Cover Spotlight: Behind the Scenes of Since You’ve Been Gone

Today we have a behind-the-scenes look at how Art Director Kathleen Oudit shot and created the cover of Since You’ve Been Gone by Anouska Knight, a moving story about learning to embrace an unknown and unexpected tomorrow–and how to love again.

The photographer, Henrieta, and I met at the studio many hours before the model arrived. A wall of the photography studio had been already been painted and shelves mounted to create a “cake shop” set.

Thanks to Le Dolci, of Toronto, Ontario we had almost an entire bakery’s worth of cakes for our photo shoot!

This local pastry and cake boutique delivered a colourful selection of showstopping cakes, cake stands and platters for us to work with. We also had a selection of character appropriate clothes (including some sweet aprons) waiting to wardrobe our model.

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The cakes looked delicious, but don’t be fooled… they are all display models; just icing and fondant over styrofoam forms. Cake chefs create these samples to display thier creative designs in a showroom or store window–but unlike cake, Styrofoam will not go “off” after a few days.

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It also makes the cakes light enough for us to move around easily without danger of them splitting or cracking. And I am sure our model appreciated that when she had to hold a cake at eye level for over an hour!

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Henrietta and I spent the morning placing the cakes on the shelves and shooting them in various arrangements. This allowed us to experiment and find a pleasing arrangement of colour and heights. The we also took photos of individual cakes so that when we put the final cover illustration together we could move or replace cakes in the scene as needed.

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We then cleared the set of all cakes and prepared to photograph the model. We photographed her in multiple outfits, and even changed her hairstyle–and of course we tried many variations on how she held the cake before her face. We took over 500 shots from which we had to select just one!

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It is when we begin to assemble all the components together in Photoshop that we can finally determine the most effective cover scene. For example: the polka-dotted apron looked charming at the photo shoot but made your eyes cross when we tried to put the title type over it.

Or, the comfy sweater and neutral colours which were faithful to the author’s character description, just looked unattractive as a cover image.

This simple scene is the result of hours of carefully choreographed hand positions, colour, type…and cake wrangling!

And here’s the final cover! What do you think of the final result?

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About the Book:

How do you learn to love again?

In one tragic moment, Holly Jefferson’s life as she knew it changed forever. Now—to the external world, at least—she’s finally getting back on her feet, running her bakery, Cake. But inside, she’s still going through the motions befitting a twenty-seven-year-old widow.

Then she meets Ciaran Argyll. His privileged and charmed life feels a million miles from her own. However, there’s more to Ciaran than the superficial world that surrounds him, and he, too, is wrestling with his own ghosts. Will Holly find the missing ingredient that allows her to live again—and embrace an unknown and unexpected tomorrow?

Since You’ve Been Gone by Anouska Knight is on sale July 29!

Has looking at cakes gotten you in the mood for something sweet? Click here to download a delicious apple caramel cupcake recipe!

Photographer: Henrieta Haniskova
Art Director: Kathleen Oudit
Cakes Supplied by: Le Dolci, Toronto
Model: Jordan Robbins, Sutherland Models, Toronto

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  1. Colleen C.
    July 21, 2014 at 1:32 pm
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    Pretty interesting…. the final cover was my fav out of the choices! 🙂

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