Recently I took pics of my good friend Kim Liggett. She has several YA books under contract – her debut novel BLOOD AND SALT pubs next fall – and Kim asked me to take her author photo for the book jacket. I never thought the first time my name would be in print on a book would be as a photography credit, but hey, I'll take it! We took a lot of posed-typical-headshots but, turns out, this organic photo of her laughing was a universal favorite. I just adore how it came out – This image captures her personality so well! Be sure to follow Kim's book news. She's an incredibly talented storyteller, and I can't wait for her stories to be out in the world.
Oddly enough, after this photo of Kim was shared via social media, requests for author photos started rolling in – primarily for YA and children's literature where, as many of you know, I feel most at home. This was never something I thought I'd do with my time, and while I'm only taking on a few jobs here and there as my schedule permits, it's so fun! Stay tuned for more news on this over the next few months :)
Anyways – I finally got a new camera. It was wayyyy overdue, but I couldn't decide between Nikon and Canon, although traditionally I've always used a Canon. For the last six months, I've been comparing a Nikon model against my previous Canon side-by-side, did a *ton* of research, asked everyone and anyone their opinions on the matter (that debate alone is overwhelming), set a budget (which was painful), prioritized my photography needs, analyzed my current lenses, stalked Photokina news, watched like every Tony Northrup video out there, so on and so forth.
In the end, I stuck with Canon. My camera arrived last week, and I'm loving it! My brother is in town this week, and he's officially my guinea pig. Here he is, telling me a story against some brownstones in my neighborhood....