I absolutely LOVE it when clients decide to get coffee table books. Not just because it gives them the opportunity to showcase the best photos from our session in an amazing, personal book, but because I love laying them out! Designing the books is such a wonderful combination of my photography and design backgrounds and I love taking the time to lay the photos out so they tell a compelling visual story.
I call the first draft “the director’s cut” because it’s completely my vision — my favorite photos, my favorite layouts, my favorite order of photos. If it were up to me, the book would go to print this way. But usually clients ask for minor changes here and there - mostly swapping in their favorite photos - and that’s great! The coffee table book is all about telling their personal stories.
This is the director’s cut of Michael and Dexter’s book.Throughout our shoot, Michael told me so many stories about his relationship with Dexter. We definitely tried to capture some of those moments and I tried my best to convey those little vignettes in the design of this book. The “greeking” you see is placeholder text for Michael to include his own writing.
I love Michael and Dexter! These photos might be some of my favorite to date. As I designed their book and relived their beautiful relationship, I realized I really, really, REAAAAALLY want photos of me, the BF, Maeby and Zoey. I’m definitely hiring someone in 2009 for some photos!
By the way, I’m taking a mini-vacation until next Monday — my mom is coming to LA from Philly for the first time today in the two years I’ve lived here! We will enjoy the sights and sounds of LA this week and then fly to Arizona to see my sister. So if I don’t respond to emails now you know why. : )
Until next time.