These pictures are worth more than just a thousand words. After discovering Bethany Bee on Instagram last spring and inviting her to share with us her inspiration for her Selection series photo shoot, we were more than curious to see what this teenage photog could do when challenged to take photos inspired by The Jewel, The White Rose and The Black Key by Amy Ewing!
About The Jewel:
If you haven’t read The Jewel yet, here’s what you need to know about this darkly riveting dystopian series:
Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained to work for the royalty. But after she is bought at the Auction, she quickly learns the brutal and violent truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade. Violet must try to stay alive, and when an unlikely friendship offers her an opportunity, she clings to the hope of a better life—until a forbidden romance changes everything. Suddenly, Violet finds herself in a different kind of danger, one that may cost her more than she bargained for.
The Jewel Inspired Photos
We asked photographer, Bethany Bee, to write a post about her photo shoot for The Jewel and you can find that below, but while you scroll, please enjoy some of our favorite photos!
All About The Jewel Photo Shoot
They say not to judge a book by it’s cover, but a pretty cover doesn’t hurt! It might be the sparkly cover that made me pick up The Jewel, and the rest of the Lone City trilogy by Amy Ewing, but it’s the story that kept me reading. I really enjoyed the determination and tenacity of the main character, Violet Lasting, and I wanted to portray those traits in photographs.
The planning stage is one of the most fun parts of creating a styled shoot and styled book shoots are my favorite kind. Whenever I’m planning, I start by checking out all the fan art for that book series. I create mood boards and research to make sure the shoot is accurate as possible. I go back through the book and look for details that only true fans will notice. I think it’s important to stay true to the book but I also try to bring the fan’s interpretations of the characters to life– I hope some of you can recognize
your ideas in this shoot!
The most important part is finding the right model to fit the character. My friend, Paris Warner, is a local model and I knew she would be perfect as Violet. Since she’s also an actress, we talked a lot about Violet’s personality and experiences on the way to the shoot so Paris could sort of become Violet for the day! Finding the right locations for the shoot that feel authentic to the book can also be challenging. I have to blend the vivid dream world author Amy Ewing created in the series with the limitations of my location and, well, reality.
The hardest part of the shoot was recreating the gowns on the covers. My Mom and I spent a lot of time figuring out how we could do it with our limited fabrics and skills. The gowns for The White Rose and The Black Key were pretty straightforward and mostly just
took some time to create. However we couldn’t agree on the best way to recreate the dress for The Jewel. My Mom wanted to use sequins fabric because it was easiest but I was determined to have that full-bling ombré glitter! We ended up going with the glitter
but it was not easy. One pound of holographic glitter, 5 hours, 10 tubes of fabric glue and an unholy mess later, (seriously, it was like a disco ball threw up in our kitchen) we had the dress– or at least a good enough version of it for pictures.
We tried not to track glitter all over our house but that’s pretty much impossible. However, seeing it sparkle in the light made the pain worth it. Unless you ask my Dad who, weeks later, is still finding glitter in odd places.
Special thanks to Kait Parkinson who created the make-up looks for each of the three shoots and was willing to show up in random parking lots to redo makeup. Also thanks to Paris for smiling through all the odd looks we got as we traipsed about town in full costume, sometimes trailing glitter….
As a teen photographer, I really enjoy using photography to give life to the characters I love so much in books and The Jewel series by Amy Ewing was an especially fun challenge. I hope you enjoy the books and photos too!
We think she totally captured the feel of The Jewel series! What do you think? Let us know below!