Have you noticed the fresh, new headers on Crafts ‘n Coffee and on our Facebook page? I am excited about this update, and thought I’d share how it all came together. Dina from Studio Rossi is the amazing photographer whose work you often see on Crafts ‘n Coffee, and we worked together closely to create a series of new images that celebrate crafting year-round. You’ve only seen a few of the images so far, and here’s a sneak peek at all of them.
It all started with the coffee cups, because this is Crafts ‘n Coffee. I want a friendly, sit down and stay a while feel for the blog, so the coffee cup is part of who we are. I began by scouting options for different coffee cups (mugs really) for each season and holiday.
Dina and I talked through each shot, and how we wanted each photo to inspire people to craft and create, and to showcase the possibilities for crafting and decorating with STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. We wrote up a list of supplies for each shot, and I hit the stores, and went through my own stash, too.
Then, I packed it all up and stuffed my car full and drove to the studio.
During our first meeting, we roughed out each shot. And then I had another shopping list of last-minute items needed to fill in each shot.
There were a few last-minute props to make, too.
We were ready to go, and we worked right though the year, starting with the January shot. For each shot, Dina checks the gray balance with an OPTIcard.
Here’s the final image. You can see it’s a lot bigger than what you saw on the blog last month. One of our challenges was to create photos that could work in many different formats, from the very long and skinny blog header, to the Facebook header, and in much larger sizes, too.
Here’s how the image appeared in the header.
Are you ready to think spring? These are the initial supplies for the spring photo. I always include more than we’ll need, so we don’t have an “oh, I left that at home” moment.
Spring is partially staged.
And here’s the spring image that you’ll see in a month or two on Crafts ‘n Coffee. I think it’s one of my favorites.
Occasionally, as we were working on a shot, we realized that we needed a few more props, and we’d craft on the spot.
Here’s the set.
And the final Easter shot.
How about a summer preview?
This is the final image I’ll use during the summer months.
Fall is also one of my favorite photos. It all started with these supplies.
Every image is staged several times, swapping in and out different props.
It all came together in this final shot for fall.
So far, we all have our favorites, and almost everyone has chosen something different. Which photo is your favorite?