I am always SO EXCITED to do author headshots because it’s quite an honor to take the photo of someone’s mug that will be appear attached with one of their biggest life achievements and it makes me happy. Also I like seeing my work in a book because I like books. I particularly like nonfiction books about horrible disasters, which is why it’s SO WONDERFUL that Rachel found me. Rachel is being published by Penguin Random House (!) and her book is called In The Waves. Without going into spoilers (buy her book!), she essentially went on a mission to figure out why The Hunley, a Civil War-era submarine, mysteriously sank back in the day and killed everyone on board. Here’s an article The Smithsonian did on Rachel and her research (complete with video of Rachel’s CSS Tiny replica). Rachel also loves nonfiction disasters, and she’s the first and only person to have ever gifted me a book on cholera. I think we were meant to meet. I will update this page upon Rachel’s book release to give a link to how you can buy and read it!
Maura surrounds herself with dozens of doggos on a daily basis and clearly has the cutest of all jobs. She’s basically Snow White, but with literally every type of dog. Big dogs, little dogs, happy dogs, anxious dogs, fat dogs, skinny dogs, fluffy dogs… they all love her. And she loves them. She loves them so much that she just bought a house with a yard large enough to accomodate said doggos for playtime because she’s the mastermind behind MoPups NC, a dog sitting and walking business! So because she also has a cute job, I, too, got to have a super cute job for a day because in between some sitting and walking time with said adorable doggos, I took some headshots of Maura for her various business ventures. In between nearly every pose, she was approached by Sadie, her sweet golden retriever, with either a frisbee or a ball or a smaller ball that was contained within a larger plastic ball. It was adorable and fluffy and Sadie made for the cutest of all photography assistants. Sadie also got some play time in with her friend Max and even more doggo friends back at Maura’s house! It was like the running of the bulls, but with SO MUCH FLUFF INSTEAD. Maura clearly has a great reputation with her clients and the doggo world (she is, in my opinion, a great dog whisperer indeed) and it was a joy to take her photographs AND the photographs of so many fluffs in the process.
We started doing a lot of promo sessions last year and we absolutely love them! They’re a great chance to try some new things and change up the pace a little bit. It’s also fun to meet new people with interesting careers that need photography for promotion or branding of their business. This week it was an honor to photograph our very first author! Christena Cleveland is the author of Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart. Her degree is in social psychology and she specializes in issues of reconciliation and how it relates to the Christian church. She contacted us to do some more casual headshots and promo photos for her speaking engagements and website, and we were happy to oblige. Christena is professional, intelligent, and great to work with – not to mention beautiful and possessing a really great taste in furniture. :) Check out her book on Amazon, her website here, and her promo photos below!