I’m a member at a local photography studio and darkroom hire space and when they emailed out that they were running a special through December and January on a discounted rate for any rentals, I decided it was time to go try out the studio facilities. I pitched a wild idea to a couple of handcraft friends of mine, Ellen, a milliner, and Anna, a knitwear pattern designer, about hiring the space together. The thinking being they could get some more pro-looking shots of their work and I could get some more studio and photo shoot experience shots for my catalog of work. Happily they thought this was an awesome idea so we picked a date, hired the space, and set about getting ourselves organized. Yesterday we did the shoot.
And it rocked and was a good deal of fun. I was a bit nervous going in that I would forget how to do anything or maybe I never even learned anything in all my photography courses where I did studio work, as the instructors did most of the lighting setups. I prepped a bit ahead of time though and worked out the best lighting setup, how I’d want the lights, and so when I walked in, I set it up in no time and it worked really smoothly. The modelling was done by Ellen and a fellow knitter friend Tina. Another friend Emily tagged along to hangout and got roped into helping Anna do finishing bits on a few items. It was a grand time!
I’m still going through the photos from the day but everything seems to have come out really well. I’m sure I could have shot a few things with somewhat different lighting but for a first time on my own running a studio shoot, I think it went amazing. It was also a good deal of fun and all involved seemed to agree, which makes me give a huge sigh of “phew” cause I was a bit worried it would all go pear-shaped. But it didn’t. We had a lot of fun. And that all rocks.
Photos will go up when I’ve done a bit of culling and clean-up. But I thought I’d share a few snaps I took on one of our breaks in the meantime.