I love shooting but designing might be my favorite part of the job. Maybe its the chance to pour over all the old memories again, maybe its the challenge of visual story telling, or maybe its the freedom to get out of the office and sit in a busy coffee shop with a lap top and a latte and just let the world buzz around me while I play with pictures. Baby books are especially fun since there’s so much creative latitude: we can easily add text, quotes, or other memories to augment photos if we want to. Catherine and John decided they wanted to keep the book straightforward and all about the photos and it worked out lovely. Sometimes photos say it all.
The book was designed around 5 different sessions that we did with Caroline ranging from two weeks of age to sixteen months. The family chose a Paris style Museum Art Book for Caroline. The formidable 14″x10″size of the book allows photos to be large and powerful in a way they can’t be online. 100 pages of design space is luxurious, giving me plenty of room to play with sequence and rhythm without having to rush or crunch. The Paris style book is a modern choice that comes with a printed vellum dustjacket as well as printed end pages for a finished, classic touch.
Next the family chose linen paper for the printing and binding: a heavy stock, textured paper that renders soft color and a dreamy feel. If you look at the foreground of this photo you can see the subtle, linear texture of the linen paper.
I love how the book itself can really bring a sequence to life. The computer preview of the following layout is flat but, as a book, the open doors of the playhouse make “big” Caroline appear to pop right off the page!
I love making favorite photos extend in a panorama across pages, making a super detailed print size of 14×20! This was one of my favorites shots:
And one of Catherine’s favs. She loves remembering that Caroline was only 3 months old when she insisted on holding a bottle by herself!
I’m looking forward to making another book for Caroline’s baby brother Michael but I won’t rush him through his sweet babyness. I’ve got plenty of design work on my plate so I will patiently wait.
Here are a few more shots and if you would like to see the entire layout preview, click here…