I just received the final product and WOW! How cool?!?!
I am a music lover to my core and I remember how special it felt as a kid to look through the album booklets by my favorite bands, reading the liner notes and the dedications....I never thought MY name would be in one!
Several months ago I was approached by my friend Juli- she is a great singer and choral teacher who has performed all over the world! She told me that she was in the process of recording an album and needed some fresh photos for her new website and album cover. I was thrilled at the idea- my educational background in artist/entertainment management is what led me to embrace photography not only as an art form, but also as a branding and marketing tool. I have many dreams and goals, but one of the biggest ones is to work with musicians. For me, imagery and music go hand in hand I love to use any skills I possess to help artists express their ideas in ways that complement their music.
Some work I did for singer/songwriter Richard Strater back in 2014
So, Juli and I got together to discuss the concept of the album and the resulting photo shoot, I went to her home to take some images, and later I fired up the ol' Indesign program and got to work! Admittedly, the photo on the cover of the album is a stock photo. We hadn't decided on whether we were going to use a portrait of Juli on the cover or a different design by a (real) graphic designer, and I was just going to use a temporary stock photo while I designed the cover layout. When I came across the photo of the child's hand in an adult's, however, I knew it was the one. The album is a compilation of songs about the transition between adolescence and adulthood, and passing along what you've learned through your life down to your children. Need I say more? The photo was the perfect visual representation of the album concept.
As a photographer in the digital age, my work is primarily displayed on a screen. I've seen my photos on websites, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc...and yes, it feels good- but there is something so special about holding my work in my hands. Seeing the final product of this album artwork I designed is truly indescribable. I had the pleasure of hearing Juli sing live this week at Hatch Hall and was blown away by her performance. She has such a beautiful, clear voice and I know how hard she worked on this album and how special it is to her. I couldn't be more proud to have been a part of it! Thank you again Juli from the bottom of my heart and congratulations on your success!!!
To learn more about Juli Elliot and her debut album, go to julielliotsings.com (I designed her website too! Haha!)