4 Tips For Using Quotations With Your Images
THE PLACES YOU’LL GO!
You’ll be on y our way up!
You’ll be seeing great sights!
You’ll join the high fliers
who soar to high heights…
And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)
KID, YOU’LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!
You’re off the Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!
-Excerpts from “Oh the Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss
If you asked me four years ago what I wanted to be when I grew up…
I would have told you “A greeting card photographer and designer.”
Sounds charming doesn’t it? There’s something magical that happens when you pair imaginative images with clever words.
Using quotations with your images is an underused tool that can add sentiment and impact.
Here are 4 tips for using quotations with your photography:
1. Look for images that have negative space. Text can be hard to read if placed over a busy photo. Simple backgrounds with consistent color/tonality are ideal for showcasing a paired quote with your photo.
2. What is the larger context? Is the photo/quotation going to be used as a standalone? (Photos with quotes make great personalized greeting cards or thank you cards!) Or in collaboration with other images in a story format like an album? If it is the latter, make sure the quote matches the mood of the other supporting images.
3. Fit the quote to the subject. When pairing text with photo’s, be sure that the quote compliments the subject. Is it something that fits their personality? Does it fit the mood of the image? Does it fit their age?
4. Finding quotes: Great quotes can derive from interview questions to your subject, phrases or lines you hear them say, favorite books, or inspired thoughts from great people.
Brooke Snow is the Professional Photographer for her own family and an Abundant Life Practitioner. She loves trips to the library, summer rain, and tomato basil sandwiches. She lives with her husband and adventurous son in Northern Utah.