>Sometimes when you’re trying to make a decision, it’s important to listen to others. At other times you have to listen to your gut. The majority of people I heard from offline, online and via email liked #4, shown here.I’ll be honest, I put this shot up completely as a joke because I truly hated the picture. Clearly it backfired on me.
It made me feel ugly when I looked at it, and I do not think I’m ugly. I’m moderately attractive and I have my moments when I look pretty good. But this picture just made me squeamish, and for those of you who know me well, the only thing that generally makes me squeamish is blood. I pass out.
A couple of people liked #2, which was a close up, but the smile seemed forced to me. I either laugh boisterously or I half smile. There is no in between with me. It’s B&W not gray areas, although as I age,I am learning that gray does exist. No wait, I do smirk on occasion.
So I debated and debated, should I go against the flow or should I be a rebel like I usually am? I mean these are people who weren’t looking at the photo in the same critical way I was. Again, I went back to debating what to do. I was all ready to send off photo number 4, when something said, “Go back one last time and look at the shots.” In the beginning there was this shot that I really liked. The only problem with it was that you could see the back door of our house, the door mat, and essentially it really looked like the home-grown shot it was. BUT, I really liked the photo.
With that little voice in my head urging me on, I pulled up Adobe PhotoShop and played around for a while, getting nowhere. I thought I could submit a B&W of my website photo, when I remembered OMG I have to get permission from the photographer, but I don’t think they’re in business anymore.
Then it happened, I accidentally clicked on the wrong button, and I wound up in this help forum for Photo Shop. There at the top of the page were detailed instructions on how to remove a background and/or make it blurred. I went to work on it. Took me a little bit of trial and error, but I came up with a shot that I can live with in Color OR B&W. Most importantly I got rid of that bloody bowl cut that gave me that swooped look on the side!!! AGGGGHHH!
Now the only person I have to get usage permission from is the DH, but I can twist his arm, I’m sure. Here’s what I came up with for the inside cover of the book and my website.