A little while ago Vanessa wrote a post about getting in more photos with your kids. Vanessa encouraged all moms to forget about looking great, or being too fat, or whatever, and just get in the photos.
I personally have thought about this a lot since the post, and I love the idea, but I still have a hard time not deleting photos where I have a double chin, or I look really wide, or whatever. So if you are at all like me, while we are making more efforts to be in the photos, let’s look at a few tips for how to look a little better in pictures.
Avoid the double chin:
Jut your chin forward, as if you are trying to stick your forehead out, then pull the chin down. This will help you avoid the double chin. It might feel awkward, but it looks great.
Instead of having a frontal shot, turn your body so it is at a 45 degree angle from the camera.
Slim those hips:
Narrow those hips and give yourself a waistline by standing with your feet shoulder width apart, with your weight on your back foot, and then take the front knee and bend it a little.
Play up the eyes and find your lips:
If you only have time for a little primping and want to look good in pictures, make sure your lashes are done, and fill in those brows. And remember, cameras can cause lips to blend into the face and disappear. Define those lips with a dab of color. (Anne has a great natural color so there is not as much difference pictured above, but for some the difference is huge.) And match your makeup. Make sure your makeup is a perfect match to your skin. If it isn’t, it will show up a lot more in pictures than it does in person.
No more too wide grins:
If you don’t want to have one of those goofy grins, try putting your tongue behind your teeth when you smile.
Funny skin color:
Try standing in front of a lighter colored backdrop. It will help your camera find the right white balance so you don’t look too pink or yellow.
I hope this helps! I know it is helping me delete fewer pictures. And let’s give a big thanks to Anne for being brave enough to let me post both her good and “bad” photos!
Now for our highlight: Today’s Mother’ May Highlight is dear to me, as it is my awesome sister-in-law Kathy Yerkes.
She was Nominated by Wendi Allred, and this is what she had to say:
“My sister Kathy is an amazing person! I will not be able to do her justice with this nomination but I am going to give it a try.
Kathy is a single mother of three amazing children. Her daughter has Down syndrome and has outlived her life expectancy due to Kathy’s prayers, love, concern and being on the ball with all of her medical needs.
If you are troubled or having a bad day her daughter can make you feel better just by being in the same room with you.
Her oldest son also has Down syndrome and is such a caring and loving person. He is capable of doing so many things. In this world of entitled kids her son is always looking for ways to make someone else’s day better. He loves God and praises Him daily.
Her youngest son has a love for all animals and has learned to care for his animals. He also has learned to care for his older siblings that may need his help every now and then. He has gentle heart and is going to do great things in the world.
I know this is a tribute to mothers and I have only told you about Kathy’s children but isn’t that the best tribute you can give a mother, to talk of the qualities of her children.
If I were to ask Kathy what her greatest accomplishments were I am sure that she would say her amazing children, and they truly are amazing.
Kathy, I love you and am amazed with you every time I think about you or see you. You are a fantastic mother! Your children are truly blessed by being able to call you Mom.”
I couldn’t agree more. Kathy selflessly adopted 3 kids, and works tirelessly to care for them. They are fun, smart, and well-mannered. And to top it off, she is a teacher, devoting her time to not only her kids but everyone else’s kids too! Let’s give her some virtual props with some comment love.