When it comes to "after" photos, honesty isn't just the best policy, it's the only policy.
So if we're not going to give in to the temptations of Photo Shop, what are some of the things we can to to make our photo shoot the best it can be?
A few obvious things, drink plenty of water in the days leading up to your shoot. Eat lightly on picture day. I stick to simple foods like eggs, fish, chicken or beef, salads with olive oil and vinegar dressing, vegetables, and low sugar fruits. No grains and easy on the diary to reduce bloat.
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#1. Practice your posing! Put on what you're going to wear in your pictures, get in front of a mirror, and take a really good look at what you see. Yes, you do have a good side, and if you can't figure out which it is, you haven't spent enough time in front of the mirror. After years of dance and yoga classes it is easy for me to see that my right side looks slimmer and shapelier than my left. If you are familiar with "Warrior Pose" try it with the right and then the left foot in front and you should see what I mean. Your face probably has a good side too, and you can angle your body one way and your face the other, (Not too far, we want to see both of your eyes really well!). If you're working with a photographer, you may want to write down notes about any poses you want to get. In the excitement of the shoot I did forget some poses I wanted to try.
#2. Know what you want to express. There's a reason why the look on your face is called your expression! All of the pride, happiness, and the pleasure of accomplishment should show in your face in an after photo. How do you do this? Just think about how your results make you feel, and that will come across to the camera. Allow all of milestones you've passed and the new skills you've mastered to flash through your memory as you face the camera, and it will capture what you are feeling. This means that if you're an intense kind of guy you don't have to smile if you don't want to! Oh, and don't flex so hard or pull in your abs in so far that you end up with a less than comfortable expression, if you know what I mean. :)
#3. The fun stuff! Nothing on this list of little extras to help you look your best costs more than $10.00.
Arm and Hammer Whitening Booster- Squeeze it on top of your usual toothpaste. Start using it a few days before the shoot. So easy, and your teeth really will be whiter.
L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Towlettes for body. I use one on my face too, then I spray on Sublime Bronze ProPerfect Salon Airbrush Self Tanning mist on top of that. (Not in your face though!) Start at least three days before the shoot, use the lighter color if you're naturally fair, and stop when you get the right color. It does take a full hour to see the color develop. The layering will give you a nice even bronzing.
Palmers Moisturizing Body Oil- rub it on just before you take your pictures- not too much, you can always add more.
A spray bottle of water- once again a light misting.
These are enhancements. You don't want to be so tanned or so shiny that people notice that instead of you. speaking of shiny, your forehead shouldn't be. Go ahead and powder lightly if it is. Guys, enlist female help, we love this stuff. Well, at least I do but I'm real girlie.
Anything else, just ask.
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