Almost two years ago, a couple members of my church come to me and ask if I would be willing to do the next church directory. I agreed and being a recent college grad I didn’t have a whole lot to do at the time. I knew it would take a lot of work, but I certainly didn’t think it would take this long (in fact, I don’t think any of us did.) But almost two years later, after days of snapping photos and editing them, arranging them and arranging pages, I’m happy to present a few pictures from the final product for you:
As a photographer, I was asked to take all of the member photos for the directory. This was the main reason for doing our own directory– when a company comes to take your church’s photos, there is no cost to the church. However, the company makes profits via the family portraits they sell. Our church opted to do our own so that they could pay me and keep the prices down for families who wanted to order extra prints. (You can see the setup of this process for those church photos here and a picture of those finished photos here.)
With a small handful of exceptions, I also took all the additional photos of church events, groups, etc. This took up a larger majority of the time because of all the special events such as Christmas, Easter, and other events that only occur once a year. Then as a graphic designer, I was asked to arrange the book. I enjoy taking photos, but it was also fun to arrange the photos in collages like pieces of a puzzle, as well as picking out colors, fonts, etc.
If you decide to embark on this sort of journey as a designer I’d be happy to share my insights with you. Unless you’re working on a team of designers/photographers or don’t have a second (or third) job, it probably will take longer than you think. Having said that though I enjoyed taking the photos and putting the booklet together and it also helped me to get to know our congregation a little better and that has been enjoyable too. I’m so thankful to my church for giving me this opportunity and l’m so very glad to have accomplished such a large task and a great piece to add to my portfolio! They say the biggest challenges are the most rewarding and that’s certainly true with this one. Thanks to my friends and family (church or otherwise) for all your support!