>The Dreaded Part of the Process

>You thought I was going to say CEs (copy edits), didn’t you! HAH! Those are easy compared to the…ugh photo session for a picture at the back of the book.

I was going to pay someone to take my picture, but then money got tight (the DH has GOT to stop remodeling!). When money ran out, I thought, okay, I can use that dated photo I have on the website, OR I can get the DH and a friend to do some photos. So this past weekend, the DH aka Tim “Toolman” Taylor and his friend AL dragged out ladders and cameras for a home grown photo shoot. Me, I was struggling not to sneeze, tear up or otherwise be miserable from allergies, thanks to all the pollen that STILL does exist in our neck of the woods.

The photo shoot was fun, but I was looking at some of the DH’s shots on the digital camera and thinking, OMG…

well I won’t tell you what I was thinking because it’s too disgusting even for me and my self-deprecating wit. Out of the shots the DH took, I found ONE that I might have been able to live with, but in the end I said no, I’ll stick with the current professional shot I have.

Then tonight, Tim “Toolman” Taylor walks in from Target with Al’s photos from Saturday (Al has an antique camera and it requires film) . Tim hands me a small clip sheet of about 12 photos.

“This is it.”

“What do you mean this is it?”

“That’s all they could find on the roll.”

“How in the hell can you not find at least 36 shots on that roll of film. I KNOW Al took a lot more than this!”

“Well there’s only what you see on the sheet. Look at the negatives.” Tim snaps the negatives out of their folds like someone displaying a plastic wallet string of credit cards. “See, look at all the blank spots.”

So I’m going OMG, I’m just NOT suppose to have my picture taken. So I scan through them on the computer with Tim hanging over my shoulder. We get to one and Tims says,

“Hey, I like that one, it’s good.” His words make me slowly turn my head and I give him THE LOOK!

“You can’t be serious.”

“No, I like it. What’s wrong with it?”

Now I look at him with that “who are you and what have you done with my husband” look. I shake my head slowly.

“Umm, well for one thing I look like Quasimodo, hunchback and ALL! Now go away and I’ll figure out what I want. Naturally Tim’s feeling a bit resentful.

“I don’t know what you don’t like about the picture. I think it’s a good shot.”

Clearly the man has no marketing sense whatsoevah! So I thought I’d post them here to see what others thought. Take a look and vote for your fav. I think I’ve already made up my mind, but I’m always willing to be persuaded otherwise. We’re always tougher on ourselves, or so I’ve heard. These are all in B&W because that’s how they’re going to appear in the book. Better that you see them the way they’re going to be!

Photo 1

This one is really scary because I AM my Mother’s DAUGHTER! AAAAAAHHHH! Seriously, I do look like my Mom in this photo, the Italian hand curled, the smile and the laughing squint! *grin*

Photo 2

This shot looks like I’m getting ready to tell you exactly what I think. Do I really need this kind of a shot in the back of a book??

Photo 3

I feel certain this is NOT the one. I look too smug and moderately intelligent. The expression on my face says, you looking at me? You looking at ME? Why? My picture is here in the back of the book because I’m the author.

Photo 4

This one sort of LOOKS like an author photo, BUT it looks like I was having a HORRIBLY Bad hair day, when in fact, my hair actually looked nice that day. On the side it looks like I’ve got a bowl style hair cut where the hair stops just short of the ear. Sort of like that Hitler sideswipe hairstyle. God Forbid!

So go ahead. Vote and let me know what you think. You’re not going to hurt my feelings a bit. Hell, I’ve survived bad reviews, what could anyone possibly say to me that would hurt? Maybe that I don’t look like my Mom?? Ok, that would probably sting. In truth, I like seeing her face in me. Means she’s in my heart and shining out through my face. *grin*

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About Monica Burns

A bestselling author of erotic romance, Monica Burns penned her first short romance story at the age of nine when she selected the pseudonym she uses today. From the days when she hid her stories from her sisters to her first completed full-length manuscript, she always believed in her dream despite rejections and setbacks. A workaholic wife and mother, Monica believes it’s possible for the good guy to win if they work hard enough.

11 thoughts on “>The Dreaded Part of the Process

  1. >Oh, and I wouldn’t have known Eve from Adam that you made a mistake with the negative speak. ROFL

  2. >Wow, Lynn! That’s a detailed analysis, and thanks! And thank you for saying you’d like to get to know me. That’s a lovely thing to say. It always is a pick-me-up when people say they’d like to get to know me better.

    In truth, your critique is a good one and I think you paid a compliment to my home-grown team for their freebie efforts. Of course I won’t tell them that. I have NO wish to swell their male egos or heads. LOL

    I have photoshop, but KNOW better than to mess with my photos. I tried on one, and it was a disaster. I wound up looking worse than even the worst picture. LOL

    Thanks for posting!

  3. >P. S.: Uh, I should have said: "If that's from a B&W film, give me the negative" etc. Colour printing, at least at my level, is best left to the machines, because of the toxicity of the chemicals used. Sorry for the mistake!



  4. >Hi!

    So, here are some thoughts from the photographer's side of the camera. ALL of the photos are well composed (although I personally feel the downward angle on #'s 1 & 2 is a bit too extreme). Number 3 seems to meet the requirements for back cover shot, but I don't think it really reflects YOU as you might wish to be reflected. In #4, give me the negative and some time in the darkroom, and I think it would be possible to eliminate those parts you feel the most objectionable (well, not the bowl-cut thought, but the over-glare from the sun coming through the tree branches behind you). I DO like the angle of the shot much more than in any of the others. It's more accessible to me as a viewer/reader, and gives me a warmer feeling about you as a person that I'd like to get to know, whether in person or through your writing. (Actually, I'd like to get to know you better both ways!)

    For what they're worth, those are the thoughts of a photographer who also reads (a lot!!).



  5. >Thanks Brandy, #4 seems to be the one everyone likes, and I can’t really go against the majority in a marketing study. LOL Thanks for posting.

  6. >I like #4 the best. It looks friendly and open to me. Very down to earth.

  7. >Maria, You picked the one that is currently the odds favorite. It’s actually beginning to grow on me too. LOL

    Kati, I think I know why I really don’t like #4. I think I look matronly. I don’t want to look young and hip, but I don’t want to look like I’ll only have a few books in me until I kick the bucket! ROFL

    Billi Jean, thanks for commenting on your particular choice. It’s so hard to pick a picture that really defines me, because I’m a composite of all four of these pictures. Oy!

    Gail – “destroy my fantasy”?? Honey, I was in shock when I saw these pictures. What happened to me! I’ve taken some incredible shots in the past. I should put up the one taken about 10 years ago. I would say that I was really pretty in that shot. Isn’t it amazing how we see ourselves so differently than others see us?? LOL Thanks for sharing your pick

  8. >Monica, I know exactly what you mean about photos. I do not take photos well, or maybe it’s that I don’t like to see my photos…That little machine is brutally honest and destroys my fantasy. LOL

    I think the photos of you are actually quite good! I think I like #4 the best, your hair looks good! You have a warm glow coming from the top of the picture that pulls the composition together. I also like #1. If you like the picture itself and not the whole of it, maybe you could crop it and shrink the top and side a bit to make it more of a head shot.
    Well there’s my two cents. I hope it helps. Whatever picture you decide on will be perfect!

  9. >Monica!

    You are so funny — I like the 4th one. You’re smile is sweet, and your hair doesn’t look like that Hitler thing!!! You are too hard on yourself.

    And I haven’t seen your mom, but it’s nice to see part of our parents in ourselves…sometimes!

    best of luck!

    billi jean

  10. >I like 4. But I also like 3.

    Heh. I’m no help. I think you look sweet and friendly. So. Take it for what it’s worth.

  11. >I actually like #3.

    You don’t look smug at all. Yours eyes are warm and friendly.

    And I like the camera angle.