1, 2, 3, – A New Image for Me
Image Consultation By Terri Murray–
We all have our ideas about what we want our image to look like. If I asked you what you want your image to be, what would you say? What is most important to you now? What would make you happy? That’s what I asked my client, Joyce Smith, 65, when she booked her first image consultation with me.
Joyce is an herbal expert and attends conferences around the country. She says she feels like she wants to look a little more put together, “like the other women who attend the conferences.” She wants something she can throw on that makes her feel good about herself.
And she wanted to know how to pose for the camera and project a more professional look. She feels that her head looks too wide in photos. She doesn’t wear makeup and her beautiful, long hair is a gorgeous gray.
Light makeup and contouring gave the illusion of a narrower look to her face. I used bronzer on both sides of her forehead, both sides of her face and along her chin line.
A few fashionable pieces with accessories to complete the look started with a Ralph Lauren knitted poncho and chambray shirt, black suede fringed crossbody bag and boots, and a hat. Then I replaced the poncho with a jean jacket and an animal print scarf. Additional items suggested to add to her wardrobe included white blouse, black skinny pants or jeans, black blazer, trench coat, leather jacket, jean jacket, a printed dress (although she prefers pants) black flats, basic silver and gold earrings, bracelet.
Best not to look straight on into the camera as Joyce usually does. TIP 1: Stand in front of the camera. Turn head and body slightly to left or right, whichever is most comfortable for you. Try both sides and determine which you like best or which is the most flattering. You probably have a “good” side. I turn to the right as it is most comfortable for me. TIP 2: Whoever is closest to the camera will appear larger. Make sure you are shoulder to shoulder or you are slightly behind a smaller person. The angle will make you look about the same size. Experiment and try it – you’ll see!
Joyce was thrilled with the results as evidenced by the big smiles and said, “The most fun was trying on different wardrobe essentials to enhance my casual, run-a-round appearance and receiving fresh ideas. The best advice of the day, for me, was how to pose for a photo. My face is naturally very wide and I wanted to know how to present myself to make the best possible photo. I was not disappointed.
With makeup techniques, wardrobe tips and personal direction from Terri, I now feel more comfortable in front of people and a camera. Thank you, Terri, for the confidence booster!”
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About Terri Murray
Terri, 68, resides in Columbus, Ohio. She became a model as a grandmother. In 2003, she signed a contract with FORD MODELS NY and moved to New York. She also served as President of the New York Tri-Chapter of AICI, the Association of Image Consultants International, where she led her chapter in forming the first annual scholarship for a student in the Image Consultant study program at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. Terri has appeared on the TODAY Show as the Glamorous Grandma, Tyra Banks Show, the NBC Nightly News and was the Lane Bryant and QVC house fit model.
Her sought-after advice is quoted in Brenda Joyce Johnson’s book, “Get Noticed! Insider Secrets to a Confident & Classy Image,” and “Plus Model Blueprint” by Kenyatta Johnson. She was honored as an industry legend in New York at Full-Figured Fashion Week 2016 and named Plus Fit Model of the Year, 2011.
Terri is a grandmother of four beautiful granddaughters ages 13 to 24, mother of two daughters. She is Director of Terri Murray Image and Terri Murray Models.