Here's something I've never done before: starred in a photo shoot. I did today. Real Simple magazine sent a photographer - AND an assistant and hair & makeup person - to take photos of me for a feature in their July issue.
What I learned:
1. Models wear a TON of makeup. I won't ever again compare my normal face with the ones I see in magazines unless I first apply my makeup with a trowel. (Check out the tricks in this short video from Dove's Campaign for Real Beauty).
2. It's hard to smile for a long period of time. I started to get a twitch, along with a new respect for supermodels.
3. There's a lot of garbage under my couch. We had to move it to set up a shot, and I was mortified by the food, wrappers, broken pens, half-empty liquor bottles, etc. under there.
4. I may be a writer and more comfortable behind the scenes, but when I have to, I can WORK IT, baby!
While I'm sure these photos will turn out fine, they'll still never beat my favorite photo of myself: in a kayak in Hawaii, zero makeup, scraggly hair because I'd just been dumped in the ocean...and happy as hell.
What's your favorite pic of yourself?