Robyn Carr’s The Wanderer Cover Reveal
Wandering man Hank Cooper landed himself on the Oregon coast, in Robyn Carr’s new series Thunder Point. There he found rocky beaches, rugged charm and Sarah Dupre.
The setting begged to be photographed for the cover of book one, The Wanderer, so the Harlequin team, lead by Art Director Gigi Lau flew to the west coast to make it happen.
They shared their experience with the Harlequin Blog.
Why did you shoot on location?
The way Robyn described the rugged setting of Thunder Point, I just knew that capturing it on site would really encapsulate that strong, weathered environment that is so special with Robyn’s books.
Tell us about the model who played Hank Cooper
Jeremy Cartwright is based in Portland, Oregon. We did a Skype interview to get a sense of his personality and openness with the camera. He was a great model to travel with and he learned quite a bit from the stylist on what stores he should be shopping from. He also has an identical twin.
Model Jeremy Cartwright with Art Director Gigi Lau
What was the hardest part about shooting on location?
The weather! It was so unpredictable – it was forecasted sunny all week, but the second and third day turned out to be foggy and overcast. We had to make do with what we had. At times we had to wait for the mist to come down, which pushed back some of our schedule. Luckily we had the first day of sun where we got a lot of the scenic shots in.
What was the most enjoyable part of shooting on location?
The location itself is so inspiring, just awestruck about the natural beauty we encountered at every turn. I wanted to shoot every possible place – but we had only so much time and each location needed time to set up the equipment, camera and lighting.
Why this shot for The Wanderer?
I feel that Hank Cooper is the kind of guy that really seizes the moment, and this shot captures that feeling of him just arriving to Thunder Point and being mesmerized by the ocean waves with the town in the distance. He’s not ready to settle down anywhere but he is primed for any thing to come his way.
Any fun behind-the-scenes moments?
To get the back cover shot (and same with the crew shot) – we had to hike around a hornet’s nest to get the view we wanted. Besides some hawk sightings, that was the closest wildlife we encountered the whole trip. Although Naomi, the producer did see a moose sighting one night while she was driving to get supplies.
From L-R: Gigi Lau, Art Director, Luisa Duran, Hair & Make up, Joanne Ferraro, Photographer Assistant, Michael Alberstat, Photographer, Laura DiMarcantonio, Stylist, Naomi Finlay, Associate Photographer & Producer
The Wanderer is available from Harlequin MIRA on March 26, 2013.