Photography and Video


"From my very first meeting with Kathleen, it was clear she had a vision: to capture my vision as authentically as possible. She quickly figured out this meant telling the story of Girls Write Now from the vantage point of the high school writers we serve, with a sensitivity to their words, their rhythm, their palette, and ultimately to their own vision as artists. Over the last four years, Kathleen has produced a range of short videos for Girls Write Now, from organizational promotional pieces to author interviews to documentation of special events, collaborating closely with a diverse group of staff, volunteers, and students. Each of her videos is a testament to her talent and a tribute to theirs."

Maya Nussbaum, Founder and Executive Director, Girls Write Now

Description of Services

Have you wondered about the book trailer buzz? Curious to know more about web clips, YouTube channels and Vimeo? Interested in posting an author interview or video headshot on your site? Want to know how to maximize your Flip camera use or embed media on Wordpress? Award-winning videographer Kathleen Sweeney has been collaborating with authors, artists and non-profits to produce videos, taglines, and multimedia marketing concepts for over ten years. From DIY to large budget projects, she brings out-of-the-box innovation and savvy tips for cross-platform messaging. A crackerjack interviewer, she can multi-task to the max, and will explain media basics in plain English (or Klingon, your choice). She can coach you on improving your own video output, or work with your publicity team to produce a launch-worthy concept unique to your book.

About Kathleen Sweeney

Kathleen Sweeney has collaborated extensively with authors, artists and non-profits to locate the unique DNA of their stories through video web clips, book trailers, and mini-documentaries, including Scholastic Books and Delacorte. A contributor to Afterimage and Women and Hollywood, she has been featured on NPR, Gannett News and and is the author of Maiden USA: Girl Icons Come of Age, a post-90s chronicle of pop culture. Check out “Hot Eye Pop,” ( her recent overview of book trailer mania at Publishing Perspectives. 


With a record of international video art exhibitions, recent client works have shown at The New Museum and MoMA, New York. She has produced youth media projects at DIA: Beacon, and Reel Grrls, and currently teaches courses at The New School on viral media, creativity, comedy and superheroes. Her screenplay, The Lodestar, was shortlisted for the 2009 Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab.


She currently serves on the Advisory Board for GirlsWriteNow and is a SheSource expert for the Women’s Media Center.


For more information, see Kathleen Sweeney’s website:

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Kathleen is available for a She Writes Virtual Lunch—
a comprehensive hour-long phone consultation for 100 bucks!

Contact: maidenusamuse [at] gmail [dot] com




"I worked with Diana Eliazov at Sports Illustrated and hired her to shoot my own author photo. She's an all-around first-rate photographer who can make a simple portrait look interesting and special, and can do it without a lot of equipment or fuss. I hope she can shoot my next author photo as well. The older I get, the more I need her."

—Charles Leerhsen, author,
Crazy Good: The True Story of Dan Patch, the Most Famous Horse in America

Description of Services

Author Portraits:
Diana can take an author portrait either in the studio or in a natural setting, indoor or outdoor, which reflects the author's personality. Her final, retouched images can be used both for print and online.

Book Covers: Diana can shoot a cover image that reflects the concept and personality of the book's content and style. Images can be conceptual abstracts, portraits, landscapes, or still-life images.

About Diana Eliazov

Diana discovered her passion for photography as an undergraduate at Boston University. She began her career as a staff photo editor and freelance photographer for Sports Illustrated. Her ease behind the camera and innate sense of composition have led her to document campaigns including Sobe, Naked Juice, and GNC. She has created portraits of such subjects as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Peter Arnell, Donovan McNabb, John Legend, and Frank Gehry, and regularly shoots the landscapes and local personalities that she encounters in her travels.

Contact: deliazov [at] gmail [dot] com


"Emily is a smart, hard-working and talented photographer and writer with a sweet personality to boot. She was a wonderful asset at our newspaper and surely will be to any other company that hires her."

—Reena Rose Sibayan, Chief Photographer, The Jersey Journal

Description of Services

Author Portraits:
Whether in a studio setting or utilizing natural light, Emily strives to create personal and inspiring portraits. All sessions include a pre-shoot consultation, online gallery, printed portraits, and retouching. Images can be used in all mediums for promotion of your book. Emily also has an extensive archive of travel, documentary, lifestyle and conceptual images that are available for book covers or illustration. You can browse them at Corbis or commission derivative works.

About Emily Anne Epstein

Emily Anne Epstein studied literature and film at Columbia University. Her signature style infuses classical compositions with modern aesthetics to create compelling portrait and documentary photography. Emily works with periodicals such as The New York Times, Newsday, Time Out, The Newark Star-Ledger, The New York Post, and The Sydney Morning Herald. Her work has been published in four different continents. Currently residing in New York City, she is a freelance photographer, contributing to Corbis Images and working on her first novel.

Emily is available for a She Writes Virtual Lunch—
a comprehensive hour-long phone consultation for 100 bucks!

Contact: emily.anne.epstein [at] gmail [dot] com


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