on a routine dog walk the other seemingly regular day, i ran into my neighbor cathy. she showed me her basket, took her time with me, present and pleasant. my morning became something special ...
i'm kind of crazy about adding words to photos. i LOVE (whole body shudder) finding the *right* words for a certain image. and the *placement* of the words in the photo, or next to the photo. then choosing the *font*. the *size* and *shape* of the letters. the *color* of the letters. sometimes i even use *more than one font* in the same photo. ooooooo!!!!! ohhhhh! i iove it so. and as i continue with words + photos in my 'wisdom words' series, i love it even more.
i've never had any formal design training. can't even remember when exactly i first picked up the text tool in photoshop. certainly it wasn't when i was a photojournalist. must've been when i started my boutique stock photography agency see jane run. i created my own marketing materials. (heck, i did everything.) and i didn't know how. i just banged around until i figured it out, or figured out who to ask for help.
i'm still learning where to get great fonts (i've downloaded some at 1001freefonts.com and dafont.com). then i had to learn where to move the downloads on my computer so the fonts would show up in the drop down menu (Library - Fonts folder). i know, pretty basic huh. i really don't know what i'm doing. but i know i LOVE what i'm doing.
in an e-chat with tracey clark with our fellow picture winter attendees, i asked tracey how she got here in her career. she said something like "i just followed the whims of my passions." wow. and look where she is now: founder of shutter sisters, uber popular e-photo course instructor at big picture classes, writer, photographer, etc etc etc! she is lovely and deserves it all.
oft times, it's murky waters finding our passions. but this words + picture thing? no bout a dout it, this is my passion. one of em. all mine. purely truly mine. from the core of me mine. not whispering but shouting through my whole body: I LOVE THIS!!!!!
so i can't NOT do this. and so i begin. and i try. and i learn. and i do. most important, i do.
i add to wisdom words once a week, sometimes more. creating those pieces is always a completely pleasure-ful creative endeavor.
being in creative flow is the ultimate place to be, and a few nights ago that's exactly where i was: playing with words and images, the ones you see in this post.
i'm thinking of adding a new line of greeting cards with words.
someday, i'd like to add more than a few words ... my own words of wisdom.
would love to hear what you think of the words + photos? words + photos on cards?
i'd appreciate SO MUCH any tips about using the text tool and words + photos design in general. and where do you get great fonts?
If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn't need to lug around a camera.