Behind The Scenes: New head shots!

on August 27, 2012 in AnnieWrites, Perfectly Unique with 7 comments by

Portland was a blast. I put up a bazillion and one pictures on instagram, so check there if you want to see visual proof of my west coast-ness.

You could also check the official wedding hashtag stream – yes, that is actually a thing- #rushpowerswedding.

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So a few months ago, I got some new headshots done. While the old ones that Jeremy did were great, they were two years old and with Perfectly Unique coming out and a few more wrinkles to display, it was time for some newbies.

Also, I knew we were building out and I needed one good shot making a ridiculous model face that I never make in real life. SUCCESS!

I figured I’d kinda give you the rundown of how getting headshots works [at least, for me and in Nashville, so there’s that caveat].

A few weeks before:

  • find and schedule a really awesome photographer – my choice? Keely Scott. She is insanely talented.
  • purchase some clothing to wear
  • pick a location [we just went to a friend’s house because they have a killer yard and back porch]

A few days before:

  • eyebrows waxed
  • spray tan [Yep. That picture was AFTER a spray tan. I know, I’m the palest of the pale.]

Here’s what I did the day of the shoot:

  • wore no makeup, did not do my hair, and photographed it for the world to see [no really, I just did that for you. You’re welcome… I guess.]

  • I went to my friend Nichole’s house and made her curl my hair and help me with makeup.

  •  At the photoshoot location, I had to take a picture of the jewelry because, shocking no one, I couldn’t remember which of these went with which outfit. So I took the picture and texted it to Amber saying, “Uh, what with what?” [Modern day technology, I heart you.] She wrote back, bossed me around, and voilí ! Trendy outfits!

  •  Then Keely just got to work making me look way cooler than I actually am.

  • This is Keely telling me how to be a model and how the professionals do it. Obviously, I’m trying to glean as much information as possible from her.

[I really love this girl. So glad we are friends.]

  • We went to a few other locations that were important to me. Portland Brew with Lyndsay and Nichole, since that is where we write almost every day and where #4thchair happens.

  • Well, this is just true and a favorite from that day. It says a lot about what God has done in my life the last 4 years and you know I tend to read meaning into way too many things, so that includes this situation.

So there you go… and every picture you see around my world – on Facebook or or, they all came from this very day.

This is my favorite one because I think it looks like me. I mean, they are all me. But that model blue steel biz-nass? That is not an Annie you are going to meet. That’s a different Annie that I do not know very well. 🙂

So that’s how a photoshoot works. Here are a few random answers to questions you might have:

  • No, I didn’t keep all the clothes. If I didn’t wear it, I took it back.
  • Yes, I did pay for this photoshoot. Your friends shouldn’t do their job for free just because they are your friends.
  • No, my finger mustache picture is not professionally done.
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Do you have other questions about this behind-the-scenes-of-author-life kind of stuff? I mean, I figure you guys are my friends and you should get to know whatever you want to know. So ask away!

[Thank you, Keely, for providing such beautiful pictures and an equally beautiful experience. I’m deeply grateful. I’m always in your tribe.]


  1. posted on Aug 27, 2012 at 10:57 AM  |  reply

    you are adorbs. as always.

  2. posted on Aug 27, 2012 at 11:06 AM  |  reply

    you’re gorgeous.

  3. posted on Aug 27, 2012 at 11:54 AM  |  reply

    This looks like so much fun! And you look beautiful!

  4. posted on Aug 27, 2012 at 2:02 PM  |  reply

    love you sweet friend. was a fun day indeeeeeed!

  5. posted on Aug 27, 2012 at 8:11 PM  |  reply

    I love this post! As an actor, I’ve had to endure some painful (and not so painful, thankfully) headshot sessions, and trying to explain them to folks who don’t get them–I’ve always felt weird doing so. This post was perfect – and your shots are super gorg! (If I was in Nashville, I’d be begging Keely Scott to take my pics! 🙂 So excited for your new book, and as always, love your blog! 🙂 Hope to meet you this fall at Allume! 🙂

  6. posted on Aug 27, 2012 at 9:11 PM  |  reply

    I love this. I actually have headshots scheduled for next month. So – perfect timing:)

  7. posted on Aug 31, 2012 at 9:02 PM  |  reply

    That’s my favorite one, too. I kinda wanna frame it and put it on our family wall. Yes, that means everything you think it means.

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