As some of you may have figured out, rather than taking stock pictures for my books, I make my own cover pictures. Not all work well for the layout, but when I like them, I use them anyway and find a way to make it work. The most recent ones are good examples, and they have kind of funny stories behind them.
This is the picture I used for the cover of the entire Clarice Series It’s meant to show how she has evolved from a pretty looking demure character into a somewhat futuristic fierce fighter. But that’s not really the point.
I knew that I wanted to take a picture like this in public. We were in London and figured that we could find a quiet place in Hyde Park where we could have some time by ourselves to not be rushed. If you just look at the leg harness, you can probably appreciate that it takes some time to put it one. Besides, we didn’t want families and kids to be exposed to what we’re doing.
We had picked out a spot based on previous visits to London and were really lucky with the weather. Light is so important to get good pictures. It was around 6:00 p.m. and after a rainy day, there were some rays of sun peaking through.
The only way to get their with a heavy bag that had the corset and the leg harness, as well as shoes, polish, etc. in it was to take a cab. The catsuit, I had to put on before we left the hotel.
You can probably tell from the before picture, with an oversized sweater, and some shoes, the catsuit turns into just some latex legging and don’t really cause anyone to turn around these days. That’s kind of nice.
Once we got to Hyde Park, we had our spot picked out, but it was a good walk into the park from Lancaster Gate. There were a couple of spots along the way where we thought we could take pictures, but everytime we got there, it turned out there were already people sitting, or just too many walking by. Hyde Park is kind of a busy place.
We eventually found a secluded area with a nice tree as a backdrop. The other reason for the spot was to quickly hide behind a big tree in case we needed some cover. Fortunately, it was a pretty quiet early evening.
Now, the real problem was actually keeping the latex shiny! The amount of dust collected from just the taxi ride and the walk up a small incline to the area where we wanted to shoot pictures, was unbelievable. It took us a good 5 minutes just to make everything look right again. Then putting on the corset, the harness, the shoes, seemed like a race against the clock with the constant eye on the path that was just about 300 feet away.
In the end, we got really lucky, the sun came out, nobody disturbed us, and out of some 300 pictures, there were a few that were usable (that’s life, something is always wrong with most pictures….). We ended up spending a good hour in Hyde Park before packing up and making it back to the hotel.
In the end, there were some great pictures, but few that actually would make for a good cover. I’m still trying to figure out a better design, so for the time being, I used the picture with a pre-fab template from Amazon. If there is time, The picture may be updated.
But it was fun to go out in my catsuit, the full gear, and do an outdoor shoot in plain sight. I was a bit of a nervous mess, but it was exciting. Still, couldn’t wait to get back to the hotel knowing that the goal for the day was accomplished.
The book with the entire series is coming out on May 22.