I'm Ready for my Close-up, Mr. DeMille
Money is tight, so I'll have to forego a professional professional headshot--meaning someone who does headshots for a living. I can however check out the local JC Penny photo studio. It would definitely be one up from my backyard.
I did research online, and you can order a package that includes a disk of your photos. This is important, because you need to be able to email your photos to publishers, websites etc.
I've contacted the girl who does my hair. (At my age, 22 is a girl.) Unless you are very good with hair and makeup, it will be worth it to find someone to style you before your session. You want to look like a professional author, not like you're going to the grocery store in your best sweatpants.
I'll let you know how it turns out.
If anyone has other tips for getting a professional photo without going broke, please share your ideas in the comments section.
Here is the link for JC Penny Portrait Dept.
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