But I wanted to share just a bit of a follow-up to my reveal post for my latest quilt, Confectionery. The good news/bad news plan I mentioned then was to head to the local beach, and use my new photographer's background stand to photograph my quilt.
The good news is that it telescopes both vertically and horizontally (maximum of 9.5' high and a range of 40" to 11' wide), which would feasibly accommodate a very large quilt. The clips (purchased separately) are easy to use, and the whole thing is pretty easy to set up, packs up into a sturdy bag, and is very portable.
The bad news, which should have been obvious, is that it is wind-sensitive. Ie. It is sturdy enough indoors and in very calm weather, but if there's much of a breeze, it can and will tip over. The other negative, to me anyway, is that the whole set up is a bit unsightly. In retrospect, if we'd adjusted the stand higher and wider, I could have photographed the quilt without the feet and sides of the stand showing. That leaves the clips showing, so we'll be working on a way to minimize that, though I definitely don't want to sew a quilt sleeve on every quilt I want to take on location to photograph. If you have any ideas, please do comment.
So leaving the beach with me moderately happy with the photos I'd taken, we passed a distillery that was new to town, and hubby pulled right in. Luckily for me, they didn't open for an hour, so we drove around looking for more places to take photos to pass the time! Then we stopped back by, did a little sipping, chatted up the owner, and topped off our afternoon in an unanticipated way. So note to self - and you too - if you want to keep photo assistants happy, and an assistant does help so much, combine your photoshoot with something fun for the assistant. Plan a shoot around lunch out, a winery visit, the park, or another entertaining outing. Besides making it an enjoyable time for everyone, you'll often find a new, interesting photo opportunity. It's a good thing.