The Headshot

I have to tell you that I am apparently the kind of person who gets drunk and raves about how much she loves and does not deserve her back yard. I don’t know when I became that kind of drunk. I had no idea it was a kind of drunk, but there you are. All night, though, I had a dream that our house was flooding and I had to get my mom to safety but she refused to believe it was as bad as it was.

Anyway, Mary and Samantha came over and hung in the hammocks and we talked and then, once I was tipsy enough to not feel self-conscious, I asked them to help me get a good headshot to use with the book

After a series of experiments against different backdrops in the house, Mary took this photo without quite realizing how it would turn out.

Obviously, it accidentally looked really, really cool, like I was haunting the mirror in my dining room. We then spent the next little bit trying to replicate the photo, but with less glare and less dorky smile on my part. Both were very difficult. One, because I squint my eyes when I smile.

But two because the mirror is, you know, a hundred years old, at least, and it was hand-painted and all the silver brushstrokes are now showing through on the surface. It’s hard not to get some glare.

But then, after they made me fluff my hair, we got this. I think it’s the one. At the least, at least my boobs showed up for duty.

11 thoughts on “The Headshot

  1. I love the first one actually.

    With you almost out of the frame it looks like if I’d blinked I may have missed your altogether. Much more haunting.

    The second one almost looks more like a very old painting I think. Which is nice, but not nearly as haunting to me.

  2. I like them both, though I like the spontaneous quality and framing of the first one a little better. I embiggened and maybe my screen is crap, but I thought you were giving the camera the flirt-eye rather than having your eyes closed.

    Anyhow, yes, the photos are exactly right for the book. They remind me both of Rachel Jackson’s painting and the waitress in the mirror…

  3. If you’d like to have a slimmer looking headshot, have the photographer to stand at the top of some steps while you turn and look up and over your shoulder at the camera. Works ever time and gets rid of that double chin that smiling happy people sometimes accidentally give themselves in photos.


  4. ooh, I really love these and they are perfect for you/the book! :) I do think I love the first one the most. The second one read in that old painting way at first, too, but then the hand kind of coming out make me do a double take – so both were kind of haunted for me.

  5. I like the first one better too (though both are extremely cool!) – it looks like the mirror just captured you passing by, and if I turned around you wouldnt really be there.

  6. I like the first one too. Your smile is more natural, and the angle makes you look like a ghost caught out of the corner of someone’s eye.

    Don’t you dare take the advice above on how to dislocate your own neck to camoflauge a natural, lovely part of yourself! Gah.

  7. Ha, I don’t think anyone’s going to be all “You know, I thought B. was fat, but with her head turned that way, now I’m not sure.” I mean, shoot, it’s my body. It’s not like people aren’t going to notice.

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