It has been an interesting week at Patternbooth HQ, because this week I got my hands on the photos of my second collection. The photos are a culmination of months of work which took me from the development of the new patterns, through production, to the photoshoot, and finally, to the photos themselves. Of course the journey doesn't end there. The photos will become a lookbook and images on the website, ulitimately helping to share my products with you and with potential customers.
Before I share the final products with you though, I thought you might be interested in last weeks photoshoot.
I am lucky enough to live close to the talented folk from &ThenDesign. A very clever outfit designing cool furniture and products. I'm very lucky, because they allowed me to use their rather fabulous showroom as a set for my shoot.
Having access to such great light, cool furniture and floor space was amazing and a far cry from my first shoot which took place in my front room. It made a massive difference on the day!
I spent a long time gathering props. Not too many, not too few. Interesting objects that would enhance and not dominate. Objects that matched the colour and feel of the collection...
Not a small task, and one that sent me raiding my own shelves and cupboards, to junk shops and haberdashers and who knows where else. I think I did pretty good. You'll have to let me know what you think when you see the outcome!
As an added bonus, Joff and Ollie, the talented 'Lane' design duo lent me some of their gorgeous prints to use as props. They were a perfect match.
Of course it's all comes down to the execution. Learning from my first shoot, this time I planned every shot in advance. I made a series of sketches outlining the props and the products I would need for each shot. This made me much more efficient on the day, and also meant I had everything with me that I needed!
It also helps to have a photographer who is willing to go the extra mile. Someone who will help with unloading the car, move furniture, climb ladders as well as take great shots! My photographer for the day was Vi Appa, who did all that and more.
So thats the tale of my photoshoot. As I said at the start, I've got the photos back already, and now I'm in the midst of editing and cropping them ready to use. Exciting!
I'll be sharing them with you soon...
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