A photography studio – the perfect space

The day finally came when I realised my photographic equipment and other craft materials were taking over the house. Rather than move to a bigger house the logical solution was to stick a flag in one of the sheds and claim it as my own!

 The shed I now owned was the smaller of the two and hadn’t been used for at least half a century. I came to realise that while stripping it back to its shell. It was dark and dusty and had been insulated with old coal sacks and invoices from the 1930’s. Donning a face mask and goggles I ripped out old cupboards, pulled out rusty nails, sanded and cleaned. It looked awful but at least it was a blank canvas.

My father-in-law and husband boarded the structure with ply and I painted it in brilliant white emulsion. Even my son helped paint the floor boards. A real family affair.

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Once the paint was dry I couldn’t wait to move myself in. One half of the ‘studio’ was to be dedicated to my crafts and the other to photography. I bought some storage units from Ikea and used a writing desk from one of the spare bedrooms and the layout soon began to take shape. I emptied the house of yarns, knitting needles, crochet hooks, a paper cutting machine, a sewing machine, fabrics for quilting and much more. The remaining area was set up for my photographic space. It was small but a great place to start.

My ‘studio’ has turned out to be a great place to retreat when I need some quiet time to think but the most amazing thing about having a photography ‘studio’ is being able to trial a new set and leave it as work in progress and keep revisiting it.

….and it has a key so I can lock myself in. Even better!

Creating photography props – newborn lace bonnet

With a newborn photo shoot just around the corner I had thought about investing in some hairbands and hats but wasn’t too keen on the ones I’d seen online. I found a beautiful pattern for a crocheted lace bonnet so I picked up a crochet hook, bought a lace weight yarn and started creating. I had plenty of time for a new project and had never crocheted before so thought ‘why not?’

The first attempt was pretty slow going and on inspecting the finished item I changed the size of the hook and altered the pattern for an extra few rows. I was much happier with the second piece so started producing more.

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I made two different sizes in antique pink and began to create the same design in a variety of colours. I used Debbie Bliss Rialto Lace as the weight was perfect and she had some beautiful colours, subtle enough for newborn skin tones. I travelled to Gillian Gladrag’s in Dorking using my latest project as an excuse to peruse the treasure trove of yarn collections and wasn’t disappointed. What a place! http://www.gilliangladrag.co.uk/

After a while I began to remember the pattern by heart and was able to crochet while watching television of an evening. Not only do I now have a handful of lace bonnets available for photo sessions but I feel pretty competent with a crochet hook in hand and also managed to create a lace bonnet for a friend’s baby daughter.

Why buy a photography prop online when you can have so much more fun making the same thing?

In search of some more gorgeous patterns……..