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Several months ago I was approached by one of my client-friends about working with her on a book she was publishing. Gwen is one of the co-founders of MOTHERLODE, an online magazine for moms in Northwest Arkansas which was launched in 2008. She’s also writes a newspaper column which is currently run in a dozen newspapers around the country. Gwen is a beautiful person and SO much fun to be around. She’s an awesome mommy to her three kiddos and a gifted and very FUNNY writer. Here’s Gwen and her kids, Adam, Jack and Kate.

I was very excited to have the opportunity to work with her on book which is a collection of her favorite humor essays from the past 17 years of her weekly newspaper column, The Rookwood Files. I felt liked we were able to work really well together on the ideas for the pictures for her book and am excited about how it turned out. For each chapter’s theme, we did a collection of “laundry” to go with it. Here are a couple of examples.

I thought it would be fun to share the original cover shot and then how it looks on the book. Here are Gwen and her dad holding the laundry line…

And the final book with a wrap around cover picture…

This Friday, Gwen will be doing a book launch party and book signing at Nightbird Books in Fayetteville from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. You can also purchase the book on Amazon by clicking on this link: REPORTING LIVE FROM THE LAUNDRY PILE (Amazon link)

I asked permission from Gwen to share one of my most favorite stories from the book. I read it and then called to ask her if that REALLY happened. It did. 🙂

Hi, I'm Lisa!

I'm a portrait photographer based in Northwest Arkansas. My studio is located just minutes from downtown Bentonville.

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