I can say that one of my most famous works is the Dino Lara Photography Website. It was one of the toughest projects yet dearest to my heart. I’m simply proud that I made it.
For some “behind the scenes” feel, here are some initial drafts:
The About section was supposed to look like a slam book.
The main look was like photocopied paper with some playful highlighter accents.
The sidebar image initially looked like this.
Revisions. Revisions. Revisions. Blood. Sweat. Tears. Revisions. Revisions. Et voila.
I retained the photocopied paper feel but now it is more subtle. A cutout image on the sidebar links to the About section, and social media pages.
The About section is all about trivia involving numbers.
Our Rates section is fashioned like a menu so the customers can understand each.
Our Gallery sections is kind of like a wedding vow presented in a witty way.
Each Gallery category is presented in a different way. My favorite and trickiest to design is the wedding we presented that was quite controversial, so it was only apt to do it newspaper-themed.
What most people do not know is that the concept and even all the wordings are mine. So now you know why it is up there on my favorites list. This project is practically baby, and as a bonus, my baby gave birth to other babies: I now write for other people as well.
Why I suddenly blogged about this project is because we encountered an issue of our content being copied by another photographer. All is settled now, though, no need to worry. Dino Lara Photography has many, many fans so they probably took care of the matter before we could. Pride in your own work is important. While it is flattering, I would like to inspire others to do their own thing. There is enough creativity to go around, so there’s no need to copy anybody.
As if to appease my soul, I came across a fan who brought a cutout portion of the design to one of Dino Lara’s weddings.
Pardon me if I do my happy dance as I end this post. Doing your best has its perks.