Photo Studio

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So part of becoming more organized involved moving my lighting setup to a new room all to myself. One that thankfully is no longer downstairs, much to my husband’s relief.

Last year I upgraded my cheap (broken) umbrella lighting to some professional-grade photography light kits. I lucked out and was able to buy a few lights from a studio that was trying to trim their collection down for a fraction of what they cost retail.

It’s taken an embarrassingly long time to get the lighting just right. To go from regular light bulbs to professional stands with lights that produce enough heat to make you feel like you’re baking in the sun took some time to get used to. It took a lot of trial and error, and until moving to this new room I was not happy with the results.

For the first time in over a year, I also found myself reaching for my mannequin. I had gotten so caught up in the ease of flat lays that I got comfortable. And I don’t want to be comfortable. Comfortable doesn’t bring change.

For a time it didn’t matter if the dress looked awful laid out on my faux fur background. What mattered was quantity over quality - how many items could I get photographed in an hour period? And while purging stale inventory and mistakes, I realized I was going about this all wrong.

I may only get half as many items listed. I may take twice as long to photograph them. But I need to work smarter, not harder. And I’m finally on my way there.