WhiteFire Publishing has had the privilege of putting together four different covers now--and I have to say, they have all been amazing. We're getting ready to put our fifth out, Walks Alone by Sandi Rog, and I'm totally psyched. Why? Because whereas before the photoshoot for the cover models was done too far away for me to have a hand in it, this time my niece Jayna got to play the part, and I got to direct the shoot. =)
We started with an amazing costume created for us by Jordan of the Heavenly Princess blog. This an 1870 traveling dress, made from some of the most exquisite wool I've ever touched. Jordan did a truly awe-inspiring job--check out those pleats! And the piping!! And the detail!!
So after she sent us instructions on how in the world to put all this stuff on (complete with Victorian undergarments, of course), we set to work on my beautiful niece, Jayna.
I'd like to say what a great sport Jayna was. Though she seemed rather dubious about the very idea of a corset, she let us lace her into one and sat there placidly in it while we did her hair and makeup. My sister Jennifer played makeup artist, but getting her hair up was a two-person job. (Just for the record, we didn't cinch her waist that small--she's just tiny, LOL.)
After her beautiful face was perfect, we went about the process of getting the dress on her--quite the process! In the make-up shot she's in chemise and corset. Yet to come was bustle pad, petticoat, jacket, and skirt. NOT a quick process! LOL. Then we chose some accessories, all there courtesy of my vintage-collecting mother-in-law. We were all fully in love with this hat, and boy am I glad I remembered to have my MIL bring over some gloves! The carpet bag, an important part of the story, was also the perfect touch, and matched the dress so beautifully!
We had a blast with the shoot, getting 700 shots, 500 of which were pure gold. You can view a selection of 10 of them in my Facebook gallery. (That's a public link to it, so you can view it even if you're not my friend on Facebook.)
The results were stunning, we had a blast doing it, and now comes the next fun part--the creation of the cover itself. Here's our first mock-up. Fonts of title etc. might change, but we're loving the basic design. And it was so fun getting to see it all come together!