Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Amateur hour photo shoot

Composed, professional, maybe a little mean.
Today my sister came over and shot possible author photos for my forthcoming book. The photos are due tomorrow and I put them off until the last possible minute in the hopes that I would lose all twenty-two of my cookbook-writing/mother-grieving pounds. I lost seven. Of the sixty or so pictures Justine shot, I disliked fifty-seven. But I liked these three pictures a lot. If you disagree, don't say anything.
She looks nice. I'd have an Aviation with her.
Rad cookbook collection
I've been neglecting the blog. For the last few weeks my kids have both been gone and I've been finishing up with the emptying of my mother's house (I turned over my keys to the real estate agent yesterday), correcting proofs of the book, turning in assignments, milking a goat, yelling at a goat, debating selling a goat, and preparing to leave at 4:30 a.m. on Friday on a big trip with many stops and packing requirements. When I spring clear of this quicksand and actually get out the door, I plan to visit with long-lost friends and family, take walks, read books, look at lions, and write blog posts. Friday can not come soon enough.


  1. I wish I looked so good.Enjoy the trip you deserve it.

  2. you look great! #3 is my favorite. :)

  3. I like #3 too! The background is really fun. (And you do look good in all 3 photos)

  4. #3 is my favorite too! It says something more about you than just "author picture"

  5. #3 for sure

  6. Dear Tipsy -
    1. so glad you are writing again
    2. The photos are all adorable
    2.5 The US Air excerpt was very good. Your book will be a big hit.

  7. Bon voyage! I'm also in the #3 camp fwiw but you can't go wrong with any of them. Now I'm wishing I travel so I could read the USAir excerpt--so exciting!

  8. I vote for saucy and glamorous #1!

  9. All good, but I like #1 the best-- you look a bit mysterious and a lot like your mom. Happy travels and I hope we'll see you in New England!

  10. This is a difficult decision. I think #3 is the coolest. You should take a photo series of the shelves of your cookbooks and go through why you like or don't like each of the books on each shelf.

    I mean, when you have time, of course.

    Have fun on your trip!

  11. I am in the #1 camp, altho #3 is a close second. #3 is a great "fun" picture, but the background is so cluttered, you look lost in the books (which might be a good metaphor for life for some of us - lol!). In #1, *you* are the star, and you also have a bit of a "determined" look about you. Plus, I like the knick-knacks in the window. :) Best, Ida

  12. Lovin' #3! Have a great trip!

  13. #3, I'd have an Aviation with her as well...

  14. I rather like the first photo.

    Safe travels!

  15. Janet Boddington7/14/11, 7:32 PM

    I vote for #1! You look beautiful and interesting, like you have a good secret.

  16. I like all the photos but esp #3.

    it must have been do hard...turning over the keys...

    bon voyage! mary

  17. I pick photo #1, your face looks lovely, but you should crop the image from below the shoulders up. Your arms are at an awkward angle that is not flattering.

  18. #1 definitely. It's the most natural, and the most "Tipsy."

    I agree about the cropping. From the bottom of the heart pendant just to the top of your head. And have the art guys photoshop out the background -- at least the round thing in the corner of the window, so it doesn't look like you have a beige thing protruding from your head.

  19. Definitely, DEFINITELY the last one. I like your top the best in it, I like your hair, I like how we paid attention to the rule of thirds, I like how serious and authorly you look without seeming like a jerk. #3 for sure.

  20. I like your face in #1. it looks like you know something that the reader does not. I like the position of your arms in #2. #3 is a no for me.
    Happy vacation to you

  21. Hey! You wrote another article for Slate! Nice! Best, Ida

  22. Love, love, love the first one. And I don't see a pound. LOVE.

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