The Father of All Covers

When I started planning the cover feature for our May/June issue of Utah Valley Magazine, I envisioned several father/son combos and even a mother/daughter duo. I had Mother’s Day and Father’s Day on the journalistic brain. But the story changed when the first interview I landed for the section was with Vance Law, head baseball coach at BYU. We chatted inside a windowless conference room behind the baseball field. Next I sat in the living room of Vern Law, who pitched in the 1960 World Series and won the Cy Young Award while raising Vance and his five siblings (who all have “V” names). I now had pages of notes — and a special place in my journalistic heart — for these two stellar fathers and baseball players. And with that, my cover feature became about ONE fantastic father/son combo. The harder part of this cover feature was scheduling an outdoor photo shoot in March (and then April) that we could use for a May issue. We rescheduled and rescheduled until BYU’s baseball field looked sunny and green. And we shot toward the stadium rather than toward the mountains because of the mother of all nature. I was wearing high-heeled sandals to this shoot, and I apologized to Vance for poking a few holes in his manicured field. He put me at ease by offering to pay me for aeration, but I’d already been compensated with a cover-worthy interview and photo shoot.To read our photographer’s take on this successful mid-day shoot, click here.