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Photo shoot: In the Storeroom

12 Sep
Click to view larger version on Flickr

Click to view larger version on Flickr

In my previous post, I mentioned that I had bought an office style / school style blouse for a photo shoot, and also if you follow my Flickr, or my Facebook page or Twitter, you’ll know that I also bought some fake glasses for the shoot.

Last Saturday I actually did the shoot, and it’s meant to be either a secretary or school girl in a store room. I left it ambiguous as to which it is, although I think most people are assuming secretary.

In order to make the background, I had to tidy the actual store room that I have in one of my two spare bedrooms. I have it set up with free standing metal shelving and an old office desk which I use for product photography. It was quite a lot of work to get it tidy like that, and I’m annoyed that I didn’t pay enough attention to what was on the shelves. The EVO magazine folders are fine, but the clutter on the top shelf of the units could have done with more tidying.

I spent ages on this shoot. Initially I tried with the glasses on, the blouse tucked in, my hair in bunches, and my larger breast forms. I also tried a variety of different poses, including sitting on, and reclining on, the desk.

It was a monumental disaster. Having my hair in bunches does not suit my face shape at all. Also, the larger breast forms made me look overly busty and top-heavy with this outfit.

I tried a few without the glasses as well. And with my hair down. And all combinations thereof. Pretty much all of them looked awful, although the poses worked on a few and I might revisit those.

I realised that my smaller breast forms would work better, so changed for those, and took even more photos. I took about 200 photos in the end. The pic shown above is pretty much the final picture I took and I think it is the best of them.

For this final part of the shoot, I un-tucked my blouse and wore it over the skirt. That’s why it’s so creased. Maybe I should have fired up the iron and ironed it, but to be absolutely honest I was very tired by this point and had pretty much had enough of the shoot so I had no enthusiasm for that.

Ruffle Blouse by Yasong

Ruffle Blouse by Yasong

I’m already thinking about what I would have done differently, and I may revisit this look. I’d like to get a different blouse – there is one on Amazon that I really like and might get, although the reviews suggest that it is a very slim fit. This would push the shoot firmly to ‘secretary’, of course, but that would be fine.

I’d also like to give a lot more attention to the lighting. For this shoot all I had was the light in the room itself, which is quite harsh. The light is a large circular fluorescent tube that fits into a normal bayonet pendant and gives off a really bright daylight tone light. It’s ideal for a store room but somewhat harsh for photography. I really should invest in some photographic lights.

Finally, I would pay a lot more attention to what is on the shelves and arrange things better and more tidily.

Still, as a first attempt at a photo shoot like this, I don’t think it was too bad and it was certainly fun to do.

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Posted by on September 12, 2015 in Clothes, Shoes, and Jewellery, Diary, Photos

 

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2 responses to “Photo shoot: In the Storeroom

  1. Siobhan Hapgood

    September 13, 2015 at 8:14 am

    Actually, I think you’ve got it about right – the pic evoked memories for me of the microfilm department at High Wycombe council in the mid-eighties! Now, descending into geekdom, the ‘R-Kive’ Premium range of boxes are excellent and will give years of service but the ‘Basics’ brown box on the lower shelf should be avoided as they’re a single wall construction, very flimsy and should never be overloaded or stacked more than about two high. You might also consider the ‘Classic’ range, (fake woodgrain design), as seen on ‘Quincy’ in his office, although these haven’t been as sturdy since they went over to ‘fast-fold’ assembly. Oh dear – must stop taking my work home with me! Seriously, I like the look and attention to detail – well worth having another go.

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