Last week I had a super-exciting email from the folks at Bethany House, asking for my input on poses for the book cover of A Lady Unrivaled, the third and final installment in the Ladies of the Manor Series.
Yes, if you heard giddy squealing, that was me. ;-)
Now, they hadn't selected a model yet, so this was purely an in-general question, but a fun one. And it got me thinking. As a cover designer myself, I know how much poses matter--and it's especially true on a book cover where the figure is the majority of the composition, like in these.
(I'm still so in love with these covers!)
But in the email last week, my editor asked if I'd like to see them use any props this time (props! squee!), how I'd like to see her positioned. And oh, the possibilities!
Just looking through Edwardian photographs gives such a wide variety...
We've got the parasol-as-a-cane.
Endless possibilities, of course. And I love how much attention Bethany House gives this as they prepare for their photo shoots. Just look at some of these fabulously posed covers.
We tossed around some ideas, and I can't wait to see what they settle on during the shoot and the photo selection.
But now I'm curious. What are your favorite types of poses for models on book covers? Close-ups? No faces? Something quirky? Serious? Action shot? Obviously much depends on the type of book, but which ones tend to draw you?