I have mentioned that working on designing Christmas and Holiday greetings have kept me busy, but what I haven't said is that creating unique and personal messages for clients is one of my most favorite things to do!
The theme for this week's post is "high key," and although I may have covered this topic before (several years ago), I realized that some of the design work I do calls for high key images. I am going to take one example from my last year's work folder to show you how a high key image can make for a great design concept.
He was not too keen on a camera or off camera flash. He could care less about my feather on a stick or catnip mouse. His main thought, I am sure, was "when are you going to leave."
He was not a steady eddy, and often would move just when you thought you had the perfect "snap!"
Yet, his parents said, "if you can...make him our card."
I am not a fan of colorizing an image (taking a black and white and adding color to certain areas) EXCEPT for fun cards during the holidays, where the technique can serve to heighten a design.
As a Christmas greeting image, it would be pretty boring if I left it as just a black and white Frampton.
The planning of this design included my adding some of the words in now.
The final design (and the one selected as THE Christmas greeting) is below. You can see how high key Frampton stands out from the traditional reds and greens of the holiday colors. The card was printed with a "pearl" finish, which gave it a festive sheen.
High key can be shot in studio with proper lighting, but Frampton's original photo was taken elsewhere with one light. As you can see, it is possible to take an image and turn it into a high key photo if the photo lends itself to the switch and the conditions are right...and if you watch a cadre of YouTube tutorials.
While I have finalized Christmas greeting session for this year, I am still fulfilling Christmas "GIFT" sessions. I do have a few spots open and available during the week of December 10th, however the weekends are booked. Last scheduling day is Friday, December 14th in order to have photos selected and in before Christmas.
Didn't make it this year? It's never to early to book your session for 2019! I do send out reminder cards. Have a great weekend! Meow.