Have you ever wondered how some of those covers on your favorite books get those amazing couple entwined or that delicious food placed just ever so right. Tabitha is an amazing photographer, but I wanted to know how she got started and how photography became her passion. So sit back and maybe you can get a glimpse into what it takes to get those amazing book covers done.
Q: How did you get involved photographing book covers?
Tabitha: The majority of my photography is portraiture. I actually owned my own portrait studio for a few years. Rhonda and I have been friends for about 10 years, and I have photographed her family over that time. When she told me she was writing her own cookbook, I didn't wait for her to ask me to photograph the food; I told her I was going to do it. I had taken a food photography class while attending Brooks Institute of Photography, so I grab my old textbooks and did a little research on the internet and together Rhonda and I set out to make her dreams come true.
Q: When did you first realize that your photography had moved from a love to a career?
Tabitha: In high school I decided to go to Brooks Institute of Photography and I have never looked back
Q: Where else do you think your photography can lead you and what additional goals have you set?
Tabitha: Right now I am just letting my photo career take me where it wants to go.
Q: What type of special effects equipment do you use?
Tabitha: I use only Nikon equipment and lenses. No special lens, but everything I shoot does get processed through Photoshop.
Q: You didn't photograph the cover for Erotic Treats by Rhonda Plumhoff but you designed it. How did your love of photography help you with design ideas?
Tabitha: Design and photography go hand in hand. Even though I had never designed a book-cover before Erotic Treats, I have done countless custom Birth Announcements, Christmas Cards and Graduation Announcements. I am very proud to say that I never used pre-designed; cookie cutter style cards in my business. Each person and situation is unique and they deserve a card that is designed specifically for them.
Q: Do you have any plans to expand your book cover photography?
Tabitha: I have been hired to photograph eight different covers for another artist and I’m looking forward to seeing where that may lead me.
Q: How long does it take to shoot a book cover? What does it consist of?
Tabitha: Each of Rhonda’s covers took about three to four hours of shooting. It’s not just serving up the food and putting it in front of the camera. Some of the food had to be prepared a couple times to get everything just right. One unique tidbit of the covers, all the food is edible. Quite often in food photography, some things are faked to make it look absolutely perfect. Rhonda actually cooked all the food for the covers and I was lucky enough to get to eat it afterwards.
Q: If you had your choice of photographing people in the past or present what era would you go back to and who would you choose?
Tabitha: I would love to go to the 50’s – I love the Pin-up style.
Q: One any given day how do you enjoy spending your free time?
Tabitha: That’s an easy one – running. I am a half-marathoner. My time spent running gives me the chance to shut down my mind and just let go of everything. Often ideas for photo shoots come to me during my runs.
Q: Who has been your biggest influence, cheerleader throughout your life?
Tabitha: That is constantly changing. In high school my dad was always there for me, he bought me my first camera. In college, my boyfriend, now husband, put up with a lot of overnight shoots. Dealt with me taking over our living room and turning it into a studio and even dressed up like a clown for me once. He was also by my side with my studio, doing whatever it took to keep it running.
For the last 10 years Rhonda has been my other half. Whether we were doing Girl Scouts together, or I was running a marathon she has always been there for me. (no she doesn’t run with me, but she has always been at the finish line at the Vegas Marathon) She was one of the biggest promoters of my studio and now with the book covers. She has introduced me to so many opportunities that I can never truly say Thank You enough. She has seen me at my worst and best, and no matter what I know she will always be there for me.