I have new author photos! I originally was going to have some gorgeous author photos courtesy of Laura Murray, who took the amazing images of Erin dressed as the Queen of Hearts which will grace my book cover. A little background info first.
Getting the right picture of Erin was 99% of my concern that day.
We had tacked on photographing me at the end for a new author photo as a total after-thought.
So, my pictures. It didn't really work out. It was nothing that Laura did, rather it was that I was in complete chaos, both mentally and physically. I had just dragged Erin's big dress and sword around Downtown Denver. I was nervous about the shoot. From the moment we started that day, I was frazzled and a very busy-girl. I was in no place to have photos taken of myself, which is something that is already VERY hard for me. I'm terribly unphotogenic when I have pressure to take a good picture. It's really, really hard to get a good picture of me when I know a photo is being taken.
The original author photos reflected this. The pictures themselves are lovely - the light, the posing, Laura's creative eye was responsible for that - but I looked AWFUL. My hair was terribly frizzy because that is what happens when I get stressed and for some reason, I like to sweat from my hair follicles, which makes it a million times worse. My make-up was failing because I was running around. I hadn't eaten or drunk any water that day. More than any of these things, you can just tell in these photos that I was NOT in the right mindset to get my picture taken.
Laura was amazing, but I wasn't.
That doesn't really work for a professional author photo.
And that's why you will never, ever see them. Because I looked like a total trainwreck. But Erin's pictures turned out incredible and that's what mattered.
Since these didn't work out, I scheduled Sarah to take my picture. She took my last author photo, and I was really happy with that. She curled my hair and helped style me for the picture, which we took in her loft. Yes, we're very fancy that way.
For the Queen of Hearts cover, I wanted something more simple, and not bright. The cover will be black, white and red, and nothing will stand out quite so badly as a bright teal sweater on the back of that book. Yikes, no.
Because of this I chose a striped grey and white dress, and a simple, gorgeous necklace that Kim bought me in Connecticut. It reads "She has read too many books and it has turned her brain."
We took about 300 pictures (297 of which you will NEVER see), and out of those 300, I liked about seven. I narrowed those down to these three:
My sister played with the colors and emailed me the pictures. From there, I played with them a little on my new awesome photo editor (Aviary) and then sent out an email to a few artistically minded friends, or just those who will tell me the truth, and asked them for their favorite.
Of course, my favorite counted as well, and so when this one tied for the winner, it was a simple choice.....
Huzzah! Look at that! A non-trainwreck! This girl has her stuff together AND she's wearing lipstick AND it's not on her teeth!
I mean, I would trust this person to write a book. Right? I'm hoping everyone else feels that as well.