Author Headshots

Behold! I have headshots! Well, really, head-and-torso-shots.

Tell me in comments which one you like best, and why. Thanks!

All photos by Kyle Cassidy.

Published by Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen’s writing showcases her voracious lifelong love of books. She reads over 120 new books each year, especially historical romance, fantasy, and space opera, and incorporates these genres into her erotic fiction. Her first erotic novel, The Duchess, Her Maid, The Groom and Their Lover (Harlequin Spice, December 2008), was translated into French and German. Her second Spice novel, The Moonlight Mistress (December 2009), was translated into Italian and nominated for a RT Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her third novel is The Duke & The Pirate Queen (December 2010). She has also published erotic short stories as Elspeth Potter. When not writing, Victoria conducts research in libraries and graveyards, lectures about writing and selling erotica, and speaks at literary conventions on topics such as paranormal romance, urban fantasy, erotic science fiction/fantasy, and the empowerment of women through unconventional means. Her daily writing blog features professional writing and marketing tips, genre discussion, book reviews, and author interviews. She also guest blogs for Heroes & Heartbreakers and The Criminal Element. She lives in Philadelphia.

47 replies on “Author Headshots”

  1. So hard to choose! I really like them all! But I think, after really looking, that I like the 3rd one because it looks the most like you in person. To me, anyway.

  2. 1. "I'm secretly a serial killer. Ha ha!"
    2. "Aye, I'm an awesome sea captain!"
    3. "I'm a psychic. See, I can see the light!"
    4. "Adopt me. Go on, you know you want to."
    5. "You know I like you because I didn't kill you for interrupting my reading."

    I like 2, 4 and 5 the best. If I had to choose just one, I vote for 2.


  3. I'm torn between the 2nd & 3rd shot; the 2nd because I don't where you are, but it looks awesome & the 3rd because it has the best lighting & I can really see you.

  4. I think any of these would be fine, although I like # 4 the best, mainly just because of process of elimination.

    #3 looks the most posed, #5 makes you look like a college professor, the lighting in #2 reminds me of a police mug shot and #1 is just okay.

  5. It depends on what you want it to say. I vote for either number 3 (which makes you look amused by some secret) or 5 (which makes you look bookish and approachable).

    But here's what I think the others say:

    Number 1 looks like you want to know how we found you and now that we have it won't go well for us.

    Number 2 indeed makes you look like a little Dutch boy.

    Number 4 makes you look ordinary–just an ordinary Jane who happened to write a few novels.

  6. Nat wrote: Number 1 looks like you want to know how we found you and now that we have it won't go well for us.


  7. If we were both in a bar, #5 is the one that would make me most interested in coming over to talk to you.

    Take that for what it's worth, I guess.

  8. The last one. It's part of who you are. You read a lot and then comment on what you read, as well as write. I think it's the best. #3 and #4 would be my other choices as more typical headshots and with more natural expressions.


  9. I think 1 and 2 are most interesting. The others remind me of authors' pics I've seen a lot. The background of 2 intrigues me but I think 1 has the most qualities, esp. great atmosphere and ambiguous facial expression. Alas, I don't know you or your work but in 1 it looks to me as if you are on a case of some sort and approaching it with gusto.

  10. #3 is my first choice because you look amused and like yourself. Second choice in #5, which looks as if someone is interupting your reading, but you are too nice to yell. (maya_a from LJ)

  11. 3 for sure. Your expression is the most natural and the glancing to the side makes it more interesting, invites the viewer to wonder what you are looking at/thinking about. 1 and 2 seem to have that forced "ok I'll smile but I feel awkward about it" look that I often seem to suffer from myself in photographs.

  12. Given that I'm on some sort of crap Dell that distorts colors and I can't set the screen properly so everyone looks short and fat, I like 2 b/c it's quirky and humorous, and 5 b/c it's so rare and cool to see a writer actually reading–also, if anyone just wanted a mug shot of you they could crop it.
    But they're all good tho #3 looks like you're distracted in mid conversation with the viewer.

  13. I'm sorry. I think they're all really good. That's not very helpful, is it? If there is one you prefer in your heart (kind of like lust-in-your-heart only not), I would go with that one.

  14. I think I am going to make a spreadsheet just for the fun of it, and end up using different photos depending on my mood and the occasion.

  15. I look at the eyes.
    1. You look wary here to me. Not enjoying the photo shoot?
    2. You look mischievous, I like this one. Your face is also well lit.
    3. You are smiling with your eyes. Your face is again well lit. Also a good one.
    4. You look reserved in this picture. The eyes aren't smiling.
    5. You look relaxed, warm, welcoming, but the background is pretty dark. I'd be afraid with a bad photo reproduction you'd become a floating head and hand.

    I vote 2 or 3.

    Just a fan.

  16. 43 votes for no. 2. Great combination of semi-naughty almost-smile: haha, I know something you don't know…and, if the viewer has a warped mind (that would be me and my 42 other personalities), a delightful blend of naughty with a hint of sinister…but then, I we seem to be in the minority–but we wants it anyway, my precious.

  17. They all have something, but I love 2, because it reminds me of someone shyly singing a dirty song. You were and are the cutest thing ever.

  18. I have to agree with these comments:
    1. "I'm secretly a serial killer. Ha ha!"
    2. "Aye, I'm an awesome sea captain!"
    5. "You know I like you because I didn't kill you for interrupting my reading."

    That said, in #4 the background is distracting.

    #3 looks most like you.

  19. A late vote for #3, because of the background color (too virulently orange in #1 and #4 for my taste), and the most natural smile. That said, these are all good photos, and I could definitely see them being used for different purposes, especially for separate genres.

  20. #3 does have the most natural smile on your face, so I will probably go with the majority and vote for it.
    #2 is fun–I like the cap and iron work, but you are a bit stiff
    #5 is also pretty natural looking, but really dark.

    #1 you look surprised to me and not in a good way.
    #4 looks stiff like you are a muppet (hand up your butt about to move your mouth)


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