Picture Perfect / by Sarah

My good friend, salon owner and master blond colorist Jeffrey Lyle asked me to contribute a little holiday timed blog post about how to take the perfect holiday picture.  His salon writes a fun blog about everything from haircare and style to their own travels and adventures.  Pop over and check it out, and check out my post below.

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'Tis the season for parties, and with those parties come the inevitable photographs.   Whether you are a socialite splashed across the pages of Town and Countryor a victim of a friend “tagging” you on Facebook, chances are those party snaps will be seen by more than just close friends.  Fortunately there are a few ways to master the camera and eliminate the chance of any double chins, crazy eyes, or Hunchback of Notre Dames...

Posture– I know, I know, it sounds cliché, but pulling your shoulders back can do wonders for your height.  Add a little quarter turn to your shoulders and you get a lovely curve that makes strap-less and bare shoulder dresses shine.  And unless you have a signature look that you know works, best leave the hunchback, prune face pose to the experts, i.e. Mary Kate or Ashley.

Photo: Sarah M. Winchester

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Creating a good jaw line– A bright camera flash is a jaw line’s worst enemy.  It flattens out your neck and jaw faster than you can say “cheese.”  To avoid this, make sure you lengthen your neck and extend your chin a bit out and down.   Then once again, give it that ¾ angle.  You will create a nice shadow for camera and eliminates any possibility of the dreaded double chin.

Photo: Sarah M. Winchester

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The “over the shoulder “ pose – Easier than it looks, this pose is perfect for the dinner party, night out with friends, or cocktail party.  Especially if you have on a dress with a killer back.  Simply cross your legs and glance over your shoulder to look at the camera (keeping in mind the posture and jaw line points).

Photo: Sarah M. Winchester

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The “crossed legs” – Also known as the pee-pee dance pose, crossing your legs while in a standing photograph, gives you a nice little “s” curve to the body, that is a whole lot more flattering than two locked knee legs standing there.  Take a cue from socialite and famous blonde Tinsley Mortimer…she practically invented the pose.  This also works while sitting.

Photo Credit From Left: Press Photos, Harpers Bazaar, and Sarah M. Winchester

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To smile or not to smile – This dilemma is entirely up to you.  All I can say is know thyself.  When I try to do that Tyra Banks smile or smirk, I end up looking really pissed off. On the other hand, some people can get that smoldering, sexy look with ease.

Photo: Sarah M. Winchester

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