Caro is an in-home family and newborn photographer who approached me via Instagram. She is also a passionate photography coach and mentor who is moving into the teaching world as another branch of her business. With the shift in her services Caro knew it was time to update her branding so I created a bold, striking brand design for her that blends seamlessly with the stunning light and shadow play that is so distinctive in her photography.
Caro’s previous business name was Blue Cicada Photography - at the time of setting it up she was living away from her original home of Provence. Cicada’s reminded her of the summer months back at home and ‘blue’ came from the very unique blue of the Provence summer sky. With a move back to France and a business that has evolved into teaching and mentoring alongside photography, Caro felt it was time to make her brand feel more like her.
She told me a story about how some types of Cicada’s stay underground in the dark until they shed the skin that has protected them while they were growing. Once that is done they come out into the sun and sing their hearts out. This is a beautiful metaphor for where Caro is at with her business - she’s ready to celebrate her hard work over the years and be the name and face of her business. After reading this story I knew we had to keep Cicada imagery in Caro’s branding even though she was changing the name because it represents her business journey so well.
I put together the mood board below as a starting point for the project.
I combined hand-drawn Cicada wings with bold but refined typography that plays on the light and shadows that are a distinctive part of Caro's photography. I overlapped the 2 hand-drawn wings to create the rectangular mark on the right shown below.
And below you can see a GIF animation of me creating the custom typography logo.
In the below submark, the word Caro is rising out from the circle to show that she is bringing herself to the surface. We chose colours that feel warm but dramatic to strike the balance between compassion and strength.
This was the very first concept I created for Caro following on from the approved mood board and she fell in love with it right away! She said: “It feels like you have materialised my vision...I feel elevated and energised!”
To finish off, I also created some instagram templates for Caro, a business card design, and a keynote presentation for her training sessions.
If you're not quite ready to dive into the branding process with a professional, you can download my free guide The Blossoming Brand Blueprint which is aimed at helping you through the steps towards building a brilliant brand.