Okay, I had Hubs take a bunch of pics with my old Nikon, which I then sorted through, cropped, and tweaked for optimum jazziness. Cost = $0.
I picked out the best two. They're now splashed up everywhere I could think of that had my old author pic - which Hubs also took - from 2017.
I set aside these:
|in front of one of fiction bookcases in the office|
|next to one of our big cedars|
Anyway, Hubs and I had fun with it. With him saying, "Work it, baby." and me making goofy faces and taking one 'bathroom selfie' with the two of us in the bathroom mirror.
So, you see, taking author pics doesn't have to be expensive, or a trial, or 'professional'. Of course, you need someone who can take pics and a good camera (these days it seems like everyone's phones take pretty good pics, so no need to shell out for an expensive digital) and something to edit photos with. I used MS Office Picture Manager for the tweaking and cropping. But I think it's worth it.
And I'm glad we did it. These are much better pics than the old one I was using. Mainly because I actually put some effort into it. Got cleaned up, made my hair behave, tried on several outfits until I found one I thought looked professional and that I also felt comfortable in. No makeup, of course. I'm not even sure I have makeup in the house anywhere anymore. Hubs was a champ and very patient.
Do you like your author pics? Do you get them professionally done or wing it the way I do? And the big question, do you like having your picture taken at all?