Professionally Photographed

Ooooooh. A week ago, Official US Playstation Magazine paid for a photographer to come out and take pictures of me, an event I thought auspicious for two reasons: One, it suggested OPM wasn’t going to dump me from its roster any time soon, because if they were, why would they pay someone to photograph me, and two, hey, professional photos of me! Neat.

Now the photographer has posted some of the pictures from that session, and I think you should all go over to the photoset and see how much better I look when someone who actually knows what she’s doing is snapping the photos. There are several there that make me look like an actual author type, and, of course, me being me, a couple that don’t. Knowing the perverse nature of the OPM folks, I’d guess they’d probably pick one of the latter. Maybe I can get Tor to pick up one of the former.

Incidentally, allow me to take a moment to recommend the photographer in question, E. Hardesty of E Hardesty Photography. Not only did she take really excellent pictures of me (a feat in itself), and was a lot of fun to take pictures with, but before she came to shoot me, she read up on me and planned accordingly and brought me pie. And not just any pie — truly excellent sweet potato pie. Man, she had me at “hello.” She could have suggested that rubbing red-hot charcoal bricquettes on my face would make a better picture and I would have done it.

In any event, if you’re in Ohio and need portraits, or wedding photography or any other sort of photo needs, now you know who I suggest you contact. I can’t promise she’ll bring you pie, but I can say I expect she’ll make you look good.

34 Comments on “Professionally Photographed”

  1. The last one from the slide show is definitely the best. I vote for that one on the Tor cover.

  2. Yeah, but the real question is, would Cherie Priest look as cool throwing up the horns?.

  3. OK, so all those times you told us you were using photoshop…
    Liar. You can make all those faces without digital assistance, can’t you? Busted!

  4. PNH:

    “I figure this is the author photo for The Android’s Dream. Surely you agree.”

    I dare you, Patrick.

  5. Well, Dave, I am 37. That whole “youthful glow” thing is heading out the door.

  6. The photo you charmingly label as non-auctorial proves that you have inhumanly pointy eyebrows. You look like a manga drawing (I mean this in a good way).

    Even if OPM decides not to use that as your regular photo, I hope they toss this one into the mix every once in a while. Just to show you can rawk.

  7. John,


    I’ve had a few head shots taken along the way (so that’s why Tripp acts that way, arr arr!) and a photgrapher who can make you look better than you are is worth her weight in gold.

    Not knowing you it is possible you are absolutely stunning in person and she made you look worse but, well, I dunno. I mean this in a totally non-gay sense of course.

  8. Oooh IMG_1472 and 1475 have a Tom Hanksesque quality. 1437 has the Nicolson eyebrows.

  9. Well, when I get to Wiscon you can judge my horn-throwing ability for yourself! :P

    The pictures are great – I really like IMG_1475; there’s something classic-yet-artsy about it.

  10. I’m given to understand that the trick to a good portrait is a long lens, 2x normal to be exact, at least according to a web site I ran across about portrait photos a time ago.

  11. I’ve been led to understand that the trick to portrait photography is lots and lots of glitter. But I’m willing to believe yours is the better advice.

  12. There are a couple where you sort of look like Bruce Willis in Pulp Fiction. From the neck up, at least.

  13. It is a pity that you are not…available. You are exactly the kind of man I am looking for. Yes, you are handsome. But I knew this before I saw these fantastic pictures.

  14. Weird. I am a hardesty. I have hardesty relatives in Columbus. Once lived there myself. But none of those relatives are photographers. I imagine we’re related, somehow. There aren’t that many of us. I bet she is irritated at the hardesty in NC that hogs all the hardesty domains but doesn’t use them just like I am.

  15. She did take pictures of the Akita, actually. The cute kid was at school.

  16. 1472. Everything else is either too cute or too silly. And while you are at times a cute and silly writer, its not what you want to see on the back of a book jacket 10 years from now.

    If you’re looking to have one shot professionally retouched, I’ll do it for a copy of TGB delivered to my door. My wife willl scream for taking on another “low budget” project, but hey, I’m a fan.

  17. Thanks. I don’t own these particular pictures, so I can’t have you do that. And I know these pictures are simply the pictures out of the camera, without any retouching done (I assume she posted them to show to the client). My assumption is that the photog will do any additional retouching.

  18. You’re probably right, but having worked for a publisher I know they often appreciate authors pulling things together for them.

    Regardless, the retouching needs are slight. However, do keep me in mind for the next one. Guess I’ll be making an Amazon order this weekend.

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