some of you may remember a huge controversy that was stirred up by an article on vogue magazine last year regarding a mother's story of helping her 6 year old obese daughter, bea, lose weight. dara was vilified by mothers and doctors alike for her honest account of how difficult the process was for her daughter and for herself. the things that seemed to anger people most was that dara got a book deal out of the article. that she had sacrificed her daughter's privacy for her own career. well, the book, the heavy, is out today. dara happens to be a friend and fellow parent at my son's school; bea and my son forrest are in the same grade. dara asked me to photograph her author photo last summer and we proceeded with the shoot and the edit with thoughtful consideration. we knew how people would scrutinize the author photo of a book dealing with body image, especially this one. dara wanted to go with a pictures that was more down to earth and relatable, i kept trying to get her to go for one where she looked prettier. the agent weighed in and she ended up going with something in between in the end.
i am very curious to see how the media and the public react to this book. and i hope dara is prepared to be in the spotlight as this year's tiger mom.