Together We Go is the second in your Love.Life.Style. series. How did you dream up this series concept?
The idea came to me because I felt there were too many people dwelling on the woes of parenthood and not enough on the joys. I truly felt that since having children my home had become more stylish and interesting and my travel experiences richer. Life is good.
The photography in the book is amazing. How did you involve the other photographers in the process of this book coming together?
Besides being an author, what other hats do you wear? For someone like me who is absolutely inspired by your style and vision, where else can we see your artistry?
I have a vision and ideas and when I am styling and art directing, ideas and images come together on the spot. Take the images in the travel book of New York City: the stop and go signs and so exciting but can all be rather overwhelming and on seeing them, I thought of the many commands we give our children and how confusing it can all be. Does red mean go today and stop tomorrow? Are we clear and consistent and if not, is it any wonder our children become fustrated? Everything I see inspires a thought and everything I think inspires an image. So I think about how I want shots to look and the story I am trying to tell and it just seems to work.
Your books are truly a unique niche in the parenting/family/design/travel market. What would you like people to come away with after they read your work?
Mostly I would love for people to take pleasure in the moment and in knowing that our children are a huge gift and that they will grow up so very fast, that rather than worry and fuss and fret, we should enjoy life. I also want people to know that it is okay to want time away from them to be a couple or be with friends or indeed be alone, as it is in those moments we can appreciate being a parent.
I have a copy of Together We Go to give away. Please leave a comment by Monday, May 18th at midnight letting me know your favorite place that you've traveled with your children or your family and make sure I can reach you if you win.