Whitney: A Tribute to An Icon – A new book of photographs, "Whitney: A Tribute to an Icon," was released last week."This was just shot in the bedroom," said Randee St. Nicholas, who curated the project and took many of the pictures in the book. "What I wanted to do with this shoot -- and I'm so happy I had the time to do it -- was just give a well-rounded perspective of her." "She's not smiling and she's not dancing, which is what she did all day and every day. And when you're trying to shoot her, she's always dancing and singing, which is really fun. But every now and then, you want to get a more serious shot, just a moment where Whitney is more introspective. So that's what that setup was about."
Whitney: A Tribute to An Icon – "There's a little theater in this house, a screening room," St. Nicholas said. "That was at the end of the night. And you could see how much fun she was still having. We were there about 16 hours. It was heaven on Earth for me because you look at all of those pictures from that shoot and you see how amazing she was to shoot. This day I got to have her for as many hours as we needed. And at the end, she says, 'I'm getting a little tired.' I go 'Really? I think we can do one more shot.' '"
Whitney: A Tribute to An Icon – "They hired me to shoot publicity pictures, and she had one day available and it was the dead of winter," St. Nicholas said. "So we just rented a house and shot there. I had not seen her at that point in maybe six years. It's been a long time. She hadn't really been doing anything. So when I got there she was in the amazing frame of mind and she was absolutely gorgeous. We had a wonderful day shooting. It was one of the only times she didn't have something else to do."
Whitney: A Tribute to An Icon – "She did everything she needed to do to make it special," sister-in-law Pat Houston remembers. "The camera loved her and she loved the camera. And she had such an iconic appeal with the beauty and her style that it was amazing. And to go along with that phenomenal voice, she was just absolutely amazing. Didn't have to do too much, just step in front of the camera. And once that happened, that was it."
Whitney: A Tribute to An Icon – "Fiji water was her water of choice," Pat Houston said. "She loved Twix. She was a candy buff. Twix and M&Ms. Of course it didn't matter about the color. Just make sure her water was there; she could survive."
Whitney: A Tribute to An Icon – This photo was taken by during the music video shoot for "Exhale (Shoop, Shoop)," which was directed by Forest Whitaker. "In between them shooting, I set a black backdrop and pulled her to the side and shot this," St. Nicholas said. "Of course, she was listening to music. She loved music."