Who Loves Taking Finished Project Photos?

Today’s question: do you enjoy or dread getting your photo taken for your blog? We live in the age of selfies, videotaped proposals and public sharing of everything, including our coffees and breakfasts. It’s never been easier to take photos and share them online. Some people share their photos freely without a second thought, others lock down their social media profiles and limit who can view their images.

I read a post on the Grainline blog about unblogged projects recently, where a couple of people commented that they sew plenty of things, but dislike or avoid taking their finished project photos. Which got me thinking – in this world of constant selfies and sharing, how do you feel about taking photos of sewing projects?

I agree it’s weird to edit a series of photos of yourself. It’s awkward to pose in the street or yard where people might see you. If you use a self-timer, like me, then it’s extra uncomfortable when you run and reset the camera over and over and someone offers to help or stands by and watches. (How about the guy I mentioned in this blog post – “Hey, it’s a selfie!” So awkward.)

It’s easy to get caught up examining your weird facial expressions, and less-than-perfect hair days, and forget the whole purpose of these photos is to show off your sewing project!

granville shirt in wiltshire liberty print tucked in

(Let’s not even talk about weather as a factor.. it is actually raining in the photo above.)

So even though I don’t love taking my own photo, I prop up my camera or phone on the tailgate and snap away. It would be weird these days to blog about sewing without sharing images at all. It’s way more fun to look at clothing on the person it was sewn for and it helps to show off the garment in a three-dimensional way. The only exception is bras and underwear – not going to happen!

coral pushup bra merckwaerdigh pbh30 2

(Ms. Plastic does all my lingerie modelling for me.) 

Occasionally people will ask me about taking blog photos or how to start a sewing blog, does it require a lot of equipment and a fancy camera. It can, but it doesn’t have to!

Photo-taking tips that make it easier to blog:

  1. Keep it low-tech. I use my phone for most of my photos, because it means it’ll actually get done without an elaborate setup. An okay photo is better than no photo. It’s easy to set up my teeny tripod and phone on the top of a fence or car and take a few photos. If it gets windy or someone comes by, or if it starts to rain, it’s easy to slip it into my purse and get on with my day.
  2. Take ten times as many photos as you need. Sometimes you don’t notice something until it’s on your computer screen – a top that’s come untucked on one side, wayward hairs, strange shadows. Take photos in a variety of places, from different angles, into the sun and away from the sun, in shade and in sunlight. If you think you might want to post 3-5 images in a blog post, then aim to take 30-50. Excessive? Maybe, but at least you’ll have plenty to choose from! (Don’t forget back views. I often do and wish I’d remembered to turn around at least once!)
  3. Include in-progress photos and flat shots for variety. I like to do this to make blog posts more interesting and add variety.  It makes the blog post about the sewing process, as well as the finished garment. These I’ll often take with a proper camera, when I want to capture more detail than the phone camera allows.

Apart from the blog, we hire professional photographers for our pattern photos. I have confidence that our product images will be bright and clear and show off the garments. There’s a clear distinction: the shop is for professional images, the blog is for casual on-the-go photos. I do want to improve my own photography skills, but I know when to call in the experts.

nicola dress by sewaholic patterns

(our Nicola Dress, beautifully photographed and modeled.)

Does anyone enjoy taking blog photos of their finished projects, or do we all generally feel pretty awkward about it? There’s got to be some of you that feel natural in front of the camera and think taking self-photos for a blog is no big deal. Any tips to share for making it easier to get great shots for a sewing blog?

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81 Responses to Who Loves Taking Finished Project Photos?

  1. Tanit-Isis July 17, 2015 at 6:12 am #

    i don’t mind taking the photos—although I don’t think I’ve ever ventured further than my back yard—but DAMN it’s hard to find the time lately. Need more hours in a day. :( I have a lot of blog posts that never get published because I can’t get the photos together. :P

    • Tasia July 20, 2015 at 9:23 am #

      I know right? If it isn’t weather slowing us down, it’s time. There’s usually a delay between when I finish something, and when I get time to photograph it, and then when I get to writing all my thoughts properly and adding the photos in.

  2. Jennifer July 17, 2015 at 6:34 am #

    I agree that a mediocre photo is much better than no photo! And I think we should never feel the need to apologise for the quality of our photos – unless you’ve delcared ‘I’m an awesome professional photographer’, no one has a right to expect great photos! Most readers care about the sewing, not the photography itself. It only needs to be good enough to show off your sewing.

    So I guess that’s my tip: make it easy on yourself, do it quickly and don’t worry about it being perfect, and don’t apologise to your readers when it isn’t!

    • Tasia July 20, 2015 at 9:21 am #

      I like this comment! You’re right, why apologize? It’s about sewing and sharing, not being the greatest photographer.

    • Kate July 28, 2015 at 6:56 pm #

      I’ve been trying not to fall down this rabbit hole of feeling like my photos aren’t good enough, lately. My finished-item photos are adequate, and the most important thing to me is that you can see the garment. I have trouble taking my own photos while keeping my face normal, I end up with a lot of resting bitchface photos. You know what? It’s fine. I’d like to improve that but it’s not the end of the world.

      The thing I hate the most is when I do a quick photoshoot and then look at the photos and despite taking a bazillion photos, I missed something or there’s a dumb flaw I could have fixed – for instance when I took photos of my latest shirtdress and I hadn’t fussed with the collar so it was sticking up at the back. I didn’t notice until I was done, and I was SO ANNOYING because I had adjusted the collar and wanted to talk about that. Oh, well. I only had a limited amount of daylight so if I hadn’t taken those photos it would have been another week or more, and it was more important to me to get it posted than for it to be perfect.

      • Tasia July 29, 2015 at 11:17 am #

        That happens to everyone, I swear! Twenty photos later, you notice a stray clipped thread stuck to your front. Oops. I also have a sour face when I don’t smile, I look mad and it’s hard to like those photos of myself. In my last post about the pink linen dress, I look angry! You’re right, it’s better to have it posted than perfect. Sometimes I’ll point out the flaws – look, you can see the lines of my slip! – so people know it’s not part of the garment, but part of something else.

  3. Sarah July 17, 2015 at 6:41 am #

    Yeah taking photos can be hard! I find if I get a friend to do it, it’s so much more easy to smile naturally. Which is why I tend to look so serious or not at the camera at all! And asking the husband to do it? I’ll get a single front and a back shot, and definitely no direction on slouching, clothes rumpled, saggy boobs etc etc. sigh…..

    • Tasia July 20, 2015 at 9:20 am #

      It’s interesting because I feel the opposite, I’m way more awkward if someone’s holding the camera. Although it depends who it is – my girlfriend can make me laugh and will tell me if I’m slouching or doing weird things with my feet. Mr Sewaholic doesn’t notice flyaway hairs or if the seams are twisted, and I don’t think he likes taking photos. Which is why I default to taking them myself!

  4. sarah July 17, 2015 at 6:49 am #

    Oh man, I HATE taking outfit photos. It was the only thing that held me back from starting a sewing blog, and now that I have one, it’s the only thing that delays my posts!

    These are great tips — thanks.

    • Tasia July 20, 2015 at 9:18 am #

      Glad to help! I’ll compile the tips into one post so they’re all in one place. Lots of really helpful ideas from everyone!

  5. Ofer July 17, 2015 at 7:20 am #

    Oh, I have thoughts about blogging and sharing my work (in progress, catastrophes and triumphs!) but photos are the hardest part. I wish I had a google glass, or at least a go-pro, to take pictures as I go. I also have a horrible phone with an even worse camera, maybe when I upgrade my phone I start sharing. I wonder how much of my desire to share and blog is because of today’s culture and the fact that I come across all those blogs and how much is just my need of a “sewing community” – people to discuss sewing with.

    • Tasia July 20, 2015 at 9:17 am #

      A google glass is the glasses with a camera in them, right? That would be useful. I know you commented later and I responded already, but yes, decide what you want to get out of blogging! Is it to have a record of your work, or to connect with people? You don’t have to blog just because it seems like everyone else is. Tons of people sew and don’t blog, after all time spent blogging is time not sewing!

  6. Kaoru Marie July 17, 2015 at 7:35 am #

    I’m too self-conscious to take photos of myself in the wild so I limit myself to my sewing room and patio. If I’m visiting my parents, then I can get my photo taken in their backyard, which is a nice change of scenery and my dad enjoys practicing his camera skills ;)

    Based on your feedback in this post, I just bought a small portable smartphone tripod. Hopefully that will make taking photos easier. Maybe I’ll even be brave enough to use it when I’m going on my lunchtime walks in Downtown.

    I always get too lazy or forgetful to take in-progress photos, but I enjoy seeing them when other bloggers post them.

    • Tasia July 20, 2015 at 9:16 am #

      That’s awesome that your dad enjoys taking your photos. :) Yes, try the little tripod! I carry it with me everywhere unless I forget it. It’s so handy and works well. Look for a surface that’s about waist-height, or shoulder height if you want your photos to look like someone’s looking down at you. Or much lower if you want to look tall, just don’t look down at the camera to avoid double chin.

  7. Sam July 17, 2015 at 7:35 am #

    I hate taking blog photos. Unlike lots of bloggers I don’t have a nice, clear wall in my house I can use and end up stood in front of the wardrobe or at the top of the stairs, where neither the lighting nor the background are that great.

    I know it’s about the project, not about the photos, but I do feel intimidated by bloggers who take/have the most amazing photos in stunning locations.

    • Tasia July 20, 2015 at 9:13 am #

      I also enjoy looking at blogs with beautiful photography and styled photos! And there are so many. But when I’m looking at the garment, I don’t remember the background. I’m only really interested in the garment, the notes, and the details. Like your post on the Gabby jacket, which I now want to make. You’ve got front, back, and dress form photos, and I’ve got a great idea of what the jacket looks like! (And serious jacket envy.)

      • Sam July 21, 2015 at 2:56 am #

        Aw, thank you! You should make that jacket, I think it would look great on you.

  8. Anneke Caramin July 17, 2015 at 8:03 am #

    I try to make my photos interesting to look at so me and my boyfriend always look for nice locations, but I still feel awkward getting my picture taken. In fact, the preference for desolate industrial landscapes or nature as backdrops isn’t just the cool factor but also the lack of other people there!

    • Tasia July 20, 2015 at 9:06 am #

      It’s so much easier with less people around isn’t it? Makes a difference in your ability to relax and enjoy the shoot.

  9. Meg July 17, 2015 at 8:25 am #

    I really struggle with it- lighting, setting, weather, mood!!

    • Tasia July 20, 2015 at 9:03 am #

      I’m with you on lighting, setting and weather, I don’t think about mood but perhaps I should! Your photos are nice and clear and I like the plants in the corner.

  10. Sewer July 17, 2015 at 9:25 am #

    It really turns me off. The minute you post a photo of yourself on a blog you feel compelled to do the same smiley face that everyone else does. Even though it’s not a competition, by posting you implicitly feel you’ve entered one whether you like or not. As a woman, I’m trying to get away from that.

    • Tasia July 20, 2015 at 9:01 am #

      What turns you off, taking the photos in the first place? I think a lot of people smile because it feels strange not to. I smile most often because I look mad or sour when I don’t and it could give the impression I’m unhappy with my project. I don’t feel like I’m competing with anyone in terms of blog photos, I know I wouldn’t win and that’s not the point of sharing for me. It’s more about sharing what I sew and hopefully inspiring people to sew more!

  11. AuntyMaimu July 17, 2015 at 9:42 am #

    I hate having my photo taken…it’s like… the biggest dislike ever! I think its because I often end up looking awkward and so silly. I don’t mind posting silly selfies but for thw blog…I wish I knew how to not look so damn awkward!

    • Tasia July 20, 2015 at 8:59 am #

      Me too, and I’m sure you don’t look as awkward as you think, we’re always more critical of ourselves than anyone else! Take lots, try different faces, do some where you look away from the camera, and when in doubt crop out your face if you’re still feeling too self-conscious. I’ve seen fashion bloggers take all their photos with sunglasses, which probably means more photos that turn out. How about a big hat? (I’ve considered all of these for myself!)

  12. scuffsan July 17, 2015 at 10:08 am #

    Even as a kid I hated having my picture taken, and now in the age of social media it has gotten worse. First if all I always end up thinking I look really weird in pictures (weird faces, bad hair) but ever since social media entered the scene I’ve also become weirded out by the thought of people posting pictures of me that I haven’t seen.
    On my blog I never post pictures of my face, so I never had to consider my facial expression or bad hair days, but that doesn’t mean it is easy to get good pictures. Since I got my dress form she usually gets to be the model, but that also means trying to find a good angle and good light in my crowded apartment.

    • Tasia July 20, 2015 at 8:57 am #

      I know what you mean, it’s always the most unattractive photo of me that ends up on someone else’s social media! Especially group shots, where it’s hard to find one that everyone looks good in. (Usually it’s the photo owner choosing the one where they look best.)
      I had a hard time taking photos in my apartment too, and our studio is quite small as well with every bit of space maximized. Maybe a nice wall or an attractive bookshelf could make a good background?

  13. Rebecca July 17, 2015 at 10:26 am #

    I actually do enjoy taking photos for my blog, though it can be a hassle since I have two kids. I used to be an artist’s model so I’m really not self conscious behind the camera. I try to schedule a set day each week when I take my pictures, usually when I’m at my mother’s house, the park, the gardens or the beach since I prefer shooting outdoors. I’d love to have someone else take the photos for me or invest in a higher end camera, but my tripod and basic digital camera take decent pics. My sister is a professional photographer and I’d love to have my images someday reach that quality. As an artist I feel the images are just as interesting and important to me as the sewing.

    • Tasia July 20, 2015 at 8:54 am #

      Scheduling a set day is a great idea, then you know it will get done! I like the idea of choosing a nice location as well.

  14. Carol July 17, 2015 at 10:42 am #

    The photos that all of you take actually some of the products you sell! I don’t have a blog but I do love taking pictures! You may have friends that have decent cameras – or an Iphone6 which has an awesome camera could take your pictures for you! I know that if you lived near me, I would be happy to come over and take shots!!

    • Tasia July 20, 2015 at 8:52 am #

      That’s a really sweet offer, and very kind of you to say! I do use my iphone a lot for photos, its camera is quite good and it’s easy to carry around with me.

  15. Claudia July 17, 2015 at 10:48 am #

    I hate taking photos of my sewing projects! I don’t have a blog (b/c I don’t really have anything to say :) but I used to take photos of all my creations and upload them on burdastyle. But it started to bored me out of my mind and I stopped XD
    I still take photos of my knitting stuff though and upload them on ravelry.
    I think it’s beause I just sew A LOT of stuff and mostly basics (‘hey, look at these 5 boring shirts I made this week’), whereas I only knit like 5 sweaters a year so it doesn’t feel as redundant :)

    • Tasia July 20, 2015 at 8:51 am #

      Makes sense, if you’re not getting anything out of sharing your projects then there’s no point going through the motions. I think people still like to see basics though, maybe it’s just me!

  16. Caitlin July 17, 2015 at 11:28 am #

    These are great tips! I struggle with photographing unfinished projects because I like to be the one behind the camera! I don’t mind having my picture taken, but my friends who are good behind a camera are not at ALL interested in clothing. It’s like pulling teeth and quite awkward when I ask them for the favor of taking my picture!

    • Tasia July 20, 2015 at 8:49 am #

      That makes sense! It must be hard to give up control when you know what you’re doing behind the camera. I’d want to know what settings they were using (if I knew enough about photography) and if they were choosing good angles!

  17. Nita July 17, 2015 at 11:39 am #

    It doesn’t have to be a full portrait, either…you can focus on the outfit or even just bits of the outfit (bodice, sleeve, cuff) and crop out things like your head, legs, etc. then you can still have the outfit but not the portrait. And it looks fine to do that. And if you’re going to do that, you don’t even have to smile at the camera.

    • Tasia July 20, 2015 at 8:48 am #

      This is a good point, details are just as important as the final garment and it’s nice to see them up close. Dividing the garment into sections makes it less obvious that there isn’t a face or head in the photo.

  18. Katryna July 17, 2015 at 12:14 pm #

    I actually like taking the finished photos. I like to get a little extra dressed up and play with the concepts a little bit to keep it interesting. I am lucky to have a boyfriend who usually doesn’t mind spending the time to shoot with me. In the beginning I had to teach him tip #2 – he would just snap a single image and go ‘okay, next location!” and I was like…yeah, no, take 20 more haha.
    If he’s there with me I feel less weird taking photos in the wild. I do use a remote and tripod when I am on my own, but I never venture out of my apartment for those. The first time I got up the guts to be outside by myself, two guys walked by and were like “hey you need us to take those for you?” and I was like “uh, no I got it thanks” then ran indoors.

    • Tasia July 20, 2015 at 8:47 am #

      That’s awesome! I knew there had to people that enjoyed the photo-taking process. It’s great to hear what you do that works. I have had so many people come up to me and offer to help. I’m sure they mean well but it’s so uncomfortable! My usual line is ‘it’s a class project’ so they leave me alone. Though I have had people linger and watch, the ultimate in annoying.

  19. SplintersNStitches July 17, 2015 at 12:20 pm #

    I’m in camp “hates photos”. I’m not comfortable in front of the camera, it takes serious editing to get my face to look anything but red (I’m quite pale, maybe that’s why?), and I generally don’t have the time (let alone the patience!) to take more than a couple of pictures. Even with my hubby doing the pictures, he won’t take more than a couple, and he doesn’t think to help with the little details like flyaway hair or blinking.

    • Tasia July 20, 2015 at 8:45 am #

      It seems to be a common theme: partners or family members not noticing the details when taking photos, and only wanting to take a few photos in total. I think that’s why a lot of people opt for the timer and tripod option, so we don’t have to wait for anyone else. If your camera has a flat bottom you don’t even need a tripod at first, you can just prop it on the kitchen table or a mailbox, something around waist height. I did that in the early days of blogging and it was okay for a start.

  20. Claire July 17, 2015 at 2:34 pm #

    I don’t mind taking the photos, but my hubby often takes them for me and only takes a couple. Then it takes ages to get them off his camera. Somehow it doesn’t link with my computer, so I end up waiting ages to post completed work. I have three finished projects waiting blogging and photographing as I write. :(

    • Tasia July 20, 2015 at 8:42 am #

      It’s hard to rely on someone else, especially if they aren’t as pumped about it as you are. No suggestions except maybe try a tripod and timer one time, and see if it helps to have control of the process?

  21. Katherine Sheers July 17, 2015 at 2:37 pm #

    I’m happy to take photos on the flat as I sew, but oh boy, the on-the-body shots at the end?! Ugh! It’s not that I dislike having my photo taken (although the self-timed selfie does feel a little awkward), it just sucks up so much time. When I have childcare I want to get a ton done in that time, it’s frustrating to spend hours photographing and editing yourself. It’s the one reason for my backlog of me-made blogs. I’d love to hear suggestions for speeding things up!

    • Tasia July 20, 2015 at 8:41 am #

      I really enjoy taking the flat, in-progress photos as well. That’s a good point you make, about the time it takes to photograph and edit the photos, time you could be spending sewing! I think I’ll write a follow-up post with all the tips and suggestions in one place.

  22. Liliana July 17, 2015 at 3:05 pm #

    I’m currenty experimenting with taking better pictures – varying backgrounds, telling a story… trying to make them stylized and interesting. I never really showed my face on my blog before, I used to crop all the photos, but I stopped doing that now – it makes taking pictures a lot easier!
    I do feel very akward photographing myself when other people are around – I prefer ‘abandoned’ places or just ask my sister to snap some photos, because then it’s obvious what we are doing and noone really stares (as if anyone would really care about what we are doing!).

    • Tasia July 20, 2015 at 8:40 am #

      Interesting that not cropping your photos has made it easier! Abandoned places are where it’s at. I wish we had more empty and quiet places here in Vancouver, without having to go too far!

  23. trumbelina July 17, 2015 at 5:08 pm #

    It’s the main reason why I’m so delinquent in posting.

    • Tasia July 20, 2015 at 8:38 am #

      You’re definitely not alone!

  24. Helen Seddon July 17, 2015 at 5:13 pm #

    I think blogging has certainly made me feel a bit more comfortable about having my picture taken but I really struggle with the poses. I have two main ones; hands in pockets or hands out of pockets! I’m usually grinning inanely as well and I’m lucky if I get three good ones. There’s an awful lot with closed eyes, blurred and re-adjusting my clothing!

    • Tasia July 20, 2015 at 8:38 am #

      Ha! I do that too, big inane grin. It’s my most normal looking face, when I don’t smile I look mad or sour-faced. Try my tip: walking towards the camera! Or taking a step forward or back. It can look silly, but sometimes you’ll get a good, natural pose because you’re not holding it stiffly.

  25. Emily July 17, 2015 at 8:13 pm #

    I was just thinking about this topic yesterday – I used to enjoy taking photos outside, but lately I’ve been feeling more wary about it after having some unnerving experiences with people stopping to watch. I live in San Francisco, and even though I’m in a relatively good neighborhood, hanging out outside by myself for long periods of time doing something out-of-the-ordinary is starting to feel almost…unsafe? I know that’s probably not true, but lately I’ve tried to keep my sessions as short as possible to avoid attracting unwanted attention! I look forward to the day when I no longer have to deal with city neighborhoods!

    • Tasia July 20, 2015 at 8:36 am #

      Sometimes I worry about someone stealing my camera when I’m posing, during that ten seconds when the timer counts down. It hasn’t happened yet though, so I’m probably being overly concerned. It’s another reason I try to be quick if I’m taking photos where people are walking by.

  26. Anne July 17, 2015 at 8:42 pm #

    I’m not too fond of having my picture taken either. And it’s funny to see how some husbands are the same as mine when it comes to taking pictures: only taking a few pictures, not minding rumples, sagging boobs, weird facial expressions etcetera. But I do want to show my creations! So I’m slowly equipping myself: I bought my daughter’s camera when she got a new one, I got a dress form, then I bought a cheap tripod… got myself a nice corner in the house and now, from time to time, I have pictures I’m happy with :-)

    • Tasia July 20, 2015 at 8:34 am #

      I know right? I notice right away if there’s a stray thread or if I’ve missed a button. Making gradual changes and little improvements is a good way to go. Having a corner of the house is nice, then you’re not dependent on the weather!

  27. Diane July 18, 2015 at 1:55 am #

    I don’t have a blog for my sewing, and I don’t know if I’d feel comfortable taking my photo for it, but I will say how much I have appreciated seeing what others are sewing. To see these creations on ‘real’ people is also encouraging…it gives me confidence to sew the garments and feel that I, too, can wear them and look good.

    • Tasia July 20, 2015 at 8:31 am #

      That’s really nice to hear! It’s a good reminder that our blog posts could be helpful to people in other ways than just sewing help.

  28. Tanya July 18, 2015 at 2:49 am #

    I don’t have a blog yet, but I do have lots of photos. I’m very lucky because I’m married to a professional photographer. However event then I sometime put the garment on my dress form and take a pic on my phone.

    • Tasia July 20, 2015 at 8:30 am #

      That is lucky! You’ve got a nice record of your work then, whether you ever start a blog or not.

  29. Beth July 18, 2015 at 5:01 am #

    Great topic! I have been blogging for a little over a year- I am primarily a Fashion Illustrator but I also love to sew and I frequently post fashion illustration/sewing collages showing works in progress and the finished garment on a dress form. But lately people are commenting on my IG and Blog that they want to see more pix of me…..help!!! I absolutely hate to be photographed-that’s why I draw :-) I appreciate the comments posted here and I am going to summon the courage be a little braver about posting pix of myself more often!

    • Tasia July 20, 2015 at 8:29 am #

      For what it’s worth, I took a look and I really like your illustrations! It makes your blog unique and different.

  30. Margo July 18, 2015 at 5:38 am #

    The weather is probably the biggest factor in photographing finished projects for me. It can be quite windy and foggy on our coast. Pictures don’t have to be perfect but if the wind is blowing hair across my entire face or lifting my skirt above my head….well that can really take the focus off of the garment!

    • Tasia July 20, 2015 at 8:03 am #

      Oh yes, here too! It’s misleading because most of my photos are taken on nice days, so you’d think Vancouver is sunny and clear. In reality it rains a lot and it’s hard to get outside photos during most of the year. How about indoor photos?

  31. Sewn by Ashley July 18, 2015 at 9:01 am #

    I take most of my blog photos with my friend Amy, who is also a sewing blogger. Despite that, I still hate taking the final photos. I’ve considered having someone else model my garments!! We’ll try your tips, though. Maybe it will change our mind!!

    • Tasia July 20, 2015 at 8:01 am #

      That’s a great idea – find another blogger to team up with! A sewing blogger would also be great at capturing details and knowing which parts of the garment to focus on.

  32. Molliefran July 18, 2015 at 1:32 pm #

    I believe that if we are going to talk about a sewing project, especially a garment, it needs to be photographed after completion. So much can be said about seeing a garment on a real person. The photo does not need to look like a fashion magazine. Often times we spend time and money on a pattern that looks great in the line drawing, but does not translate to a real garment.

    • Tasia July 20, 2015 at 8:00 am #

      I think it’s because so many blogs are as beautiful as a fashion magazine that people feel hesitant to post photos. You see something beautifully laid out on another blog and want yours to look just as nice! I do agree that seeing clothing on a person is more useful than not. Also you’re right, especially when all you see is line drawings and sketches, it’s good to see a garment on a live person. (Like the Vogue patterns that only have sketches on the front.)

  33. Stina P July 19, 2015 at 1:33 am #

    I’m very confident about my looks in real life, but as soon as it freezes down to just that one frame I’m not so confident anymore. The one word I would never use to describe myself is photogenique…

    That said, I think a sewing blog without the clothes on people or a good dress stand is rather pointless. Seeing garments on people of course shows fit the best, while on a dress stand shows the construction and model the best. And I do want to see the progress!

    • Tasia July 20, 2015 at 7:58 am #

      It’s interesting that we can look different in photos and real life – how does that even work? That’s what modelling is hard work, it’s a skill to have control over your facial expressions and awareness of your body and its angles.

      I know what you mean, I want to see clothing on a person or at least a 3D form, but that’s also because I’m curious. I like to see the insides and the details as well!

  34. Karen July 19, 2015 at 2:28 am #

    I don’t mind taking the photos of my projects as long as I’m not the person wearing them. Luckily my daughter will usually oblige me but it means several projects get finished and have to wait until she has an hour or so free to put them all on and model them. I always use both my phone and a camera (35mm film type) so I have a backup copy of everything.

    • Tasia July 20, 2015 at 7:56 am #

      That’s awesome that your daughter is the same size and can do your modelling for you! If I had a body double I’d like that, I could practice my photography skills and make sure to capture all the details.

  35. Deanna July 19, 2015 at 4:34 am #

    I read that post from Grainline and chuckled! Taking pictures is definitely the hold up for me getting things blogged about. I don’t enjoy it, most of the time. I find that taking photos in bulk bundles works well for me. It just requires planning!

    I definitely have a pile of unphotographed finished garments!

    • Tasia July 20, 2015 at 7:53 am #

      Me too, it’s a hold-up for me as well especially once we get into fall and winter and it’s all rain all the time! Taking photos in bulk bundles is a smart idea. You already have your hair done and good lighting, and you’ll get warmed up and more relaxed. Great suggestion!

  36. Gillian July 19, 2015 at 9:56 am #

    You know, I was actually noticing exactly the same thing in the comment on Jen’s grainline post – I even thought about posting about it, but couldn’t figure out the right “angle!” I’m glad you beat me to it! ;)
    I actually quite like taking blog pictures! Over the years, taking all those blog pictures has actually made me like my looks more, and feel way more confident in front of the camera! I think the big difference for me is that when I take blog pics, I take TONS, which helps me feel like, “Hey, I look bad in that one shot bc I’m blinking/slouched/moving…but there’s one where I look great!” instead of “I looked bad in the one pic so I must be ugly.” I’ve tried having people take my pictures, but I prefer a remote and tripod – that way i can take my time, be silly, try things out, and not feel rushed or self-conscious.
    I didn’t realise so many people don’t like taking pics – I’d say most of the bloggers I follow never complain about it. Maybe I follow them because they’ve got lots of pics and that’s what I like about them? I’m not sure. I definitely don’t choose to follow many blogs where they rarely show themselves! I like to feel like I’m getting to know someone.

    • Tasia July 20, 2015 at 7:51 am #

      I know right? I felt compelled to write something about it! Even if just to say: all those bloggers you see aren’t natural models and perhaps they’re just as shy about getting photographed, so go for it!

      I love that taking blog pictures has made you more confident and that you can easily brush off one bad photo and know it’s not that you’re hideous, it’s the camera. :) I also prefer a remote and tripod, I’m more awkward when someone else is taking photos. I also don’t know when they’re taking it, so just when they have the camera lined up I open my mouth to ask ‘have you taken the photo yet?!’

      I think it would be strange to complain about taking photos for a sewing blog, so even if people don’t love it, they’re unlikely to say so on their blog. It is easier to connect with someone when you can see their face and make virtual eye contact, that’s for sure!

  37. Ofer July 19, 2015 at 10:20 am #

    Since so many people here answered, maybe it is the right place to ask: is there a nicer alternative to blogging? I want to both document my work and progress as a beginner while also sharing and getting suggestions and comments from other. I started to write up and it seems that I don’t need a blog, I need an app that will help me organize and document while also sharing and posting (lite-blogging). I saw a few options online, mostly non-free apps, or note-organization software/sites, that are not dedicated to sewing or sharing. Maybe something like a sewing facebook, that will have an option to organize my patterns and results, future projects. Maybe some experienced bloggers can help with suggestions?
    thanks, Ofer

    • Tasia July 20, 2015 at 7:47 am #

      I’m not sure what that would be! What do you mean by nicer exactly – easier, faster, less work to set up, less interactive? I guess the question is: what isn’t nice about blogging? :)

      If you do start a blog you can organize it however you like. Photos only and just a few notes, notes only with just one photo. You could set up a template for your posts so it’s easy to fill in each time, like the PatternReview format. (What pattern did you use? What size? Any adjustments? etc.) It’s your world once you create it. Think about what you want to gain from it, that’ll help with decision making along the way. Does this give you some ideas?

      • Ofer July 20, 2015 at 3:30 pm #

        yes! thanks. I’m trying different things right now (Evernote for organizing, WordPress for blogging…) and I’ll see what works best. A blog is definitely the most flexible format!

  38. Carlee McTavish July 20, 2015 at 2:12 pm #

    I feel really awkward when taking photos so I usually get my hubby to take a few at one of the empty downtown spots we know about or while out on a hike. It is actually the reason why I don’t really share my blog with friends and family..it feels so self-absorbed to send them somewhere where I’m like, “Hey! Look at all these pictures of me! It’s all about me. Me, me, me!”, and that is not my personality at all! So why not do like some bloggers and take headless photos? I actually can’t stand those, go figure. I like being able to see the garment proportional to the whole body and see how it is styled as well. I cope by making stupid faces and poses mostly, and I find that it works. :)

  39. Leigh July 21, 2015 at 1:36 pm #

    I have a blog but rarely post. I don’t mind pictures, but I have little time so it’s either sewing OR blogging. Not both. So no posts. Also, I spin, knit, do beads, etc, so it would be a bit of a mishmash of projects. Everyone else does one thing.

    I do really appreciate those who do blog though. Its great to see a garment on many bodies.

    I have to say I actually don’t like the super arty blogs with pro pictures. Often they sacrifice what the clothes actually look like to the arty photo shot. Pretty soon you can’t even tell what the garment looks like. I’m not into photography. I’m into sewing. Just snap a pic, and I promise I will just look at the garment and I won’t look at your hair, face or the state of your background, whatever it is.

  40. Lyric September 27, 2015 at 6:20 pm #

    I love taking them (of self or others; love photography); however, mine suck rocks. Family is tired of asking them to take my blog photos for me. The hubby rushes (imho) and what should be enjoyable is somewhat of a chore. To top it off I lost my fav camera, a Canon Rebel.

    As I skimmed this post I noticed something about low tech. I am about to go read it thoroughly.

    Thanks, Tasia, for this post.