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5 Tips To Look Great In Photos

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The holiday season usually means the cameras come out as we document our festivities with friends and family. Inevitably someone with minimal photography skills will be in charge of capturing you. To avoid disappointment, I’ve put together a few tips to help before you jump in front of the lens.

1) Look for soft diffused light whenever possible.
If you have the option, it’s worth it to take a few steps over to a window for natural light rather then using flash or standing under bright artificial light, this can cast unflattering shadows. Whatever light source you have available, turn your face toward it.

2) Know your angles.
It will only take a quick look in the mirror to get the idea of what angles are most flattering for you. General rule of thumb, turn on a 45 degree angle from the camera and put your weight on your back foot.

3) Define your jawline – Reduce a double chin.
When you’re facing the camera push your chin forward and tip your forehead down slightly.

4) Flatter your arms.
Hold your arms away from your body so they don’t flatten against your body.

5) Group Shots – Keep heads level.
The person closest to the camera will appear bigger. You’ve probably noticed it in a selfie when there’s two or more people, one person’s head looks much larger and you have a good laugh. Try to keep your faces equal distance from the camera.


Featured Portrait
Model- Alyssa Baker
Makeup/Hair- Atefeh Shojaie
Photo- Leigh Righton Photography
Hand drawn arrows- Think Design

Thank you!

To all my amazing clients and friends alike who have graced my camera lens this past year, I thank you sincerely.

Not everyone is pictured here, but I’m grateful to each and everyone all the same. I’m so looking forward to what we’ll create together in 2015 and beyond.

Happy holidays and big love.



Your Holiday Makeup Tutorial

With the holidays fast approaching and parties to get fancied up for, we reached out to one of our favourite local makeup artists, Leigh Dickson, for a how-to on her latest holiday look. She breaks down this glamorous style in 8 easy steps.

Leigh Dickson Makeup Tutorial


  1. Start by applying a base to the eyelid, preferably using a primer shade close to your skin tone.
  2. Using a creamy black eye pencil roughly map out where you would normally draw a cat eye. Extend the product from the lower lash line towards the eyebrow. Be careful not to apply too much at this point and don’t worry about making it perfect, we’re going to smudge it out!  3) Next using a fluffy blending brush gently smoke out that liner. Use small motions and blend it towards the crease and onto the eyelid.
  3. Next using a fluffy blending brush gently smoke out that liner. Use small motions and blend it towards the crease and onto the eyelid.
  4.  Using a light skin toned shimmery shadow highlight the brow bone and inner corner of the eye, above the tear duct.
  5. Now apply a warm dark brown shadow on top of the black base you previously applied. Make sure to blend out the edges to keep the look soft.
  6. To add a metallic pop take a clean shadow brush and wet it. Then dip the brush in a loose pigment, tap off the excess on the brush then apply by patting the product onto the lid and under the lower lash line. Wetting the brush gives the pigment a foiled more metallic look!
  7. Line the waterline using a black eye pencil.
  8. Apply mascara to upper and lower lashes and false lashes if desired. And you’re done!

– MAC Paint Pot “Painterly” (eyelid primer)
– NYX Jumbo Pencil “Black Bean”
– Saucebox Cosmetics “Rain” eyeshadow (brow and inner corner highlight)
– MAC eyeshadow “Embark” (dark brown)
– MAC pigment “Melon” (metallic rose gold)
– MAC eye pencil “Defiantly Black”
– Geisha Ink black mascara
– MAC lashes #48
– Lime Crime Cosmetics velveteen lipstick “Red Velvet”

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