The Making of An Author Photo by Meg Keene Last Wednesday I turned to my friend Kate, who was helping me edit the book and said, “Oh my god. I need an author picture. BY FRIDAY. Shhhhhiiiiiiitttttt.” I’d somehow imagined that I’d finish writing the book, and then craft a leisurely plan to come up with the perfect author photo. But no. Life had other ideas for me. So Kate calmly says, “Call Emily.” So I did. Because Emily of Emily Takes Photos, longest-running-APW-sponsor and San Francisco Bay Area wedding photographer extraordinaire, is generally up for just about anything. So, on Friday morning, as I was finishing the book, Emily came over and did an impromptu author photo shoot. And we got this gem: Beautiful, right? But somehow, I thought you guys would enjoy seeing the whole sequence, in order, out takes included. Here is what’s never going to make it into an official author bio. I call this: Regular Meg, or, How To Get A Great Author Photo. Second picture of the day, and I’m roaring. Figures. Emily is cracking me up. I’ve been making this face since I was little. Literally, there is a picture of me at four looking exactly the same way. My feelings about the WIC, American Gothic style. Then I was making fun of how people are always jumping in engagement and wedding photos. This is super flattering, yes? Apparently I’m not a classy jumper. It’s hard not to yell while you’re jumping. I don’t know how people do it. My hair looks pretty right? Funny story, I literally just rolled out of bed. Apparently days you finish a book are good hair days. No seriously, wedding industry. Seriously. (Can this be my new APW profile picture?) I’m on a giant pile of logs, and I don’t even know how I got here. Author Photo. Then this happens. Fin. Photos: By Emily Takes Photos, duh Meg Keene Founder & Editor-In-Chief Meg is the Founder and EIC of APW. She has written two best selling wedding books: A Practical Wedding and A Practical Wedding Planner. Meg has her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and two children. For more than you ever wanted to know about Meg, you can visit MegKeene.com.