Last week, I released the jacket for Wildwing, a novel by Emily Whitman. About a year ago I was doing the photo shoot for the cover image with the editor, Steve Geck. Ali Smith was our photographer. We always love to work with her.
A few weeks before the shoot we had to pick our model. So Steve and I met Ali for a casting. They were having open casting calls down the street for the Sex in the City 2 movie…but we only attracted a small crowd compared to them!
The book takes place in early 20th century England, and the main character travels in a time machine back to the Medieval era. Because of the era and the fact that she’s taken for a noble lady, we were looking for a girl with a fair skin and some welcome curves to fit the part. So, basically anyone who had gone to the beach was out (Attention models: fake tans are much easier to get rid of than real ones!). We were lucky that we got our first choice.
We took our intern, Rivky Mondal, with us. She was in charge of shooting pictures for this blog. Ali had a dress but we needed something with lace to make it look more Medieval. We didn’t have much time! So Rivky and I took Steve to Old Navy on 14th Street and showed him how we can buy tops in fifteen minutes. He was getting good at it, and getting the size right! We treated him just like one of the girls.
We only had four hours in front of us (for rental space and model time), but after three hours, the dress still wasn’t working. (Steve had also been shopping the whole weekend for a red dress and still did not find the perfect one!) Finally, we ran (literally) to a costume store a few blocks away, rented a red Medieval dress, left Steve with his American Express to pay for it, and Rivky and I ran back and shot the cover in half an hour flat.
IT WAS FUN! Our model was great, and Ali and her team were phenomenal. We ended up with a cool cover that really showcases a vraiment superbe livre!