As a kid, I became a magazine addict. Every month I would hang out for the latest TV Hits or Smash Hits magazine, and later did the same with Dolly, Girlfriend and Chick. As a young adult it was all about Cosmo and Cleo, then came home decorating, wedding and baby magazines. I love reading the stories and poring over the pictures. Despite the hundreds of dollars I have spent on magazines over the years, I never entertained the thought that I would be in one.
When I started the Weight Watchers program I loved picking up their mag, and reading about people who had lost similar amounts of weight to my goal. I knew they had real people who had reached their goal weight in the magazine, but had no idea how the journalists found them. In 2013 I entered the Healthy Life Awards, and although I didn’t win, I did receive a phone call from the magazine in mid-2014 asking if I would like to take part in a photo shoot. The post about that is over here. In late October last year, I received another call from the magazine asking if I would like to do another photo shoot, this time with an interview as well. I had such a great experience the first time I couldn’t say yes fast enough.
The shoot was going to take place at a private house on the north shore of Sydney. I was up bright and early on what turned out to be one of the warmest days of Summer. The magazine had ordered a driver for me, so I was able to travel in air conditioned comfort from the station which I was incredibly grateful for!
I arrived at the most beautiful house – I would have moved in on the spot – at the same time as the team. They transformed the dining and living rooms into a mobile studio. There were six or seven of us having our photos taken this time, and all the girls were lovely. We chatted away while waiting to have our hair and make up done. I felt a lot more at ease this time around as I knew what to expect. After getting glammed up (I definitely requested false eyelashes again this time round!) I was able to choose two outfits. The request was to have one casual and one a little dressier. There were lots of lovely clothes to choose from – many different from what I would usually there but I was there to have fun and was definitely open to trying new things. The stylist was fantastic, suggesting colour combinations and pieces that would go together. She was incredibly patient while I tried and re-tried clothes until we settled on two perfect outfits.
The natural light in the home was gorgeous, and they decided to take my photos on the front porch. The first was the casual outfit, with blue jeans, a singlet top and blazer. I felt really comfortable in this outfit as it is similar to something I would choose to wear. The stylist made the clothes fit as if they had been tailored to me – tricks of the trade included a multitude of pins and bulldog clips! I had to stand in a few different poses with and without the jacket, and do lots of fake laughing to get a nice big grin in the photo. It felt so unnatural at first, but once you do one fake laugh and everyone else cracks up, you will get the giggles. One of the things I loved best about both the shoots I did was being told how to pose. While you might feel silly initially, practice in front of the mirror. Adjusting your chin (pushing your neck out and chin down) makes a big difference, and holding your arms and legs in different ways will alter the way your body looks. The second outfit was a gorgeous patterned pencil skirt and top. I was glad I was sitting down, because those shoes were so high I could barely walk!
In addition to the photos, we also had to do an interview each. The journalist asked questions, and it was designed to be like an informal chat. I felt quite self conscious, but the editors worked miracles and I don’t actually mind watching the video. You can see it through the iPad edition of the magazine, or through the Viewa app in the print version.
The magazine coming out snuck up on me – I was expecting it to be this week. It wasn’t until a friend on Instagram mentioned that she had read it that I knew it was out. I downloaded the iPad version so I could see the pictures, and then went to purchase a hard copy the next day.
I had an absolute ball doing my photo shoot and interview again this time around. Thank you to Weight Watchers magazine and the team of miracle workers (photographers, make up artists, hair dressers and stylists).
Are you a magazine addict too? Have you ever been in a magazine? Which one would you be in if you could?