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Monday, 18 January 2010


French Knots

I like it on the dummy with a t shirt to set off the colours, it looks cosy and tactile which is the image you want to convey with a scarf. A close up shot showing the pattern and texture is important too. Good luck!


PS I actually like shabby paint and in another context I would think 'Wo, is that her house?! Cool!' ... just not if I was thinking of buying a scarf... <3 xxx


Martine, I think it's great that you've asked us to help you - this is what blogging should be about :-)

I agree with many of the previous commenters: I like to see the garment on a figure but not necessarily a live one - the mannequin is fine, especially in the case of scarves. Yours is a bit grubby which puts me off a little - could you reupholster it with new linen? I like seeing your ideas for twisting/wearing the scarf. A close up is also essential and I think yours are really good. It's also nice to see how the scarf will look when it arrives - eg will it have any packaging, labelling etc. I think a white background is preferable unless you are doing a full-blown fashion shoot, with combinations of long shots/closeups - otherwise the background can be distracting, eg I find the first photo in the block works much less well and distracts from the product. If you were showing real models with a full face of glamorous make-up and gorgeous hair then shabby paint in the background would be way cool, otherwise I'm afraid I might tend to think ugh, is that her house, will the scarf be clean, etc... sorry to be blunt but I'm trying to help!! I think 90% of what you're doing is really great, so well done, because I know how much work you're putting in :-)


I like to see things on a mannequin and a close up detail shot. I'm not a fan of real models as I'm too busy checking out their perfect bodies and lamenting about my own. The mannequin makes all of that disappear.


I agree with Jodie - mannequin and then close up. I tend to get put off by pictures of real people if their body type is significantly different to mine. But I do like a distance shot so I can see the whole thing (especially the length)

Miss Dot

I like to see wearables on a figure, you could always cut yourself off at the neck (in the pic) or the dressmakers dummy is fine. the arty shots are also fine as alternate views but I think customers really relate better to seeing it insitu. My two cents anyway.


A mix of photos if possibe- definately one on the mannequin and then at least one close of - so people can see the pattern and texture.
I like the top one that is not on a mannequinn but am not sure if the white folds are part of the scarf...or part of the background. The bottom corner photo of the red is beautiful...
I am no expert - I battle with photos all the time...

m.e (cathie)

wow, so very hard to photograph a simple scarf!
I like the mannequin pics and hanging ones aswell because I think as a customer I need to see the scarf on something. I don't really like seeing people photographing themselves with a timer, it just doesn't work most of the time.
white background shots can also get a little repetitive.
goodluck with it all!

Leonie @ Raglan Guld

I have walked in your shoes on this one!!!!! Hears what I came up with. I am a pants maker, I did not want to ask friends to help me out all the time but I wanted my product to look its best it could on a very tight budget. I am also not the best person to be displaying my product.

I came to the conclusion (very early) that when presenting a product it needs to look "full" ie..a bag needs stuffing in it, a scarf needs to be wrapped around a neck (a number of different ways if possible) and pants need to be on a bum. It needs to be seen how it is to be used.

I purchased a mannequin off ebay and saved a FORTUNE!!! This way I don't need to rely on anyones assistance (I even paid a model cost a heap and failed dismally because I was to nervous when taking the photos). I needed to handle my business in my "own time" and at my "own pace".

I then went to a sign writers and purchased a white plastic sheeting type product (get it as mat as possible) for a clean backing finish.....bed sheets just look CRAP. I also discovered that the mannequin should be dressed in the best colors to suit your product. Vary the tops...some may look better on a white top others on a black or navy. Purchase these new and keep them aside for your business.

In your store you have the options of a number of photos. To save you time do the close up shots while the scarf is on the mannequin, that way the lighting will be the same.....don't forget the lighting in a room with a mannequin in-front of a white board will be different to a light want the same affect if possible.

Gee....I hope this helps....I felt like I had climbed Mt Everest when I finalized my photography took ages!!

Yell out if you need a hand or further info...I have written more about it here....

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