Writing as a career means spending long hours alone, building characters, brainstorming plot and revising over and over again. It’s no wonder that many authors have introvert qualities – a subject that I’ve recently enjoyed reading about in the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain. (Authors: You may find yourself in the pages of this book.)
However, being an author also means public readings, writing workshops, book launches, and online and in-person promotional events. These require extrovert qualities and can be challenging for some authors. It also means getting regular author photos taken – a task I dread.
I’ve learned how to enjoy public authors events, but posing for author photos still makes me uptight. I want a photo that shows who I am, but doesn’t make me look hideous. A photo that uses the talents of a professional photographer, but appears natural. A photo that will appeal to my readers.
This summer, I met up with Owen of Owen Captures, an expert photographer who could make me feel comfortable and take an excellent photo. Never mind that I was nervous for days before the photo shoot. Owen knew how to get great shots in spite of my nerves. At least I think he got a great shot. You can decide for yourself below. Thanks, Owen!