New author pix – wow!

I’m one of those authors who has new author pix taken every couple of years, preferring to take the ageing process gradually, rather than in a large, indigestible chunk.

And, as I’ve been able to throw away my glasses, lose a stone and meet my deadline, a couple of weeks ago I decided it was time. I knew the lovely Marte L Rekaa, who takes such wonderful photos of the RNA events, so I collared her for a chat. It wasn’t so much that I knew what I wanted – more that I had a clear idea of what I didn’t want.

I didn’t want to look as if I came from the pages of a bank’s in-house magazine (OK, I used to work for a bank, but that doesn’t have to count); I didn’t want to look like a secretary, either (and yes! I used to be one of those, too! But I’m not now.) I wanted images that were relaxed and creative. And flattering, obviously. And not to be always wearing a huge horsey smile. Photographers seem to ย want to catch me with a massive smile, in the same way that hairdressers can’t resist sending me out looking like a country-western star’s poodle.

Marte spent loads of time with lighting and different coloured backgrounds, because those two things can make an enormous difference – it’s no coincidence that I bought none of the images with the white background – and we just talked and laughed and she took photos.

It all sounds simple, but it worked so well. No chance to set my face in that rictus of just-get-it-over-with. No this-feels-as-artificial-as-plastic-flowers. The whole experience was fun.

What do you think?


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39 responses to “New author pix – wow!

  1. Wow is right, Sue. You look amazing!

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  2. Samantha Cooper

    I love the one where you are resting on your books. All are WOW!

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  3. The Romaniacs

    These are so sophisticated! Do you have a picture in the attic/

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  4. The Romaniacs

    I swear you are aging in reverse! In a decade you’ll look 18 in your photos, I’m certain of it ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Lyn McCulloch

    Great pix, Sue – sooooo glamorous! And the stone really shows (an inspiration to those of us who are trying to do the same thing!) xxx

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  6. They’re really smashing, Sue. You look totally relaxed, but in the best possible way. I have to say, I do like your smile in the second one (up top). Is shining in your eyes!

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  7. Sue, those are fantastic.

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  8. Your pics are FANTASTIC, Sue. No wonder you’re thrilled.

    I’ve just put back the mini Mars Bar that I was about to eat.

    Liz X

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  9. Penny

    Well done, Sue and photographer! These are just excellent. You must be delighted.

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  10. Sue, yes, these are lovely, lovely photos!! As others have said, you look relaxed and happy and very glam. Well done – to you and the photographer.

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  11. You look gorgeous, Sue. Just as you are. If that’s aging, I want some of it! Great photographer to catch you looking so relaxed!

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  12. Brilliant, Sue. Well done to you and Marte ๐Ÿ™‚

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  13. Sue, fabulous photos. Not that you look ‘old’ in the least – but these photos make you look ten years younger. Writing down the name of the photographer now !! Impressive and gorgeous.

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  14. They look FANTASTIC! I do love the colours! What a lovely top you’re wearing.

    I expect you to have everywhere updated with these new photos soon ๐Ÿ˜€

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  15. Sounds like a lovely experience, Sue. They’re all so natural but I especially love the one with the books.

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  16. Very nice, I like the 3rd one particularly. Good stuff, Sue

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  17. Aw, Sue! You look beautiful!

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  18. Beautiful photographs (adorable subject, of course)!

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  19. Henriette Gyland

    You look absolutely fabulous! Might have to engage the talented Marte myself one day.
    Hx

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  20. A very glam set of pix, Sue. They do you justice. I usually hate pix of me, I always end up looking slightly deranged. Which may be true but not the image I have of myself, or want to convey to others! These are very good, you look relaxed, serene and confident.

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  21. The pics are really nice Sue..
    Arti

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  22. Thank you, everyone. And not a single remark about Photoshop! You’re all so kind. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  23. Fantastic, Sue. You look beautiful, and the one where you’re half turned is a true model shot. V jealous.

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  24. They’re gorgeous, Sue and that blue top is the perfect colour.

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  25. Debs

    Those are fabulous pictures, no wonder you’re pleased with them.

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  26. These are some of the best author photos I’ve seen and you look so relaxed and glamorous, Sue! The colour of the top is great.

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  27. These are great, you look so much friendlier and more relaxed than you do on your website ones. Not that I’m suggesting you aren’t friendly, of course, and who ever looks relaxed with a camera pointing at them? So, great advert for both you and Marte.

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  28. They look terrific, Sue. I particularly liked the last one. Eat your heart out, Dorian Gray!

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  29. You look lovely, Sue. You certainly can see that you’ve lost weight, by your face. I can always tell if someone has by looking at their faces. What a brill job.

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  30. The photographs are lovely, Sue, but they are nor just due to the skill of the photographer. You have the bone structure and a lovely smile. Well done to both of you.

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  31. Delightful, deluvverley photographs, Sue. Marte must be pleased with her subject.

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  32. nikkigoodmanwannabewriter

    Wow Auntie – you look absolutely gorgeous! Love them all ๐Ÿ™‚

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  33. Tom

    I thought you looked fine before Sue but I do like your theory of the ‘gradual’ ageing process. Some people, fortunately your good self included, improve with age like a fine wine.
    I like all of these shots because there is no smugness which I sometimes see in an author’s expression. ‘Friendly’ comes out as an immediate response but I thought with the third one I’d go for sophisticated … and I’m not saying that you weren’t before.
    I’m an artist as well as a writer so I tend to look a bit deeper into a facial expression. x

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  34. Oh wow! Just saw all these comments! (My ego is rocketing!!!) The idea is to offer this sort of photography as an affordable package to all you lovely authors. I’m in the process of moving studio, so once I’m sorted I’ll be able letting you all know. (It’s just taking a bit more time than I first thought ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope to see you all on the summer party!

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