To: Anthony Bidulka
Who likes having their picture taken? Not I. Not most people I know. There are not many narcissists with regard to photos of yourself. I consider Donald Trump an exception. Cats seem to do the best as they are totally indifferent to the camera.
I appreciate professional photographers who can make their subjects look good in photos.
Canadian photographer, Yousef Karsh, was one of the best portrait photographers of all time with his black and white photos of celebrities and politicians. His photo of Winston Churchill with a wisp of cigar smoke in the air is one of the best known images of Churchill.
Yet even the most confident of personalities quail at the thought of going in front of the lens.
You are one of the most photogenic people I know. The photo McNally Robinson booksellers in Saskatoon chose for the portrait gallery in the Prairie Ink Restaurant is above. You spoke of liking it but not your mother-in-law. You never indicated what your mother or Herb thought of the photo. If you are willing to share the reasons for the opinions of your mother-in-law and your mother and your husband I would add them to this post. I like the photo.
In your most recent post on your website blog, a link is below, you revealed the book jacket description and cover photo for your new book, Going to Beautiful, which will be published next spring.
In the post you express your own hesitations on photos of yourself.
I expect you are not alone among authors.
Of all the authors I read frequently I think Louise Penny has some of the best cover photos.
I appreciate the pressure of the cover photo as I read an online post saying some readers judge the author and the book based on the author photo. I have some difficulty believing readers could be so shallow but I expect there must be some minuscule minority.
Of the photos in your post other than the new cover photo you spoke of some being favourites and cringing a bit over others.
I cringe over none but have mixed emotions about the photo in the canola field. I love the concept of a photo in an iconic Saskatchewan setting but would not have chosen it to represent you.
I would be happy if I looked as good as you in any of the photos. I do like the photo chosen for the new book cover. It reminds me of the wry, always witty, guy I have come to know.
I am looking forward to the book. I did not read the book cover description as I prefer to read the book before looking at notes and blurbs.
All the best.