I sighed. I became self-conscious about sitting up TOO straight, and I am sorry about that. For now, two kids and many years later, I've found myself wondering, "Who is that slouchy girl?"I became especially aware of this when I had to wear a strapless gown for my friend's recent wedding. My shoulder were oh-so-visible. Looking back at the pictures now, I didn't hold my shoulders as far back as I could have. As I should have. I was a wee bit slouchy.
But I worked on it.
Can you see the difference? I can. There is still room for improvement.
Another tip I learned from our Paris fete: tilt your chin down every so slightly in head on photos. We were pulled in tight around the bride for a group shot, when someone said, "Ugh. This is not going to be a good angle for me." Someone else said, "Tilt your chin down. It always works." My brain couldn't process that before the shutter flashed, but now I see it when I look back at our photos from later that night. I'll spare you the half-shadow, blurry, flashing-dance-floor-lights pics, but trust me when I say that in all our "girls just wanna have fun!" shots my head is the one that looks large. My friends were rockin' the head tilt. Their faces look thinner and their necks are not scrunched up. You live 34 years, you learn something. I practiced it later in the week,
and I like it. Shoulders back, chin slightly down . . . much better.
Major Disclaimer: If you've been reading this blog for any length of time, you know that I don't relish putting photos of myself up here. In fact, I'm struggling to hit Publish. But this blog is about encouragement, and helping one another. I'm glad that my friends and family (especially my dad!) have encouraged me to "stand up straight" and (now) give it your best head-tilting effort. I feel the need to pass it on. Wouldn't we all like to see a better photo of ourselves? It is a small thing, but it sure can put a little spring in your step.