Monday, January 18, 2010
Crappy Apartment Complex Photoshoot
Were these pics taken on a ranch? Maybe the park? Or maybe they were taken out in the woods next to a cute little pond? NOPE!!! This batch of photos was taken on the side of a very unattractive apartment complex on a dismal Sunday afternoon.
It goes to show that anyone can take decent pics with just a little effort and a good eye. I've noticed that lots of Etsy sellers have good intentions and try to take good pics of their products, but they fall victim to convenience. "it's too hot, it's too cold, it's too rainy, I don't have time, are all handy excuses. But what it all boils down to is: if you take pride in what you make you should also take pride in how you present it on Etsy.
You wouldn't know it by these pictures but this is the kind of place where two young girls really shouldn't be walking around with a digital camera. In fact, the reason we were shooting here was because the model lost her keys and didn't feel comfortable leaving the apartment unlocked. In addition to the bad location, it was also rainy, kind of humid and super windy. So we made the best of it.
I guess we could have shot the pics against an inside wall, but then we would have had very boring pictures. Instead we took the initiative to take a walk around the complex and find the cute ranch style fence and the retention pond. Before cropping there were crappy cars, beige walls, sidewalks, power boxes, light poles and all kinds of other ugly stuff.
As for lighting, we just had to tough it out and shoot between the clouds to get the warm sun glow. The wind was a bitch, you can even see it in a couple pics.
Don't think for a minute that I think these are professional pictures. What I do think is that they show the clothing and the model in an attractive way. They make the scene look better than it was in person. They also show that I'm proud of what I make and how it looks. I really hope that you'll be proud to wear these pieces.