Primping for my close-up: New year, new reporter headshot

This is my new reporter mugshot, taken by the lovely Kate Penn, YDR photographer extraordinaire.

I know, I know. I just spent an entire column making fun of executive glamour shots.

But I couldn’t resist taking a new reporter headshot on Thursday after finding out I’d need to send one in for Digital First Media’s ideaLab.

I mean, really? What’s a girl to do?

Surely, I couldn’t send in this monstrosity:

This is my original YDR mugshot, taken by I DON'T KNOW WHO, because it's a photo I'd rather forget.

Anywho, I took Thursday super seriously. It was high school yearbook photo day all over again.

I packed a plastic grocery bag full of the essentials: eyeshadow, eyeliner, tinted moisturizer, blush, a comb, and my hair straightener, pictured below plugged into the surge strip at my desk.

Taken with my iPad. Nope, this isn't a fire hazard. Not at all.

Anyways, the moral of this story is: Even though your column headshot might run 1-inch-by-1-inch in black and white, that’s no excuse to not look your best.

This is the digital  age, and I don’t want anyone thinking I have a face for newspaper.

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