Corine Dehghanpisheh

Children's Picture Book Author and Illustrator

Writer and illustrator of children's picture books.

Growing Up Without Digital Photography

While creating my book - #BabyLove: My Social Life, I thought about growing up in the 70's without digital cameras, phones, or tablets.

Photo by Stephanie Swartz/iStock / Getty Images

I realized one result immediately.  I had very few photos taken during my childhood.  Most of the photos that I do have were taken for annual school yearbook pictures.  The others were random shots usually taken during a family holiday event or at an important milestone event such as my kindergarten graduation below. 

Kindergarten Graduation with my twin sister. #BabyLove #LifeWithoutDigitalPhotography #ItWasThe70's

Kindergarten Graduation with my twin sister. #BabyLove #LifeWithoutDigitalPhotography #ItWasThe70's

Most of my family pictures were taken with a Polaroid camera.  This is how we were almost immediately able to see the photo.  (Plus or minus a few seconds of waving the film in the air to develop.)   I remember anxiously awaiting its development.  Then immediately judging the picture as  “good” or “bad.”  I also remember if it was bad, there was rarely a "do over."  The awkward photo just remained a part of our history and put into an album for a good laugh later in life. 

Recently, I found some of those old photos and had a good laugh.  

Photography for the general public was so different at that time.  Photographs were usually well posed; at times some were candid but definitely very few selfies. 

New bikes.  #Polaroids #LifeWithoutDigitalPhotography

New bikes.  #Polaroids #LifeWithoutDigitalPhotography

I remember after finishing a roll of film I would anxiously wait to get the film developed.   Only to be disappointed that someone didn’t smile or looked away.  Usually someone's eyes were usually closed, or the photograph experience one of the million unforeseen disruptions to the “good shot.” 

One example of such a disappointment occurred during elementary school, my twin sister and I were in a school play around Thanksgiving time.  I guess we were reenacting the first Thanksgiving, I am not sure.  Anyways, after school my mom took a photo of us (below) to remember the event.  But for some reason my twin sister toppled over during the process (I am not sure why or what happened but she was fine.)

Photo after our Thanksgiving play.  #BabyLove #LifeWithoutDigitalPhotography

Photo after our Thanksgiving play.  #BabyLove #LifeWithoutDigitalPhotography

My mom swore that she took the picture before my sister toppled over.  This was the only shot from that memorable experience. 

I don't know why she didn't retake it just in case.  But I guess that wasn't how things were done back then.

One thing I know for sure, I wish we had more pictures, especially some videos.  At the same time, I enjoy the laughs of the random shots, posed or otherwise.

What are your memorable experiences of living without digital photography?

First Reviews

I am very pleased with the first three reviews I received for my latest children's book, #BabyLove: My Social Life

Two five star and one four star review from Readers' Favorite.

Check out the excerpts below.

Dehghanpisheh’s wry and subtle humor is evident throughout this story that will entertain adults as well as the children they share the book with. #BabyLove: My Social Life is highly recommended for tech-savvy parents and their babies.
— Jack Magnus from Readers' Favorite
Colorfully illustrated, with flowing text that has a lyrical and poetic feel to it, it is very appealing to young eyes and easily understood. It is a refreshing twist on children’s books that throws in our contemporary obsession with social media.
— Bil Howard from Readers' Favorite
It’s an adorable book for children and something that parents won’t mind reading repeatedly. This is definitely what it looks like to raise children in the 21st century.
— Samantha Dewitt (Rivera) from Readers' Favorite

Read the entire reviews at Readers' Favorite website.

Reading With Lily

Words can't explain the joy of reading with my daughter, Lily.  This picture says it all. 

It is so much fun to watch her discover each new page.  She loves to look under flaps and touch different textures when they are available.  Each time she looks under a flap or touches a texture she reacts as if it is the first time all over again.   Such love.

 

Excited book baby

Excited book baby

A Farewell to Buddy

Farewell my love

Sadly, my family and I had to say good-bye this week to my dog, Buddy.  He inspired the Buddy character in my first two books, Buddy's Dream and Can We Play Again?

Buddy was a fun-loving and mischievous Shih Tzu.   Everyone who met him loved him.  He had away of making people feel like they were his "buddy." 

His charm and charisma will always remain a character inspiration.   Thank you for 10 great  years and companionship.  We love you Buddy!

Proofing Process

Finally after months of writing, editing, drawing, and reworking...and reworking- I am at the proofing stage of my  book, #BabyLove: My Social Life. 

Hooray!  I am so excited to be at this finalizing step.  Creating this book has been more personal than ever.  The idea for this book began upon the birth of my daughter, Lily, last July. 

Within that first months of her life, I can't tell you how many photos and videos were taken by me, my husband, our family and countless friends who came to meet Lily.  All of the picture taking and recording was so much fun.  Yet at times, it became overwhelming trying to capture a moment to share with others. 

Interestingly, I often found the most loveable images were those humorous and silly spontaneous moments caught by accident.

The purpose of this book is to show the different moments in a day in the life of an approximately six month old baby.  I created images to highlight the silly, mundane, and even posed moments that can occur.  At the same time, I wanted to include the technology used to capture the images and videos such as phones and tablets, along with the aspect of sharing the images on social media.  These days photographs and videos, phones and tablets, along with social media all go hand in hand.

I can't wait to share more of the book details soon.

Mom Read This Book, Please

My favorite part of the morning is reading with my daughter.  I think it is so important to read together.  We have set up a couple of different reading corners for her.  One in her bedroom and one in our living room. 

At 10 months old, I can't believe Lily already knows which books she wants to read. 

Here she is in the living room pulling out her favorite book.of the moment.  (Her favorite book changes quite often-almost daily.)  Right now Lily enjoys books about animals, especially dogs.  She likes to make the "woof, woof" sound when I read to her.

Favorite book of the moment.

Favorite book of the moment.

#BabyLove: My Social Life coming soon!

After becoming a new mom last July, my mind has been racing with new book ideas.  If only I could work as fast as the ideas sprung.  I am excited to announce that one of my ideas is coming along.  I am in the final stages of completing my next book, #BabyLove: My Social Life. 

An adored baby tells a modern tale about life in today's digital world.  #BabyLove: My Social Life highlights the social phenomena of sharing daily activities using technology and social networks.

Here is a sample illustration from the book.

Updated 6/3/2015- illustration from my new book #BabyLove: My Social Life.

Updated 6/3/2015- illustration from my new book #BabyLove: My Social Life.

Friends Yet?

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Over the past few months I have been busy getting used to being a mom and balancing life.  The time and experiences have definitely given me some new inspiration.  So, I am back and excited to be working on some projects that I love.   I can't wait to share more information about the children's books I am writing.

For now, I will share an image of my daughter Lily and my dog Buddy coexisting.  They are beginning to warm up to each other.  Maybe one day they will be friends?  For now as you can see...they keep their distance.   Love them both.

Engaging Story and Charming Illustrations

I love this book.


In summary a young girl has to split her time between her mom and dad. This story communicates valuable messages through the positive interactions that the girl experiences with her parents separately. Most importantly the young girl knows that she is loved and that they will always be there for her.

A.S. Chung has really developed an engaging story for a difficult topic of divorce or separation through her use of rhyming words. The illustrations are just as charming and they help to emphasize the books messages.


A Brand New Day – A Banana Split Story is a well written and illustrated children’s book, which I would recommend especially to families that are living through divorce or separation.

Check it out!

Learn more at Pigeonhole Books Website.

 

Free Copy of Can We Play Again? on Kindle

Children's Book Week May 12 - May 18, 2014

In honor of Children's Book Week, I am giving away free copies of Can We Play Again? from May 12 - 16, 2014 for Amazon Kindle.

Buddy's Dream will also be available for .99 Cents for Amazon Kindle from May 12 - 18, 2014.

Children's Book Week, started in 1919 and is the longest running literacy initiative.  It is a time to celebrate your favorite books, writers, and illustrators.  Beginning in 2015, CBW will start on the Monday of the first full week in May and run through Sunday.

Learn more about Children's Book Week here.

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Can We Play Again?

Book Summary

A dog named Buddy tells the inspiring story about his best friend and owner named Chloe.  She is a young girl who becomes sad and does not want to play anymore.

Discover how Chloe finds her way back to playing again with the help of an art therapist, Buddy, and her family.

An award winning book.

  • Next Generation Indie Author Finalist

  • Mom's Choice Awards® Silver Award Winner 

Buddy's Dream

Book Summary

An imaginative dog named Buddy falls asleep during story time.  With just one wish, Buddy and his butterfly friends are suddenly swept into an exciting tablet adventure.

Play along with Buddy and his friends as they explore all the different levels of their very own carnival game.  During the journey, meet all of the animals friends who help Buddy and the butterflies find their back home.

 

 

Kindle Book Deals

**Get your free copy of Can We Play Again? for Kindle here from May 12- 16, 2014

**Buddy's Dream will also be available for .99 cents for Kindle here from May 12 - 18, 2014

A New Goodreads Review

"REVIEW: Buddy's Dream was about a dog who got into some mischief on his owner's tablet, and got into a load of trouble when he was called in to it, and started his adventure! Buddy's Dream is the best book to read to their child when they want some adventure, or just something to laugh at when they are down. I enjoyed Buddy's Dream even as a teenager!.."

I am very appreciative when readers take time to give feedback and reviews!

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Books by Corine D.

PO Box 181792

Dallas, TX 75218