I may have mentioned in the past, that taking the photos for my books can be a bit of an adventure. Part of the problem, is I don’t know what I am doing. The other part is that sometimes things just happen. I shoot many of my photos on hand-made backdrops that I lean against our garage doors.
Most of the time, it works fairly well. The windy days can cause some problems and several times the backdrops have blown over. Many props have been smashed to bits. Two tripods have had broken legs, though luckily my camera wasn’t on the tripod at the time. My trusty assistant is supposed to run to my rescue if he sees the backdrops falling. Though he is quite professional (as you can see below), he isn’t always very quick and the wind sometimes wins the battle.
Even though he isn’t quick, he is quite helpful at hauling the heavy backdrops, carrying all the furniture from the house out into the front yard, and running the power tools required to level the backdrops and the quilts. So, if he forgives me for the above photo, I will still let him have the job as my trusty photography assistant.
Sometimes I use a quilt stand to hang my quilts, if I want a different background. As you can see from this photo, that is a bit of a challenge too. I have ropes tied from the side poles to the neighboring trees, just to try to keep the darn thing upright (much less keep the quilts hanging level). I also have bags of sand that I tried to stabilize the stand with. It still blew over several times. And all this hassle just because I love natural light!
My favorite photography bloopers have involved my nieces and nephews.
Check out this photo shoot from my Bella Bag Pattern. It was all going along fine until . . .
one of the “props” (my niece Bella) gave me a zerbert.
Sometimes the “props” eat the other props – like before you can even try to stop them – it happens so quickly!
Let me just clarify that I am not against eating the props – I just prefer to wait until after the photo shoot.
Our dog Daisy has also eaten props, though I wasn’t quick enough to get a photo of it. Apparently, she likes chocolate chip cookies and tirimasu as much as I do. Don’t let this innocent looking face fool you, the edible props are not safe around her.
At that same photo shoot, one of the “props” made some awfully cute faces at us! That was obviously before the props were eaten by Daisy.
Sometimes the “props” keep running out of the photo. It starts with a smirk like this, and is followed by that “ready, set go” pose and about 5 photos with a blurry, running kid in them. That is then followed by his mom chasing him down and me promising to be a little quicker this time!
I have tried to learn from these experience by having something for the kids to do while they are in the photo. It works pretty well with 4-year olds.
Not so much with this little boy. We tried bubbles, water squirting toys, cookies, etc. He just kept crying and yelling “Done”.
Not that I blame him. We did put him outside in his swimming trunks in forty degree weather. But he is so cute, that I had to try! Plus, his outfit matched the “Here Fishy, Fishy” quilt so perfectly and he has the best dimples in town.
He did eventually quit crying, though he wouldn’t look at us or the camera. He didn’t like my trusty assistant at all and would turn his head to the side and yell “Done, I’m Done” anytime Joel tried to talk to him. I’m pretty sure that we have traumatized him enough not to want to come to our house again.
We settled on this for our final shot:
So, if any of you have wondered about the empty chair or who belonged to those shoes, now you know the answer.
I have to say my favorite blooper of all times involved my nephew Gavin. The photo shoot started out like this – All sweet, innocent and cute.
My last photo looks more like this. It wasn’t until I loaded the pictures onto my camera that I realized the situation wasn’t so innocent anymore. Check out the middle finger on his left hand.
Yes, that little stinker is giving me the finger. It makes me laugh every time I see it!
So, there you have it – my adventures in trying to be a quilt photographer.