Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Quick and Easy Photography Tip for Pictures of Clothing


Our Blog has moved!  

Please visit us 


Don't you love it when you hit the point of the evening where you get enough done to justify going to sleep (in this case 1am for me) and then remember that there is a luau the next day at your daughters preschool?  I do.

Maybe you are the type of person that can just say "Ugh...missed the boat on that one.  I'll do something for the next fun day."  I am not that person.  So...what's another night with 3.5 hours of sleep?  I am sure the day will come all to fast where my kids will be older and I will be wishing to have these crazy days back.

So - I figured I would take the opportunity to snap some pictures for a quick blog post at 2:30am.  That's normal, right?

First I stitched out my 

onto a shirt and bedazzled it with hotfix rhinestones.

One of the things that I have done for a long time is help people out and give pointers with shooting pictures of their products.  I am BY NO MEANS a professional..and I have never claimed to be.  I just like things to look good, and lets face it...a picture is what sells your product.  

It drives me nutty when someone has an amazingly beautiful outfit that they have made, use their cell phone to take a picture of it... laying on their carpet... with a shadow of themselves over it... and THEN use that as their listing picture.

SO - I am finally going to get to the point.  

First option - take it outside.  Natural light will give you the best pictures - and nature is your best backdrop.

That is not always an option.  Weather can be stinky and uncooperative..or it is freezing cold..or is is 2:30am, lol.

First - get a big piece of something.  Open up a cardboard box, use a piece of foam board - maybe a big picture frame..anything really...and drape a piece of fabric over the back.

(but if you don't - use a sheet)

then just prop it or lean it against something.  
You can put it on a tabletop or desktop - or on the doesn't matter.

lay your garment on the fabric and smooth out the wrinkles.  
See how the shirt kind of sticks to the fabric?
pretty cool, huh?
I had a skirt to go with didn't stick, it was too heavy.
I just used a couple straight pins and pinned it to the fabric.

Now, it is time to take your picture.  I had all the lights on the the room..and I have a floor lamp in my office with the shade off to give me extra light.  
My MIL gave me a set of OTT lights for my birthday..haven't set them up yet (p.s. how dorky am I to have been so excited about lamps as a present..hahaha).
The lights are expensive, but you can also buy the bulbs.  I didn't do it here, but I have plans to get one for this lamp so I can have natural light for 2am photoshoots.

but this looks pretty good, right?

Now all you need to do is crop your picture, rotate it a little if needed, and add a watermark with your company name!

You can download Picasa as a free photo editing tool.
It is really easy to figure out...and did I mention FREE?

Hope this helped a few people out!
Have a great day...


  1. Thanks for the great tip. Love the little outfit. I also love your designs.

    1. aw - you're welcome! Send pictures of your projects..i love seeing my work in action :)

  2. I am guilty of the 2:30am snap shots with my cell phone (only because my kids miss-placed my camera) lol. Great tip! Thanks :)