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Author and poet Dawn Colclasure

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Please vote for your favorite pic!

Last night, my sister, Millie, and sis-in-law, Allison, got together to get a photo shoot done for the love poems book. Millie and Als did the hair and make-up, as well as take turns shooting several photos.

It was a great time. We had a lot of laughs (especially after Als started making faces and Millie was playing around with the lamp!) and it was cool trying various poses and throwing around ideas for theme, lighting, clothes, etc.

After the make-up was done, I was stunned with the face I saw in the mirror. That certainly was NOT me! All this time, I have stressed that I'd rather go for a natural look. I talk so much about how I won't wear some "mask" (as in, put on a face that is not mine) or cover up my burn scars with make-up. I am not ashamed to be a burn survivor! All the same, this was a special occasion. I wanted to go for it and get all dolled up for this photo shoot. It was, after all, for my book, and so I decided, why not? Still, I was a little taken aback by how different I looked. I'm just glad I don't usually wear make-up because I prefer the natural look over that stranger staring back at me in the mirror.

So we had a bunch of pictures taken. The theme we were, um, "shooting" for is romance. In the end, we decided on 3 different possibles for the book. I tried to break this tie by letting my daughter decide on the picture to use, but even with her choice, I was still unsure. Then we decided to let the publisher pick which picture to use.

These are the three candidates:

Millie and I liked the first one, Allison and my daughter liked the second one. We all thought the third one was good, too. I'm starting to lean towards the third one. It has a more "romantic" feel to it. (Maybe because of the dim lighting and red??)

I am hoping I can get some votes on which picture would work best in my comments. So please let me know which one you like best!

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  • At 10:01 AM , Anonymous Dallas Franklin said...

    Hey Dawn,

    Sounds like you had a blast doing the photo shoot! *~;) I thought all 3 photos were beautiful shots of you and the women did a beautiful job with your makeup too..all looks great. I vote for photo #2. I thought it was softer and more 'you'. The first one I thought was too much posed..and the 3rd one, altho I love the night feel of it, I don't think it's suitable for a book cover. Anyway, those are my thoughts! Much love and blessings, Dallas
    (shameless marketing..lol)

  • At 7:16 PM , Blogger Angel said...

    ILOVE the third one Dawn!

  • At 9:07 PM , Blogger Dawn Wilson said...

    Hi Dallas! You make some really good points. Haven't thought of that. Thank you for taking the time to vote.

    Angel, thank you for your vote! :)

    I will leave this up until Saturday and see what other votes come in. There have been votes on Facebook, as well, which I appreciate.

  • At 12:16 AM , Anonymous Marissa said...

    The third one has a mysterious and romantic look to it. I would go with #3!

  • At 6:52 AM , Blogger Dawn Wilson said...

    Hi, Marissa. Thank you for your vote! :)

  • At 9:54 AM , Blogger Kate Hart said...

    I agree with the first commenter on all count and vote #2!

  • At 3:44 PM , Blogger Dawn Wilson said...

    Hi, Kate. Thank you for your vote! :)

  • At 4:35 PM , Blogger Lillie Ammann said...

    Another vote for #2. Your smile is special in that one. Every time I looked at all the pictures, my eyes returned to #2.

    Lillie Ammann
    A Writer's Words, An Editor's Eye

  • At 9:42 PM , Blogger Dawn Wilson said...

    Hi, Lillie! Thank you so much. :) I agree, the smile in that picture appears more friendly and inviting. Thank you for taking the time to vote.

  • At 11:26 AM , Anonymous Millie said...

    Well you and I have VERY different opinions when it comes to makeup. I don't think make up is a "mask" all it is is enhancing your natural beauty. Your body is your canvas, I happen to be very artistic and like to express myself with style and cosmetics.

    EITHER WAY! Looking at these again I REALLY like the third one. I think the pose and all gives that romance feel. So my vote is #3! But I like all three.

  • At 6:54 PM , Blogger Dawn Wilson said...

    Hey, Millie. Thanks for your vote! :) I think you guys did a fabulous job on the make-up and pictures.

  • At 9:36 AM , Blogger Tara McClendon said...

    I think you all did a wonderful job. I like photo number two the best. Great smile. The necklace drew my eye in that photo, as well, issuing romance in a subtle way. Good luck choosing.

  • At 5:18 PM , Blogger Angie said...

    I like the third one too. [nod] It's maybe a little dark, but the others are a bit too glary for my taste. Between the two more brightly lit ones, I prefer the second.


  • At 8:27 PM , Blogger Dawn Wilson said...

    Hi, Tara and Angie. Thank you so much for your votes!

    Looks like we've got a winner here...

  • At 9:43 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    yep, I love the middle one.

    Makeup is fun!! Have you ever tried mineral foundation? Its just a light powder. I tried "Sheer Cover" which was formulated for birthmarks etc...works great! I recommend it highly, though its expensive. In the interest of not going broke I now buy physicians formula mineral powder, works equally well. I hate heavy foundation, feels icky! but mineral foundation feels great, you need to try it woman!


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