Help me look good in a photo accompanying a news story.
I've just been interviewed for a business story in a big daily paper based on the East Coast. Huge audience. Enormous. (In fact, I might have chickened out of the whole gig, except I thought I was originally to provide just one
pithy quote... and then after I got further into the phone call with the journo, he went a different direction and asked more and more questions.)
Then, the paper calls back the next day and asks if I am willing to have my picture in the article, and can they send a photographer over. I calmly said, "Yes, of course," but now I'm basically peeing myself (I keep trying to settle down with the reminder that they might not use my pic or even my quotes in the final story.).
So, tomorrow afternoon I am meeting with a photographer from the newspaper. The location they've selected is indoors and non-descript. Tell me what to wear, what not to wear, what they're looking for, the etiquette of the whole deal (I'm guessing I can't ask the photog to let me see the photo, and then reshoot it if I look dumb?). Normally I always smile in photos; do I smile for this or not? If it helps: I am middle-aged and female, with a wholly average look. I'm not ordinarily afraid of the camera, and I looked through this previous AskMe question
... but this isn't a wedding or a candid at a MeetUp, so I don't know what to do.
Personal experience on either side of the lens is welcomed, as is any experience with being interviewed by or appearing in a national publication.