We are super excited to reveal our interview with Brandi Cameron, principal designer for The Album Cafe.  Brandi started out in photography but discovered her passion for graphic design along her journey.  I discovered her work when browsing the internet for photoshop templates.  I love her designs which are fresh, clean and simple.  Check out her work which will showcase your photos and help you present them to your clients in an engaging way.  And be sure to download her free templates and actions on her website.  You'll be glad you stopped by.

Oh, and be sure to check out The Album Cafe's Image Loader.  It is a fantastic Photoshop Plug-in that resizes and inserts your images for you into the templates.  Simply amazing and a great tool for your workflow.  And guess what, it's FREE!

And check out why potatoes are on her list of things she can't live without.  After having some of the best 'chips' in Sydney, I may add that to my list too!  And now, here's Brandi!

Your Name:  Brandi Cameron | Principal designer for The Album Cafe
Your business name:  The Album Cafe

Your Style

In 50 words or less, how would you describe your designs?
Definitely modern, fun, and easy-to-use in a clean style.  Our mission is to provide you and your clients with timeless printed pieces that they can love forever.

Are you self-taught or classroom trained?
Both!  :)  After two years of Photography classes, I found that I had more fun creating things with my photos than I did in creating the photos themselves, so I switched majors and jumped into Graphic Design.  As with any creative profession, it’s impossible to learn everything in a classroom, you just have to get out there and play – you’ll learn a ton along the way.

How many years have you been a professional graphic designer?
I’ve been designing professionally for just over 10 years. 

Is there a photographer who inspires your style?  Who would that be?
Honestly, every photographer is an inspiration to me.  We all have very different views of the same world and it’s amazing to me that we can share our version of it in a photograph.

Favorite vacation spot?
Everywhere! My husband and I are total travel junkies.  We love to step out of our particular little patch on this world and see how other people live this crazy life.

Your Business

What was the pivotal moment when you decided to become a designer?
I think I’ve always been a designer, I just didn’t know the word for it or that it was a real job until I got into college – I feel like the luckiest girl in the world to have found it.

Your Gear

Are you PC or Mac?
Mac all the way!  Macs keep things simple so I can sit down and get to work.  :)

What tools do you use most in your work (tablet, software, etc.)
I use Photoshop and Illustrator to create the designs, but another important yet often unmentioned tool is my {amazing} Epson Perfection scanner.  LOVE scanning in random textures & elements to use!

What inspires you in your designs?  
Oh wow, everything!   Clothing, magazines, wrapping paper, walking around a craft store – just about anything can spark an idea.  My favorite thing to do though is to open a folder of images and a blank document in Photoshop and just start playing around.  

Do you have a target user for your designs?
Our designs are especially for pro or semi-pro photographers to use in creating printed pieces for their clients.

Where do you hope your creations take you in 5 or 10 years?
Right now I mainly design for print work, but would love to branch out into website work.  I love the fluidity and endless possibilities of websites.

What other graphic artists or designers do you follow? Who inspires you in your work?
I'm a crazy stalker of design firms such as Mucca DesignCabedge Design and of course Leo Burnett.  I also subscribe to industry magazines such as Print & HOW.

And just because we want to know you, fill in the blanks

Three things I can’t live without….  

Besides the real & obvious answers such as husband, kids, dogs, etc. . . . I would have to say:

1. Computer
2. Camera
3. Potatoes

Yes, in that order.

Be sure to check out her Valentine templates - they are WONDEFUL!

I wish I had more….
Time!  Not only hours in the day, but days in my life – it’s going by so fast!

The best thing about being a designer is…
Getting to work many days in my pajamas with two sweet boxers at my feet.

The most important lesson I ever learned was….

Don’t tell your kids anything that you want kept private.  Really.

My favorite time of day is…
Bedtime!  Not for me, but for my husband and kids – then I get the house and TV all to myself!