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Oh, Lord have mercy. It’s time I change my headshot.
Around the internet, I am predominantly known by two photos:
The one on the left is from a San Antonio mission in December 2004 and has the contrast and brightness intentionally over-exposing the photo. The one on the right is from my patio in January 2009 and has wicked shadows casting across my face—and my wife says I look too serious.
These headshots are important—thanks to Gravatar and Twitter, they follow me everywhere I go, on every tweet and almost every blog comment I make. If they look bad, I look bad. These photos aren’t terrible, but I’m due for something a little better.
Anyhow, it’s time for an upgrade. While attending the 2010 ASJA conference in New York, I stayed with my dear friend Margot for two days, then two days with her brother, Ian Roberts, who is a fashion photographer, and his three other wonderfully Bohemian roommates. Ian and company live in this big, funky loft (which was featured on the cover of the New York Times Real Estate section) in Bushwick, a former industrial district in Brooklyn. Since Ian’s photo lighting and cameras are strewn about, I couldn’t help but hire him to do a photo shoot.
Before we started, Ian showed me samples of photos he took for his roommate, an actor that will be playing alongside Al Pacino this summer at NYC’s Shakespeare in the Park. I said, “They look awesome!” Let’s do it.
Did I mention his roommate is totally gorgeous? He’s the sort of guy who can pull off a pink-striped tank top and a blue blazer with gold buttons. I, on the other hand, well, not so much.
We went through four wardrobe changes and took over 600 photos in about an hour. Finally, near the end, I started to loosen up, but only a little:
And, well, I had to go back to Denver eventually, so we stopped there.
So, now, in perhaps what will be the most painful yet important part of this crowdsourcing design project, I’m asking all of you to help me choose my headshot. This photo will be used in my features for Complete Woman Magazine, my Psychology Today blog, Gravatar, Twitter, Foursquare, my personal portfolio site, LinkedIn, the About page here on Blog Salad, and probably ten other places I can’t remember right now.
With the assistance of my wife, I’ve narrowed the choices down to three options: