Adventures in Author-land: The Dreaded Headshot

Family and friends close to me know that in the midst of the many, many (I kid) things I do well, there’s one area where I have a significant deficit.


It’s been that way for as long as I can recall. As a kid, I had my photogenic moments…



But they were few and far between. You will note I am holding back from posting any pictures of my teenage self. Yes, they are that bad. (Also, they are not on the computer from which I’m writing this blog post.)


As I became an adult, I discovered a way to work around the fact that I was not a fan of the camera: costumes! As long as I was dressed in a costume, I didn’t mind having my picture taken. In fact: I enjoyed it.

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Yep, that’s me dressed as Dumbledore for my library’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows all-night lock-in back in 2007.

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Oh, and again, me, willingly wearing an astronaut costume to promote the library’s summer reading program. (The deranged expression was for the camera. I do not generally look like that. I promise.)

After wedding photos were achieved last summer, I thought I was home free. I didn’t need to have serious pictures taken ever again! For the rest of my life!

Until I sold my book. And realized I needed headshots.


I am happy to report from the other side that after much angst (and, okay, a lot of shopping for headshot ensembles), headshots were a surprisingly fun activity. Last Sunday, I traversed Fort Point with a local photographer, Kate L., who may or may not have taught me how to smize! It wouldn’t be a photo session with Jenn (slipping into third person here for a moment) if it didn’t involve at least one moment of goofiness.

One second, I was acting like a serious model-type…



And then the next thing I knew…




What’s that behind me?



jenn_033_smallOh yes! A horse! Of course, I got photobombed by a horse.

Though many of my friends advocated for the horse photobomb picture as my official author photo, in the end, I went with something a bit more professional.



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