It’s true, unlike Gloria Swanson, I’m not ready for my candid close-up. It’s not just because I’m 63; I didn’t love an unplanned facial snapshot 20 years ago either. I’d ask friends, “Is that what I really look like?” hoping to hear them say, “That doesn’t look like you at all.”
A lot of women I’ve talked to feel the same. I think when we look in the mirror we adjust our eye, smiles, makeup, to reflect what we’d like to see. That’s normal, not narcissism. The camera captures without prejudice or flattery; it sees what’s there and that’s that. Even the gorgeous Kate Winslet, above, is “touched up”.
For my blog photos, I have used various filters built into the Apple “Photos” program to change the lighting, and not coincidentally to remove unwanted shadows from my face. When everything is brighter, or warmer, we all look better. The evidence, from my Visible Monday post of two weeks ago:
When I’m ready for a picture, I relax my face, lift my eyebrows a little, lean towards the camera ever so slightly and think of something wonderful, like Colin Firth in the first Bridget Jones movie. And since I’m in the pictures-of-myself-everywhere business, I’ve gotten adept at it. You readers who are also bloggers no doubt have your own mental routine before a photo shoot.
How much more editing is “needed”? Of course, none is needed, as our faces are fine the way they are. I sometimes blur the tops of my hands in photos, as I don’t care for the brown spots and veins. If I had a big honking blemish on my face, I’d blur it out, but I mostly leave my face alone.
Stay fabulous and always do you the way you like, xo,
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