never got over how bad I was at posing.
His favourite quote is “for someone who has watched millions of America’s Next Top Model episodes, you certainty didn’t learn a thing”.
Which is unfair.
I did learn that you can technically survive without (much) food.
And that “fierce” is what all womankind should aspire to be (which will be made easier if we are all very hungry).
So I am bad at posing. I hate the standing still element of it.
I hate the fake-ness of it.
And I very often hate the result of it: too rigid, too smiley, too alien, too bad.
Two things I learned though 1) avoid straight on pictures to avoid disturbing apple pie shaped face and 2) know your good profile (mine is the left one).
My professional picture didn’t stand up to my (maybe) sky high expectations:
1. I still recognised myself (read it didn’t magically transform me into Angelina Jolie)
2. My make up and hair didn’t come out as pretty as it was live (or so I like to think…please dont insinuate that the lighting in the bathroom might be a bit too flattering)
3. I has to plan ANOTHER photo shoot (how embarrassing!) – so watch this space for THAT story!
*Disclaimer – the above picture is NOT the outcome of the photo shoot. It’s a selfie (and yes I hate myself for actually saying selfie)
** Why a photoshoot was planned on one of the busiest days of the year? Well, I needed the picture kind of asap. And lets face it everyday is busy day !