When I first began this journey into book writing, I knew
that an integral part of the final publication would be the photographs; this
is no small task, and requires close teamwork.
While working on
Seasons of Wool
Applique Folk Art
, I had to compile my list of atmosphere photos
as well as the staged and flat shots that would be needed to complete the book.
This would require photographers who are artists. Photography is an art, and
one that requires the artist to have not only a good eye behind the lens, but
also an excellent eye for composition in front of the lens.
Each chapter of the
book has a small atmosphere shot to illustrate the opening text to each
project. These photos were taken by a variety of family members, all of whom
possess good photographic sense. The goal was to convey the emotion that goes
into the source of my inspiration when designing a new project.
Rebekah and daughter Kelsey working on an atmosphere shot in the snow.
The staged photographs
require special planning and days of preparation for a whole day’s worth of
shooting. In order to expedite the process and avoid wasting time,
my daughters Kelsey and Karly helped me stage each project around our
home, take notes on the various shots, and photograph these for future
Kelsey working as assistant to Laura, the style photographer.
The next step was to bring in the professional. Laura, our style
photographer, is a brilliant artist with
the camera and a joy to work with. She has an amazing eye for light, and each
time we work together I see and learn something new. Her work sets the stage
for how the reader sees the project. It is a long day of shooting, but the
results are incredible and I get to see the very beginnings of the book will
Laura, style photographer, getting the shot.
A very important
ingredient in a book of projects is the flat shots, close-ups, and the step-out
photos. Without these the reader would have no real reference for completing
the projects. Diane Pederson, the
instructional photographer at C&T Publishing, along with her assistant Mai Yong Vang, took on this
enormous task with great results. My pieces never looked so straight and flat.
Their use of light is exceptional in order to bring the right amount of detail
This is just a small glimpse into all that goes into
photographing a book of projects. It takes many hands to get the job done. The reward is a beautiful book!
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