Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Head Shot

I had been putting it off for a couple of weeks. The organizers sent the email a while back and I had honestly forgotten about it.  I think it was my brain's way of avoiding doing something that I didn't want to do.  It had to be done though.  Was I really going to be the only person in the Indianapolis cast of Listen to Your Mother without a head shot?  No no, that really went much too far against my must-follow-the-rules German-ness to be tolerated.

I enlisted my friend Jenny to come over and help me take the pictures.  She has this impeccable style that I can only dream of, and I was really excited for her to help me with this project.  What I failed to remember was the fact that whenever Jenny and I get together, silliness typically ensues.

I caked on the make-up, like I always do when I'm nervous.  I even watched a tutorial on YouTube about how to properly apply bronzer to contour your face.  Yes, I'm 34 years old and I still am not that great at applying make-up; I don't see it as an issue.  I flat-ironed my too long hair and tried to make it look less hippy-chic.  I put several tops out for Jenny to pick from and all my favorite jewelry.  She even liked what I had picked--bonus points for me!!

We finally found a window with somewhat good light and put me in a croppable position to have a blank wall behind me.  This is how things started:

Can you see that I'm actually wearing yoga pants?  Hello, it is a HEAD shot, butt not to be included.  Naturally I have on a scarf I bought at the Turkish Market in Berlin and some chunky funky jewelry.  I mean, how else would you know that I'm an anthropologist?  This was embarrassing.  Jenny kept clicking.


Oh yeah, this one is totally flattering:

This one would have been ok, if not for the fact that you can see my shamrock earring.  It was St. Patrick's Day, and some details fell through the cracks...obviously.

This is when Jenny told me to stick out tatas...

"Seriously Jenny, I need some direction here.  I'm not a model."

Crazy eyes!

Jenny really liked this one.  She called it my Dr. Seuss face.  

Here's my smolder.  

Smoldering makes me laugh. 

In the end, this is the cropped final picture we both agreed was the best.  
The biggest lesson I learned: I'm so screwed if I ever have to get an actual head shot for a book jacket! 

Less than 10 minutes after Jenny left, this is what I looked like:
I took off all the make-up and was already back at my laptop dissertating away.  I paused briefly to take these pictures.  This seems more like me, but I wanted to be all professional looking in the head shot.  


Look back at those pictures up there: Do you see how ridiculously long my hair is?  I'm really starting to hate it.  That's why I'm going to chop it off in May and donate it to Locks of Love.  Please please go to my Pinterest Page and come back to vote for how I should cut my hair.  You can vote right up there at the top right side of this blog.  Thanks so much! 

If you live near Indianapolis, you should also come see me in the inaugural Indianapolis Listen to Your Mother show on Thursday May 2nd.  It will be a great night, and I promise to make you laugh.  


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22 comments:

  1. Hallo. Schoen wieder mal jemand Deutsch zu treffen. Great pics. Love the head shot you picked and good luck at LTYM. I've heard so much about it. I'm Susi, by the way, living in South Florida by way of Leipzig. :)

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    1. Ich bin nur ein deutschspachige Ami, aber sicher auch ein Deutsch-o-phile. Thanks for stopping by Susi!

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  2. Congrats on LTYM. I think the smoldering shot also looks kind of jacket-cover author-y. I think you made a great choice and I love your scarf/shawl.

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    1. I LOVE that shawl/scarf thing too! It cost me 5 whole Euros and was worth EVERY penny. I'll surely be purchasing more on my next trip.

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  3. Oh, I LOVE LOVE LOVE this post! The crazy eyes photo had me laughing-- as did they all!! The one you settled on is perfect! You look absolutely beautiful with bronzer or without! --Lisa

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  4. I love this "backstage" look at the process! And I think the final product looks fantastic!! (Is hat a Premier necklace? I have the same one) Head shots are tough, and yes....embarrassing. :D

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    1. It is a Premier necklace: TWINSIES! I will not let the embarrassment of head shots deter me from actually writing a book though. :-)

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  5. I am seriously laughing my significant ass off! These are hilarious. My favorites are "smoldering" and looking all anthropologist-y. Seriously, you look beautiful in all of them, but I would've totally sent in the last one shown. But you know how I roll....

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    1. I thought about it, but being an academic, I didn't want that image to come up in a google search of my name. Is that silly?

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    1. Thanks Colleen. I wish I felt that way most days.

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  7. Congratulations on LTYM!! I love the behind the scenes look at the photo shoot. And great job with the final picture!

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    1. Thanks. I'm certainly happy with the final product.

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  8. Ahhhh...I love the outtakes! And the final one turned out really well!
    P.S. Yoga pants are the best :)

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    1. What did moms do before yoga pants?

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  9. hahaha. I love this. You're awesome. I had my husband take a headshot for me just a few days ago...with similar results. I was wearing pajama pants on the bottom :) these outtakes are perfect.

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    1. It was fun & totally humiliating at the same time. :-)

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  10. You make me laugh! Love the crappy shots... I have a number of those as well, and I laugh every time I look at them. My kiddos just cringe. BTW, you could've sent the smolder. ;)

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    1. Dr Seuss & Smolder were definitely in the running, but I had to go with the professional looking one in the end. Already planning what to wear to rehearsal. :-)

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