Our pick for book trailer of the week is this adorable one for J. Nichole Smith’s Puppyhood: Life-size Portraits of Puppies at 6 Weeks Old. It’s been a rough week, and we hope all Shelf Pleasure readers affected by Hurricane Sandy are recovering quickly and easily. We wanted to share this trailer today because a bunch of adorable puppies running around just feels really soothing. And keep reading because one lucky reader will win their own copy of this wonderful book!
The author, J. Nichole Smith, shared a behind the scenes peek with us into the making of the book and the trailer:
“I have to admit, photographing six week old puppies is really difficult. They’re tiny and wriggly, their attention span is nil and they’re unfamiliar with regular “dog stimuli” (treats, squeakers, trigger words) that I would ordinarily use to get my subjects’ attention. I can say without a doubt that
coordinating and photographing Puppyhood was one of the most challenging projects of my career to-date, but luckily, it was also one of the most delightful! In the book I say that “it is terribly unfair that I get to call this work” and I can’t sum it up better…who wouldn’t want a job that requires them to play with tiny little puppies for months-on-end?
Because each litter was so unique and irresistible, my assistant and I took turns capturing candid video of the shoots as they happened. It’s raw and imperfect but that is what I love about it—our vision was a “behind the scenes” look at the making of Puppyhood. We also took photos along the way and shared them with our Facebook and Instagram fans… who wouldn’t want to see a new six-week old puppy face every day (or several times a day in some cases!)?
I was really thrilled when I learned that Abrams wanted to collaborate on a trailer for Puppyhood, this was the perfect use of the footage. I love how they incorporated Rigby interacting with the book, as it adds such a fun element to the puppy shoot video and really showcases the trim-size. I love the size of this book— it’s the scale that allows each pup to be printed life-size and I think that’s the very best part of these portraits—they jump off the page, the next one more adorable than the last!
All in all I wanted Puppyhood to be a tribute to each and every characteristic that makes puppies so lovable and I think we accomplished that. Additionally, if you read the bit of text in the book you’ll learn that I feel quite strongly puppies should not be given as gifts…and this book supports that idea by providing the perfect substitute…it’s the perfect gift for any dog lover… you can almost smell the puppy breath!”
Check out Puppyhood behind the scenes!
We’re thrilled to announce that we have one copy of Puppyhood to give away to a lucky Shelf Pleasure reader. Please tell us your thoughts about the trailer in the comments, and we’ll choose one lucky reader randomly on Friday, November 9th to send the book to!
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