On Friday, I received an email from my publisher asking for a short bio and photo. There was only one problem. You see, I didn’t have any current pictures. Well, at least not any that weren’t selfies taken with Instagram. And let’s face it, as fun as those are, I wasn’t sure I wanted any of them handed over to the sales team with my book title.

No problem, though. You see, I didn’t just marry me an editor and web designer, but an all-around Renaissance man who’s pretty good with a camera. So Ted and I decided to pull out that wonderful Nikon D40 of ours and have our very own photo shoot on Saturday.

This meant that instead of sporting this look …

My basic "yes, I'm writing a book" and "no, my hair is not a priority" daily style.
My basic “yes, I’m writing a book” and “no, my hair is not a priority” daily style.

I had to transform to this …

The picture that I ended up sending to my publisher.
The picture that I ended up sending to my publisher.

Yep, I spent more time on my hair that day then I have in years. Although that’s not saying too much. Perhaps if I devoted a bit more attention to my long locks on a daily basis, that trademark pony tail of mine would make an appearance less often. Okay, who am I kidding? With four kids under 10, the pony tail’s here to stay for a few more years.

There was one epic fail of my transformation. It came with the box of teeth whitening strips I rescued from under the bathroom sink. Sure, they left my teeth brighter — but they didn’t stop there. They also dyed the tips of my gums white. Yikes! Fortunately, this didn’t show up in the final pictures. If it had though, I would have relayed on that master of Photoshop I married to work some of his magic.

When all was said and done, we ended up with more pictures than I know what to do with. My resident photographer decided to post his own portfolio of “Ashleigh photos” on his Facebook page. Here are a few of his favorites with Ted “captions” included.

My wife is joyful.
My wife is joyful.
My wife is ready for adventure.
My wife is ready for adventure.
My wife is whimsical.
My wife is whimsical.
My wife is not to be messed with.
My wife is not to be messed with.
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Ashleigh Slater is the author of the books, Braving Sorrow Together: The Transformative Power of Faith and Community When Life is Hard and Team Us: The Unifying Power of Grace, Commitment, and Cooperation in Marriage. She loves to combine the power of a good story with practical application to encourage and inspire readers.

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