So how did my photo shoot go yesterday at Walmart? Great!
I had a suspicion that would happen.
Every year I try to have an "official" portrait photo taken of myself for posterity.....and my profile pictures on Blogger and Facebook.
Back in my cash flush days (when I worked at a major Philadelphia bank), I would spend up to a $1,000 to have pictures taken of me and my Pomeranian dogs for my annual Christmas card mailing. After I lost my job at the bank I couldn't afford that particular extravagance any more.
Fast forward to today. Now that I have my mortgage paid off I can indulge.....a little bit anyway. I can't put out $1,000 for my annual vanity photo session but I do have some disposable income to indulge myself.
Last year I had my photo shoot at J C Penneys at the Dover Mall. It didn't go well because I was distracted and stressed because of two little girls screaming and chasing each other while the photographer was taking my pictures. I have a hard enough time smiling on command (I'm a spontaneous smiler) but it was obvious that my smiles were forced as I listened to the piercing screams of the two little girls running around.
Significant Other and I shop a lot at Walmart. I've noticed while I'm in the checkout line the Walmart photo studio on the other side of the checkout lines. Knowing Walmart, I suspected that I could get my photos taken at their photo studio but I didn't want to join all the moms and kiddies who were usually packed into the photo center. But this summer I noticed two gay guys (my gaydar was working) enter the photo center and there were no moms or kiddies around. I thought to myself "Now this will take some investigation."
If a couple of older gay men were willing to use the Walmart photo studio, why not me? The only thing was I had to time it just right. I had to arrange an appointment for a photo shoot when the moms and kids weren't around. I don't need any distractions.
On Friday, when Bill and I were stocking up on Walmart's low priced goods, I noticed NO ONE at the photo studio. After checking out I walked over to the girl at the desk. She was making telephone calls to former customers offering them a discount to drum up business. Hey, this was a good time. The Christmas Rush was finished and it was before the Valentine and Easter Rush. A good time to have my photo session!
I arrived yesterday right on time. Vanessa was my photographer. After filling out my information on the sheet of paper she handed me she asked me if I wanted my first picture taken on the floor? Say what? Uh......I don't think so. I think she had me confused with the little babies who usually come in for pictures. And, the "floor" she was talking about was a nasty looking, faux white fur rug. Perchance did she think I wanted one of those nude baby photos showing my butt cheeks. OMG. No one wants to see that! I answered "No" of course.
Then everything went uphill from there. She had some wonderful suggestions for poses with the result being I got my best portrait photo ever! Who would've thunk?
I don't have the finished product yet but what I can say is that Vanessa performed magic and she captured the essence of Ron! She performed a miracle in making this 69 year old, gray and grizzled, skinny prospector type of gay guy look good. I knew it! I had a gut feeling that Walmart would take the best picture. And I got the whole package of pictures, including an 11" X 13" that she threw in for free (I'm such a charmer) for just over $50!
I don't have the finished pictures yet (January 12th they will be ready) but be prepared for a fantastic new profile picture of me on this page and my Facebook account.
More proof that you don't have to spend a lot of money to get a good product.
I love Walmart!