Give Me a New Face

Thursday, December 19, 2013

So about those head-shots yesterday... The studio was in a cool old building in Wicker Park and I truly felt like a princess as I sat in the makeup chair while the makeup artist tried to cover up my sun-spots (or big freckles as I like to call them) and caked on layers of something creamy under my eyes. I never thought I had dark circles under my eyes until I saw the amount of product used on them. As it turns out, I don't wear enough makeup. 

Anyway, I absolutely loved the photographer as well as her stylist and am so excited to see the final pics. Out of 500 shots there's got to be at least a few decent ones, right? Here's a sneak peak...


The quality might be a little blurry, but hey this is the 90s what's it matter? Okay you caught me, I'm kidding. This was immediately after I got done and I was so excited that I survived I gave myself a candy cane. Here's a real one-

Would you look at that hand on the hip? You can't teach that pose. You may notice this photo is more than just my head, well that's because the photographer told me I have a great "Midwest look" so I could probably pick up some "small print ads." Translation: I'm homely looking and might fit in well in a Wal-Mart or Aldi advertisement playing a trashy aunt or young mom. Yessssss! I'll show you a few more as I sort through them. In the meantime, if you're one of my actor pals I highly suggest checking out ZoeMcKenzie Photography, everything about the experience was absolutely wonderful. 

Anyway, I really don't think we give models enough credit. I thought this to myself yesterday during my second hour of posing for head-shot photos as the hip photographer yelled things like "just relax and have fun" and "give us more movement" and "stare down the camera." Think about all of that for a second and then imagine what you would do. Wanna know what I did? I went into dog-in-a-costume mode and just completely froze. I was fine when she would tell me how to sit or stand or where to place my arms, but when it came time to "switch it up on my own" I panicked and acted like I'd never seen a camera before in my life. And then I put my hand on my hip.

And then there was the whole "give me a new face" request. When the photographer said this to me I wanted to reply, I've been trying to do that my entire life, but this is all I've got. And it's true. I can only smile and occasionally half-smile. I really need to work on my serious face. But like I've said before, I go into Stephanie Tanner mode and my jaw gets all stiff and suddenly my chin looks extra huge. Maybe when I'm feeling more self confident and am ready to laugh at myself I'll show you some of my more serious Zoolander photos.

And now I've run out of time. Have a great Thursday!

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20 comments:

  1. ahahahahahaha give me a new face. i love it. i could never model. what does that even mean? my face always looks the same, sorry. but for real, it looks great!

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  2. The pic came out great!! Does pissed off because your telling me to get a new face count? Because I would have given him that one! :)

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  3. Your photo came out great! Honestly, I hate having my photo professionally taken- they always tell me to look this way and I have no clue what to do!

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  4. The first one was cute! I like the real one too! I am sure they will be beautiful!

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  5. I had a photoshoot with my family one time with this young guy photographer. I was 21 and he became pretty obsessive about photographing me...and only me. It was super awkward. My whole family was just kind of standing around while he kept yelling things like, "Yeah, now get closer to the ground!" "Run your fingers through your hair!" hahahaha! I could NEVER be a model either!

    -Kate
    www.theflorkens.com

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  6. They forgot to put your new last name on there, silly.

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  7. I've tried to do a serious face and not smile.....and I look like a serial killer. I totally agree models should get a tiny bit of credit. Your candy cane shot is my favorite!

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  8. I got my headshots taken at Zoe McKenzie too! Their stylist was awesome, I was seriously disappointed when I had to leave the makeup chair to actually take the pictures.

    http://lavieambrose.blogspot.com/

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  9. I read a blog post about how to make your face look skinnier and since then I've been going into this "certain pose" as soon as someone goes to take a photo of me. I was tormented by my family at Thanksgiving because of this and while the photos weren't perfect, I'm a work in progress! You, my friend, look great though!

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  10. you are gorgeous! i think you look lovely in ALL the pics i have seen! :)

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  11. Hahaha give me a new face. I do love the photo though, you could totally rock out them Wal-Mart ads girl! ;)

    Jamie @
    The Growing Up Diaries

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  12. You are adorable! I look forward to reading your post every day and often share with friends.
    I remember years ago having a Glamour Shots photographer tell me to look sexy! As the mother of an eight year old boy, I couldn't figure out how to muster up a sexy look, but my, "I'm so mad, I could strangle you look," qualified as sexy for the camera! Then a couple of years ago I had some business head shots taken. My hairstylist and I went for drinks first. She ran around behind the camera making me laugh and the pics were great.
    I have found a lot of good advice on google and one photographer, Peter Hurley, whose advice videos will crack you up!http://gizmodo.com/how-squinching-will-make-you-look-good-in-photos-1468833714

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  13. haha! I love it! The pictures will be darling--because YOU are!

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  14. sign up for America's Next Top Model girl - you'll give Tyra a run for her money!

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  15. Definition of my life. Everytime my boyfriend takes photos of me for his photography classes I'm literally just standing there...and my serious face looks like I'm about to punch someone in the face, so I have that going for my modeling career.

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  16. Yeah, I have a hard time making any expression other than a cheesy grin in front of a camera. Even when I'm not smiling, you can tell it's a closed lipped effort to not smile, which is even more awkward. I think your pics look great though!
    - Rachel @ With Love, Rachel

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  17. Look at you!! :) It's a great shot, I know WalMart will snatch you up! I can't imagine having pictures done. I can hardly have a decent look in everyday life much less try to pose in a picture. I think your picture looks great though.

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  18. HAHA Stephanie Tanner mode...love it. I have good friends that are photographers and they are always making me pose and I feel like such a tool... but somehow they always manage to get good shots!

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  19. YOU LOOK GORGEOUS! (no seriously, killer) :) lol You look fabulous and you are a total natural. SO professional!~ good luck with everything Taylor

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