Catherine Cattanach is a Wellington-based portrait photographer, wife, mother and coffee aficionado, who was named NZIPP Wellington Photographer of the Year 2018 and NZ Creative Photographer of the Year in 2016. Recently she ventured into the world of photo book creation with two stunning publications Eryngyium and Homage. In her interview she reveals the process and valuable lessons from her experience.
Momento Pro has spent 15 years immersed in photo book printing, learning about people’s publishing experiences in Australia and New Zealand, and making friends with all the services that can help make your book a success.
We’ve also hosted photo book awards since 2011 which give us unique insight and statistics into antipodean photo book publications. In this blog post we share our findings in a simple guide that includes data, questions and topics for you to consider before publishing your photo book.
Sybren Kuiper is a contemporary Dutch graphic designer who specialises in narrating stories through images and text. His ten rules below are written from the perspective of a graphic designer when working with a photographer on a photobook project.
#1. Never forget the basics: a photo book has two defining qualities: 1. it is a book; 2. it is full of photographs.
#2. When you start designing don’t listen to the photographer. Listen to the photos, then to the photographer.
Great layout and page design is not intuitive, a fact that has been proven by thousands of books that have passed through Momento’s print facility. We see many good designs but many would also benefit from using a few design fundamentals.
While photographers are more visually literate than most, the ability to compose within the frame of a photograph doesn’t always translate to composition within the frame of a double page spread, but if you want to create the most effective photo book, good design is critical. Depending on the purpose and budget for your book you can choose to design it yourself, or seek assistance from a professional. In either case, the design should always be driven by the purpose and intention of your book.