The best friend and I are sitting at the bar at TGI Fridays in the Memphis Doubletree Hotel. I order a Mudslide Cosmo and the bartender asks for my ID.
“Look at this mess,” I say, as the bartender is making my drink. I hold up my driver’s license so my best friend can see the photo. “I was pregnant, needed a haircut, and had horrible roots.”
Best friend started laughing. “Well look at mine,” she said, holding her driver’s license up for me to analyze. “It was July and I had to drive downtown in the blazing heat and waddle into the building. I had Evan three days later.”
Seriously, though. If you’re pregnant and your driver’s license needs renewing, I think you should get an exemption, or a makeover, or have a stand-in until you’re no longer destined to have a driver’s license photo that makes you cringe for years. Maybe you were lucky and glowed throughout your pregnancy? Maybe you were like me and did not.
My YMCA ID card photo is just as bad, though, and I wasn’t even pregnant when I had the picture taken. My face looks stretched out horizontally and the picture makes me look like I weigh about 20 pounds more than I actually do. Wait a minute…maybe that’s by design?
So do you love your driver’s license photo? Have you ever had a flattering ID photo taken? I’m sure a Glamour Shots photo ID business would go over well if it was done right.