Author Photos for Book Jackets

Chrisann Brennan, Author of The Bite IN The Apple

Chrisann Brennan, author or “The Bite In The Apple”

In 2013, I had the opportunity to work with many authors to create photos for their book jackets. These headshots needed to convey something of each author’s personality, but at the same time fit into the tight conventions of a book. When I create an author portrait, I try to know what the story is about and what the author is saying in the book. These things help me to reflect the right attitude in the resulting shot.

Chrisann Brennan (above) is the author of The Bite In The Apple, the story of her relationship with Steve Jobs, including fathering their daughter Lisa, after whom who Jobs named a computer. I photographed Chrisann for an InMenlo article early in 2013. When she needed a photo for her book jacket, she called me to photograph her again. Chrisann is an artist as well, and a pleasure to work with.  She was interviewed by Anderson Cooper right after her book came out.

Steve Farnworth, author of the novel Frank.

Steven Farnworth, author of the novel “Frank”

Steven Farnworth had just completed his first novel Frank when I photographed him for InMenlo. The novel was set in the New York where he grew up. Frank was supposed to be the first of a series of novels, but tragically, Steven died in his sleep soon after I photographed him for his second novel. We had become friends and I will miss him.

J. Patrick Costello of Green River Financial Services

J. Patrick Costello, author of “Green Investing: More Than Being Socially Responsible”

J. Patrick Costello is author of Green Investing: More Than Being Socially Responsible. Patrick takes investing as a way of making the world a better place while creating a sound investment in your future. Patrick engaged me to photograph him for his book jacket. He is a multiple interest individual. We also photographed him riding his mountain bike and drumming, his two other passions.

Author Dan Seligson self publishes his Silicon Valley novel, Moby Dx.

Dan Seligson, author of “Moby Dx: A Novel of Silicon Valley”

Most recently Dan Seligson and I worked together to create author photos for his new novel Moby Dx: A Novel of Silicon Valley. Dan and I met a few years back at Burning Man when I photographed him among the hundreds of Burning Man Portraits I take each year. I was excited to see him again and it was great to reconnect to take his photos.

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