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A mother and daughter duo will be signing books at Brown and Company this Saturday.

Theresa Airey a well-known local artist will be introducing her latest book Digital Photo Art: New Directions while her daughter, Lisa Airey, signs Touching The Moon.

The books are dramatically different. Mrs Airey's book is about digital photography, while Lisa Airey's book is a paranormal romance.

“Lisa lives in Maryland,” said Mrs Airey. “She is the manager for a wine society. She has always written stories for her daughter.”

Writing for Lisa Airey is a stress release from her day job, although she would one day like to be a full-time writer.

“Being sick is never fun; being sick when far away from home adds a special kind misery to what ails you,” said Lisa Airey.

She wrote the novel for her daughter who was battling reoccurring bouts of tonsillitis while in university.

“I wrote the book in a series of chapter instalments that I sent via e-mail to keep my daughter's spirits up,” Lisa Airey said. “I couldn't fix her a bowl of chicken noodle soup so I put the alphabet to paper. It didn't fix her throat, but it certainly made her feel better.

“I used her flat mate and best friend's name as my lead character so, naturally, my daughter would share the story when she got a snippet.

“I ended up with two whip-cracking editors and a finished manuscript by the time the two graduated.”

Lisa Airey's mother, Theresa, is a Bermudian resident, photographer and author.

“When Mom first got involved in photography, she used the family as her subjects,” said Lisa Airey. “As a result, we all have an intense aversion to view finders and zoom lenses.

“But now that Bermuda is the focus of her attention, we can all relax on the holidays.

“Her books are as beautiful as the Island she captures on film. I've done my share of editing on her texts also. I guess the book thing is a bit of a family affair.”

Mrs Airey's interest in writing stems more from her passion for photography.

“I fell in love with photography in college at the age of 37,” said Mrs Airey. “I met the photographer Ansel Adams and that changed me.

“He influenced me to go into fine arts photography. I liked the dark room, at that time, and did a lot of dark room techniques.”

She was compelled to start recording some of her methods when she broke her foot and couldn't walk for three months.

“It was an icy March in Maryland and I started to put together all the techniques I used in the dark room including infrared photography,” she said. “I sent my children to the library to find books on publishers.

“A publisher called Amphoto seemed appropriate so I sent the book to them.

“Two weeks later got a phone call from them saying they were going to publish my book.”

Since then she has written eight books including “Creative Photo Print Making”, “Beginner's Guide to Digital Photography”, “Digital Photo Art: Transform Your Images with Traditional and Contemporary Art Techniques” and her latest “Digital Photo Art: New Directions”. They are published by a subsidiary of Sterling Publishers.

She has also created two Bermuda based books including “Bermuda Then and Now and Bermuda: The Quiet Years”.

“Digital Photo Art: New Directions” teaches many of the newest creative digital photography techniques, and has information about many new photography computer programmes and applications.

There is photo collaging in the book and also a chapter on infrared photography, among other things.

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Published October 31, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated October 30, 2013 at 9:36 pm)

Mother and daughters team up for joint book signing

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