Product Modeling and Photoshoots

I am in a dilemma of sorts and I need some advice if you fellow bloggers and followers would be so kind….When doing a photoshoot of a new product that you have made, designed, bought what is your media? Do you use mother nature in all her loveliness and lets face it ugliness? Set up a huge studio and do backdrops and fancy lighting? To use human models or mannequins? I ponder all of these things when photographing my new ideas and always feel like I fall just a bit short. I see all these beautiful pictures attached to patterns and creations and I sit and scratch my head and try to figure out why their’s looks better than my own.

So here is my dilemma that I am referring to for today, I created a sweater, of my own personal design and want to showcase it in the best way possible to show all of it’s wonderous details (ok yes I am a little sarcastic and melodramatic this morning) and I am trying to find the best way to do so. I will be the first one to admit that my budget is very very limited, my model is not very photogenic (that would be mwah) and my photographer does not have much of a zest for photography. Not that he doesn’t try, it is just not a natural talent for him. I tried taking photographs with the sweater on a mannequin and felt that it just did not highlight it’s best qualities (might have something to do with the fact that it is headless), I have also tried laying it flat on the floor and hanging from a hanger all to not satisfactory results so far. I have done a small impromptu photo session involving myself and yes the dog and have come up with a few pictures, but me being me I am really not happy with them.

So here is my question with all that said above should I just go with the pictures that I have of me modeling the sweater or should I keep trying? If you would be so kind as to leave comments on this and either a) give me some much needed advice as to another technique that I have not tried or b) tell me which picture you think I should include with my pattern once it is written up and ready to be distributed? Oh and please be kind…I know that I am not the most photogenic person on the planet but I do try to at least look presentable 🙂

Thank you in advance and I hope that you all have a wonderful day!

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4 thoughts on “Product Modeling and Photoshoots

  1. I’m having the same problem with a baby cardigan I want to photograph. I lack a model for it! I like outdoor lighting and depending on what it is, I make do with a DIY backdrop (i.e. scrapbook paper).

  2. I use anything and anyone I could find. My neighbor’s daughter. A home-made light box. A home made studio. My fire-escape. I think it depends on the look you’re going for. I look at magazines and books to get inspiration from the styling shots I like.

    Have fun with it, you’ll find styles you like. Sometimes, I take a ridiculous amount of shots before I find one I like.

    You can use a freebie like Picmonkey to add filters, text, crop photos and all that. I think you have a beautiful smile and I like picture 2 that shows the entire sweater and the last that you can crop to show the hood.

    • Thank you Nicky for the nice words 🙂 I am my own worse critic lol You have some very nice suggestions, I have read a few things about Picmonkey and have been meaning to make my way over there to check it out.

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