My five year old granddaughter and I have been playing with
this for a while. I created the characters. She approved. We talked about story
ideas. I told her we would make a book.
I did the storyboarding, the set creation, photography, editing, etc. Her job mostly involved asking why it wasn’t done yet.
This project was a chance for me to plumb the depths of my photography skills. Guess what? They don’t go very deep.
I can frame a shot. I understand the concept of lighting, which is not the same as being able to properly light a shot and snap it before the earth shifts and the light is wrong again.
I hired a pro to fix my lighting mistakes. Quick and efficient. Reasonably priced.
Then I needed a cover. Someone said: “You can Photoshop that.”
No, I can’t.
It will take many hours of practice and frankly I don’t have the eye for it. Not to mention my lack of knowledge regarding fonts, hues, and basic design principles.
I hired a cover designer. Quick and efficient. Again, reasonably priced.
Sometimes, you have to admit your weaknesses. Whatever you suck at, someone out there excels at it. Work with them!
The proof copy arrived.
She was excited and proud! Her name was on the inside cover, being credited for her work.
We looked through the book and she preferred it to the eBook
version. “It’s better than reading it on your phone.”
She also came up with 4 or 5 additional story ideas and I have a few of my own, so you’ll be seeing Jess and Casey again.
I started this project to open my granddaughter up to the possibilities of a creative life. I wanted her to think of herself as a maker, someone who puts new things into the world.
Most of all, it was a chance for us to bond over story. I hope it does the same for you when you share it with your little ones.