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Quilt Photo Shoot

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?

*Photography~Carol Spinski

*Styling~Lesa Dailey, Carol Spinski for Renee Nanneman Need’l Love

Check Renee’s website for details on her fabrics, quilts and projects.

As always, I’m forever grateful to each and everyone of you that take the time to stop by and say “Hello”

Thank You for the continued support and friendship:)

Blessings, Carol

www.CarolSpinski.com

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    andrea
    July 14, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Your photos are always amazing and inspiring!

    • Reply
      Carol Spinski
      July 20, 2011 at 12:19 am

      Hi Andrea! How are you and that lovely farmhouse of yours? I think of you often especially when I venture North. Thank You so much for the kind words~ That bedroom photo is one that will be submitted for a local KC Homes and Gardens Magazine article I shot. The sun was really wonderful that particular day and made the photo I think:)) Blessings, Carol

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    Sue Ann McGraw
    July 13, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    I am enjoying your blog and these pictures for Renee are wonderful. Renee has been to Lexington when she was working with Maggie. Jim Ingraham has a small booth in my store, Missouri River Antique Co 912 Main St. Wish we could get you and Jim in Lexington the same day. Something to work on.

    • Reply
      Carol Spinski
      July 20, 2011 at 12:22 am

      Hi Sue Ann! How are you? Jimmy told me he had a booth at your wonderful store. I really need to come up for a visit and SHOP;) I love working with Renee, she is such a sweetie:)
      Thank You so much, Hugs, Carol

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    Winnibriggs
    July 11, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Beautiful photographs and beautiful quilt!

    • Reply
      Carol Spinski
      July 20, 2011 at 12:22 am

      Thank You so much:) Hugs, Carol

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    Anne Lorys
    July 11, 2011 at 3:30 am

    Gorgeous work, Carol!
    You captured the mood perfectly, great job!

    • Reply
      Carol Spinski
      July 20, 2011 at 12:23 am

      Thank You Sweet Girl:) Hugs, Carol

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    Lisa Bivona
    July 11, 2011 at 3:24 am

    Well done! I want to grab that quilt and go lay under a big shady tree!

    • Reply
      Carol Spinski
      July 20, 2011 at 12:23 am

      I know! That quilt just speaks Summer don’t you think? Thanks so much Lisa:) Hugs, Carol

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