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Author photos vary from one author to another, and they should—each photo is a representation of the person in front of the camera. But the style of the photo can also nod to your work’s genre and age category. For example, a nonfiction business expert could be dressed in a suit, while a children’s author might wear a more casual outfit. A psychological thriller author might have a serious expression, while someone who writes humor would smile or laugh in their headshot.
Think of a few comparable authors in your genre and category, and take a look at their photos. Are they relaxed at home, posed with a cup of coffee, or against plain white backgrounds? Do you notice trends in outfits or expressions? Take note of which you like best.
And finally, think about what represents you as a person, not just as an author. If it’s unnatural for you not to smile in photos, don’t force a “serious author look”—being your authentic self is often more important than conforming to genre norms.
Mary McGarry Morris is a National Book Award and PEN/Faulkner Award finalist for her first novel Vanished. A Dangerous Woman was chosen by Time magazine as one of the “Five Best Novels of the Year” and was made into a major motion picture. Her next novel, Songs in Ordinary Time, was a CBS television movie as well as an Oprah Book Club selection, propelling it to the top of the New York Times bestseller list as well as making it an international bestseller. Morris lives in Massachusetts.
My wife said I’ve never looked so good in person!
We got the magazine today. It is GORGEOUS. Your photos are so incredible. Thank you so much for capturing the Village in such a perfect way. We are so grateful. ❤️❤️
I LOVE my headshot! And, thank you for everything you did for me in the preparation of that video montage. It was played tonight for my entire family and it was absolutely beautiful. Your time effort energy and patience are also very much appreciated by me. Words cannot express my gratitude.
Lauren – this turned out fantastic. for what it’s worth, Dr. McKee has been getting congratulatory calls all day long. Thanks for helping to make her (and us) look great!
“…I wanted to drop a note and say thanks for being so dependable and consistently awesome, you make things very easy for me.”
I cannot thank you enough for the beautiful headshots! I NEVER like photos of myself, this is a first !!!
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I typically dread having my picture taken. I especially dislike having to “pose” for several formal pictures. I have to say that Lauren made my experience a great one. She kept me laughing and made me feel comfortable. I would certainly recommend her to my personal network.
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