Cover Story

So many people have asked me about the photo on the cover of Someone’s Daughter that I decided to share the story behind it.

While writing the book I had in mind the idea of a girl’s face, veiled for the cover – something that would depict the essence of my story – my secret, closed adoption. I toyed with the thought of using a photo of me, but soon discarded it, as it seemed too narcissistic.

Eventually I decided to forget about the cover for a while and concentrate on getting the book written. After all, no book, no cover.

Some time later I came across several photos on my digital camera, taken of my daughter Caitlin. They were black-and-white portraits showing a range of expressions and moods. One in particular caught my attention – her face partially covered by a scarf with only her eyes showing.

But what eyes! Huge, haunting, questioning. Eyes that had a story to tell.

Immediately I knew that this was my cover photograph. Not only was the composition exactly what I had envisaged, but the fact that the subject was my daughter tied in perfectly with the book’s title, making the photo exactly right for the cover.

I asked Caitlin who had taken the photo and was surprised to learn that the photographer was none other than her best friend, a lovely young lady named Danielle Smit.

Danielle was only 15 at the time, but there was no doubt that she had talent. Indeed, she now has her own blog, entitled ‘me you music and polaroids‘, which showcases her photographs and edited art work. It’s worth taking a look at.

And that’s my cover story. Sometimes we need to stop searching for perfect solutions, and wait for them to present themselves to us. Because when they do, they’re extra special.

    • Danise Smit
    • October 7th, 2010

    Being Danielle’s mother, I am obviously extremely proud of her and thinks that she takes the best photo’s ever (Objective? You think?)
    But ths story goes a little deeper. When Danielle (my only child) went to High School, I had all the “mother stresses” about …will she make friends? Will she be happy? Will she do well at school….and along comes Caitlin. And a beautiful friendship has developed over the years that are a major blessing not only to Danielle, but to “THE MOTHER”. Thank you for raising such a cool kid Aurette!!!
    I knew nothing about adoption and very little about depression when I read Someone’s Daughter…and then I was diagnosed with cancer..Aurette’s open discussion about depression is still helping me through my dark days. Get the book…it’s easy on Kalahari!!!! Even if you have not been affected by adoption or depression…it’s a great read!!

    • Wow! Thank you, Danise for your beautiful words. Our family has been blessed by the girls’ friendship too, and I am not only referring to Danielle’s contribution to my book. May the Lord continue to bless you all richly, always.

  1. Very intriguing story. I knew it was your daughter, you had told me that before, but I never knew the story behind the photo. You are absolutely right about the description of the picture, her eyes are haunting and it is perfect for the cover art! Way to go Danielle, and I will for sure check out her other work. I am a photography freak! Thank you for sharing!

    • debby
    • September 30th, 2010

    Thanks for sharing this with us Aurette. I love REAL stories. The picture is just perfect for your story and extra special with it being your daughter.

    • BB
    • September 30th, 2010

    The cover is perfect! It ties in very well with the title – Someones Daughter, as your daughter’s face is half covered and at first glance no one can recognise her. The photograph is also beautifully taken, one of those one in a million shots.

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