further along ... w.i.p. catalog 14

I'm at that stage of the catalog where I need to remember to get up and walk around and stretch ... the computer layout process.  A few years ago, working at the computer for hours on end in a chilly winter studio, my right shoulder froze up.  I had virtually no range of motion and was in a fair amount of pain.  After an exceptionally long session with a massage therapist, hot soaks and lots of tender care, it returned to normal.  I do not want to repeat that discomfort!

But here I sit, doing a quick blog post to share my progress with Catalog 14 ... it would appear I possess a somewhat flat learning curve and am a glutton for punishment.  Okay, so I'll take a lunch/stretching break after I post this ... really, I promise!

Anyway, I still have a few more earrings to shoot, but I've got most of the catalog pictures done.  Taking those pictures is so much easier since I built my photo booth.  I love my photo booth ... a lot.  It is endlessly versatile and was super cheap to build.  Another great idea via Pinterest.

 photo booth: pvc and cheap polyester fabric, about 15 bucks.  I can clip on backdrops, use all sorts of platforms for images, clip on lights in assorted places and the whole thing folds down flat

photo booth: pvc and cheap polyester fabric, about 15 bucks.  I can clip on backdrops, use all sorts of platforms for images, clip on lights in assorted places and the whole thing folds down flat

I've got kind of a standard format I use in my catalogs.  Nothing exotic, but hopefully straightforward and easy to read and understand.  I use Microsoft Publisher for all my desktop publishing things.  I've been using it for as long as I've had a computer and it suits my needs perfectly.  Not the fanciest program, but it's what I know and love.  Of course, this much focus requires massive amounts of hot tea!

 Yes, I'm pretty old school in my design process ... I've pulled out a bunch of old catalogs for reference and printed out a contact sheet of new work

Yes, I'm pretty old school in my design process ... I've pulled out a bunch of old catalogs for reference and printed out a contact sheet of new work

I've got a long way to go, so this will be me signing off to eat some lunch, stretch my shoulders and hips and try to warm up my very cold fingers ...

with deep gratitude - kvk