I love when a customer likes my work so much that she orders gift for others! My super customer, Lisa, ordered these two "Ellen" handbags for a sister and friend. 
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The photos above and right were taken in my basement sewing studio. The nice lighting was created by only a flourescent light on the ceiling and a fabulous BlueMax floor light. I didn't use my camera's flash.

I like having the dress form/mannequin to hold my purses! She gives good perspective for size and style. 

But I am always experimenting with my product photos, which sometimes could look more professional. Some articles I've been reading gave me the idea to try a new location today. So I headed up to my dining room, where a set of patio doors allows a lot of  light in. Today in Wisconsin, it's overcast and snowing, but the snow provided enough bright light for my photo shoot.

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Here's my super-fancy (ha!) setup. Two white posterboards served as backdrops and reflectors. 

Look at all that light coming in!

I didn't turn on any other lights, and I used my Canon Rebel XT without the flash.

The results, which I edited with Photoshop Elements (to crop, brighten, add a bit of saturation where the light washed the colors out)...
Not bad, huh? I'm not sure I like the table showing on the first two shots. Like I said, I'm experimenting. Here are the inside pics, which I truly thought wouldn't turn out. It looked so dark in there when I was shooting!
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Even with my big ol' hand holding it open, I think it's a decent shot, even sort of professional.  

I don't really mind where the light gets super-bright. It's kind of artsy.

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The front of the bag is washed out, but that's OK, because it's not the focus of this picture.

I'm amazed that the pockets and business label are in focus.

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Here's the other side of the interior, with the zippered pocket and key fob. 

Nice, natural light that shows the fabric's true colors. 

Here's the purse hanging from my chandelier with a posterboard behind it!
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If this bird purse looks familiar, it's because the original "Ellen" handbag was made of the same fabric! See the original one at left, which I photographed in my basement studio.

It looks good, but I have many problems with shadows when shooting with a single lamp.

I had two natural-light lamps for a while, but one broke.


Thanks for reading and viewing! I appreciate any comments, questions or suggestions! -- Rene
 


Lisa
02/14/2013 4:37pm

Dawn is going to LOVE it! Thank you. It's such a fun purse. You did an awesome job.

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Rene
02/14/2013 5:57pm

Thanks SEW, SEW much, dear Lisa! I can't thank you enough for your business. I'm honored to make gifts for your closest friends and family members. <3

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Lisa
02/14/2013 9:32pm

She squealed when she saw the pictures of it. She was talking about how it is sewwww cute. I asked if she said it "s e w" because I was hearing "s e w". Lol We're sew nerdy.

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rene
02/14/2013 10:42pm

Thank you for being SEW nerdy with me!! :)

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Kristin
02/15/2013 2:58am

I love this fabric! How fun :)

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Rene
02/15/2013 10:08pm

Thanks Kristin! I wish I had more of it, but I can't even find it anymore.

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