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A Photo Shoot at the Lake

id you all notice my new picture that started appearing last week with my column?

For all my years pursuing an acting career, first in New York and then Los Angeles, I had professional photographers take 8 by 10 black and white headshots which I would then select my favorite that would be sent around as a calling card of sorts.

I wrote to you guys a couple of weeks back explaining contact sheets and head shots.  If you don’t remember, these sheets are literally dozens of small “thumbnail” shots from which I, with the help of my agent, would select one shot to enlarge, make duplicates and send around to casting directors.

The reason I bring this up is because my most recent shot that appears with this column was done in my dining room with the “professional photographers” of Herman and my mom.

Let me say this, when I am laughing so hard that tears ran down my cheeks, it’s difficult to determine if I’m laughing or crying.  So between Herman and Mom both telling me to “Look natural” and “Smile,” I was hysterical with laughter.

This is when my eyes get the “crazy look.” All three of us could see “that look” in the pictures I didn’t choose.

I’m usually freshest in the morning with the most abundant energy, but we took a lot of these pictures Sunday evening after dinner the night before Yom Kippur.  We also took more shots in the morning, but the picture I picked out was taken about 10 p.m. Sunday night.

In this latest “photo shoot,” I’m not wearing a white turtleneck as I was in the past two photos. I figured it was time for me to update my picture as I didn’t want to have a column like Ann Landers with a decades old photo.

I think it’s really neat that with today’s digital cameras, you can see the picture immediately after it is taken on the back of the camera. I remember having to wait a week to 10 days back in the day to see my contact sheets.

Since I’m entering the 16th year of writing this column, I figured it was about time for an update. Don’t you agree?

About Kathryn Spira

Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland, OH who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues freelance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County, New York. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site