Ninja vs. Pirates photo shoot

Ninja vs. Pirates is a children’s book I’m writing for my son, Dean, and he’s the illustrator. (There is more info about how this project started on my About Dorlana page.) As the book has progressed, there have been changes, of course. Now, instead of it being entirely illustrated, there will also be photos. And guess who the model is!

The story is about twin brothers, one who says ninja are the best warriors, and the other brother claims that pirates are the best. The book is in three parts: Part I is from Riley’s (Dean’s middle name) point of view and will have the photos. Part II is from Richard’s (Dean’s best friend’s middle name) point of view and will have Dean’s drawings. And then Part III is actually from the mom’s point of view and will have illustrations and photos from other sources. This book is for an 8-year-old boy and has a lot of little boy humor – which, thankfully, he laughs at.

The pictures in this post are pre-edit, soon to be cropped, changed to black & white, etc.  All the clothes from the photo shoot are from Dean’s own costume collection. He doesn’t dress-up as much anymore, but he did go through a stage when he was three and wouldn’t leave the house without his pirate bandana. We had a lot of fun taking the pictures! In fact, this whole experience has been awesome.

Right now the book is still going through critiques/edits (thanks writer friends and family!) and formatting. But I have a deadline of before summer so Dean can show his book to his class. No pressure there. Hopefully, I will have the cover ready the end of the month. Unlike all of my other books, this one will be a paperback first, and then I will work on the eBook.

Love and Laughter,



  1. Rita




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