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3.09.2009

The quest for the perfect top to wear in my headshot. OR...an outlet in which to place all my neurotic, unfortunate, uncomfortable, ridiculous thought

s. Thougts, that is. The title of this post got so long that google blogger wouldn't let me finish it. I like that. Maybe all my post titles should be that long. A little act of rebellion on my blog's part.




Okay, so I've been going a little batty. When I first signed with my agent (or rather, just before) he ooohed and ahhhed over my headshots taken by the oh-so-lovely-and-talented Joseph Moran (did you see the New York Magazine cover with Caroline Kennedy {it was a month or so back just after she pulled out of the race}? He did that). 



The following picture is one that Joseph took in January of 2008. For some reason it's the only one I have on my computer. He had fashion photoshopped it--meaning it was high gloss, high glamour--not what one would use for a headshot, and sent it to me just for fun. I then put it through the poladroid program. {Just for fun.} And wha-la...


It is highly, highly edited, but you get the idea. Last go round I had about three tops to choose from--basic Ann Taylor knits. One in a reddish color, one in blue, and then just a simple, basic black t-shirt. Turns out I photograph really well in black. Agents don't really like this. They like color. The like pop--they like you to look as "commercial" as possible (please don't ask me what that means, I'm still figuring it out for myself).  


This is all to say that many moons ago my agent asked me to get new headshots. Not so serious. More fun. A little lighter, he said. And no helmet hair. 

Ouch.

I've been putting it off. Standing in limbo. 

No more. Action is being taken. I'm getting my headshots done again. Tomorrow. By Joseph, because I love him and would trust him to do anything with that camera of his. 

So, about a week and a half ago I began the search for the perfect top. I worried. I fretted. All other cares fell at the feet of this grand pillar of importance. East, West, North, South...I searched high and low and came up with these...


{purple top from Anthropologie}

{a pinkish/orange top from the Gap. simple. i love that}

{a mermaid green BCBG dress. i fell desperately in love with the color}

{a very fancy maroon dress from Theory}

{and finally, a navy top from Urban Outfitters that I wouldn't ever wear in real life but might just photograph beautifully. or hideously...we'll see...}


I did my best with the tops. But then of course there is the issue of my adult onset rosacea which is marring my once near perfect skin. I've used my metrogel. I've stuck to the course of antibiotics. It disappeared there for a time. But it's come back. I know, I know it can be photoshopped out. I know. But it's about how you feel...you know?




It's silly to worry about a photo. It's just a photo. I think what I'm really worried about is that in the time between when I first got my headshots taken and now...what have I really accomplished? What do I have to show for myself? The camera can't capture the changes that have taken place inside me. But perhaps Joseph can...

Here's to hoping! Happy Monday.



13 comments:

courtney brooke said...

gorgeous picture!! i love the purple one the most!!

Indian Summers said...

I think it's normal to worry about a photo - especially headshots as so much can depend on them. My fiance is an actor so I know how tricky it can be. I'm sure you'll end up with fantastic photos, if that gorgeous one of you is anything to go by! And I really love that purple top, too.

Helen said...

My vote's for the purple one, too! Those little ruffles are such a sweet detail and would frame the shot nicely.

Your current headshot is beautiful, too. I don't think it's possible for you to take a bad photo.

Valerie said...

1.you are gorgeous.
2.yay agent!!!
3.i love the bcbg. i have an uncontrollable attraction to bcbg at all times. their clothes love me. i love them. it works out. + i like detailed clothes in headshots to squish in specks of personality besides that which is in my face. can you bring them all & get joseph's advice, too? i also heart the navy top. have fun*

Carolyn said...

I think that the mermaide green and maroon colors look FANTASTIC on you Meg!! Whatever you wear you will look great...those eyes, eyebrows, hair...you can't go wrong!

Micaela said...

mermaid green! it's gorgeous and has fine detail without being "too busy." I think it will bring out your pretty eyes too! I love clothes so thank you for letting us help you out and seeing your wonderful taste in fashion. Btw, i think your skin looks like cute freckles! :) I know how it "feels" but just know you are going to look BEAUTIFUL!

Nicole said...

good luck!!!! you're beautiful! call me later!

Hanako66 said...

that photo is stunning! In my totally amateur opinion, I say the Theory dress, the Gap top, or the UO tank. I would imagine that something with less detail would photograph better.

drollgirl said...

ohmygod. i feel for you. i would agonize and fret over this and lose my mind. but, you are gorgeous. maybe bring all of that stuff and let the photographer decide? clearly i am clueless. i hope it goes well!!

Sarah said...

i vote the last navy one from urban outfitters!

...love Maegan said...

such great finds!!! love the bcbg one ..but I'm a huge fan of their stuff ...the weird thing about headshots is {in my opinion} agents always pick the least favorite and it seems to work. That's gorgeous photo though!! Good luck with the new ones ...you must show!

Tina { Luphia Loves... } said...

wow you are so beautiful! :) i vote for the mermaid green dress, to go with your gorgeous eyes!

xx

healthy ashley said...

Love the clothes and the photo! Can't wait to see what comes from it all :)