Last week whirled by in a flurry of binding. Three whole quilts, to be exact! So yesterday, I had the rare opportunity to head out on a gorgeous day all by myself to photograph quilts. Usually I have the kiddos in tow, which is fun, but a bit distracting.
Next to actually making quilts, photographing them is my favorite part. I love seeing how they look through the eye of the lens, hiding all my small mistakes, and emphasizing design elements you can’t always see up close. It’s also fun looking for good places to stage the pictures. I found a wonderful outdoor ampitheater with pretty rocks, which enabled me to get some pictures of the quilts flat without having to pin them to our fence.
Here’s a little peek at the quilts, and all the gear I toted around with me.
When I go to take pictures, I make sure I have the following equipment: tripod (seriously, the best photography investment in the whole world after a good camera), towels (even outdoor spots that look clean may not be someplace you want to set your masterpiece), duct tape and clothespins for keeping quilts in place, extra camera batteries and memory cards, and one important item I forgot– water bottles. It was hot out yesterday!! Of course, the great part of having the kids along is carrying most of this on the stroller instead of in arms. I think after Market I’m going to work on a tote bag large enough to cart around an armload of quilts.
Now it’s time to buckle down at the computer and get all these photos polished up and into the patterns. More on that next week!