Eydie and I just returned from our working week-end in the wilds of northern Wisconsin. We ate well, slept much longer than mothers are allowed, and collaged through two laundry baskets full of supplies. Part of our week-end was spent attempting to create a photo journal of our progress. We learned some lessons about personal photojournalism that we would like to share with you, our gentle readers.
Case in point is this photo of Prairie Eydie. Eydie has long known how to properly pose for a photograph. Notice how she angles her body for a 3/4's presentation to the camera. Note, too, how she places the beverage glass in the foreground, therefore minimizing her hands and arms. The saucy tilt of the head lends to a demure yet vibrant presentation. Contrast with the following:
Because of it's placement, my meaty forearm looks like it belongs to a construction worker or a pro wrestler, and I do appear to be suffering from a case of "man hand." If I had only angled my body a bit and pulled that glass in front of me. I also need to work on the saucy tilt. My gaze is much too bold and assertive.
While I may have failed at this first bit of portraiture, I do know a few tips that I regularly practice.
If you want to avoid the appearance of ropy veined hands, merely keep your paws at or above heart level. Voila! Instant youthful smoothness. This position does cause some limitations when driving or doing household chores, and sorting tomatoes is virtually impossible, but your chances for hand modeling gigs will greatly increase.
For a final tip, Eydie reminds all of us that if you wish to appear petite, be sure to place yourself next to someone larger in height and/or girth.
It is our hope that these few tips will make your next photograph session less angst producing. Keep your hands up, jowls secured, and an ample distance from the camera. Remember, too, the halo effect, as demonstrated in this photo of our dear Michael Landon. It is Monday.
Eydie doesn't like to toot her own horn, but she has been doing some personal portrait counseling for a certain someone who may be moving to a big, white house in a couple of years. H needs to work on the saucy tilt, and hand that woman a beer!