Stuff and Junk. And Lots of Pictures.
One thing I know I've been missing is having a clear concise way to exhibit an expanded portfolio when I meet clients in person. Most photographers show sample albums, which is a nice way to kill two birds with one stone (ie, showing both your album samples and samples of your work in one place) and I will certainly do as well...but I liked the idea of having an actual portfolio to show clients. This thing is sweet--it's a big, huge 12x12 hardcover book with full images on the front and back and a bright yellow spine. I think it Screams LORENZ PHOTOGRAPHY! I love love love book-making. I love designing the book, I love ordering the book I love checking FedEx tracking every 5 minutes to see when my book will arrive--and my favorite part--I love opening the book for the first time, and flipping through all the pages. I love the way new books smell and feel and it's especially great when that new book is full of your work. So, yeah--yay :)
What else? Well, ordering products for clients, like my new proof books!
This is an example of a hard cover (left) and a soft cover (right) proofbook. I love my new books because the design options for the cover and the inside is so much more extensive, allowing me to really customize each book for each client. Different fonts, different lay out etc....here's a few more examples:
See?? I did it! No crying or anything. The font on the back wound up a tiny bit off center because I got confused about the cut-off lines, but it's barely noticeable. The cards look BEAUTIFUL and they're printed on really pretty watercolor paper. Hooray! (Big thanks to Ruby Hazzard, Erin Carey and Caleb Cole--there was a lot of hand holding involved here...)
I also just finished a new album for Sarah and Nate, which I designed completely freehand in Photoshop, and I don't think it's too shabby if I do say so myself. Once we get their design finalized I'll be sure to post it up here as well!
Other than all this fun card/book business it's been a lot of behind the scenes biznezz. I've been trying to set up an engagement session gallery for my website, been corresponding with some really awesome vendors with whom I worked last summer (that's a whole separate post!), and busily chatting away with clients about their wedding plans. I'm getting super excited for what's to come in 2010--and even though it's been a bit quiet around here, I have such hugely high hopes and expecations for this year. I know it's going to be awesome.
So, in the meantime, I have a favor to ask of you dear readers, fans, friends, family or whatever the heck you are that brought you here: Blogging material. I needs it. Give it to me. What do you want me to write about? What do you want to know about me, my business, my process? Any pictures you want to see more of? Or do you want me to just shut up and go away now?
Until next time...muahaha!