Amee L. Curtis
Amee L. Curtis is the creative mind behind the fantastic genre of literary themed Product Photography and is known for her spectacular stylized works of visual art.
Located near Portland, Oregon, this wife with a mild Dr. Pepper addiction and momma of one brilliant son, has had an extensive career spanning Theatre, Film and Television which has placed her in the direct center of the Venn diagram;
“How to be awesome & Know lots of stuff”.
As a two time featured artist for the RAW
exhibits (2016, 2018) and awarded Top 36 Entrepreneurs of Portland (Ranked #4, 2019) her works include; Frankenstein,
Red Riding Hood, Mad Hatter, Celebrate the Villains and now includes her first published work: NEVERLAND.
Follow future visual literary journeys at synergydesignfirm.com
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Questions to the Author
From conception to print, did your vision roll out the way you had envisioned or did it take a wildly different shape?
For the most part I’d say this project hit many nails on the head. I have pre production doodles that are almost exact replicas of their final image counterparts. Now, every project has room for growth- after all that’s where I believe the magic lives- but I feel like Neverland came to be what it was always meant to be, full of love, beauty and talent.
Why did you pick Neverland? What was your inspiration?
What was the most difficult talent to source? Mermaids? Live animals? Butterflies, jewelry, etc...
I’d have to say the underwater shots were most difficult. Personally because I am NOT an underwater photographer… and I’m not even 100% sure I’m buoyant… But when we connected with Matthew, owner of Merrowfins- he made my year by letting me know that he had the images we needed and would be happy to partner on the project!
Did you have a what you thought might be a disaster photo that turned out to be surprise gem once in the editing process?
Believe it or not, every photo selected looked fantastic to start with, then, I’d load them into the program to begin the editing and THATS when I’d start to wonder if it was a disaster. Specifically I’m referring to the butterfly hollow image with Wendy. When I brought the butterflies in, nothing matched, it looked fake and haphazard. But you just keep working and eventually you find yourself on the other side and in love with the image, wondering why you ever doubted it.
What was your most challenging scene to capture?
Your female pirate. Had you always planned on having a woman as a pirate?
How did you source your set design and construction? Specifically the nursery?
I understand you were the photographer, set designer, image editor, book designer, director, producer, etc... How did you do all of this??
Did you ever think this wasn't going to happen?
Additionally, when you sit down and realize you have 1000’s of images to go through and 100+ images to edit… THAT can seem insurmountable too.
What keeps you going?
Also in our household we have a saying: “Curtis’ don’t quit.”