I found this funny image on the Tumblr blog for Powell's City of Books
— and it got me thinking: how DO you take a great author photo?
7 key elements of a captivating author photo
If you want to take good author photos, keep the following things in mind:
1) The vibe should match your genre.
Be sure the setting, colors, clothing, and mood of your photo are appropriate for your writing style. If you're a horror, suspense, or crime writer, Bermuda shorts and a baseball cap might not be the best choice.