Picture Poll

Sensational Saturday

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Number 1

One of the many jobs I have currently is a volunteer position as CRW’s PRO liaison. What that really means is if anyone has questions about RWA and PRO, I get to answer them. In an attempt to make the liaison position a little more exciting myself and Ashley March (CRW’s PAL Liaison and author of Romancing the Countess) started a bi-monthly article on the website for the PRO and PAL members.

This month I listed some professional goals that even pre-published authors should have on their list if they want to be heading down the road to publishing and one of these is the headshot.

I’ve gotten the website, and the business cards. I blog the heck out of this site and I also am blogging on Paranormal Freebies, but as a prarnormal romance author I know that the head shot is something that needs to be done. But I’ve been procrastinating. It means getting a haircut, and getting makeup done. It means trying on clothes in an attmept to look professional. Needless to say I’d rather be writing.

Number 2

Last week I finally got around to getting some better pictures, and as usual it was one of those spur of the moment things. I’m posting the ones I like best and was going to try doing something that’s been tempting me on the site. A poll.

I thought I could just click on the word  POLLS in the menu and lo and behold I could create a poll, but it turns out you need to create an account with Polldaddy, and sorry folks, I’m not up to that today.

So instead we are doing it the old fashioned way. I’ve posted a few of the pictures and placed numbers in the captions. You can comment in the boxes below as to which ones you like best. Now I’m not promising what I’ll use them for, but I definitely will use the number one photo on my bio page. At least for a while. (Don’t throw me under the bus people, please!)

This first picture is one I played with, but I think it’s kind of cool! It reminds me of the aura photography, and I love the way it’s funky and old fashioned at the same time.

number 3

And the next few are a little casual, but I wanted a few casual ones.

We took a lot of pictures, but of course I’m picky about which ones go up here.

Number Four

This is why models get paid the big bucks, because it takes five hundred pictures to get one decent one!

Number 5

Number five is the best of the formal shots. I am not a big fan of formal pictures, they add ten years to my life. But this one isn’t bad. I tend to get the not-smile on my face. Someday I’ll go in and get all the fancy stuff done, the hair and make-up and all that, but for now, here I am!

Thanks for participating!

I’m going to be attending the CRW Annual September Writers Retreat, so I will check back on Monday. That will give you lots of time to get your friends to come back, laugh at me and then vote!

Thanks for your help! Click on the little cloud at the top to leave your vote in the comment box!


Number Two is the winner! But I will definitely be using them all for different purposes, so thanks everyone!


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20 responses to “Picture Poll

  1. Hey, Jessica! I like number 2 and number 5. You could use either one, depending on the feeling you’d like to convey. The formal shot is very elegant, but number 2 is my favorite. That’s a great smile!

    The “aura” photo is cool, but I didn’t realize it was you until I read the post. 🙂

  2. I am in the same boat, Jessica, my head shot is still pending. I like the casual shots the best, Number 3 is my favourite, I do like the 1st shot too. It’s different, but I think you should also include one of the other photos too.

  3. Hey Jess,

    The undoctored version (5) does look rather stern, but with the aura?


    I love love LOVE # 1 for paranormal freebies and your blog

    I see # 2 as your shot for book cover and guest posts. Ditto on Sherri’s comment about your smile.

    You could use #1 for everything if you wanted, IMHO, but the casual #2 looks more relaxed and approachable, the kind of look you want for your book cover, the look tat says, let’s have tea and enjoy a good read. I like 3 and 4, but you don’t look as comfortable in those, to me, anyway.

    Btw, when I had my head shots done, I ended up with 5 – that was the package. I use 2 of them consistently, one for my fiction, and a more serious look for when I write a book review.

  4. What Sherry said. The “special effects” one is great for blogs.

    You almost have a “come on” we’ll have fun tilt to her head and in your smile on number 2. SO!

    1 and 2. If you only get one. Well…

    Pay for both.

  5. My votes are #1 and #4. I would use both according to need. I can see from the other posts that you’re going to get a lot of different opinions here.

  6. I love #4! That quirky smile is totally you 🙂

  7. I like #3.

    I hate doing head shots, so now I just use my favorite picture of me and my dog. That’s as close as the public is going to get to me.

  8. Karen traxler

    Jessica, I think 1 and 2 with 2 being my favorite. The ” stern” one is cool too because you look a little…well..intimidating…all-knowing. I vote for 2. Oh heck…it’s hard

  9. K2

    2. Definitely 2, it’s fun and flirty and real

  10. Thanks everyone for voting! Number 2 is the clear winner with #1 a close second! So I’ll post #2 on my bio page. Can you tell I’m not comfortable with the formal shots?? As you might be able to tell I used # 2 on my gravatar because I thought it shrank up nicely into a teeny tiny square! Thanks again for participating! 🙂

  11. I like number 2 because it’s a headshot. The others are great but more casual as you said. Number two really lets me know you, Jessica, and since that’s the only way I can see you, it’s important. For what it’s worth, number two.

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