Content + Photos + Page layout
Here’s an example. This article, Hearts that hold nothing back, is a photo essay about Sacred Heart schools in Africa. The writer, Claire Lorentzen, was also the photographer. Claire was delighted that the magazine editor wanted to feature her story in Heart magazine.
Clair’s narrative of her trip was interesting, easy-to-follow, and brief. The short length of the copy gave me the opportunity to focus on the images.
Pictures are the first things the reader sees on the page. Claire’s photos were exciting, emotional, and intriguing. What to do when you have too many great photos? The editor and I picked our favorites, and we were fortunate to have high-resolution files that would look stunning when printed.
3. Page layout
The article opens with a bold, two-page spread. The most significant photo is the largest image on the page; it bleeds off the sides and jumps the page gutter. It is complemented by two smaller contrasting photos and the left side had a perfect space for the captions to be close to all images. The headline is a welcoming entry point that can’t be missed! The third, and last, page repeats the same decorative stripe that separates the thin columns of text and includes three more photos of varying sizes.
“As editor of Hearts that hold nothing back, I give an enthusiastic thumbs-up to Peggy’s comments! And as a writer, I must admit that, especially for feature magazine layouts, ‘A picture is worth a thousand words.'” — Susan Switzer, editor
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