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I want to welcome Cover Artist and Photographer extraordinaire, Taria Reed to the blog!
The Giveaway Today is:
A $10 iTunes Giftcard
The Rafflecopter Task of the Day is:
Like Taria Reed's Facebook Page
Alright, Taria, take it away!!
As a cover artist/cover photographer people usually ask me three questions. I usually laugh or joke off the answers because well I don’t like talking about myself but tis the season to be sharing and so I will answer these questions for you.
1. What’s it like to photograph sexy images of models for The Reed Files stock site?
I keep things in the studio very light on shoot day. Even though my models are in sexy, erotic, passionate positions, they are usually only three clicks away from busting out in laughter. We joke, we shoot silly videos, we dance, we take silly pics, shoot day is one big ball of fun.
2. What is your favorite cover that you designed?
Hmmmm I honestly can’t really answer this. I love all of my covers but for different reasons. Here are a few of my favorites and why.
Taker of Life by F.L. Bicknell
This was the first cover where I photographed the models as well as did the design. It started off with a very bad drawing and when I showed the models what I wanted they flat out laughed at me. Once they got to my studio and into costumes they weren’t laughing as hard. But once I got the shot, I KNEW I hit the jackpot. I got exactly what I wanted and It was such an amazing feeling. When the art work was done I was beyond proud of myself. I was not only a new cover artist, I was a cover photographer too.
January Black by Wendy S. Russo
This was one of the first covers I had to design that needed to rely on mood and not a person. There are so many layers that creates that awesomely spooky gate scene and I was so proud of how it turned out. It gives off that drama and spookiness but at the same time invites you in to explore what’s beyond the gate.
ok seriously, look at this cover it’s gorgeous. I got free reign to do whatever I wanted and I fell in love with the outcome. I finally got to do a cover with a pretty girl in a beautiful dress. A dress whose train I constructed from scratch by the way…lol. I’d love it if I had a dress like that in my studio but it took me about 2hrs to digitally put that together. Again I took the photograph of the young lady for this cover so it is very special to me.
Council Courtship by Constance Phillips
Again another one of my stock photos but that’s only one reason why I like it. I can see the desire and passion in this cover. How often does one get to create a scene from inside fairy land with sparkling sexy passionate fairies? HAWT!
3. Do you nail your covers on the first try?
Oh goodness no. I wish it were that easy. Most times my concepts are accepted with some tweaks and then there are those occasions where I have to step back and rethink what I want and what will sell the book and start from scratch. For example the cover you know and love for A Stiff Kiss by Avery Olive was not the first option I gave the publisher. My first attempt was deemed too dark so I kept the dark mood but gave it a less menacing feel and we hit the jackpot with the new cover.
Thanks so much Taria for stopping by! To learn more about Taria's work, click the links below. Remeber, she's a photographer, a cover artist, a custom stock image creator, a mother, a husband... And much, much more!