Monday, 22 June 2015

Social Diary Ultimate Selfie- #hashtag Party- Best Dress Girl


Last week, the Ultimate Selfie team came together and gave the ‘Best Dressed Female' at the Social Diary #Hashtag party, Sara Vieira, a tutorial on how to take the Ultimate Selfie. The team consisted of Donny Galella; Stylist Extraordinaire, Michael Brown; the talented Make-Up Artist and Nicholas Samartis; the skilful photographer who took the reins and gave tips on how to take The Ultimate Selfie. Big thanks to The HUB Sydney for providing a fab make up and shooting location.



The day began with Donny Galella giving Sara a mini style session & body shape consultation. Donny taught Sara about her gorgeous curvy body shape and colour choice to compliment her warm skin tone. “A-line style skirts and dresses best flatter Sara’s Brazilian curves and with her divine skin tone that orange dress was just perfect for her. That dress really showed off all her best assets, especially her tiny waistline.” Donny then added some black pointed toe pumps with both the shoes and dress from Target. He accessorised the look with some brilliant jewels from Lovisa.

Next Sara went in for hair and makeup with Michael Brown. Having worked with the likes of Jennifer Hawkins, Miranda Kerr and Gisele Bundchen, Michael completely transformed Sara’s new outfit with a gorgeous smokey eye to complement her deep brown eyes and a nude lip. Michael loves working with deep chocolate browns as he says “it can really open up the eye and give the eye shape without being too over powering.” Michael went with a nude lip to complement the look before glamming up Sara’s hair with some soft, loose curls. Before long, Sara was ready for her selfie tutorial.

Renowned fashion photographer Nicholas Samartis taught Sara how to take the ‘Ultimate Selfie’. Nick is best known for his fashion and celebrity portraits in the pages of Vogue.

Here are some of Nick’s top tips on how to take The Ultimate Selfie:

-          Wear a warm smile:  
      Think of a fond memory and your face will follow suit, don’t think of ducks crossing the road.
"I have taken hundreds of celebrity portraits for Vogue," Samartis says. "The trick isn't only the hair and make-up team, it's getting the subject into a zone where they have an extra gleam in their eye." 

-          Use the Law of Averages & Process of Elimination
“On a shoot, a photographer doesn’t just take one or two shots before they get the perfect photo. The more selfies you take, the higher the chance that you will end up with a great shot. Afterward, you can then select the best photo from the ones you have taken’

-          Camera angle
The framing of your selfie can either make or break your shot. Nick says the ideal arm angle for a selfie is 90 to 100 degrees from the body, or directly in line with your face.
"Holding the camera too low will enhance your chin and holding the camera too high will make you look like a lollipop and top heavy." 

-          Lighting
You might not have an industry studio with all the bells and whistles, but you have nature on your side. The ideal time to utilise Mother Nature’s light is an hour or two before sunset and an hour or two after sunrise. 

-          Cam quality
Nick suggests using the reverse camera, and not the front facing camera for a couple of reasons:
“The front camera has a lower megapixel count than its main camera counterpart, making for a lower quality image. Secondly, the front camera lacks the flash necessary for night time. When possible, opt for the main lens.” After the shoot, Sara was ready to hit the town. Sara had chosen to have her style and make up session on her birthday!


NOTES:

Donny Galella:

I began with a mini style session and body shape consultation, teaching Sara what to wear and what best suited her gorgeous curves. A-line style skirts and dresses best flatter her Brazilian curves, and with her divine skin tone that orange dress was just perfect for her. That dress really showed off all her best assets, especially her tiny waistline. I then added some back pointed toe pumps (heels and dress both from Target).  I finished off the look with some Lovissa jewels. She was the ready to take her selfie and celebrate her Birthday!

Michael Brown:

Michael went for a smokey eye and nude lip, giving the hair some body and soft curl.  

Nicholas Samartis:

Tips for a better #selfie from an expert

No pouting
Wear a warm smile (no duck faces)! Think of a fond memory and your face will follow suit, don’t think of ducks crossing the road.
"I have taken hundreds of celebrity portraits for Vogue," Samartis says.
"The trick isn't only the hair and make-up team, it's getting the subject into a zone where they have an extra gleam in their eye." 

Process of Elimination
Nick suggests using the law of averages and process of elimination to get a better selfie.
“On a shoot, a photographer doesn’t just take one or two shots before they get the perfect photo. The more selfies you take, the higher the chance that you will end up with a great shot. Afterward, you can then select the best photo from the ones you have taken’.

Holding the camera
The framing of your selfie can either make or break your shot. Nick says the ideal arm angle for a selfie is 90 to 100 degrees from the body, or directly in line with your face.
"Holding the camera too low will enhance your chin and holding the camera too high will make you look like a lollipop and top heavy." 

Lighting
You might not have an industry studio with all the bells and whistles, but you have nature on your side. The ideal time to utilise Mother Nature’s light is an hour or two before sunset and an hour or two after sunrise.
Nick suggests using the reverse camera, and not the front facing camera for a couple of reasons.

The front camera has a lower megapixel count than its main camera counterpart, making for a lower quality image. Secondly, the front camera lacks the flash necessary for night time. When possible, opt for the main lens.

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