Celebrating Raiquel's achievements with a dreamy photoshoot in the secret garden a.k.a Prospect Park in Redlands, Ca. Here's a sneak peek of some of the photos we took today. More to come!
Excited to share my first set of lapel pins for a new product launch coming this fall.
Last Thursday we did a commercial/photoshoot where I not only assisted in direction but I also played set decorator and food stylist.
I'm usually the one behind the camera so this was a new experience for me. I was out in the sun cutting up fruit and scrambling to make it look good. I even panicked a little because my chubby fingers were not ready for those small details in a short amount of time. One false move and it was strawberry or what-have-you all over the set.
Why am I telling you this? No it's not to complain. I'm telling you this because the creative industry looks fun and easy but the truth is if you work in the creative industry chances are you are wearing more than one hat. There's so many people who mistake a "creative" job for a "easy" job. Yes, at times our jobs look like all lot fun, but we work hard at what we do and it should be taken seriously because it's a lot of work. If you know a creative professional give them a high-five for being a rockstar at what they do & love. To my set decorators and food stylists, if I didn't appreciate you enough before, I certainly do now! Your skills are an art form and are essential in storytelling.
Below are our save-the-dates inspired by our love for books and fairytales. We decided to go with a two-piece save-the-date because we realized all the old folks (if not every one) love to stick these sort if things on their refrigerators.
Also, can I just say how great it is to be your own client? Being one's own client is a great way to break the mundane 9-5 routine full of revisions after revisions and pending approvals. Sometimes one needs to just design for oneself & just have fun with it!
I believe in giving credit where credit is due so here it is:
Concept & Design: Nicole Orona (that's me!)
Photographer: Matthew Reiter
Print Production: Got Print
Portia is a dear friend of mine that got engaged around the same time as I did. Being the awesome friend I am, I offered to design her save the dates for her and her fiancé.
There wasn't any challenge here, thanks to Pinterest there's a ton of inspiration out there. Portia and Chris are having a destination wedding in the Dominican Republic. Out of which, I sent her the follow examples (found on various posts on Pinterest) :
Luckily for me, the couple wasn't indecisive. They agreed to go with the "Pack Your Bags" concept. With any design, I strive to make it unique even when referencing existing work. I wanted to put some personality in the wording and the couple loved it.
I also added some dimension with layering the background layers over the suitcase. As a finishing touch I added a luggage tag with the couple's initials.
And lastly, to keep the travel theme going and saving a few extra bucks, we decided to making this design into a postcard.
Special thanks to Portia & Chris for letting me be part of their wedding journey. Congratulations to you both!