“I love photo sessions,” Czech supermodel
Eva Herzigova once stated. “I'm alone, I'm the queen, everyone’s
taking care of me.”
You’ll understand how Eva feels when you choose a hairstyle
from one of thousands in the Stellure catalogue and apply it to
your face. You can preview any style from the front, back or sides—in
fact, any angle within the full 360° radius.
Here’s how it works: When you purchase a one-year “Reflect
Membership” at Stellure, you will need to upload two photos
of yourself—one facing forward, one profile—so computer-graphics
experts can create a 3D model of your face. Within 48 hours, your
model will be completed, and you’ll be ready to go, with
unlimited access to thousands of virtual hairstyles. As soon as
you find styles you like, you can store them in an online library
or print out photos to take to your hairstylist.
It’s important, however, to follow a few simple rules to
be “picture perfect.”
Option 1: Digital Camera
First, all photos must be digital. If you have access to a digital
camera, ask a friend or relative to snap several photos of you.
This allows you to select the best one from those taken.
Alert the photographer that your face must be at least 500 pixels
high. The lowest setting on a digital camera is typically 640
x 480 pixels, so if this is used, your face should take up most
of the frame. Settings can be adjusted to meet the 500-pixel requirement.
Option 2: Conventional Camera
If you don’t have a digital camera, you can have your photo
taken with a standard camera. Make sure the shot is a close-up
so your entire face can be seen.
When you have the film developed, ask the lab to burn all of
the images to a compact disc (CD) so you have digital versions.
You can then upload photos from the CD to Stellure.
If you already have a photo in print form, it will need to be
scanned and then uploaded. You can do this with a home scanner
or take it to a photo lab, where technicians will create the scan
and burn it to a CD.
Strike a Pose!
The quality of the photo you send to Stellure will affect how
your 3D model looks. Don’t send your driver’s license
or passport photos! (Have you ever seen a good one? Eva Herzigova
probably doesn’t even like hers.) You undoubtedly resemble
one of the fugitives on the FBI’s 10 Most-Wanted List.
For best results, apply your makeup, as you normally wear it.
Your 3D model will be wearing the same exact makeup, so be sure
you like your look.
Pull or pin your hair back so it’s off your face—including
your forehead. You want as little hair as possible to show. Pin
bangs, stragglers and flyaway hairs with bobby pins for a clean
image. Remove your glasses or sunglasses. If using a conventional
camera, make sure the photographer is shooting with color film.
Regardless of whether the camera is digital or conventional,
remind the photographer that your entire face needs to be in the
frame. Choose a neutral, light-colored background (a blank wall
is ideal) so there is nothing to compete with your face.
Photos should be taken indoors, with a flash attachment. If not,
the photo will be too dark. The photographer should stand at least
30 inches away from you. Do not face the sun or a bright light
when the photo is being taken, or there will be unwanted reflections
on your face.
When you pose for your photo, face the camera head-on. Stand
up straight; don’t slouch. The underside of your nose must
been seen in the photo, so look just above the camera when your
picture is being taken (as opposed to straight into the lens).
Make sure your mouth is closed in all photos. Smile (with a closed
Once the headshot is completed, have the photographer repeat
the process for a profile photo. Stellure needs two images—front
and side shots—in order to complete your model.
As obvious as this may seem, make sure you really like the photos
you send. If you don’t like your pictures, you’re
not going to be happy with your model.
If you’ve never had a professional photo taken, you can
use your Stellure membership as an excellent reason to do so.
And if you happen to need a professional headshot for business
purposes, your company may even foot the bill!
Have your makeup done professionally, and then let the photographer
conduct the photo shoot. Once he’s done, pin back your hair,
as per the guidelines listed above, and ask him to shoot additional
photos against a stark wall. Professional photographers have all
of the right lighting equipment, so you’re guaranteed a
clean, composed image.
Another creative alternative: If your boyfriend’s or husband’s
birthday is coming up, make an appointment at a studio that specializes
in glamour portraits, and have your photo taken. Let them know,
in advance, that you need additional shots that meet Stellure’s
requirements. The extra charge should be nominal.
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