Behind-the-Scenes Cover Spotlight: Four Friends by Robyn Carr

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By Amy Wetton, Art Director

It’s not always an option to shoot on location. It can be challenging to find the right setting, transport props and weather/time of year, etc., so we chose to shoot this cover in studio where we could control above issues.

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It was fun searching throughout the prop room for the perfect glass wear, plate, napkins, etc. The table top and chairs were rented from a prop company. The stylist or photographer emailed me a bunch of options to choose from a few days before the shoot.

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We set everything up in front of a green backdrop to make it easier for the retoucher to add in the grassy background after the shoot. The background was purchased from a stock photo agency, so we did not shoot it.

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The lighting was set up to mimic a nice sunny afternoon. The photographer uses a mix of lights and reflectors to get the right shadows and warmth. We used water with a bit of dye in it to simulate white wine. (no drinking on set ;)) To make sure not to mess up the glasses we used a funnel and tube to get the right levels of liquid without spilling or splashing.

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We couldn’t find four of the exact same chair at the prop rentals, so we had to shoot the chair separately and then the retoucher added them in after the shoot.

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We had to prop the chair up to get it at the right angle and height to fit with the table. Empty CD/DVD cases worked well for this!

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There was lots of adjusting and moving the glasses around to get the right composition

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The camera is connected directly to the photographers computer so we can drop the shots into the layout with the type to make sure everything is fitting and is in place. After I got the perfect final shot, I sent the raw photo of the table set up, chairs and stock background shot to our retoucher. He then worked his magic and put them all together to make the final image for the cover.

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After the retoucher is done, it comes back to me and I work with the designer on the final layout of the type, front cover, back cover and spine. Voila! You have yourself a cover!

Four Friends by Robyn Carr will be available March 25, 2014.

About the Book

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr comes the story of four friends determined to find their stride. Ultimately, they’ll discover what it means to be a wife, mother, lover, friend…and most important: your true self.

Gerri can’t decide what’s more devastating: learning her rock-solid marriage has big cracks, or the anger she feels as she tries to repair them. Always the anchor for friends and her three angst-ridden teenagers, it’s time to look carefully at herself. The journey is more than revealing—it’s transforming.

Andy doesn’t have a great track record with men, and she’s come to believe that a lasting love is out of reach. When she finds herself attracted to her down-to-earth contractor—a man without any of the qualities that usually appeal to her—she questions everything she thought she wanted in life.

Sonja’s lifelong pursuit of balance is shattered when her husband declares he’s through with her New Age nonsense and walks out. There’s no herbal tonic or cleansing ritual that can restore her serenity—or her sanity.

Miraculously, it’s BJ, the reserved newcomer to Mill Valley, who steps into their circle and changes everything. The woman with dark secrets opens up to her neighbors, and together they get each other back on track, stronger as individuals and unfaltering as friends.

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10 Responses to Behind-the-Scenes Cover Spotlight: Four Friends by Robyn Carr

  1. Interesating post! Never thought about a cover shoot that way…

  2. Very interesting!

  3. Roberta Romey

    Cover shoot was very interesting. Can’t wait for the book now.

  4. Bridget Lamastus

    Loved the steps for photos but can’t wait for the book!

  5. Amazing what a professional photographer can create!

  6. Oh my gosh! How cool is that!

    What an awesome way to make a cover.
    Love the behind-the-scenes posts.

  7. The art and craft of a professional photographer creating true magic.
    Super cool.

  8. Very cool! And interesting on how it all gets put together.

  9. Really enlightening as to cover shoots. My brother is a photographer who does similar work, but I rarely get to hear about them. Once in a while he’s asked me for a prop, but I’ve never seen the finished product, at least not recently. He’s been at it for close to 50 years now, but does a lot more than book covers, mainly advertising shoots.

  10. Renee Howell

    Very interesting. Really like the cover and love the books of Robyn Carr. The cover is definitely her taste. Like it! Thanks!

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