That’s kinda how things are with me and author photos.
The pic I use now for social media and prison mug shots guest blog posts was taken by close friend and talented photographer, Claudine Birgy.
I like the photo a lot, but it’s now more than two years old. Though people say I don’t look much different now than I did when I graduated from high school 20 years ago, I know they’re just being nice because they either want to grope me or steal my wine.
In any case, my photo could stand to be updated.
For a year now, I’ve been dating a great guy who happens to be a photographer. Awesome, right? I mean unless he was a wholesale wine distributor or a Pure Romance consultant, there aren’t many professions that could be more useful to me.
Except, well….we kinda never get around to taking those new author photos. I’m busy, he’s busy, clothing ends up on the floor and those shots don’t really make the best author photos.
But we do keep finding other ways to make our professions overlap.
When I’m not doing the author thing, I work part-time doing marketing and public relations for Bend, Oregon’s tourism bureau. Through a peculiar twist of circumstances I swear didn’t involve inappropriate sexual favors, my gentleman friend ended up shooting some photos for a piece in Dog Fancy magazine promoting our status as one of the nation’s top dog-friendly towns.
If you followed any of my Debutante Ball posts last season, you might notice something interesting about this page from the October 2011 issue of Dog Fancy:
Yup, that’s me, along with my trusty canine companion, Bindi. And yes, that’s my gentleman friend’s photo credit.
Think that’ll work as an author photo?
Admittedly, there are other areas of overlap in our professional lives. Though I wrote my sophomore novel, Believe it or Not, a couple years before we started dating, a few last minute revisions and scene additions coincided with the start of our relationship. The result? Well, let’s just say the leg-massage scene on pages 99-105 had some divine inspiration.
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