Apron photo shoot

Photo shoot!
All photos by Sam DeSantis!
Shot with a Canon 5d mrk II and 35mm 1.4

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Photo shoot!
All photos by Sam DeSantis!
So maybe one day I’ll learn to correctly estimate the amount of time and money it will take to bring an idea to life. Just like with the aprons, I totally under estimated what this photo shoot would require. Sam flew down here for two weeks just for the photo shoot and we worked every day and still barely finished. It’s been a while so I don’t really remember what other ideas I had for a photo shoot but this is the one we chose. I had some sketches and some sources of inspiration but for the most part it was something that came together as we went along. We started with painting the backgrounds. We bought some 4 x 8 sheets of plywood and painters tape. Another learning curve, we should have bought the more expensive tape (Frog tape?). I wish I had done some research, I usually don’t buy the more expensive product because I don’t believe that just because it’s pricier means that it’s better but in this case I was told after that it actually does make a huge difference. We painted the boards a cream color then put the tape down. Because I knew the paint would seep under the tape I insisted that we go back and use something sturdy to seal the edges. Using the caps of our chapsticks we rubbed along the edge of the tape. Our wrists still never completely healed from cutting out the iron-on ribcages in 2011 and certain movements, such as this, cause them to get inflamed. Oooooh ouch haha. It hurt but it was worth it because the stripes came out clean. The best part of the photo shoot was picking out all the glass. I love apothecary jars and candy jars. I can’t even recall all the places we went looking for glass pieces. A lot of places carry the same styles so it took a bit of searching to get a variety. TJ Maxx and Marshalls ended up having the most affordable pieces. I bought candy in bulk, I tried to get quite a bit in white so it could be used in all four shoots and then at least one thing in each color scheme. It was a bit tricky to find candy that I liked aesthetically that was also the right color. It was also a bit of a challenge to find twine that matched each color combination but I think the colors we chose turned out nice. We picked up some little die cuts from Joanns to make the tags for all the jars. It took a bit longer than I anticipated decorating each of them. We used Elmer’s glue and painter’s tape to attach all the tags to the glass. We scoured the house for a variety of cardboard boxes and wrapped them in kraft paper, creating levels was a very important part of pulling together the whole set up. One day we spent 13 hours in the kitchen, baking macarons, cakes, and meringues. Once all the pieces were ready it took quite a while to get them how I liked them. We were shooting in natural light and we were moving as quickly as possible to finish before sundown. We would get one set up and as Sam was photographing it I’d be prepping the next color scheme. There were a few mistakes, like with the pink and orange shoot we used black straws and one of them was facing the wrong way and we didn’t realize until after. We ditched the straws after that, I don’t think they looked as nice as I hoped. You learn as you go and in our case we didn’t have time to go back and correct things. It wasn’t until the second color scheme that I learned that I should look through Sam’s camera and go through and tweak everything. Just because it looks good to your eye doesn’t mean the camera sees the same thing. It was hectic and moody and we were running on no sleep but it was a blast. I’m beyond pleased with how this turned out.

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a few iPhone photos
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16 thoughts on “Apron photo shoot

  1. omg. you guys are incredible. i love making macarons but gave up too quickly because a majority of the batches i made, the cookie would turn our terrible. they didnt have the feet on the bottoms. you guys are jusy fantastic! Amazing job!

  2. Wow, the amount of time and effort that has gone into every single inch of display – AMAZING. Its all so beautiful and pretty on the eye. FAB!

  3. AMAZING. Not just the aprons, but the whole set up you did for them is awesome. I’m literally going to take ideas from this blog photos and use them in my future home. As far as decor goes, the striped backdrop & the apothecary jars and candy jars stood out to me as much as the aprons did. And all of the goodies look too perfect to eat! Lovely job.

    Now if only I had the money to buy that purple apron!

  4. This shoot is beautiful and the aprons are sublime. The work you’ve both put in is impressive and admirable. A real labor of love. Well done!

  5. You work so hard at every little thing you do and I find it so impressive. Your work ethic is so admirable. Thank you for being such an inspiration.

  6. You are so amazingly creative in so many ways that is is astounding! I truly believe you can do anything you set your mind and heart to. You are intrepid and undaunted by the scale of the tasks you set for yourself. I don’t know what’s next, but I bet it will be worth sticking around. Thanks for being Charlavail.

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