Trifecta | Three Author Photos in ONE YEAR | Tina Case Photography
The year 2018 will be remembered by me as the year I experienced an incredible TRIFECTA. This Trifecta might never repeat itself, having author photos in THREE completely different types of books: (New York Times Best Seller Measure What Matters by John Doerr (Business Book), an adventure and historical novel called The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar and a cookbook, Ciderhouse Cookbook, by Andrea Blum).
How did this come about?
I can pinpoint two DEFINING moments that were crucial in my photography journey. The first was taking photos of a mother and her two daughters. I was hired to take photos at a one-year-old birthday party. By chance I took photos of every family that attended. The photos I took of Kendall and her two daughters was serendipitous. Kendall liked the photos so much she called to ask if I could photograph a corporate event. I figured it couldn't be much harder than a 1-year old birthday party (with dozens of unpredictable toddlers). I went outside my comfort zone and confidently told her, "sure, of course I can do that!" Turns out the company she worked for was Kleiner Perkins, one of the most renown venture capital firms in the world. And who noticed me there? John Doerr, chairman of Kleiner Perkins. A ba-Zillion WOWs. I've been working with KPCB since 2013, and 2nd year on staff for John.
The second moment was during a self-developed project. Toward the beginning of my photography journey I would create a project aimed to broaden my photography skills. One year it was photographing homeless people for Housing 1000. Another year I approached a performing arts center if I could capture profiles of their Fellows-in-Residence. To-date I have profiled over 20 Artist Fellows-in-Residence. Those profiles can be found on their blog, "This Week in My Studio." Two of those Fellows happened to be authors. Both needed head shots. I was in the RIGHT PLACE at the RIGHT TIME. I am SO BLESSED.
What was working on these books like?
I learned SO much. Each book was different. In the case of "Measure What Matters" - in addition to taking the author photo, I searched and edited photos that went into each chapter. I was given access to a wealth of photos and worked with the author, his chief of staff, and publishing team to hone down the images to the single shot that epitomized each chapter. I was given access to the galleys to insert the images, caption and provide copyright information. There were times we were under a great deal of pressure and deadlines. The best part was seeing my name in the book jacket, AND in the acknowledgements. It was a proud, profound and unforgettable experience. (check out page 284 in the sneak peek).
The Map of Salt and Stars. I met Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar during her residency as a Fellow at the Montalvo Arts Center Lucas Artist Program. Fellows are profiled on the center's blog, In My Studio. In my work with the artists and the center's program manager, we compose images of the artists at work and in their element. It is SO amazing to be behind the lens to capture an insider's perspective. I hope to catch up with Jennifer later this summer when she returns to Montalvo.
Last but definitely not least is the joy of clicking (and cooking) with Andrea Blum. I get to savor her delicious works of art from the kitchen. Andrea is a supreme culinary artist and happens to be the chef at the Lucas Artist Program. The Fellows are fortunate to have their daily meals provided by chef Andrea. I am fortunate to bring my husband during dinnertime, it's like going to a Michelin rated restaurant - by invitation only.
Below are a few serendipitous photos along this journey:
Author and VC John Doerr with Tina CaseJohn LOVES photography, in this photo captured by photographer Robyn Twomey.
Author Jennifer Zeynab Joukhar, a portrait of her at work.Author Jennifer Zeynab Joukhar, a portrait of her at work by Tina Case Author Jennifer Zeynab Joukhar, a portrait of her at work.Author Jennifer Zeynab Joukhar, a portrait of her at work by Tina Case
Master chef Andrea Blum, on the Montalvo Art Center grounds, by Tina Case.Master chef Andrea Blum, on the Montalvo Art Center grounds, by Tina Case. Master chef Andrea Blum, on the Montalvo Art Center grounds, by Tina Case.Master chef Andrea Blum, on the Montalvo Art Center grounds, by Tina Case. Master chef Andrea Blum, on the Montalvo Art Center grounds, by Tina Case.Master chef Andrea Blum, on the Montalvo Art Center grounds, by Tina Case.
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