I’m so excited to be posting for our new weekly blog series, designer corner. Each week, one of the Quilt Theory designers will be sharing something new with you! If you’re looking to see more of what happens behind the scenes, more tips and tricks, or more fabulous quilty inspiration, make sure to follow our blog!
To kick things off, I’ll start with an introduction… my name is Michelle Bartholomew and I live in the mountains of Washington State with my husband and our 2 1/2 year old daughter. My background is in technical writing, design, and photography, and I love that I get to do all of these things while working for Quilt Theory! I’m typically the one behind the scenes posting on the site or on social media. I also have the amazing job of taking all of the quilt photos for Quilt Theory!
I thought for this post I’d share a little more about what goes on behind the scenes when I’m shooting for Quilt Theory.
For each collection, I do four main shoots… one for the cover, one styled at an indoor location, one of the entire group of quilts and one of each quilt in the wild. I try to take the quilts-in-the-wild shots at locations inspired by the quilts themselves, so it can be up to 7 different locations. That makes up to 11 locations per collection shoot. I’m tired just writing that!! Most of the time though, I try to take 2 quilts to each location to save some driving time.
I’m lucky to live in an area that has many amazing locations close by so I have a lot of great places to choose from. Here are a few of my favorites…
I found this amazing white brick wall in our nearby “big” city that I use for all of our cover photos. I noticed that the morning light right after sunrise is the best for the cover photos so I try to arrive around 6:30am for cover shoot day. On the left you can see my setup, the center is how the quilts look when I take the picture, and on the right is the image after color correction.
Another favorite location is about an hour from my house and it has the most adorable mix of modern and vintage furniture and accessories. The owner has been kind enough to let me come when the store isn’t open to take photos. She usually lets me be there for 2 hours. With 7 quilts to stage and photograph, that time flies by!! On the left you can see how the bed was styled in the store. After some clearing and rearranging, I got the quilt onto the bed (center photo), the photo on the right is the photo I ended up using.
There are so many amazing quilts-in-the-wild locations, but when I’m running short on time, this one is my go-to location. It’s within walking distance of my house so I can usually convince my husband to take a post-dinner walk and hold a quilt for me (when the light is starting to set behind the mountains). There are actually quite a few forest-y spots nearby, so while we walk, I snap pictures with my iphone and scout for the best one. On the left is my scouting pic. I didn’t like this location very much, so we headed up that hill and I found the spot for the photo on the right.
Thanks for taking a little photo tour with me! I hope you enjoyed seeing a few behind-the-scenes shots of where I take the photos. Stay tuned next week for a great post by Yvonne Fuchs!