"They'll buy bigger packages anyway," says Suzy. "We have 1,000 students to get through here. Might as well focus on the ones who're actually gonna buy the pictures!" She laughs loudly, revealing wide gums above large, crooked teeth. I wonder which size of photo package her family bought when she was in school.
Flipping through the final shots later, I load up my retouching software and go to work. Widening an arm here, adding a hint of a double chin there. Whitening a shy smile just a little, tweaking the tip of a prominent nose and gently providing a suggestion of cheekbones in a round face. Subtlety is the key and I'm good at it.
Sometimes I have to bite my tongue to keep from laughing when we're delivering the packages and the smug looks slowly fade into confusion, while weary eyes light up with hope. But they never object. After all, the camera doesn't lie.
This is my 100th post!! Woot woot! I wrote it for this week's Indie Ink challenge. Amy at 3 to 9 Travels prompted me with "I am its secret," and I prompted Michael at Innocents and Accidents, Hints and Allegations with "The apex of happiness."