The end of a long year

The image above was the first picture I ever made for this project and here it comes, the end of the year. Officially, I started illustrating this novel on January 9, 2010. SO for me this year has been momentous. The thing of it is, when I started I had no idea it would go … Continue reading

Valediction

This is it. The home stretch. The grande finale. The whole shebang (not the Ricky Martin version). That’s all folks. Fin. Finito. 10-4. Over and out. Adieu. My own valediction. My personal deadline for finishing the final run through and placing, designing and checking out this book is…Christmas Eve. It’s my Christmas present to myself … Continue reading

The making of a rake

©2010 Jenn LeBlanc, The Rake and the Recluse, an illustrated historical romance novel

I’ve worked with a few models. Most of them get put through their paces in my studio, no doubt about it. The guys I have worked with have been such great sports shooting for this particular project, timing has us shooting in a cold cyc-room with water that isn’t exactly warm, freezing their buns off. … Continue reading

The good stuff

It has been a whirlwind autumn, two giant studio shoots totaling hundreds of man hours, broken cameras brought back expediently and masterfully by Canon CPS, a hard drive on temporary LOA, another documentary trip to the Gulf, Young Marines, football, softball, costuming, corsets, birthdays, the list goes on. Insanity. Can’t say as it hasn’t been … Continue reading

I'm outta here…

“Most of us are too scared to make ourselves stand out.” -Deb Pang Davis a.k.a. Cococello on Twitter earlier tonight (quoting Laura Roeder) My response was “I think terrified is a better descriptor.” I know. I am. So very. Perhaps it is the inherent photojournalist in me, to blend, be an observer, inobtrusive. The problem is … Continue reading

Locks, shocks and smoking barrels…

The first studio shoot for my novel was easy. (I’m already laughing at  that…but oh well). The second was just plain fun. The third was a fiasco of epic proportions and the fourth was fan-freaking-tastic. One of the the things about models and studio, no, scratch that. One of the things about female models and … Continue reading

Kismet

All the chaos surrounding these last studio shoots has been exciting and laughable. I enjoy chaos to a certain point, and as a journalist have learned to thrive in it. At times I work better under pressure  than when I have all the time in the world. I have enjoyed this project immensely, and it all … Continue reading

Professional photography

One of the necessities as an author is a website, and one of the requirements of an author’s website is a photograph of said author. (not to mention the obligatory head-shot for the dust cover of the published novel) The difficulties in having my portrait done as a photographer myself are varied and nerve-wracking. When … Continue reading

More from column Z

Working on post is the bain of my existence most days. I love being a photojournalist because post-production consists of two things: exposure and white balance. Woo Hoo. Studio work, however, requires a bit more work. Exposure and white balance should be spot-on (since you are standing stock still in a studio under controlled circumstances) … Continue reading