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I Took New Headshots So Help Me Pick One!

Since I speak at conferences pretty often, both on social media topics and to represent The Red Pump Project, I’m asked for my headshot a lot. But the one I always use is one from January 2010. And it’s obvious that it’s old because my locs are still 1-inch comb coils. So every time I use it now, my friends make it a point to roast and shade me talmbout “Ma’am, that pic is old.” I was basically shamed into doing a new shoot for my headshots, which I finally did last week.

I enlisted the help of one of my favorite makeup artists, Bisi Essien of Crystal-Eyez Makeup Artistry to make my look good. She’s the one who’s done my makeup for the last 2 Red Pump fashion shows and she can BEAT A FACE! I tells ya.

And to take the pics, I had to go with my photographer extraordinaire, Chuck Olu-Alabi of ChuckStr Photos. He’s also Afrobella‘s go-to photographer. And he works magic with his camera. Afrobella also needed to do a shoot, and so did my cousin and fashionista/model Rolake of The Mahogany Miss so he did a 3-in 1.

Yesterday, Chuck got the pics back to me and I did a holy ghost stomp! HE. WERKED. IT. So much so that I have so many options for a headshot and I now don’t know which to pick. Which is where you come in. Help me pick my new headshot! I uploaded an album of pics to FB already so the folks there have helped me narrow them down to 8 shots they think look best. Here they are:

Headshots pics

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So in the comments, please vote on which one (or 2) you think should be my new professional headshots out of the ones numbered.

Below are my favorite shots from the shoot that aren’t really headshots, but I can probably use them for something else.

Much love to my dream team, Bisi And Chuck for making a sister look as good as she wants to look! The Nigerian Conglomerate DOES THIS!

Oh and my absolute favorite picture from the shoot? The one me, Afrobella and Rolake took together:

Edit: I took out one of the images so some folks are seeing 7 headshots, others 8. The one that I removed is one that has me in the white shirt, smiling but not showing teeth.

It’s ok. Anywho, your feedback is extremely helpful! Thank you!

P.S. I will need security with me next time I rock these shoes, I see. LOL

90 Comments

  1. Kate
    June 7, 2012 at 11:05 am — Reply

    1 and 7 are my faves. Looking HAWT girl!!

  2. DeAngelus
    June 7, 2012 at 11:23 am — Reply

    Number 6. I like that one.

  3. miss t-lee
    June 7, 2012 at 11:33 am — Reply

    I like 3 and 5. :) Work!!!

  4. DiJah
    June 7, 2012 at 11:34 am — Reply

    Beautiful!

    My vote is for 7

  5. June 7, 2012 at 11:38 am — Reply

    #7!

  6. whatupdoe
    June 7, 2012 at 11:39 am — Reply

    2 (ESPECIALLY for when you are listed in programs, booklets, flyers, etc.) and 7 (maybe larger posters or something).

    • Nikki Bee (@nikkib1920)
      June 7, 2012 at 7:59 pm — Reply

      Ditto!!!

    • StayDreaming
      June 8, 2012 at 11:36 pm — Reply

      Yup exactly this!

  7. Alicia
    June 7, 2012 at 11:44 am — Reply

    I NEED those red pants in my life, do you remember the brand?

  8. Marcia J.
    June 7, 2012 at 11:48 am — Reply

    #3 and #7 are my faves. If I had to choose I would go with #3.

  9. June 7, 2012 at 11:49 am — Reply

    3 and 5 are my faves. 3 looks the most like a professional, speaker-quality headshot, but 5 is just fly!

  10. Lalarochelle
    June 7, 2012 at 12:21 pm — Reply

    I like #3 and your eyebrows are DOIN IT!!!!

  11. Emma
    June 7, 2012 at 12:30 pm — Reply

    2

  12. Reign Of April
    June 7, 2012 at 12:30 pm — Reply

    #8, but crop it so there’s more face. And when we meet, I’m taking the shoes you’re wearing with the denim jacket.

  13. June 7, 2012 at 12:31 pm — Reply

    #3!

  14. June 7, 2012 at 12:32 pm — Reply

    Sebin. Translation: 7

  15. Ashley
    June 7, 2012 at 12:33 pm — Reply

    I like 1, 7, and 5

  16. Kourtney
    June 7, 2012 at 12:33 pm — Reply

    Luvvie, you are sooo doggone stunning and fly!!! My vote is for 7 or 1. :-)

  17. Addie
    June 7, 2012 at 12:33 pm — Reply

    6 or 7. Nice shots!

  18. June 7, 2012 at 12:33 pm — Reply

    Favorite is #7. 2nd Favorite is #6.

  19. JuneMo41
    June 7, 2012 at 12:33 pm — Reply

    I’m loving 1 and 7….beautiful!

  20. Melanie
    June 7, 2012 at 12:34 pm — Reply

    I like #1 or #3

  21. Truth Be Told
    June 7, 2012 at 12:35 pm — Reply

    #3 and #7. If I had to absolutely choose one, I go with #7!

  22. Aliyah
    June 7, 2012 at 12:35 pm — Reply

    New reader here. love your blog! :O) beautiful pics; 5 & 7 are my faves.

  23. HBSQ1
    June 7, 2012 at 12:37 pm — Reply

    5 & 7 – PROfessional.

  24. June 7, 2012 at 12:38 pm — Reply

    Love all the headshots! #4 and #7 are definitely my faves.

  25. yonna
    June 7, 2012 at 12:40 pm — Reply

    6 is my favorite, with 4 and 8 following close behind. It shows you as being relatable, yet still professional, and an expert in your field.

    IMO, 7 is a very serious photo, and could be used for serious subject matter panel work only. It is a beautiful photo, but for most of the work I’ve seen from you, it seems a little harsh. 1 makes you look a lot younger, playful even, which may not be what you’re trying to bring.

  26. June 7, 2012 at 12:43 pm — Reply

    #3-headshot,

    BUT to be quite honest, the pic where you are rocking RED PANTS, and ANIMAL PRINT shoes, HOTDAMN!!!!!!That shot will have a Nigerian broda risking his life swimming across the Atlantic to get yo number, iLUV it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. Aisha
    June 7, 2012 at 12:45 pm — Reply

    3!!

  28. Helly
    June 7, 2012 at 12:46 pm — Reply

    I like 1 and 6 the best, which is funny, because they represent the two “opposite” ends of spectrum of facial expressions– one a big smile, the other no smile, and all the rest are normal smiles in between. If I had to narrow it down to just one choice, I’d probably lean towards #1, simply because the lighting in #6 looks washed out. But I’m sure that can be adjusted!

  29. Kirby
    June 7, 2012 at 12:50 pm — Reply

    6.

  30. chicka1
    June 7, 2012 at 12:54 pm — Reply

    1 or 5

  31. Darlene
    June 7, 2012 at 12:57 pm — Reply

    #7

  32. AJ
    June 7, 2012 at 12:58 pm — Reply

    #2 is AWESOME! But I’d pick #7 for any professional speaking gig. I can see your eyes and even though you’re casually dressed you look professional, relaxed and trust-worthy.

    If you ever get published, use #2 on the cover. ;)

  33. TC
    June 7, 2012 at 12:58 pm — Reply

    Number 3!!! You look very approachable and professional in this one. Number 5 is also fly but more casual.

  34. June 7, 2012 at 1:04 pm — Reply

    #1

  35. mak
    June 7, 2012 at 1:05 pm — Reply

    3 and 6… lovely pics

  36. Akua
    June 7, 2012 at 1:09 pm — Reply

    My vote is for 5 or 7.

  37. June
    June 7, 2012 at 1:14 pm — Reply

    1, 4, or 7

  38. Kelly
    June 7, 2012 at 1:18 pm — Reply

    5!!!

  39. Vonecia C.
    June 7, 2012 at 1:19 pm — Reply

    I love 2 and 7!

  40. BlackBerry Molasses
    June 7, 2012 at 1:19 pm — Reply

    5 or 7. All are lovely.

  41. Stace
    June 7, 2012 at 1:20 pm — Reply

    1 or 4, either has you smiling and is an really good close up

  42. JenJ
    June 7, 2012 at 1:22 pm — Reply

    I vote 6 or 5!

  43. Rebekah
    June 7, 2012 at 1:23 pm — Reply

    5,6 &7 but if i have to pick just one #5

  44. Tdixonspeaks
    June 7, 2012 at 1:27 pm — Reply

    Coming out of lurkmode to post. I like 7, 5 then 3. Great pics! Now I’m have to fix my brain to see you in longer locs!

  45. suns4i6e
    June 7, 2012 at 1:30 pm — Reply

    Definitely #7

  46. Nichole
    June 7, 2012 at 1:32 pm — Reply

    My favs are #4 for more business profiles and #7 for more entertainment, relaxed and fun profiles.

  47. Traci
    June 7, 2012 at 1:32 pm — Reply

    My favorites in order were 4, 8 and 3

  48. LB
    June 7, 2012 at 1:36 pm — Reply

    Yer Mostest Photogenic Awesomelynessis,
    Uh … ALL of ‘em! You’re just like your name, “Luvvie”.
    But … #3 and #7 are super.
    And the red pants full length one.

    (And WHO is Rolake?! She ROCK’S! Whew … I’s gonna pass out!)

    • Rolake
      June 7, 2012 at 8:03 pm — Reply

      Oooo i likes her ife…lol thank ya!

      • LB
        June 13, 2012 at 11:48 am — Reply

        Any time Boo, that’s what I’m on earth for.

  49. June 7, 2012 at 1:37 pm — Reply

    one four six
    GAWGEOUSNESSSSSSS!
    xoxoxo

  50. jenm
    June 7, 2012 at 1:38 pm — Reply

    5 all day long

  51. June 7, 2012 at 1:42 pm — Reply

    I like pics 3 and 6.

  52. Elle
    June 7, 2012 at 1:48 pm — Reply

    Pics 1 or 3 for a program and 7 if a larger photo is needed. Looking good girl!

  53. Starita34
    June 7, 2012 at 2:32 pm — Reply

    4 or 6

    P.S. I love pics! Thanks for sharing!!

  54. candigirl in dc
    June 7, 2012 at 3:11 pm — Reply

    3, 5 , 7 … awesome pics!!

  55. June 7, 2012 at 3:16 pm — Reply

    It was difficult to pick one, but I gotta go with 5! I LOVE 7 tho because of our bawse skyline but in a headshot of course, it shouldn’t be too much going on but YOU. Work!

    GREAT photos. I’ve noticed Chuck is QUITE the talent.

  56. For These Reasons
    June 7, 2012 at 3:23 pm — Reply

    Note: I see seven pics. So:

    I like 7, 6, and 5 (in that order).

    7 looks like the person I see laughing and writing — making life plain and simple.

    6 would be for serious panel-type projects

    5 is a great shot. period. (in the event you’d like to have something to swap with #7)

  57. Rai
    June 7, 2012 at 3:52 pm — Reply

    My favs are #7 and #1….although they are all very beautiful! “Gon’ ‘head den” :)

  58. TawannaS
    June 7, 2012 at 4:25 pm — Reply

    I LOVE 1,2 & 6!

  59. kisha S.
    June 7, 2012 at 4:32 pm — Reply

    I like picture number 1 the best.

  60. Akuada
    June 7, 2012 at 4:48 pm — Reply

    Love pic #3!!!

  61. larenee10
    June 7, 2012 at 5:20 pm — Reply

    I love # 7!

  62. June 7, 2012 at 5:25 pm — Reply

    I see 7 photos. I like #5 and #7.

  63. June 7, 2012 at 7:53 pm — Reply

    I love 5! And I just think the full-length shot with the city in the background is just gaw-jussss! (Ummm…can you let a sister know where she can get those shoes?)

    BTW, Luvvie, your cheekbones are err-thang!!!

  64. June 7, 2012 at 9:42 pm — Reply

    #5

  65. Day
    June 7, 2012 at 10:01 pm — Reply

    I never comment on blogs, however, the second one in the slideshow made me smile as soon as I looked at it…and it, strangely enough, was the last one I looked at. So count my vote!

  66. CaspercutieSTL
    June 7, 2012 at 11:19 pm — Reply

    Goregeous! I love #5 the most.

  67. Jen
    June 8, 2012 at 12:01 am — Reply

    I love #5 and #7.

  68. June 8, 2012 at 4:47 am — Reply

    4 or 7 are my faves!!

  69. Bri
    June 8, 2012 at 10:12 am — Reply

    6 and 7

    I LOVE the full length red pants…your cousin did THAT!

  70. June 8, 2012 at 10:55 am — Reply

    you know i can’t commit.
    SOOOOOOO
    I would say 3, 6, 7….with 3 & 7 being my favs, I would say 7 has the edge due to the back drop of the city,your city…
    ps gimme them shoes, pps love all the pics and you killin em in the full length pics

  71. donell
    June 8, 2012 at 10:46 pm — Reply

    as a graphic designer – i would use shot #3 every time. it’s perfect. but my ab fave is the one at the top of this post. could have a lot of fun with that as the main image in a promo piece.

    buterumuhhhhh – am i the only guy fan u have? im just noticing there seems to be a plethora of females up in here! this ain’t make me a latent homosexu-AL does it?? not that theres anything wrong with that.

  72. Jacqui
    June 9, 2012 at 12:39 am — Reply

    Your pictures were stunning. I liked the following starting with the one that I liked the most #3, #7, and #1.

    #3 just screams to me – I am professional, accomplished, and I am going to impart knowledge unto you that you wish your mama and ‘em had told you years ago. Sit down now and be impressed by me. (All this while still being approachable, loveable, and sisterly.)

  73. Angie
    June 9, 2012 at 1:01 pm — Reply

    5 and 6. You look philosophical and transcendent as you are. Classy and beautiful :)

  74. June 10, 2012 at 12:01 am — Reply

    No shade to your photographers and glam squad, but your cartoon avatar is the most realistic headshot of you :-)

  75. curlybeanLA
    June 10, 2012 at 11:39 pm — Reply

    Love #7!

  76. June 10, 2012 at 11:40 pm — Reply

    1, 7, or crop the 1st “non head shot” pict down to make it a headshot.

  77. mochazina
    June 11, 2012 at 11:22 am — Reply

    7!
    then maybe 5 or 2. :-)

  78. June 11, 2012 at 11:32 am — Reply

    Number 1 for blogging conferences, Number 1 full shot because it’s just extra in all the right ways. Go luvvie

  79. Maurini
    June 11, 2012 at 2:19 pm — Reply

    #1

  80. femmfatale8
    June 11, 2012 at 6:00 pm — Reply

    Please use number 1, you look fabulous and joyful!

  81. Kell
    June 12, 2012 at 1:33 am — Reply

    6 or 7, depending on the panel. 6 is for the insightful, semi-serious, “If y’alls check don’t clear you will be hearing from my attorney” type event; 7 is for the fun, “I’m ’bout to clown everyone in here with a bad hairhat and drag makeup on” type event. Just my humble opinion though. :-)

  82. LambdaLady3
    June 12, 2012 at 3:11 pm — Reply

    I like 6 & 7!

  83. Cassandra
    June 13, 2012 at 10:19 am — Reply

    I like 1 and 6. You are a beautiful woman.

  84. Marc
    June 13, 2012 at 10:29 am — Reply

    My favorite is 7. You look so natural in that one.

  85. 9jaSis
    June 13, 2012 at 8:24 pm — Reply

    You look glam!

    My vote: #6 its close up enough, you radiate warmth, and the way the sun strikes your facial features is errythang.
    #3 for when a second pic is needed.

    For future pics tho: your eye makeup colours should be white eyeliner to “open” up your eyes, followed by light (not harsh), warm shade like yellow/amber on lower eyelids, then cooler hue like purple/turqoise/blue (depending on look/outfit for that day) that finishes with lighter shade of chosen cool colour on top underneath eyebrows.

    PPS -Nice wedges; I’ve got a pair in another ankara print!

  86. Fifi
    June 14, 2012 at 2:37 am — Reply

    1, 5 and 7 are my picks, but you look fab in all of them!

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