You look great!” “You’re a natural!” These are the kinds of things I say to people when we’re taking their picture for Utah Valley Magazine, BusinessQ or Celebrating Women Magazine. Easy for me to say from behind the camera. For months I’ve been putting off getting a new editor’s picture taken. I need to lose a few. Color my hair. Go shopping. But with our 10th anniversary issue of UVMag coming out next month, I finally gave in and gave up. After we photographed a For Every Home distributor yesterday (and I told her how great she looked), it was my turn to hop in front of the camera — my turn to awkwardly fuss with my hands and blink at just the wrong time.But if anyone can snap a good photo, it’s Kenneth and MaryLyn Linge. They’ve turned more than 50 everyday people into cover models for our magazines in the past seven years. Together we’ve had a lot of laughs, tears (mine) and a even a ride on a private jet.
I haven’t seen the photos yet, but at some point I’ll painfully go through the choices and ask Matt to say things to me like, “You look great!” and “You’re a natural!” Then the time will come for the magazine to go to the printer, and I’ll have to be happy with my photo — brown shoes and all. I think I’ll stay behind the camera for awhile and spout compliments and encouragement — I’ll just do it with more empathy.
Only one black shoe made it to the photo studio, so I’m wearing brown heels with a black and white dress. Kenneth assured me my shoes won’t be in the final picture.