Make Me Look Good

by Nancy Wurtzel on January 16, 2011

Yesterday I got ready for my close-up.  I’d been dreading it for the past six weeks, but it turned into a fun, pleasant afternoon.

You may have noticed that I have no picture of myself on my blog.  That’s because my last “head shot” was taken seven years ago, so not only is it dated, but I never really liked it in the first place.

Actually, most people feel a little vulnerable when it comes to having their picture taken.  Some individuals are so phobic they will do just about anything to avoid being captured by the camera.  My discomfort doesn’t rise to that level, but I generally don’t like the experience and I seldom like the outcome.

So it was with a fair amount of trepidation that I made the long drive to Pasadena yesterday afternoon.

A public relations acquaintance had arranged an entire day of photo shoots for communicators who need new head shots to use on their websites, with their bios, on social media platforms and maybe even dating sites (more on that in future posts).  Included in the very reasonable package was a make-up artist and hair stylist.  I had signed up, but I wasn’t looking forward to it in the least.

Big surprise.  I had a great time!  The atmosphere was relaxed and fun and everyone was focused on the subjects being photographed.  Their only goal was to make us look more attractive than we actually are in real life.

And from the shots they showed me, they did just that.

The make-up woman used her tricks-of-the-trade by making me look younger, brighter and dare I say a little glamorous.  La cosmetics wiz passed me over to the charming hair stylist who transformed my look in about eight minutes (not joking, I looked at my watch)  and I was speechless at the results (and we all know that is a difficult feat).

Next we all had a confab about my wardrobe, so the colors and style of my clothes would be most advantageous.  Finally dressed and looking good (but only from the waist up…they don’t call them head shots for nothin), I was totally ready for my half hour in front of the camera.  Normally, I’m stiff and plastic when my picture is being taken and my smile looks fake and a little frozen.  However, the two photographers are total pros and they got me laughing, moving and basically loving the camera.  Awesome.

The photographers will email me proofs of the various shots to look at in about a week and I’ll pick out several different poses.  Watch for the final selection that I’ll post on my blog About page.

I know the new pictures will be a fresh (and much, much better) look.  Honestly, how could I go wrong with this crew of amazing people working their magic?

The old saying is that a picture is worth a thousand words.  For me, my head shots boil down to four short words: Make Me Look Good.

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