Essential Guide to setting up a Fashion Photo Shoot

Following on from Mondays post about what a photo shoot can do for your brand and before I share my 'Made by Me' knicker pattern photographs here are my essential top 6 tips to planning your photo shoot.

1. Research, research, research! In order to communicate your story of your work, be able to communicate this to your photo shoot team look at current and past fashion photography and find out what you. Look for a variety of styles, settings and poses as well as how props are used to enhance the images. Collect these images either digitally (pinterest is fantastic for this) or in a sketch book. Start building a visual library of what you like. Remember to follow your competitors and see how they photograph their work.

2. Choose your photographer well. It's vital you have a good relationship with your photographer and they can understand your vision. Meet up beforehand for a planning meeting and go prepared. Make sure when you approach a photographer you have look at their portfolio and know their style and go with your research. Ask lots of questions and be clear about arrangements for the day.

3. Product shot or fashion shoot? You ideally need both kind of shots of your garments, though they may not be from the same shoot. Product photography is about the garment. Fashion photography and look book shots are selling the story of your collection. Think about the feelings you are trying to tap into, what would draw your target customer to buy from your collection, draw from your design inspiration.

4.Studio or location? There is a very different feel to each of these. If you decide to do a studio shoot you may need to hire studio space if your photographer does not have access to one. If you chose location then do your research thoroughly. Go and think about how the environment could be used to maximum effect. I usually take some sample shots of possible settings to take to the initial planning meeting.

4. Attention to detail. On the day you need to provide the clothing and props.  Go with lots of options so you have flexibility to try things out. Take more that you need to enable you to try out new ideas and be flexible on the shoot. Make sure your clothes fit your models and take pins and clothes pegs just in case you need to do a quick fix.

5. Build your dream team. Who else will you need on the day? -hair and make-up, more than one model, an assistant. Make sure everyone is briefed and you are organised. This is your project so make sure you are punctual and professional in all your planning- remember you want people to work with you again!

6. Get involved on the shoot- Be proactive, don't leave it all to the photographer. If you have done your research you should really have worked out what shots you need. Look at the angles, look at what works visually for you, look at the photographs being taken as you go along and don't be afraid to suggest things and be directional.

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'Made By Me Stretch Knicker' pattern – launching soon!

I just can't wait so here is a sneak preview from the shoot. Tune in Monday for my final shots of the collection!

Why Photo Shoots Are So Great for your Business…..

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Now I really love a photo shoot and last week I had a brilliant afternoon with photographer Paul Dale and model Eve to get some images for my new knicker pattern range I am launching.

Photo shoots really do get my creativity going. I find them an excellent motivator to get me to finish projects and push my work forward. I also love the research side involved in making a shoot happen and the chance to work collaboratively with other creative professionals.

I also know the power of an great image to sell my work.

We live in a visual world and all creative products whether they are clothes, accessories or gifts will benefit massively form having some professional shots.

It tells your customer who you are and what you are about and that you are professional.

With a good image you can get free promotion on-line through all the social media networks such as Facebook, Pinterest, Instragram alongside print magazines are itching for beautiful images to fill their pages. With the right press release and strong images journalists will promote you for free and we all want publicity.

So stay tuned on Wednesday for my 'How to guide to setting up your Photo shoot'.

Why Photo Shoots So Great for your Business…..

Photoshoot1

Now I really love a photo shoot and last week I had a brilliant afternoon with photographer Paul Dale and model Eve to get some images for my new knicker pattern range I am launching.

Photo shoots really do get my creativity going. I find them an excellent motivator to get me to finish projects and push my work forward. I also love the research side involved in making a shoot happen and the chance to work collaboratively with other creative professionals.

I also know the power of an great image to sell my work.

We live in a visual world and all creative products whether they are clothes, accessories or gifts will benefit massively form having some professional shots.

It tells your customer who you are and what you are about and that you are professional.

With a good image you can get free promotion on-line through all the social media networks such as Facebook, Pinterest, Instragram alongside print magazines are itching for beautiful images to fill their pages. With the right press release and strong images journalists will promote you for free and we all want publicity.

So stay tuned on Wednesday for my 'How to guide to setting up your Photo shoot'.

Workshop List July-September

Day Classes

Upcycle, Adapt and Clone your Clothes (The Textile Workshop Summer School)

Monday August 12th and Monday 19th 10am-4pm

Bring a new look to tired clothes, learn to make patterns from your favourite clothes or maek alternations and adaptions.

Cost: £30 for FREE if on some benefits

 

Learn to make Knickers  (The Textile Workshop Summer School Sherwood, Nottingham)

 Tuesday August 20th, Wednesday 21st August 10am -4pm

Come and learn the art of knicker making; frilly knickers, stretch briefs and so much more!

Cost: £30 for FREE if on some benefits

 

Vintage Cardigan Creations (Living Threads Risley)

Friday 2nd August 10-4pm

Using unwanted wool cardigans & jumpers form your wardrobe; through this class you will re cut, recreate & revamp  them into new wearable items.  Reflecting on decorative techniques seen on historical garments from 1910-1950, this inspirational period will offer ideas for decoration & embellishment.  Looking at creative ways to add pockets, decorative appliqué, bead & hand stitch to create beautiful knitwear.

Cost: £20

September Classes at The Textile Workshop

To book and for more information about my classes at The Textile Workshop please call Karen 07809 158606 or download an enrolment form here

NCFE Individual Sewing Projects

Monday 9.30am- 12,30am (17 Weeks)

This project led class is perfect for those who want to work on their own sewing projects.

Start date: 23/09/13

Cost: £199/FREE if on some benefits

 

NCFE Working with Stretch Fabrics

Monday 1pm-4pm (17 Weeks)

Get to grips with working with a variety of stretch fabrics with a domestic sewing machine to make T shirts, dresses and knickers

Start date: 23/09/13

Cost: £199/FREE if on some benefits

 

NCFE Corestry

Tuesday 9.30am-12.30pm (17 weeks)

Introduction to corsetry making. Learn how to make and adapt corsetry patterns, insert a busk, casings, flossing, cording, mounting fabrics and create decorative edgings.

Start date: 24/09/13

Cost: £199/FREE if on some benefits

 

NCFE Corestry

Tuesday 6.30pm-9.30pm (17 weeks)

Introduction to corsetry making. Learn how to make and adapt corsetry patterns, insert a busk, casings, flossing, cording, mounting fabrics and create decorative edgings.

Start date: 24/09/13

Cost: £199/FREE if on some benefits

 

NCFE Beginners Dressmaking

Wednesday 6.30pm-9.30pm (17 weeks)

Learn the basics of dressmaking. From cutting out, sewing zips, darts and finishing seams and hems. Your first project will be a skirt.

Start date: 25/09/13

Cost: Cost: £199/FREE if on some benefits

 

Classes at Nottingham Trent University

Pattern Cutting level 1

Monday 7th October 6pm-8.30pm (10 weeks)

Discover the basics of creating women’s clothing patterns. This is a practical course suitable for absolute beginners. Learn how to convert a flat piece of paper into a three dimensional garment shape, with the addition of a few well positioned lines.

Cost: £420

 

 

Vintage Flowermaking and Fascinators!

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Photographer: Rozz Williams

I am often asked how I make my flowers and head dresses. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn everything I know and have researched over the past 5 years about vintage flowermaking techniques. These corasages really do have that 'wow' impact as you can see from the shoot for this course.

Tuesday August 2013 – Friday 16th August 2013 10-4pm

Through this course you will use original pattern instructions from 1920s-1950s to make a variety of vintage ribbon and fabric flowers mounted as fascinators, headbands or as corsages. Ideal for those interested accessorising special occasion wear, as gifts or for bridal wear

This is a great opportunity to learn the lost skill of making handmade flowers, take inspiration from history and get creative! Through a series of practical demonstrations you will learn how to make flowers using a variety of materials such as ribbon-folded flowers, roses out of cotton organdie and felt flower bouquets. Your practical making sessions will be complimented by sessions on design and identifying sources of inspiration to ensure your work is considered and contemporary.

There will therefore be the opportunity to develop your own designs using the skills learnt and having explored the possibilities of each of the materials.

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Please CLICK HERE for more information and how to book this Nottingham Trent University Summer School.

Places are limited so please book ASAP to secure your place.

 

Creative Cardigans Class Just £20

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I am running a day class with Living Threads Textile Group as part of their summer school programme.

These classes are just £20 and are held over at Risley Village Hall.

To get your self booked on CLICK HERE

Vintage Cardigan Creations


Friday 2nd August 10-4pm

Using unwanted wool cardigans & jumpers form your wardrobe; through this class you will re cut, recreate & revamp  them into new wearable items.  Reflecting on decorative techniques seen on historical garments from 1910-1950, this inspirational period will offer ideas for decoration & embellishment.  Looking at creative ways to add pockets, decorative appliqué, bead & hand stitch to create beautiful knitwear.

 

Sewing Summer Schools for just £30!

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Some great value two day summer schools in August. Just £30/£48 depending on your postcode or FREE if on some benefits.

- Learn to make Knickers (August 20th/21st 10am -4pm)

Or

-Upcycle, Adapt and Clone your Clothes  (August 12th and 19th 10am-4pm)

For more information on how to book ring Karen Taylor 07809 158606 or take a look at The Textile Workshop.

Places are filling up super fast so make a date with yourself to sew this summer!

Sherwood Arts Week starts tomorrow

Sherwood Arts Week starts tomorrow  

 Art in Shops -678 Mansfield Road

It's my real pleasure to be again involved with Sherwood Arts Week here in Nottingham. Having lived and worked in Sherwood over the last ten years it really is a great creative community.

The first year I exhibited ( four years ago ) the experience really opened by eyes to how many talented creative souls there were living and working in the area who i did not even know. The community arts week is a celebration of this talent.

Tomorrow with see the 'Secret Garden Craft Fair' launch a week of events. There are workshops to get involved with, art exhibitions to look around, the craft fair and the fabulous Art in Shops project which I am taking part in.
So take a stroll this week down Mansfield Road and Hayden road and browse at the work of local artists.

You can find my work in the window of The Textile Workshop (678 Mansfield Road, Sherwood NG5 2GE).

Take a look at the programme of events here

 

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