I postponed replacing my original website and Twitter photo. Not that I liked that photo, but I wanted time to prepare for a costly professional headshot. Lose weight. Save money. Lose weight. Save money. Repeat.
Then the stakes were raised. Much Ado About Scandal was selected as a finalist for the 2013 Maggie Award for Excellence. The thrill of victory, my first contest final, followed by the agony of a request for an author photo ASAP. I didn’t want my original photo in the Moonlight and Magnolias conference program and PowerPoint presentation.
Panic ensued, and I called my talented friend, Cheryl Rae. I decided what to wear and the location for taking pictures, but I still didn’t know what kind of shot I wanted. I perused romance author photos online. Unfortunately I couldn’t use them here. Instead I provided images of 19th century paintings as some examples of the poses and techniques I found.
1. Subject Indoors at Work
2. Subject Indoors Not at Work with black background (Assorted angles and color adjustments with apologies to Johannes Vermeer and his admirers, myself included.)
Black and white | More light exposure
3. Subject Outdoors
Against a tree
On the day of the photo session, Cheryl and I tried all the poses and techniques above except prone. When we ventured outside in the hundred degree temperature, my once voluminous hair was about three inches longer than earlier that morning. I seriously considered hiding behind a prop like a large hat or fan. To my surprise, one of the outdoor shots was the photo I liked best. I emailed it to the contest coordinator in time and replaced the original photo I used on my About page and Twitter profile.
Jillian Lark ©2013
Jillian’s Note: Here’s my newest photo, a professional headshot, taken in June 2014.
©2014 Jillian Lark
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