I don’t take many pictures of people, except for my husband and children. If you follow me on Instagram, you’d know they’re my most favorite subject. So today’s featured photo was a bit different for me.
As a habitual DIYer, I try everything (within reason) myself and then consult the experts if I fail. I have a vision for what I want my Cera Chronicles book covers to look like, but I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to find stock photos to match what I wanted. I asked Carrie Butler (because, you know, she’s an expert) what she thought my odds were of finding what I wanted. Between same model and awkward poses, the likelihood was low.
So I set up my own mock studio in my living room and hit up my creativity buddies for a bit of help. Dani agreed to be my model and Cami helped with hair, make-up, directing, and photographing. Cami actually has a fancier camera than I do, but we both took over 100 pictures each.
Out of all the pictures, I fell in love with one pose in particular. This was for Gritty Crime World (working title)–a noir/hard boiled detective parody. I downloaded the picture to my phone, threw it into Snapseed, and used a dark drama filter. Dani gave me her permission to post it to my blog.
This isn’t what the cover is going to look like. For one, Cera has bronze skin and red hair. But still, it made me say “wowza!” (We’ll ignore the wrinkles in the bed sheet behind her.)
Since I already had the picture in Snapseed, I decided to play with it more. Again, the coloring and effects will differ, but the cover will be closer to this.
Dani was a great sport, though I think Cami had the most fun out of all of us. The great thing was, I had many of the props on hand, including: fedora, katana, pearls and corset, opera gloves, and flame red lipstick.
I probably won’t be the one doing final editing on the pictures for the book covers, but at least I have some material to work with.
Are you a DIYer? Do you have friends who are willing to help you with your creative endeavors? Do you have any weird props at your house?