Nothing beats a professional photo shoot for making a woman feel beautiful.
Even a woman who was born a man.
Culture watchers (including me) have been mesmerized by the hub-bub surrounding Caitlyn Jenner (aka Olympic decathlon gold medalist Bruce Jenner) in the hours since Vanity Fair revealed the cover image introducing Jenner as a woman to the world.
In the Vanity Fair interview, Jenner compared winning the gold medal in 1976 to the photo shoot with famed photographer Annie Leibovitz: “That was a good day, but the last couple of days were better.”
Well, obviously. As with any magazine cover shoot, a crowd of primpers were on hand to make sure Jenner looked her best. Makeup. Hair. Wardrobe. Props. Lighting. Everything was designed to enhance the subject. I’d walk away from that experience feeling better than a gold medalist, too! She’s 65 for goodness sake–she looks awesome!
The lesson here for the non-celebrities among us: A professional photo shoot is worth the money and effort. I had one done for my latest book (yes, How to Look Hot & Feel Amazing in Your 40s is available on Amazon, thank you very much). Those selfies with your iPhone are fun, but they have nothing on a photographer who knows what she’s doing (like Traci Palmer did with me). (And if you can’t be as fortunate as Jenner to have an entourage of hair stylists, wardrobe experts and make-up artists to help you prepare, follow the 21-day plan in my book, and you can get yourself there without the plastic surgery.)
I’m being serious when I say women of a certain age shouldn’t let babies, school children and brides grab all the glory in professional photography circles. A little pampering — and photographic proof of your beauty — go a long way in stoking a woman’s self esteem when it feels like everything it going to pot. Work it, baby!