The (dreaded) author photo

The author photo:

  • Yes. You have to get one.
  • Yes. Darcy and I put it off as long as we could.
  • Yes. We had to suck it up and get them done.

At least Darcy didn’t have to do hers twice. Twice, people. I’m pretty sure you feel sorry for me.

The first were too formal. Thanks to our weird and delayed spring, my allergies were nuts. I really wanted outdoor shots, but decided just to get them done inside where the pollen isn’t. Because nothing says: great pic! like red, swollen-shut eyes.

My first clue should’ve been Kyra pronouncing my top as “unfashionable.” She five, people. Five. And yet she can channel Carrie Bradshaw. Go figure.

In the end, I should have waited, considering I had to have them retaken anyway. Outdoors this time (and a different outfit), with the photographer urging me to smile and pretend I was laughing at something funny. Which was absurd in its own way and made me laugh.

We took pictures in Rice Park and by the St. Paul Public Library.

At one point, a guy wandered by and asked if we wanted him to take a picture of the two of us together. Good thing it was sunny. The photographer gave him a stare that dropped the temperature a few degrees.

Clearly he was interrupting.

The photographer even gave me a CD with my image on it (the surface), and well, on it. So you might say, I’m all over that CD.

Results below the cut.

There are other photos, obviously. These are the two I’m using for now. My agent (!!!) likes the close up. Other people have mentioned that the hands in pocket pose feels very YA.

I think this one says: Hi! I’m perky! Buy our book!

This one says: Sure, I know how to write. See? That’s the library in the background.

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9 responses to “The (dreaded) author photo

  1. My vote goes for the second one… it DOES feel more YA to me. And, even better, you look like Sandra Bullock’s twin sister… yes, really.
    :-)

    Now. Where’s Darcy’s? HUH???

  2. Beautiful! Don’t you think they should print two editions of your book so you can use both pictures, one for each edition?

  3. They’re both good, and the best part is… this is DONE! Yay!

  4. Mary

    I love the first one! But both are nice.

  5. I figured that I should stop stalking your blog and actually post a comment. I’ve been reading it and found it great reading. The book project sounds exciting.

    As for the photos, they both look really good to me, but my wife is the photography expert.

    Good luck with the book!

  6. Amy

    I prefer the b/w photo. And Marianne’s right… you do look like Sandra Bullock. That can’t be bad, can it?

  7. Jenn

    You’re cute!
    I like the second one better. :)

  8. Abby

    Honestly, I like both of them-but I liked the other ones too!

  9. Karin Collins

    Re: Carrie Bradshaw reincarnation. You know Kyra has had a thing for shoes since she was a toddler, the fancier the better.

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