National Geographic photo shoot

August 29, 2011 • Posted in Beth Finke, Harper, Uncategorized, Writing for Children by

In my last post I told you I’d written a story for National Geographic School Publishing. What I didn’t mention is that they sent a photographer and staff out to take pictures! And as much as I’d love to tell you that they asked to take shots of me topless in a grass skirt, well, the orthopedic shoes didn’t work with that outfit. I wore jeans.

Here's one pose I know they didn't get. (Photo by Mike Knezovich>

The National Geographic photographer took photos of me working on my computer with Harper at my side, feeding Harper, playing with Harper, grooming Harper outside, him leading me around. Good thing I like attention so much! Harper didn’t seem to mind, either.

I have my orthopedic shoes on in every shot, and since most shots feature Harper at my feet, you wont’ be able to miss the clodhoppers. The book will not be published until sometime next year, and I am hoping, hoping, hoping that by then my little experiment with platform shoes will be such a distant memory that I’ll have to rack my brain when anyone asks what’s up with the funky shoes in the photos. “Oh, I forgot all about that,” I’ll say, running out the door to head downtown with Harper. “That must have been the summer I broke my foot.”

Bob On August 30, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Great photo — You & Harper look very happy and comfortable together.

Audrey Mitchell On August 31, 2011 at 8:12 am

I like the photo too. It’s a natural.

Chris G On September 1, 2011 at 7:59 am

Cosmo will be calling you for a shoot when those shoes become a fashion rage!

Sheila A. Donovan On September 1, 2011 at 8:47 am

How come your clodhoppers aren’t in this photo?

bethfinke On September 1, 2011 at 10:41 am

I’m waiting by the phone…

bethfinke On September 1, 2011 at 10:52 am

By that, I mean, I’m waiting for Cosmo to call. See below for answer to why clodhoppers are not in the photo…

Kate Hannigan On September 1, 2011 at 9:01 am

Don’t know who’s cuter, you or Harper! But they cropped out your feet — what’s up with that?

bethfinke On September 1, 2011 at 10:43 am

Kate, if you ever saw the clodhoppers you would understand compltely why my feet are cropped out of this photo!

penn nelson On September 1, 2011 at 9:31 am

If I didn’t mention no shoes I would be remiss!

Come on now, without the clodhoppers you wouldn’t be wallking!


bethfinke On September 1, 2011 at 10:44 am

Okay, okay, I get it. “Embrace the clodhoppers.”

bethfinke On September 1, 2011 at 10:44 am

Hmmm. Maybe that’d make a good bumper sticker.

Caren On September 1, 2011 at 9:40 am

Very Cool -Maybe we’ll see you in the kids National Geographic newsletter they get every week at school and they’ll be doing homework based a story about their Famous Aunt Beth!

bethfinke On September 1, 2011 at 10:47 am

Maybe. But I signed a non-disclosure agreement (my first ever, very exciting!) so I can’t tell you any more about how Nat’l Geo School Publishing is using my story until it comes out. Hope your bottom doesn’t get worn out, sitting at the edge of your seat until Spring!

Benita On September 1, 2011 at 9:46 am

Excuse me, but have you been guzzling at the Fountain of Youth?

bethfinke On September 1, 2011 at 10:50 am

Are you asking me that due to how silly the writing is in this post? Or (I hope!) do i look particularly young in the photo? If it’s the latter, that’s a bit worrisome: proves that sitting around for 12 weeks without exercise can make a person look young!

Carol Dorsey On September 1, 2011 at 8:27 pm

They remind me of the shoes some of the nuns used to wear with their habits. Walk proudly – you are in good company.

Susan @ 2KoP On September 2, 2011 at 10:40 am

Congratulations. Hope your foot is feeling better. Maybe I should think about cleaning up my basement office in case someone wants to take a picture of me at work 😉

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