Thursday, April 26, 2012

How To Take An Author Photo in 15 Easy Steps



1. Put it off until your publisher emails asking for it with a hint of urgency.

2. Decide that since you actually blow-dried your hair, why not do it now?

3. Make your husband follow you around the yard with a camera, deciding if tree-bark or leaves makes a better backdrop.

4. Decide that leaves do.

5. Change your mind 9 times about which leaves do.

6. Attempt several shots with two little boys tugging your knees and elbows.

7. Pick up a boy, hoping to look more relaxed.

8. Utterly fail to look more relaxed.

9. Upload shots to your computer and decide they're all hopelessly awful.

10. Repeat steps 4-6.

11. Jump back to 9 but find a single photo that isn't quite so terrible, maybe.

12. Send it to your brilliant photographer sister who says: "I love it, but there's some distortion from the camera being so close. Let me fix that."

13. Rub your evil hands together and cackle that she took the bait.

14. Send a much-improved photo off to your publisher.

15. Plan to use it "officially" for the following several decades.  (That's how it's done, right?)







22 comments:

  1. I love this photo, and I love the peek under the hood of a glamorous author's life. This made me laugh out loud!

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    1. Ha. Thanks, Dana. Yes, it's oooh sooo glamorous! ;D

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  2. Great photo Alina! Pat has mad photo skillz!

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    1. He did well, didn't he? Much better photographer than I am. I have more tilted, half-blocked shots of my thumb than I need, certainly.

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  3. Great photo Alina! Pat has mad photo skillz!

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  4. Beautiful photo Alina! You found the perfect one :)

    I always wondered how the author photos came to be. It is nice that you get to pick it yourself and the publisher doesn't put you up against a black wall in their office or something.

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    1. I'm sure everyone has a different method. Many authors probably get professional shots. Lucky for me I have a professional on-call to fix our amateur ones. :D

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  5. I knew I was getting suckered all along.

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    1. Good thing you like me enough to be so transparently suckered. :D You're way too kind, my dear!

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  6. Too funny -- and great photo, BTW! :)

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  7. definitely the way it is done :D And..why change the photo?? It's going to be in print forever ;)

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    1. You totally nailed it, Tara. Digital-shmigital. Forever is way more like it. ;)

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  8. Great post! I LOVE that you have the octopus necklace on!! ^_^

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    1. The same one I was wearing when I saw you, right? This photo was taken hours before that. In fact, you're the reason I'd blow-dried my hair. ;D

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    2. oh la la!! I feel so honored! ^_^ heehee

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  9. Funny but your author's photo steps sound exactly like the way hubby had his photo taken for the departmental website's faculty listing...minus the kids part (we made sure to lock the kids indoors...hah!).

    You are very photogenic!

    By the way, is that really an octopus necklace or is that Cthulhu or the FSM in disguise? ;D

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  10. Locking kids indoors--brilliant!

    And the necklace is *actually* a fancified silver fork that Pat brought back to me from Sweden. Highly likely it was inspired by the FSM, though. Cthulhu, not so much... ;)

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