My New Author Photos

Author Photo Sea Russ 5

My Beloved and I spent a delightful weekend with dear friends Ian and Sue Stevens in Pacific Grove. The Stevens’ are photography buffs and volunteered to take photos of me for possible use as my Author Photo. I plan to use my favorite three for that purpose. They’re the top three photos in this post. The black and white version will be included in future books as it is much cheaper to print them that way. Collectively, I call the three photos Tree and Sea. I think Ian and Sue did a great job, especially considering the what they had to work with (though the location was gorgeous!)

I’m including the photo I had been using below for comparison purposes. Same beautiful location and same me, but much, much better photos of me. See what I mean? Thank you, Ian and Sue!

Russ Towne - author photo for web

With Love,



About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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15 Responses to My New Author Photos

  1. ksbeth says:

    wonderful shots, russ – all of them –

  2. I really like these Russ.

  3. utesmile says:

    Lovely pictures Russ. …and red suits you well!

  4. JanBeek says:

    Yes, I like the new ones – the lack of shadows in your face – good job! Thanks for sharing. You’re a handsome dude; look like someone fun to know. You and Bob Goff would be best friends. Do you know him?

  5. These look terrific. Glad to see a black and white shot. I am always a fan of b&w photography… something classic about it.

    • russtowne says:

      I appreciate your feedback, Annette. Based on the comments I’m receiving it appears that many people prefer B&W. That’s great to know, especially since the photos in many or all of my books are likely to be B&W for cost purposes.


  6. Heatherlee Hamon says:

    I like the new version of You! Very flattering light and feel.
    They did a very nice job for you.

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