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All photos from this session are available for use on Cover Me Covers. If you are interested in an image from this shoot, or would like to view the whole session, email me at covermedarling@yahoo.com, or fill out the interest form on the Contact page.

A photo edit, start to finish.

I’ve always had friends who wanted to sit down and watch me edit a photo, just to see the process. Recently, I’ve had other designers, and authors asking me “how did you DO that??”, so I figured I would start posting random videos of editing here and there. So here is a quickie of a start to finish on one of Haleys pictures!

It started with a Kitchen.

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Once upon a time.. this was my office. It was also my “studio” space. That’s right.. you’re looking at my kitchen.

This came up in my time hop today, and I smirked, giggled, and then had flashbacks of having to move that table out of the way, and into the living room, every time I wanted to shoot. I remembered how uncomfortable it was to sit on that effin stool to edit photos for 4 hours straight. I laughed at the ridiculous stuff I put my models through.. “here, lay on this hard, uncomfortable, cold floor, and pretend its a bed” (WHAT? I know..)

This picture was from 5 years ago. Our best friend, Anthony, was living with us, Little Butt was only 2, and my “office” was the kitchen. At this point I was just freelancing with random companies. I was shooting family photos, newborns, and weddings. Cover Me Darling wasn’t born until 2 and a half years later.

By the time Cover Me Darling was a thing, Anthony had moved out, and his room was converted back into an office space for me. But I was still doing photoshoots in my kitchen. In my defense.. the light in there is AMAZING. My cupcake shots? Done in my kitchen. All of Emma Nichols object covers? Kitchen. Newborn sessions? I might actually consider still doing them in my kitchen too. I really REALLY love that light.

After a few months when I realized Cover Me Darling would STAY a thing, I painted the office, and turned that space into a studio as well. I loved it, but about 6 months ago, we realized our little guy was outgrowing his room (my studio was the bigger bedroom), so we decided to move him into my studio, and make his room a playroom.

So my computer got moved into my husbands office (our converted garage), and we begrudgingly started sharing an office space. My studio? Back to the kitchen (and sometimes the living room).

I was frustrated. I got used to having my own space, used to having my own equipment closet. Used to having my music, my decor, my spot. But little man was happy, and that’s what mattered. So long as Matt and I managed to not kill eachother working back to back every night..

Flash forward to a couple of months ago. My oh so absolutely amazing parents, saw my frustrations, and made the suggestion that I take over the upstairs at their house. They hardly ever use the area up there, and it was a perfect option that I had never even thought to consider. You’ve all seen the pictures of my current space. It’s huge, it’s beautiful, it has AMAZING light, and closet space, sitting room, and everything that I could ever need for my photoshoots. It was a godsend, and I love it up there more and more every time I shoot.

So what’s my point with all of this?

It started with a kitchen, a canon rebel, and authors and models who took a chance on me.

Do I look back at some of my earlier photos, and premade covers, and cringe? Yes. Oh god yes. But that’s how I know I’m growing. How I’m becoming everything that I’ve always wanted to be. I’m sure I’ll look back in a couple of years on some of the stuff I’m doing now and think, “WHAT was I thinking??”, but really, what artist DOESN’T do that?

So thank you, to everyone here. To everyone who supported me along the way. To everyone who took a chance on me. And to everyone who helped me get HERE. ESPECIALLY my family for helping to make my dream job a reality. Even when it means late nights fighting over music in an office with my husbutt, or invading an entire floor of your house (thank you, parents), or “quality” time revolving around me having a camera in my hand (little man).

Thank you.

If every shot is perfect, you’re doing it wrong.

I try to go through all of the photos from my shoots before I set up the viewing for clients and authors. But sometimes, “outtakes” sneak in there, and we all have a good laugh about how ridiculous a picture came out, or how cute it was, or how god awful the lighting was, etc. What’s my point?

NO PHOTOGRAPHER IS PERFECT ALL THE TIME.

Hell, most of us aren’t perfect.. ever really. There will always be photos that either make us cringe, or that we know we just can NOT show. There will always be things that happen during shoots, that will definitely be talked about during the next shoot. Like that one time I almost lit Shannon on fire.. (read: tea-lights are NOT steady on carpet), or that other time I didn’t realize I had the WRONG hand cuff key (thankfully, that was realized before we put them on..). So here are a few examples of how I am, most definitely, 1000%, NOT a perfect photographer, or even close really.

The most common thing my models are used to hearing out of my mouth? “Let me test my lighting”. Why? Because this:

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Like really? what IS that.. I should know better, right? Of course I do, but sometimes, I’ll be way too into the shoot, and we will go from inside to outside, or vice versa, and 10 pictures later, I’m like “NO! SHIT! I forgot to readjust my settings”. Why? Because I’m human.

Then there’s the “Let’s try this! It’ll be AWESOME”… except it’s not.. it’s terrible.. and we should have never done it.. but hey.. it was a good.. thought.. right?

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sorry for almost drowning you, Jamie.

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and sorry for almost sinking you in Mud, Ali.

Then there’s the focus problems.. not really problems? just the.. yeah okay.. i forgot to focus, things moved, and oops.

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because everyone loves a blurry mad hatter..

Of course no shoot of mine is complete without a puppybomb. All my models have had the pleasure of meeting my barking pack. And they just love the camera..

Meet Roxy, my first baby/assistant:

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Then there’s Zoey, who is pretty much petrified of life, but loved Trazia:

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And then there’s Sky.. the baby of the group, who just wants love.. from EVERYONE. ALL. THE. TIME.

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I should mention, that I have given these 3 a boost towards their modeling careers. Roxy is going on one book, and Sky and Zoey will be going on two each. Cutie girls <3

But hey.. we have fun.

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And at the end of the day.. a nap never hurts.

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Embrace Your Weird

#embraceyourweird

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It’s a topic that came up while I was posting new photo previews the other day. I was told that my style is a “little weird” the other day, and to be totally honest, I feel like that was the best compliment I’ve gotten in a long time. I’ve always felt a little bit different from the norm when it came to my photography, painting, drawing, etc. I always leaned towards the dark, towards the creepy, towards the abstract. Then I started book cover design, and tried to put myself into a box. I liked this box. It was fun. New models, couple shots, sexy shots. I’ve always liked boudoir, so it worked well for me. I’ve always found the human form beautiful, specifically the body of a woman, so these shots seemed right up my alley. And while they are fun, and I truly enjoy shooting them, I still missed my weird. So over the last year, I feel like I’ve been taking more chances when it came to book cover photography. I started shooting a little bit darker, and at the same time, started shooting a little bit brighter. Two total opposite ends of the spectrum, I’m aware. But it felt right. Over the last year I stepped out of my “this is what people want to see” box, and stepped into my “this is what I want to see” box, and I like this box a bit more than the original.

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So with that said, here is what I have learned about myself in the last year, most of which I have learned about myself in the last 4 months.

I like dark. I like creepy. I like controversial. I like things that are out of the norm.

I like blood. I like butterflies. I like feathers. I LOVE glitter.

I’m dark, but I’m light. I like pretty, but confused. I like dark red, but I also like light pink.

I’m still confused.

I feel like a contradiction of myself sometimes.

and that’s okay.

I’m still finding my style.

But I have a better idea of who I am as an artist.

I want to evolve.

I want to keep growing.

I’m doing whatever I can to learn more.

I want to learn. I miss learning. I miss breaking rules.

So I’m learning the right way to do something, and plan to break those rules.

I have a style. I like my style.

I like people. I’m bored of landscapes. I like nature. I like being indoors.

I’m not the family photographer that I once was.

These crazy ideas in my head finally have a place.

Not everyone will like what I do.

and that’s okay.

Something’s I try will absolutely suck.

and that’s okay too.

It’s all okay.

Because it’s art. And art is about expression. And this is me. And I like me.

I’m embracing my weird for the first time in a long time. I’m going to push myself harder, work more indepth, and that way when someone asks me “why? why do you do this?”, I have a real answer.

My point? #embraceYOURweird.

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A way to start off the new year….

Okay.. so it’s no secret I’m a blog slacker. I’m 1000% a blog slacker.. seeing that my last real post was.. umm.. many many months ago.

Here’s a new years resolution, I will blog more! Okay, maybe. Maybe? Hopefully? I’ll try.. no really.

SO many things have happened over the last two years to get Cover Me Darling to where it is today. I started off barely knowing what to do. Graphic design and photography wise? Sure. I had that. I got that part. But actually working up a cover correctly? Nope, time to learn. I ended up getting hired for my first cover within the first week of being live with a facebook page. That cover will always hold a special place in my heart. And Rachael Brownell, so will you, for taking that chance on me. Soon I was getting a couple of covers a week, then I had my first month where I had 10 covers, and I thought that was absolutely insane. So I made a website, I learned as I went, I hired more models, I discovered the concept of premade covers, I started a twitter (which I still can’t stand, by the way..), I started to advertise, and off it went. Now I have a 3 month wait list, and I think this.. this is CRAZY. At the end of my first year, I ended up in first place for the IABB Favorite Cover Designer of 2014 award, and I lost it. It had been ONE year, and.. and.. what?! I was on cloud nine. Flying so high. I was honored and thrilled and overwhelmed. So I printed it out, and hung it up, proudly, in my studio.

This year, because of ALL of you, I get the honor to hang up another two awards in my studio.

It’s been a crazy ride so far, and I wouldn’t change a thing. I love what I do. I love who I do it for. I love continuing to learn. I love being able to put my degrees to use in the ways that I’ve always wanted to.

So thank you, every one of you, that has helped me get to where I am, taken a chance on me, guided me along the way, and trusted me to wrap MY art around your art.

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**MODEL CALL**

**MODEL CALL**

I have requests for:
– Caucasian curvy girl with Caucasian fit and attractive guy
– Any ethnicity, Female/Female Romance

**Shoots will be a mix of outdoor shots, and boudoir**
**Looking for 1-2 couples for the curvy girl shoot**

Must be over 18, preferred age range is 18-30.
Tattoos and piercings are completely acceptable.

If you are interested, please send 2 photos of yourself to covermedarling@yahoo.com. If applying for the Curvy Girl shoot, please also send your dress/pants size, in case wardrobe is needed.

I am always looking for new book cover models, so if you are interested in modeling, in general, for book covers, send me an email! I will be looking for new faces over the summer!

Trade for CD + Commission on book cover. Possibly paid, depending on experience. Please email for more info.

Giveaway

*NEW PREMADE OPTION* “Just Breathe”

*NEW PREMADE OPTION*

(could easily be made into a series, extra similar photos are available)

Featuring : Mariel and Daniel

Premade Title : Just Breathe

Price : $110.00

(Title, Name and Blurb will be changed to suit your book)

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*NEW PREMADE OPTION* “Captured Wings”

*NEW PREMADE OPTION*

(could easily be made into a series, extra similar photos are available)

Featuring : Jacey Julep

Premade Title : Captured Wings

Price : $120.00

(Title, Name and Blurb will be changed to suit your book)

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**COVER REVEALS** Love’s Master, Masquerade, & The Victorian Erotic Romance Trilogy – By KM Scott

**COVER REVEALS**

Love’s Master, Masquerade, & The Victorian Erotic Romance Trilogy

By KM Scott writing as Gabrielle Bisset

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