// after experiencing a photo shoot myself, there are a few things that i would like to emphasize over and over again.
1. most of the time, the girl in the magazine doesn’t even look like herself. today a make-up artist did my hair and make-up, and i swear i have never looked like that before. he did an amazing job and spent 30 minutes on my make-up. during the shoot, he would come in and adjust my hair or touch up on my make-up in between the shots, making sure that my make-up is perfect and my hair falls in the right place.
2. the lighting in the studio is amazing. like seriously, i saw my photos and i loved them because the lighting made me look so much better than in real life. they also make sure that you are portraying your best angle (and sometimes that means micro-adjusting your face a million times to get that best profile).
3. the wonders of hair spray. i mentioned before that my hair is perpetually messy when i do yoga, but this time, my hair stayed in place all the time because of hair spray. i am not one who uses hair spray on a daily basis (i am the laziest girl ever) so i am really amazed that my hair is rock hard and is staying where it should be. and of course, there will be people coming in to adjust your hair when you’re in the shoot, and make sure that they are in a perfect angle.
and of course there’s photoshop. i don’t think i will be photoshopped much - i really don’t know, because i have yet to see the final product yet but we all know how amazing photoshop can be.
at the end of the day, i just want to say what has already been said over and over again on tumblr and the internet. the things you see on the magazine are carefully curated with the perfect lighting, with professional make-up artist who does make-up for a living, and professional photographers with huge lighting and know where to get that perfect angle. so, magazines are never the place to base your standards or benchmarks upon.
there’s of course nothing wrong with reading magazines, i read magazines to look at beautiful clothes, shoes, bags, and make up. but i don’t let the models on there defeat my self-esteem because that is just unrealistic. <: if i don’t look like that 99% of the time, i don’t think anyone else in the magazine really looks like how they look on magazines <:
don’t get me wrong, i am not bashing these wonderful people that i have worked with. i totally understand that it is a part of their job and they need to present the best in their magazines! i think what’s problematic is that sometimes some magazines make you feel bad about yourself, and sometimes we find ourselves comparing against the models on the magazines without realising how unrealistic that is <: