A few weeks ago I posted this bunting favors DIY that I shared over on Emmaline Bride. Today I wanted to show a few behind the scenes pictures of my setup for capturing that particular project. For the most part, I try and put a lot of effort into styling my work in order to present it in the best possible light. The outcome doesn't always match the original vision but I am proud of what I put together and I learn new things from each and every shoot (it's a huge learning process). Because I am always fascinated in how other people create their images, I would like to feature what I did today in hopes that someone else might find it interesting. I am far from any kind of styling, photographing expert but I do the best with the materials that I have.
For this DIY, I wanted to really highlight the favor itself and have a pretty zoomed-in perspective on those little details. I also wanted to place the muslin bag on some interesting textures to coordinate with my creation. Looking for something rustic and made of wood, I ultimately settled on this old drawer which I turned upside down. I also found this vintage tablecloth and used it because of the bright pop of blue and yellow color. Everything was shot on the concrete floor in my studio.
As is typical, Scout found it necessary to wander through my setup and investigate everything. She found the baby succulent particularly intriguing and since she has a history of destroying innocent plants, I made sure to watch her carefully. With each set of pictures I take there seem to be a handful of Scout shots. Maybe she likes getting her picture taken after all?
I envisioned this shot of me standing in the confetti (why are shoe shots so fun?) in heels but before capturing a good one, I took a few duds like the picture above. And because Scout was around, I tried her out with a foot shot of her own...
She was squirming a bit so I couldn't really get her paws in focus.
You would never know from the final pictures (thank goodness) but I looked like a mess that day too. I guess that is the beauty of photo shoots. Behind the scenes can be chaos but as long as you don't know from the final result, everything is good. I was basically in pajamas but then teetering along on my very high heels. A hilarious sight to be seen I'm sure. But despite the above non-beauty, the final pictures were pretty lovely...
Although I must say that my muslin favor bags kind of blended in with the vintage tablecloth...so if I could go back I would change that a bit and make the favors stand out more on their own. So another lesson learned with another set of great DIY pictures of my projects.
So there is a little sneak peek into the magic of my pictures...or complete non-magic as these pictures clearly point out. Do you enjoy styling and putting together little photo shoots? The term photo shoot implies something so glamorous but I am afraid mine are far from it. But maybe this is the norm. Do your glamorous photo shoots include pajamas and plant-hungry dogs? Jealous?