You definitely aren't overreacting! I got two requests to use my pictures a few weeks ago, and I wouldn't shut up about it. I took screen shots so I could share with my family and friends who aren't on Ravelry (and know nothing about knitting) ... I am pretty much still beaming. I have caught myself deciding whether or not to make a project based on if there's any chance my photo will be the "best" and they will ask me to be the model! I am a better knitter than photographer, but I have a friend who is a great photographer and I'm thinking of asking her to take my FO shots from now on.
Ravelry is such an ego boost. I wonder how I will feel when people start un-favoriting my things and using better pictures as models. Oh well, can't worry about that now!