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Have you ever used a photo of someone you knew on your cover?
« on: January 02, 2018, 12:55:55 PM »
With their permission of course. Would you use someone you knew on your cover? Friend? Spouse? Child? Given it was in high enough resolution and the cover designer could edit it to something polished, would you consider it? Have you done it already? Or would it feel too strange?
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Re: Have you ever used a photo of someone you knew on your cover?
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2018, 01:30:17 PM »
I use my own photos of my own horses on my cover, plus a painting I did of one of my sons... but I don't sell many books, so what does that say about doing this? lol

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Re: Have you ever used a photo of someone you knew on your cover?
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2018, 02:35:21 PM »
The original cover of Scary Dead Things. That's actually my oldest son behind the tombstone, holding his younger brother's stuffed bear.  :)



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Re: Have you ever used a photo of someone you knew on your cover?
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2018, 02:52:13 PM »
I'm going to once I start planning my fantasy series. This is my BFF. I'm also going to do a photo shoot for my character, Pim Trn. If you're ever watched The Original Avengers with Dianna Rigg, Pim was modeled after her. Can't wait to do that shoot! My friend will be fantastic! (She's a makeup artist, BTW. And a danged good one!!!)

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Re: Have you ever used a photo of someone you knew on your cover?
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2018, 04:35:47 PM »
Yup, that's my girl Schara on the cover of Rottweiler Rescue.

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Re: Have you ever used a photo of someone you knew on your cover?
« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2018, 09:24:18 PM »
The paperback edition of "On the Street Where you Die" includes on the cover a snapshot of my wife at the beach.

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Re: Have you ever used a photo of someone you knew on your cover?
« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2018, 09:26:35 PM »
And, of course, that's me and Aunt Sally on the cover of "Ventriloquism: Art, Craft, Profession."

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Re: Have you ever used a photo of someone you knew on your cover?
« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2018, 10:17:51 PM »
I've used many images of the original fine art portraits that I've painted as book covers. I've known all the models. Even though I have retained copyright of the artwork, I've always gained the artwork owner and the model's permission before I use the artwork for a cover.

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Re: Have you ever used a photo of someone you knew on your cover?
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2018, 01:30:58 AM »
I came very close to using a photo of myself in 18th Century costume for the cover of Story Of My Escape (I might not have Casanova's reputation but I do kind of have his nose). Probably a good job I didn't. Related, my dog featured on the poster for another play I appeared in last year (with a bra on his head). My avatar photo on Kboards was taken from a shoot I did for a Wodehouse play I starred in back in 2010. Time I updated it, I suppose!

Strong possibility that my dog and cat will appear on covers for books I have planned this year, unless a miracle happens and I can suddenly afford an illustrator.



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Re: Have you ever used a photo of someone you knew on your cover?
« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2018, 02:01:30 AM »
With their permission of course. Would you use someone you knew on your cover? Friend? Spouse? Child? Given it was in high enough resolution and the cover designer could edit it to something polished, would you consider it? Have you done it already? Or would it feel too strange?
My very first book had a picture of my mother at aged 19 on the cover. The picture was taken in 1924 and I repaired and coloured it. Since the book was based on the stories she used to tell me when I was a child, about her own life, I thought it was relevant. I changed it last year, but it did well at the time.

I also have a picture of my granddaughter on one of my books, as she is rather beautiful and so is the girl in the story.

And, of course, my Newfoundland puppy, Joshua, on the cover of my Newfoundland dog book.
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Re: Have you ever used a photo of someone you knew on your cover?
« Reply #10 on: January 03, 2018, 05:11:27 AM »
Yes, my daughter on a cover, but I've since changed it. Also, in the same series, my childhood dog and my mother and father on a motorcycle in the 40's. When I did the bundle, I kept the latter two photos as separators for the Parts.



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Re: Have you ever used a photo of someone you knew on your cover?
« Reply #11 on: January 03, 2018, 05:42:30 AM »
I haven't used pictures of people I know, but I've used a picture of a place. My friend Katie is a fabulous photographer, and she gave me permission to use her picture of South Haven's South Pier lighthouse. It's in the background on all of my Beach Haven covers, as well as on my website.

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Re: Have you ever used a photo of someone you knew on your cover?
« Reply #12 on: January 03, 2018, 10:47:13 AM »
The Breadwinners has a picture of the original bakery the story is based on (but not the the original baker  ::) ). It was used with the permission of the family  :) 

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Re: Have you ever used a photo of someone you knew on your cover?
« Reply #13 on: January 03, 2018, 05:19:28 PM »
Me (Sight-reading book).

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Re: Have you ever used a photo of someone you knew on your cover?
« Reply #14 on: January 03, 2018, 05:23:08 PM »
The paperback edition of "On the Street Where you Die" includes on the cover a snapshot of my wife at the beach.
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Re: Have you ever used a photo of someone you knew on your cover?
« Reply #15 on: January 04, 2018, 03:02:46 AM »
I was going to once but decided against it. I don't know why but I thought it would be to awkward- especially because i didn't know the person personally it was through a friend. But I really liked the idea of no one else having the image, so i might one day.

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Re: Have you ever used a photo of someone you knew on your cover?
« Reply #16 on: January 04, 2018, 07:36:26 AM »
I put a onetime girlfriend on the cover of a memoir I wrote (with her cooperation) about our adventures as vagabonds, and I put my mother's passport photo on her posthumous memoir of growing up in Europe and coming to America. Oh, and my father's passport photo on a novel based on his years as a guerrilla fighter. And my daughter is convinced that my photo (taken from behind) is on the cover of another novel, though actually it came from Shutterstock and shows someone in Yugoslavia....

So, yeah, I think this is a perfectly valid way to go, if you're sure no one will sue you.
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