After thinking about it for a long, long time, I finally got round to making a book for Phoebe one afternoon in December. I'd imagined it would take me ages to sort it out which is why I put it off for so long, but in the end I was very pleasantly surprised as it only took a few hours to put together Phoebe's Cakes.
As you know, I like to photograph Phoebe's amazing baking creations. She is very patient and knows not to disturb, alter or, heaven forbid, eat anything until the camera has been whipped out. (It pains me when she makes great cakes for friends' birthdays in the evening when it's dark - cakes don't look great with a flash - and then takes them to school the next morning before the sun is up again. We've missed out on quite a few good cake shots this way).
I collected photos of her cakes into a file as I went along, and it occurred to me that she should have her own cake book which brings together her 'work', just as an artist has a portfolio to show off their talents. She is extremely modest about her baking skills and I wanted her to have some tangible proof of how good she is. Nevertheless, it took me a shockingly long time to sit down and do it (at least that gave me more to work with) and now I realise it's as easy as pie (cherry with a nice piece of lattice-work pastry on the top, I think).
I used Bob Books and even though I did it very close to Christmas, the copies arrived after only three days which I think is amazing. I made a hardback photobook and it was incredibly straightforward, although I now have renewed admiration for book designers who make it look all too easy. I stuck to a very simple design and played with sizes and positioning, but nothing fancier or more sophisticated than that - it really was a matter of 'I've started so I will finish'.
Phoebe is delighted with her first book. When she showed it to a group of our friends, they asked in all seriousness how many copies she had sold. I wish. I only made two, but I like to think that this at least gives Phoebe's Cakes a certain cult cachet.
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