Clearly, she’s just as crazy about candy as I am. For her big photoshoot, I had fun picking out just the right easter-themed candy at the grocery store. I bought jelly beans, chocolate easter eggs wrapped in bright colored foil, and miniature chocolate bars called “Balisto,” a brand I myself greatly enjoy.
I spent all morning yesterday working on our photo shoot. And since then, the entire pack of Balistos has been eaten.
I can’t quite control myself Spunky can’t quite control herself around chocolate.
I don’t have much special equipment. I have a great digital camera that I bought a few months ago. I also have a tiny plastic tripod that is infinitely useful.
My guiding vision when I put together my photographs is to be playful with my product, be it stuffed animal, or handwarmers or headbands. As I experimented with putting my kangaroo in different set-ups, she kind of came alive for me. As I worked, she developed her candy-loving, kind of messy, but just-so-cute-you-can’t-scold-her personality, and I used that to take better and better photos.
Last week, I traded peer critiques with a fellow etsy seller, and she said she loved how I used props in many of my photos, because the props gave the products context, scale, and a kind of fantasy environment. It was only when she said that that I realized how vitally important these props are to me and to the brand I’m building. I don’t photograph my toys in a real life environment, in real bedrooms or kitchens or gardens, I construct my space from the ground up. While I first chose to do this because I felt like I wasn’t a skilled enough photographer to take photos of complicated, real-life spaces, now it has developed into an artistic style that I value for its own sake.
I still need to develop a lot as a photographer. Lighting is still frustratingly tough for me. I can’t decide if I like bright, direct sunlight (through south-facing windows), or the more defuse light of my north facing window. In this blog post, the first and fourth photo were taken by the south-facing window, the second and third by the north-facing window. You can tell by the intensity of the highlights and shadows.
Also, when I save up a bit of money, I someday hope to be a proud owner of adobe photoshop editing software. For now, I use the limited power of iPhoto and picmonkey.com to crop, fix white balance issues and up the contrast in my photos.
Visit Spunky the Easter Kangaroo on Etsy here.