Author Interviews

4 Questions With New York Times Bestselling Author Seth Casteel

Y’ to the all. Where do I start with how excited I am about this 4 Questions Interview?? I mean for.real. Especially since Seth Casteel’s first book (and Bestseller) combines three things I could never live without.

1. Photography
2. Books
3. Puppies!!! (I call all dogs puppies no matter the age, just roll with it)

The genius and creativity behind Underwater Dogs makes me smile every single time I see one of the images. You should really follow him on Facebook and Twitter. It’ll make your day. And remind me of how much I want a dog (don’t tell my Maxie though).

Seth Casteel is an award-winning photographer with a passion for working with animals. His series of underwater dog photographs have brought him worldwide attention, entertaining and bewildering millions of animal lovers. As an established member of the animal rescue community, Seth has been recognized by TIME Magazine, The Today Show, and The Humane Society of the United States for his efforts, and his underwater dog photographs have been featured in The New York Times, on Animal Planet, and in hundreds of other outlets.

He is based in Los Angeles and Chicago and is the proud “dad” to two dogs, Nala the mini-labradoodle and Fritz, the Norwich Terrier.

1. What is something about your life right now that you would never imagined 5 years ago?
That images of dogs jumping into swimming pools would bring smiles to millions of faces around the world.

2. What is one thing that you would go back and do differently if you could?

3. What is one of the happiest moments of your life?
Adopting my dog, Nala.

4. What is one thing you want the next generation to know?
Dogs inspire us!

And just when I thought I couldn’t die from any more dog cuteness, Casteel recently announced he’ll be releasing Underwater Puppies!! Thank you again so much Seth!!


Book Reviews, Photography

Some of My Favorite Photography Books

If you have had a chance to meander on over to the ever cleverly named tab “About,” you already know that along with writing about my favorite reads, I take pictures (in another life I was a wedding photographer). I love photography as much as I love reading. As I was going through my book inventory I found some favorites I think you’ll enjoy even without having to own a camera.

Cats of the Greek Isles – If you don’t like cats, then I don’t recommend this. But if you like cats and Greece, this one is a winner. It seems like cats there rule the streets and photographer Hans Silvester knows a thing or two about how to creatively capture them.

100 Photographs that Changed the World – Images have the power to speak thousands of emotions and story. This is a collection of some of the most powerful. Photojournalism at it’s greatest.

Bible Road: Signs of Faith in the American Landscape – I heart Jesus, I really do, so this book was a rather interesting and intriguing collection by Sam Fentress. Some people are creative in the ways they share about Jesus and if we’re being honest, some are rather strange.

Great Photographs of World War 2 – My passion in history can be thrown in with the rest of the reasons why I love being a nerd, but this books has hundreds of photos from the last great war. Some pretty powerful stuff.

Did I miss any?