Thursday, August 19, 2010

A Little Help From My Friends

You know when you see pictures of yourself you're like, Is that what I really look like? When did I get wrinkles? Ugh--I forgot to suck in in that one (byproduct of three kids). And your ever-patient photographer takes about 200 shots because even though she's brilliant, the camera doesn't lie?

(Anyone sensing author photo stress?)

Yep. I need a photo that reps ME. One that says, Hi there. I'm the person who wrote this book--little ol' me.

'Kay. I am at that I-need-a-photo point. And I've narrowed it down thanks to the awesome photo talents of my sister Brittany Hammond (yes, my personal photographer) to a few. So here is what I need to know.

Which ONE?

#1













#2


















#3


















#4


















Let me know your thoughts!

--Bethany

68 comments:

The Parker Family said...

My favorite is number 2. My second is number 4. Dang cute girl!!!

Heidi J said...

I agree with the above. #2 is my fav and then #4.

ps You still look fabulous!

Sharde(Shar-day) said...

This post caught my attention because of Joe Cocker's song title. It immediately reminds me of The Wonder Years.

Anyhoo, it's been a while since I've commented here but I wanted to give my opinion.

It's a draw between 1 and 3 for me. #1 just looks like the classic author pose. And in #3 you're smiling, so that's always a plus.

Hope that helps.


Sharde

L.T. Elliot said...

I like #3 & 4 the best. Of course, that beautiful face is gorgeous in all of them.

Michelle Davidson Argyle said...

#2 :)

Liza said...

#3 with the great big smile!

Indigo said...

I'm with the majority - #2. It shows a hint on a smile and a mischievous side. (Hugs)Indigo

Amanda J. said...

I vote #1 or #4. Great shots! :D

Mary Campbell said...

I really like your hair. I think I like #4 the most, but they're all good.

Candyland said...

#2 is so freakin' cute!

Jen said...

I vote #2!!! I think it's the clearest and you look that happiest! No matter what one you go with though you look so super cute!

Matthew Rush said...

First of all, you're absolutely lovely!

#2 is the best expression for a close up, but I actually like #4 the best. The road and the trees frame the photo very well and put your comfortable position into a cool context.

Michelle McLean said...

You cut your hair! I LOVE IT! I love your expression in 2 but really love the background in 4. If I had to choose just one, I'd go with 4 :D Gorgeous pictures, miss you!!

Jackee said...

Ooh! I love #1... but it looks like I'm already in the minority. Really, with a face and yoga body like yours, any of them will work. (Don't even give me that three baby thing--I have the three baby thing, not you. LOL!)

Deb Salisbury said...

#3 has a great smile, but #4 is really cool. :-)

Don said...

I'm going to vote 1, cropped to portrait size.

Sandy Williams said...

Ooh, I love looking at potential author photos!

I'm going to join the minority and say that #1 is my fav. :-)

Serenissima said...

Gee, I hope that if I ever get pubbed, I have four great photos to choose from--you can't go wrong with any of these. But if I had to choose, I'd go with #2.

Elizabeth Briggs said...

I like #2 and #3. Nice photos!

ali said...

You are beautiful Bethany! I like #4 best :)

Alli Sinclair said...

I like #2 then #3 (what a gorgeous smile!).

A. Grey said...

Number 2 all the way!!! I also like number 4, but for some reason, I think musical CD when I look at it. Number 2 though, is utter sweetness! I LOVE IT.

Palindrome said...

I like number 1 and 2. Cute stuff! :D

Elana Johnson said...

I like #2 a lot, but I think the background in #4 is better. It just needs to be zoomed in, maybe...

So cute!

Sara B. Larson said...

I either like #2 the best, or #4 if you cropped it so it's a closer up shot of you. You're very beautiful!

Elaine AM Smith said...

I like #2 and #1
Both are good pictures.
Good luck.

Carolyn V. said...

My daughter and I agree, we both love #2. How cute! I haven't seen you with your hair cut (love it)!

Matt said...

Your bro says #2 or #3.

S. Pinneo said...

Number 2, but crop it in even tighter! (The contrast between the dark shirt and your face will be even better that way). If you want a longer shot, then choose 4.

Go get em!

Jemi Fraser said...

You take a great photo!

My favourite is #4 then #2, but all of them are wonderful :)

John Sankovich said...

Number 2 is my favorite. It looks the most writerly? Good times and that one has a nice hint of a smile too.

Charity Bradford said...

I love the smile in #3, but think #2 is the best all around. I like that it is closer up. They are all great! I love the background in #4, so I see why this is hard to choose.

Stephanie McGee said...

I like #4 the best b/c it's straight on, not looking down on you. That's just my two cents.

Tez Miller said...

I vote Photo #1 :-)

Christie (The Fiction Enthusiast) said...

#2 is my favorite :)

A.L. Sonnichsen said...

My personal fav is #2.

Good luck picking. :)

Angela M. said...

I vote #2 because it's close up (focus is on you) and you're smiling. Then second choice is #4 because your backdrop is vividly colored scenery rather than just the road. Overall, it's the smile that's a winner for me ;)

Christine Fonseca said...

I love #2

Tracy said...

You're so pretty! I like them all, but I guess if I have to pick, I choose #2. You're lucky you have that many great pics to choose from!

Angie said...

You are gorgeous. I like #2 best.

Shelby said...

Three :)

Jessie Oliveros said...

Three!

Solvang Sherrie said...

I like #2 the best :)

Nicole Zoltack said...

I like 1 and 3 best. Great pics!

PrincessRuki said...

Number 2 first and second Number 4

Olivia Carter said...

I like your smile in 3 but I like 4 the best!

storyqueen said...

They are all four gorgeous! But I like 2 best.

Shelley

Nayuleska said...

I love number 4 :)

Weronika Janczuk said...

#2 and #4. :-)

G said...

#2 seems to be the best of the lot.

Amazing what we can actually look like when we take the time to take care of ourselves.

Laura Pauling said...

I'm going to say number 2 because it's a little bit closer up. And I like those better. And your smile was the best in that one.

Corey Schwartz said...

Interesting how subjective it is.. I like #2 best, but #1 and #3 are not far behind.

Kristi Helvig said...

They are such cute pics--how lucky to have an awesome photographer in the family. Also, definitely #2!!!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

#2. I like #1, but it has to be cropped big time.

salarsenッ said...

They're all lovely. I'd go with #2 or #4. Good luck!!

Caleb said...

Total Fox.
#2 or #1.

Judith Mercado said...

#2 and #3 are my favorites, though they are all great. #4 suffers from too busy a background though the picture of you is marvelous. Maybe you can crop. #1 is a bit on the formal side.

Katie said...

ooo! Fun! I like 4

coffeelvnmom said...

I like two:)

Blee Bonn said...

You look fantastic in all of them - but #2 is my favorite.

Bethany Wiggins said...

You guys know how to make a gal feel great. Thanks for all of your choices!!! I'll let you know which one is in the lead.

DL Hammons said...

I like #2 the best...except that I like to change the background from gravel to grass. Sorry...its the writer in me tweaking the setting. :)

OfficeGirl said...

I love 4!

J.N. Future Author said...

#4 #4!!!! ^.^

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

I like 1 and 2 best...

Gail said...

I like #1 or #2

Meggan said...

The 3rd but crop to just see your face and your beautiful smile!

Cynde L. Hammond said...

Hi, Bethany!

I agree with "Meggan"--and I bet that if you had have had a cropped version of #3 as one of your choices, you would have had a much different outcome on your poll.

I think the reason most people picked #2 is because they preferred a close-up of you, smiling, and that photo fit the bill the best. However, no. 3 is BY FAR the best photo of you.

I wish it weren't too late to do another vote to test my theory. It doesn't matter, though...with a face like that, how can you lose? ALL the photos are lovely. NO WONDER it was difficult for you to choose!

Hey...I didn't realize you girls had a sister with a last name of "Hammond". How cool.

Have a blessed weekend. (Sorry this is so late.)

Cynde

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