15 May 2010

Atlantis and Back to Life (sigh!) AND TIPS I WISH I NEW...

Home again .. home again.. jiggity jig..
Arrived home just a bit past midnight.  Our two little Yorkies (Sophie and Chloe) peed all over the floor with excitement when we came through the door..

So I wanted to share two photo's..

The first is a shot of the Space Shuttle Atlantis.. we were about 100 miles away from the shuttle at the point of the picture.. but DH was able to snap this one.

The next one is our send off photo.. before we left to catch our flight..

OK... I know we look very touristy.. and light colored pants do nothing to camouflage those hips... but I guess the most frustrating thing for me is that I really don't take a good photo..
So.. that got me thinking and researching on Great tips for appearing 10 pounds thinner in photos.  Of course it would have been alot more benificial had I read this BEFORE I went on my vacation.. but hopefully one of you will enjoy the secrets of  looking like a movie star in your next photo session..

Secret No. 1: Turn partially sideways to the camera, planting one foot in front of the other. Point your toe to the camera and place your weight on your back foot.
Secret No. 2: Pull head forward slightly to minimize any appearance of a double chin.
Secret No. 3: Hold arms slightly away from your body. This keeps upper arm flab from flattening out and therefore appearing flabbier (much like thighs do when one sits on a couch).
Secret No. 4: Pull shoulders back, chest forward and gently suck stomach in. Be careful not to suck stomach so far in that your ribs show, thereby causing those who later see the photo to cluck to themselves in a bemused, sing-song voice, "She's sucking i-in."
Secret No. 5: If you can get away with it without looking like a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Girl wannabe, try the look away trick. To do this, look away from the camera, then turn towards it, breaking into a smile just before the camera clicks. Your smile will appear fresh, not frozen. This trick takes practice behind closed, locked doors.
One last tip...
When taking a photo it's also important the photographer does not snap the picture from below. This adds another 20-50 pounds to the 10 pounds automatically and annoying added by the camera.
Hugs to all.. now to catch up on work..


  1. Welcome home toots. Give Sophie and Chloe a big hug from me...and forgive them for peeing...they just love you guys so much they couldn't contain it.
    Can't wait for our game on 6/22 with you and your hub. It falls on Ed's B-day and I just called the Phillies office yesterday to arrange for the b-day package where they sing and throw confetti on him during the game and then flash his name and age up on the jumbotron during the game along with 100 other people. He'll be embarrassed because I put his name as Eddiebear instead of just Ed.
    Have a good weekend and don't spend too much time working.

  2. Thanks for the picture tips. I had to laugh at Secret #4. At this point, there is no chance of ribs showing.

  3. Great picture tips! And you look so great, Barbara. Beautiful. Welcome back!

  4. You two look great! What a great shot of Atlantis. How cool!

  5. Love the tips! GREAT PIC!

  6. Welcome back! You look lovely. Remember, I have the skinny camera, so feel free to borrow it any time. ;)

  7. Welcome back...you look gorgeous...bad photo my ass!!!

  8. Welcome back...thanks for the tips!!! I need a skinny camera :-)