Several months ago I mentioned that one of the projects I have been working on is doing some photography and styling for my friend Renee Nanneman’s Need’l Love Company. Renee is a quilt and textile designer who in 1995 took her passion for fabrics and created a successful business that is considered one of the leaders in her industry. She has published a multitude of needleart books over the years along with designing a line of fabrics for Andover. The last few months I been fortunate to work with Renee and my other talented friend, designer Lesa Dailey on a couple of the newest Need’l Love books. I thought I would give you a quick peek into one of Renee’s quilts that we styled and photographed the other day. These are not the final product images for the book but the photo’s will give you an idea of the props, placement and some of the thoughts behind each shot .
First let me say the gorgeous Summer blues in this quilt made styling easy when pairing it with the adirondack chair (found at the antique fair in Walnut, Iowa) in the same shade. Photographing a flat object like a quilt can be difficult especially when it’s the subject matter of the image. The challenge is to feature the quilt in an atmosphere that inspires the thought of, “I need to make that” followed by “I need to buy that book.”
The theme behind this quilt shot was “Wash day on the farm” featuring a casual and relaxed feel. Trying not to over style any shot is always a priority, too much clutter can deviate from the actual quilt.
Close up angles that focus on the quilt design, stitching and other prop details further help explain the story theme.
Fresh flowers, a bar of ivory soap and a porcelain bowl and pitcher is a gentle nod toward a casual wash day on the farm don’t you think?
*Styling~Lesa Dailey, Carol Spinski for Renee Nanneman Need’l Love
Check Renee’s website for details on her fabrics, quilts and projects.
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