Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV


January 27, 2013

Time for a five-year anniversary photo


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I didn’t think about the photo until Tuesday. Our photographer Eric DiNovo was in the office to take a new photo for Editor Samantha Perry. I decided the best way to appreciate five years was to follow Samantha’s lead. I did all the pre-rituals before a photo — fluff hair, add more lipstick and smile. In her office, Samantha and I picked our favorite lipstick colors, checked each other’s hair and made Eric take multiple photos. It was like senior picture day, just with better hairstyles and no braces. We tried to get other reporters in the newsroom interested, but no one else wanted part of our impromptu photo session.


As we were looking over our photos, trying to pick out the best ones, Samantha confessed it was her first new photo in five years.

“Funny,” I said. “Mine too.”

We have already planned the next photo shoot for 2018. A five-year plan is in the works, for both of us.

Until then, I have plenty of columns and stories to write, people to meet and a desk to clean.

Jamie Parsell is the Lifestyle editor of the Daily Telegraph. Contact her at or follow on Twitter @BDTParsell.  



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