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The dreaded Author Photo

This is the sort of photo I usually have - me at Glastonbury Festival.

This is the sort of photo I usually have – me at Glastonbury Festival.

 

I am sure I am not alone in hating the words ‘author photo’.

We all need them – for our websites and blogs and other promo work – and to put in our books.

The problem is, these photos never go away. They stay out there forever.

And it’s just horrible hearing a whisper from the audience during an appearance –  “She looks NOTHING like her photo!”

With this in mind (and remembering my last author photos were done in 2009), I decided it was time to grit my teeth and face the lens again.

Getting ready for the shoot involved trying on every item of clothing in my wardrobe to decide what to take…

Luckily I had an episode of Strictly to watch as I did this load.

Luckily I had an episode of Strictly to watch as I did this load.

And then it all had to be ironed.

There were accessories to consider as well – but not shoes. This was to be a head and shoulders shot only.

I duly presented myself for sentence … sorry … for photographing by the wonderfully talented Marte Lundby Rekaa.  Marte takes photos for RNA events, so we already knew each other. That helped a lot.

We did the shoot in Marte’s office cum small studio. I liked that – big studios can be a tad intimidating.

Marte was full of good ideas - like using a textured rug for a backdrop.

Marte was full of good ideas – like using a textured rug for a backdrop.

 

 

 

 

She was incredible patient – making me laugh… lying though her teeth by saying a shot or pose was gorgeous.

The shoot was scheduled for an hour, but it ran over – due to my nervousness and Marte’s generosity.

 

The next day – there was a web galley of – wait for it – 348 photos for me to select from.

That was almost as tough as the shoot itself.

 

 

Somewhere there HAD to be a shot where I didn't look like me - that is to say, where I looked good.

Somewhere there HAD to be a shot where I didn’t look like me – that is to say, where I looked good.

I am the world’s most un-photogenic person – and traditionally hate any and all photos of me.

But this time – well.. let’s just say I am not too afraid to have this photo out there…

Thanks Marte - great job.

Thanks Marte – great job.

My shot of Marte is not nearly as great as her shots of me.

My shot of Marte is not nearly as great as her shots of me.

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4 Responses to The dreaded Author Photo

  • What a super photo, Janet! Bet you’re chuffed to bits with it. I’m lucky that my husband is a former TV cameraman and so he does all my author photos. I still get nervous, though, and have that huge pile of ironing beforehand!

    • I am chuffed Victoria. There are a couple more shots that are also rather nice – which gives me a choice. I never expected that The photos Roy does of you always look good… husbands can be useful sometimes 🙂 .

  • I thought you said you weren’t photogenic?

    The photo is really very nice. I think I spent more time trying to figure out what the titles are in the picture. I thought I owned all the books you’d published but I guess I’m missing some…

    • Aww. Thanks Chanpreet. You are really kind. A couple of the books in the picture are translations – Russian and German and Norwegian. I really like that my books are published in languages I don’t speak. Nice to think my stories go further than I could take them alone.

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