So I thought it was about damn time I changed my profile picture. How long have I been blogging? Almost five years?
And I've had the same photo almost the entire time.
Jerry had been telling me I could talk him through taking my portrait, but I was hesitant.
"You set everything up. Put the lights in the right places, get your camera on all the right settings and tell me how to do it."
I thought it was going to be more work than it was worth. But with the Expo coming up and hopefully increased site traffic, I wanted to update my outdated photo on my clients' proof page, too. That photo was taken before I got married. I look like a kid.
So when we put Allison down for a nap this afternoon, I did my hair, picked out a top I thought would go well with my skin tone and grabbed some earrings -- a rarity these days thanks to Allison's grabby fingers.
I did as Jerry suggested. I got everything the way I wanted it and tested the lighting on Jer. Then I handed over my camera with explicit instructions to go slow, hand it back to me every few shots so I could see what the results looked like and decide whether I needed to adjust anything.
And, you know what? It worked really well. He did an awesome job.
He laughed because I kept moving a little after each flash, but I told him I wouldn't have myself telling me what to adjust, so I just went with it.
I'm really happy with the result. Here's my pseudo self-portrait:
I hope you like it. Because it'll probably stick around until 2013.