Sarah’s been to see The Full Monty on stage which reminded me of Calendar Girls which in turn made this entry spring to mind and I thought it a fitting one being the 300th, a milestone of sorts.
For the last couple of years Sarah and I have put together The Official Isabelle Newman calendars for ourselves and our mums and dads. Anyone that knows me will know that we certainly aren’t short of Isabelle photography to pick from but it is always a challenge.
Sure, it may not prove as popular as the, er, Cliff Richard calendar but I know which I’d rather have hanging in my hallway. Besides it’s nice to have her greet you at the top of the stairs everytime you come in after a long day at work, which to be fair she pretty much does in person as well.
The trick, for me, was picking images even taken in that month or images that represented that particular month. Some, like October with Halloween, and August, the month of her birthday were easier than others. It was also about trying to chart her progress over that previous year so trying to capture her changing look and growing personality as well…not something that probably will bother the makers of The Official Justin Bieber calendar 2014.
Each year you almost set the bar higher than the last as well, especially if xyz month last year hard a particularly strong image to go with it, the other thing is you don’t want to go for a straight rehash of what featured for that month last year either. Who’d have thought selecting 12 images, 13 counting the cover, was so difficult!
It’s kind of fun to know that part of the images that will be forming next year’s calendar probably haven’t even been taken yet, so it almost acts as a fun retrospective of the year gone by when we start looking through the photographic runners and riders at the end of November onwards
Even though we’d picked the pictures it was quite something else to see them actually printed and in their calendar form. As the year progresses its nice to be surprised at the next smiling picture of Isabelle and the memories that they evoke, especially as for the most part its been me who was pressing the shutter to capture that month’s moment.
Various companies and stores to such calendars where you design the layout online and even the font used on the cover and right down to the paper finish. We’ve used Printerpix each time and I’ve always been impressed with both the design process and the finished article. It helps biding your time on when you are getting them done as if you wait for the rrp with multiple prints and delivery it can work out rather costly but they are always doing offers, especially on the run up to Christmas.
As the calendars become out of date we are saving them in a nice little box as a visual record for Iz when she is older. Quite what she’ll make of them is anyones guess but I can promise you this much future Iz, we won’t do a bedspread or curtains…Sarah does have you as her iPhone cover mind!