Behind the Scenes at a Maisey Yates Photo Shoot

Creating a cover has many steps. Today Art Director Gigi Lau reveals one part of the process at the photo shoot for Maisey Yate’s Part Time Cowboy.

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The photographer built the façade of a barn on set, adding hay bale stacks, loose hay and floorboards. Building this on set really helps establish the mood and story, and helps the models get in character.

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Models who just met minutes ago have to get close and portray the characters’ intense attraction to each other.

For this type of story, it’s all about capturing a natural chemistry on set while also making sure that:

  • the lighting is hitting the right spots
  • the placement of hands is the right balance of assertive and suggestive
  • if we’re going to zoom in, I need to have more scenery to fit the cover type (author name and book title)
  • we’re seeing enough skin, but not too much skin
  • the dress is not hiking up too much
  • the jeans that looked good off set do not look bunchy under the lighting conditions
  • the makeup artist applies more lip color to the heroine
  • the tuft of hair sticking up on the hero’s head is fixed
  • And so on!

With the great support of the photographer, photographer’s assistant, makeup artist and wardrobe stylist, I’m able to address these concerns quickly and get some amazing shots.

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After more than 300 shots, it’s a wrap. We know there are great shots we can choose from!

About Part Time Cowboy:

Yates_PartTimeCowboy_FCA onetime bad girl comes home to small-town Oregon in the first in a sexy, heartfelt new series from USA TODAY bestselling author Maisey Yates

Sadie Miller isn’t expecting any welcome-home parades on her return to Copper Ridge. Least of all from part-time rancher, full-time lawman Eli Garrett. The straitlaced, impossibly hot deputy sheriff glares at her as if she’s the same teenage hoodlum who fled town ten years ago. But running from her demons has brought Sadie full circle, ready to make a commitment at last. Not to a man, but to a bed-and-breakfast. On Garrett land. Okay, so her plan has a tiny flaw…

Eli works too hard to let a blonde ball of trouble mess up his town. But keeping an eye on Sadie makes it tough to keep his hands off her. And if she’s so wrong for him, why does being with her feel so right?

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Comments ( 24 )
  1. Donna Harris
    May 24, 2015 at 7:56 am
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    Very interesting to see how to shoot a cover! You don’t think that it would be that much involved. Thanks for this information!

  2. joyce wilson
    May 24, 2015 at 3:42 pm
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    That is harder to do then it looks as I use to model and to get the right expressions at the right time can get hairy. lol

  3. Sherry Cockerham
    May 24, 2015 at 5:54 pm
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    Very awesome. Thanks for showing this!!!

  4. Nancy Taylor
    May 25, 2015 at 6:08 pm
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    Sure didn’t think about the covers when I buy a book but after reading this I will look more closely. Thanks for the insight.

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