Gina and Mr. Biggins came to visit this afternoon so I put Gina in charge. I shoved the camera into her hands and said, "Shoot away, but don't use a flash, zoom in from chest up, let's find a nice background in natural light, and I'm not wearing my eyeglasses." Well, this fueled her fire, for sure, and she started laughing before we got started. I had practiced some smiles with teeth, without teeth, with glasses, and without glasses. Damn! Twenty years ago, I was so photogenic...now, when I smile widely, my cheeks push my eyes closed.
Before we started, I said, "Oh, let me fix my hair and get some lipstick." There were 40 mph winds outside today and I still look electrocuted.
First few pictures were a NO GO (lots of laughter) and I had an idea, "Gina, let me hold Bella under my chin to hide the extra one."
Gina, pleading, "Will you please just smile and stop rolling your eyes and making those faces?" (Gee, I was only trying to show my best side...)
Gina said, "Awww, it's blurred."
I said, "That's good! Wrinkles won't show! Did it hide my extra chin?"
Bella's nervous and thinks it's time for ear drops.
We are bent over laughing at this point. Barely able to get the words out, Gina asked, "Do you have any duct tape to pull things up behind your ears?"
I was in side-splitting pain...tears running. Instead of using duct tape, I used my hands.
Another comment from Gina, "What about the droopy eyelids?"
I said, "Oh, yea, I think I have some 1/2 inch transparent tape. I can raise them. By the way, Gina, they're hereditary."
Windblown and disgusted. I'm just not 30 anymore. Spent way too many years in the sun, at the pool, baking my skin, and squinting. I give in to my age but I'm not giving up on trying to get the best photo. We had the best time this afternoon.
A thought: "I wonder if there's a Glamour Photos in Charlotte?"