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The Camera Doesn’t Have to Add 10 Pounds

Clarissa Bowers

Photo by Cody Law

That title sounded too good to be true, right? Wrong…

Male or female, having a healthy and toned body is an important aspect of being model. That being said, even the most fit models have been snapped in a photo where they have fallen victim to the camera’s added weight.

Here are some tips for putting your best angle forward on set:

1) False Waist
We all have that one oversized dress in our closet that looks like it belongs to our Grandma. Jazz it up if you are going to wear it. Pair it with a belt around your waist to synch it in, and it becomes a whole new outfit. Another trick – your hands can give you the exact same effect no matter what you’re wearing! By placing your hands on your waist and gently pushing in, you can take a few extra inches off your waist!

2) Create Separation
Avoid having any limbs pushed on one another. Remember when we were kids and would push the baby fat up on our arms to make it look like our muscles were bigger than they were? Well now want the opposite effect! By creating a small window of space between say your arms and your torso, or just by spreading your thighs apart a little, you can avoid any bunching of skin that we love to hide and the camera loves to highlight.

3) Know Your Lighting
Always be looking for the light, whether it’s coming from the sun or artificial lighting inside. Most of us know that finding the light can highlight aspects of our body and face, and give us that special twinkle in our eye. To combat the 10 lbs. the camera can add however; we want to focus on where the light isn’t. Where there is not light, there is shadow, which is extremely helpful for making your body look more sculpted on camera. If there is a certain part of your body you’d like to minimize, angle it away from the light to create a shadow. If there’s an aspect of your body you’d like to maximize, angle it towards the light.

4) Elongate
Whether you are 5’2″ or 6’2″, this applies to you! Always try to elongate your limbs. Don’t strain yourself, but stretch your neck nice and high. Get on the tips of your toes and think lengthy and graceful thoughts. If it feels a bit awkward, not painful, but odd, that just means you’re doing it right!

5) Lifestyle
Last but absolutely not least, is what you do off set; living a healthy lifestyle. There is no need to starve yourself if you are not among the metabolically gifted! Stay active and make smart choices in the kitchen. If you combine this healthy lifestyle with the above tips and tricks, you will be looking your best in front of the camera in no time!

Interview with Sona Holiday

Sona Holiday Band Interview

Slenderbread: In simple words, can you describe Sona Holiday and your musical style?
Sona Holiday: The five of each have a wide variety of musical influences. Sona
Holiday’s style came out as our own blend of Indie, Pop & rock.

SB: How did Sona Holiday originally come together?
SH: Ali Tamposi, Jasmine’s aunt suggested that Jasmine should get a band
together. With the help of Mr. Arcadapane, (Jasmines former 4th grade
teacher and the owner of the local music store FS Music) the band
members were introduced. His son Sam Arcadapane is a drummer and was a
perfect fit for the band. The key board player Karl Osterich was just
recovering from a severe auto accident and broken neck when Jasmine’s
parents met him while he was playing blues piano at a local restaurant,
appearing like Johnny Depp in Edward Scissors hand with a neck brace.
Ironically he was an employee of the local music store and a perfect fit
for the band. Mr. Arcadapane also knew a bass player, Joey Morrow and he
decided to bring his friend Drew Finney, a guitar player along for a
ride to the audition. And as they say things in life happen for a
reason, they did and a great band and friendship was formed.

SB: How did you come up with the band name?
SH: The name has a secret meaning and we all promised to never leak it.. (more…)

Interview with Supermodel Beri Smither

model beri smither with interview

Photo by Susan Bowlus

SM: You’ve had a super successful modeling career. What was it like for you to be the new kid on the block?

Interview with model Beri Smither

Photo by Magnus Reed

BS: “Being the new kid on the block was very exciting and scary too because everything was so new and I was still a teenager. I was 17 and all of the sudden living in Paris. There was a lot of attention paid to me from the agency, photographers and all the other professionals involved in the fashion industry. I learned very quickly that I had to actually teach myself how to model. No one was going to show me. I remember being on my first shoot in Paris with Gilles Bensimon for French Elle. I loved being dressed in the amazing clothes and having my hair and makeup done by the artists. I felt so special and beautiful. Then I walked onto the set and stood there waiting for the team behind the camera to motion to me or show me how to pose and model. I thought I was suppose to do something specific…something they wanted. But that is not how it goes at all. They were actually waiting for me to do my thing! So I learned very quickly that I need to “bring it” to set! Once I understood that then I began experimenting, playing, in front of the camera and I also watched every single model I ever worked with. My own intuition and watching the other girls was how I learned to model and still do today. I always need a new fresh tip and / or idea. Another great memory from my early days was shooting in Milan with Patrick Demarchlier and Christy Turlington. I was in total awe shooting with Christy. I LOVED her as a model. I had her tear sheets on my wall back in Oregon all through junior high and high school. And then there I was, on a set next to her… It was very surreal and amazing! The overall experience of traveling and being exposed to such great people allowed lots of growth opportunities to push myself in spite of any fear that crept in. It enabled to be independent quite quickly as a young woman which in turn taught me so much about being an adult and being responsible for myself.”   SM: What was it like being surrounded by models, some supermodels? BS: “Often we hear of catfights among fashion models. They are portrayed on reality TV all the time. Luckily, I didn’t experience anything like that! The fashion business is like every other business. There is every type of person and personality involved. It’s a business of collaboration. There are relationships new and old. And of course, there are the same politics that you will find elsewhere. Fortunately, I did not have many negative experiences.”

Interview with model Beri Smither

Photo by Michael Thompson

SM: What was a challenge for you? BS: “The challenge for me, and I think other successful models, was to keep it all in perspective. I was lucky to be traveling, making money, and being exposed to so many opportunities. I tried to continually remind myself how lucky I was. After being a model for 23 years and still counting, I still need to keep it all in perspective by remaining grateful and in reality.” (more…)

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