It’s time. I need a headshot.
The I use for blogging, gravatars and so on is so old that I don’t even know for certain which year it was taken in.
But I hate having my photo taken. And I mean hate. It’s not about how I look, it’s about how I feel represented. And I don’t think I look like me in photos. Once again, this isn’t a vanity type thing. I just want me to look like me. There are about two photos I’ve ever liked of me because they feel like me.
The easiest way to explain it is that episode of Friends where Monica & Chandler get engagement photos taken. I’m Chandler. I just can’t smile on cue without it looking terrible. Photos of me where I’m enjoying myself are fine usually. They look like me.
Also, probably as a leftover from both terrible school photo day memories and a short stint working in a portrait studio, I hate being told to sit still and smile. I hate ‘proper’ photos.
I like being behind the camera. And, kind of off-topic, crappy & posed photos are part of what made me deregister my photography business. I’m really only interested in the photos I like.
At least people recognised me last year at ProBlogger, so I guess I look enough like myself in the photo that it’s not a huge issue.
But the photo is old. I should have something more recent to represent me online. I should pay a decent photographer to get a headshot of me, but I’m squashed under vet bills right now, so that won’t be happening for quite some time.
How do you deal with being in front of the camera? Is there a technique you use to make sure the photo looks and feels like you?