At first, the idea of doing a photo shoot to get some new photos for my editorial page sounded like a lot of fun. And it started out that way. We had a great location--Woodside Health & Tennis Club in Westwood, KS, (a cute, little suburb of Kansas City, MO)--and a cool day with some cloud cover, which typically makes for better photos. Jennifer Ray, our art director, put her photography skills and camera to use (along with her two ladders and light from home), and Jennipher Shaver, our senior associate editor, brought her considerable hair and makeup skills (boy, did I need those, especially considering it was a bit windy this morning).
We scouted some good locations for photos, lugged all the equipment and change of outfits into the facility, and then proceeded to have some fun in our photo shoot. All we needed was a little music in the background and maybe an entourage to feel like a real photo shoot.
However, have you tried to smile and look peppy, professional and approachable for two hours straight as strangers in a club stare at you and wonder what the heck you are doing? After a while, it began to get a little taxing, especially since my personality is such that being the center of attention for too long is more than a little uncomfortable for me.
Still, I don't mean to complain too much. It was a fun excursion out of the office, and we got some great shots that you'll be seeing in the magazine and perhaps online, probably starting in June. And goodness knows, if I'm tired of the photo of me standing next to the tennis net, our faithful readers are, too. I guess it was about time! --Pam