Friday, May 27, 2011

Headshot Poll

Last year on the Inkspot blog, where I post about once a month, I conducted a poll on variations of author headshots, both indoor and outdoor. The most popular outdoor headshot became the one that appears in Deadly Currents and is now my default promotion headshot. No one liked any of the indoor headshots, though.

For the re-release of A Real Basket Case, the first book in my Claire Hanover gift basket designer mystery series, I need a new indoor headshot. The outdoor one of me wearing a PFD (personal floatation device) and holding a kayak paddle just doesn't fit this series! So, my husband and I went to work this week on creating a new indoor headshot, using the suggestions we received from the last round. Those included to wear one solid color and to turn to the side more.

Below are the three we liked best. Which one do YOU like best and why? I'd really appreciate some outside feedback. Thanks!



33 comments:

Jeri Westerson said...

I like the middle one.

Theresa de Valence said...

The middle one.

Regards,
Theresa

Donnell said...

They're all great, Beth, but I gotta go with the middle one, too ;)

Alan Orloff said...

Door number two, also.

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

Number two!

Beth Groundwater said...

Well, there's a clear favorite so far. Thanks for your feedback, folks!

Robin Allen said...

I'm also voting for the middle one, but I would crop it higher up on your body.

jenny milchman said...

I like the middle on, too! (And I didn't even read these comments first) Your smile is great!

BGJ said...

Middle one for sure.

LJ Roberts said...

I'm another vote for the middle one.

Marlyn said...

The middle one!

Jan Buck said...

No. 2, the most natural and friendliest of the three.

Kellie M. Rix said...

Great pictures, Beth. I vote for the middle one.

Kay C Burns said...

I like the middle one also.http://kaycburns.wordpress.com/

Patg said...

Sorry, not me. #1 is, IMHO. to your advantage. Think of all the silly things women badger themselves about, then look again.
One stands out to your advantage.
Patg

Ellis Vidler said...

The middle one looks the most genuine to me. I like it.

Dave said...

I'll go with the middle one too. And that's before I read the comments.

Dru said...

I like #2.

Coco Ihle said...

Hi Beth,
I agree, the middle one, but as one person suggested, I'd crop it a little tighter. All the pictures are super, but the chosen one shows you happier, more confident, but not too much and shows your sweetness and sincerity more than the others. Hope this helps.

Anonymous said...

I like the middle one best. It seems maybe like you are looking up (or at least not down) a bit more than in the first. Your smile is "up" too. I think your hair lies a little better in the middle one than in the last one.

Anonymous said...

Okay--one vote for #3. (I always pull for the underdog!)

Strange Ways said...

The middle one, you are smiling so prettily!

Anonymous said...

The third one!

Beth Groundwater said...

Thanks, everyone, for your comments! We'll definitely crop the winner photo some, and it's nice to see some votes for the first and third one. Pat, you're making me think hard!

Betty Sullivan La Pierre said...

Hi, Beth,
I like the middle one best.

B said...

The middle one. You just have a happier, very sweet smile in your eyes in that one.

Julia Munroe Martin said...

I like the middle one, followed by the last!

Donna Fletcher Crow said...

Beth, gorgeous hair, great smile. You can't miss, but the head tilt in the first one is appealing.

Beth said...

I agree with the middle one, cropping it up a little. Though I love the expression on your face in shot 1.

carl brookins said...

well, since you asked. I don't think any of these three really reveal your true personality, but the middle one is the best of these three.

Beth Groundwater said...

Thanks, everyone, for your votes and suggestions! Much appreciated.

Vickie said...

Yep, I am with the majority, I love the middle shot.

Carolee Laughton said...

The middle one is good, but I also like the first one.