Last fall I had a photo shoot for Charlotte’s Uptown Magazine. It was for the “Sexy Uptown” edition. It was my first photo shoot. Granted, I’m on TV 5 days a week. Granted, I’m not shy about having my picture made. (For y’all not in the South, here, your picture isn’t taken; you have your picture made). Granted, I’ve had professional photos taken for the various TV stations where I’ve worked. But a photo shoot was different. Way different. And I was supposed to look sexy. If you know me, you know sexy is a tall order for my 5’1” frame! I’m more of a goofball who’s super loud, overly friendly, and somewhat opinionated. I’m just saying, I was out of my element.
I arrived with a few outfits. Todd, the editor, and Ryan, the photographer were both at Enso, which was playing host to the shoot. I had,what I considered, a trendy outfit, a jeans-and-a-fun-top outfit, and a little black dress. They liked the black dress. Hair done. Make-up done. (Ryan has subsequently told me, I was part of a cattle call, not a real photo shoot. I feel slightly cheated but on second thought, it might have been worse if I was at “real” photo shoot.)
I tried to adjust expectations with Ryan. I told him, I’m not really a “sexy” kind of person. I’m more “self-deprecatingly humorous.” He assured me I would be just fine. In my head I was thinking, I’m a foot shorter, 10 years older and 20 pounds heavier than the women you’re used to photographing so, um, make me look taller, younger, and thinner. And he did, the genius that he is!
Just recently, Ryan sent me the 53 shots he took that day, the outtakes! I saw them all for the first time and I have to say, it’s embarrassing. Really! I wouldn’t write a blog post if it were not somewhat humiliating. I have never been a fan of my profile, so I didn’t like those shots. Some pictures are so clear, you can see every curve of my figure, and not all curves are good. I have slight wrinkles and way too many awkward poses.
I’m fortunate that they were able to find one suitable for publication. In the end, that’s all you need, right? Just one yes! Just one picture where someone made you look sexy! Thanks Ryan!