This week I posted on the Cali Fabric blog about this cute new lace-overlay dress. It sewed up just like I wanted, and I was really pleased… until I realised I had to photograph a short-sleeved dress on a February day full of wind, hail and snow!
Ladies and gentlemen, the Better Pictures Project returns for just one post! Here’s my take on how to fake some decent pictures when Mother Nature is not on your side.
Let me set the scene: It’s mid-February in Canada. We’ve just had a week of unseasonably warm temperatures, so all the snow has melted (yay!) but had left behind litter, dog poop, and muddy piles of rotting leaves. Temperatures are right at freezing, and thick clouds mean the sun never really came up.
So, what’s a girl to do?
PROPS! Hot off my success posing with fake flowers in this Ebony post, I pur some fake hydrangeas into my largest vase. I considered bringing out all the fake flowers in the whole house (What? I’m terrible at growing things, and I worry that cats will get sick eating plants), but I decided the smaller vases would probably blow over in the wind.
I also strung up (with push pins!) some bunting made for my wedding by my mom and sisters. That bunting has decorated so many parties, birthdays and weddings over the years. It really is the gift that keeps on giving.
Editing: Overcast day with dim light? Not once you crank up the exposure and play with the white balance! You’d never know that my legs haven’t been shaved in 4 months and haven’t seen the sun in longer!
Hair and Makeup: aka. So much hairspray. Make that hair stay in place no matter how strong the wind! Also, so much bronzer! (And highlighter, lipstick, blush, eyeliner, everything.) Think normal amounts, time three. When photos are going to be overexposed and edited heavily, my pale skin gets washed out quickly, so it’s all about adding extra colour and definition to balance it out.
As for the dress itself, you can read about it here!
What are your biggest photo challenges, and how do you work around them?