Professional Photo Shoot

I am a fan of color.

I will be 42 years old tomorrow. (Don’t gasp. I’m not one of the “don’t ask me how old I am” people. I’ve proudly earned every year.) As my Douglas Adams friends are aware, that makes me the answer to life, the universe, and everything. What wisdom have a gleaned from my decades of life? Every career has sucky parts. Some more than others. Half of the secret to living a fulfilling, happy life is finding a career that is awesome more than it sucks. I have had much experience in a gambit of jobs.

I am a serious author.

I scooped tons of puppy droppings and cleaned hundreds of cages when I worked in a pet store. I dusted shelves and dealt with unreasonable customers as a sales associate at JCPenneys. I dealt with inconceivable boredom and complete lack of control as a nuclear engineer in the Navy. I worked with unreasonable deadlines and coma inducing conference calls as a market researcher.

Just kidding. I’m totally fun.

All of these careers offered positive opportunities as well, but I’m talking about the downsides right now. Which leads me to my current romp of a work environment: writing.

I’m sitting on a railing and haven’t fallen into the mud. Points!

Okay, okay. No point in being suspenseful. You can read the title. I had a photo shoot. That is not a sentence I ever thought I would utter. Luckily, one of my close friends took care of it for me. J. R. Knight Photography told me what to wear and where to be and how to hold my head and to quit making funny faces. I am ludicrously uncomfortable in front of the camera. She kept me relaxed and moving so I could get through the entire process without crying. I spent a lot of money getting my make up done at a salon; I didn’t want to ruin it!

If I’m in black and white, my ill-fated physical characteristics become mysterious and difficult to pin down. Also, my undershirt disappears.

Long story short, I now have author pictures like a REAL author. I hope you like them because I have NO intention of repeating this nightmare any time soon. Oh and don’t expect me to look like this when you meet me in person. Except for the curves. Those are ALL mine.

How about this one? Can you see me on the back cover of a book?

What part of your job sucks?

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4 Responses

  1. Helen Savore says:

    These look great Kelly! Good for you, Kelly.
    Photo sessions are not easy, but the results can be so fun… and last so long!

    Also… Happy Birthday 🙂

    • Kelly Colby says:

      Thank you, Helen! I’m happy with the results. The experience, however, still gives me the heebie jeebies.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful pictures, Kelly! Yes, I can see them on a author page in a book, in your book!