Friday, February 11, 2011

Photo Friday: Photo Op

OK, so one of the more difficult parts of having a book published is knowing that whatever photo is used, just may be out there for 50-years. Seriously! Have you ever gone to a book signing and looked at the photo on the back of the person's 25th book and looked up at them and thought, "Is this her evil twin sister?" I won't mention any names but I had this happen not so long ago. I swear she must have gone to one of those glamour shot places for her photo. But in person, she didn't look anything like that. Or maybe she just had it taken like 25-years ago. I don't know. But whatever the case, the photo used for publicity has me worried.

I had a few people try taking a photo of me; friends and family. And I either looked stiff, or distorted, or any number of other adjectives. It seemed that when someone says, "smile" I lose all ability to be myself. Geesh! So, I decided to bite the bullet and hire a photographer.

So, here's the before picture:
Obviously, I took this one myself. I thought that if friends and family couldn't get a good shot of me, there was obviously something wrong with them! Ha! Turns out it's ME who is the problem.

Hopefully, by next Friday, I'll be able to show you and "after" shot. And I'll share more about the experience too. One thing I can say is that during the shoot, I felt totally relaxed - hopefully it will show in the photo.


Dawn Colclasure said...

Hi, Karen. Thanks for the comment on my book review blog. It seems to have gone missing. I'm sorry I didn't respond right away. I DO remember you from AW. Thanks for telling me about your blog. And to answer your question, no, I did not see that show. My free time is limited so there's only so much TV I can watch at a time. Usually don't watch shows like that, though. Thanks for visiting! :)

Karen Fisher-Alaniz said...

No problem, Dawn. It's fun to connect again!

Sharon Lippincott said...

Karen, this is a magnificent photo. You look relaxed and natural, and that sweater is a dynamite color on you. The problem is the busy background that has not relevance to your book project.

Karen Fisher-Alaniz said...

And the other problem is that it doesn't really look like me. Or maybe it does and I don't know it. I do love the sweater. Thanks!