To The Studio Wardrobe Collection - The Newest Additions

Having a studio wardrobe is an optional addition to any photographer’s arsenal, but it can be a great feature that sets you apart from other creatives in your area. I am truly blessed to be able to have a reasonably sized collection that I am adding to and refining regularly.  It allows me to provide my clients with whimsical pieces to add to their own personal wardrobe during their sessions or has the ability to be used in its entirety to create a desired look. In the end, it is about making the client happy and designing the shoot of their dreams, whether that includes 100% of their own personal wardrobe or 100% studio sample pieces.. 

Sequence bustiers, satin, Faux fur jackets, hats, dresses and tulle… ohhh the glorious tulle… 

and now adding effortlessly glamorous sheer Lace Dresses. A beautifully solid black  was the first color to arrive at the studio, but I am expecting an ethereal white and deep red to arrive by March 1. I can not wait to see how each of these beauties photograph. The black lace did not disappoint. 

Check it out in action during a recent session shot entirely with studio wardrobe pieces.  Lace and tulle and hand-painted canvas backdrops ohhh myyyy. 


The Most Important Piece To Have In Your Studio Wardrobe…

As a photographer, it is our job to direct clients
throughout the entire portrait process, and one of the most important steps is
having a detailed wardrobe consultation.  This consultation not only helps the client
confidently pull wardrobe to use for their session, but easily presents your
expectations for wardrobe to maintain balance and variety within their portfolio. 

Although not a requirement and typically something more established
photographers accumulate, a studio wardrobe can be something beneficial to have
available for clients to use within their sessions. These are pieces that are
flattering on a variety of shapes and sizes and can be used over and over
again. One of the most overlooked pieces but most important pieces to have in
your studio collection, should you choose to build one, is the Sash.

The sash are large strips of satin fabric in 7”, 10” and 12”
widths, that can be used to build and drape an entire wardrobe should the need arise.
To make these strips it does not cost much either. You can have a collection of
three black satin sashes for around $15.

Satin Fabric will run you about $4.99/yd at your local
craft supply store, and with only three yards, you will be able to sew all
three width strips (7”, 10” and 12”)


Here is what you will need:

3 yards Satin Fabric any color

Sewing Machine (if available)

Thread to match fabric

Needle (if sewing machine not available)

Fabric Scissors

Sewing Pins

Ruler

Fabric pencil (not necessary)


How to make the Sash:

Along the width of the fabric measure and cut a 14” strip (7”
doubled) all the way down the length of the fabric. (This should create a long
strip 14” wide by 3 yards long) - I used sewing pins to create a line down the length of the fabric to know where to cut rather than using a fabric pencil. It is rudimentary but gets the job done.

Do this again at 20” (10” doubled) and at 24” (12” doubled).

You should now have 3 long strips of fabric measuring widths
of 14”, 20”, and 24”

Fold these strips in half so that the outside of the fabric
is on the inside and sew along the long edge where the two halves meet leaving
the ends open. This will give you 7”, 10”, and 12” tubes of fabric. Once the
long edge has been sewn reverse the fabric like you would a pillow case showing
the outer fabric again and hiding the seamed edge. Finally iron the sashes to
create sharp edges and remove any wrinkles and you are ready to drape.

See Photographs as reference. I purchased 3 yards of both black and white fabric and made 6 sashes total, but you do not have to do two colors. If you are just starting out and only want to do one start with black  as it will be the most versatile overall. 


You may also be interested in seeing how these sashes can be used within your sessions. Check out these recent images from client shoots that show the use of sashes in work. The options for these versatile pieces are limitless. Drape, pin, and have fun. You really will not regret adding these pieces to your studio collection.  


Find Your Perfect Match, and I’m not talking about a Man…

I didn’t know watching commercials could lead me to my perfect match…..of Foundation that is. I’m keeping my husband. lol 

I can’t remember what I was watching, maybe I was binge watching recordings filling my DVR or it was a SnapChat Story but I remember the video.  


It showed a Lancôme Beauty consultant scanning a young woman’s face to get an an accurate read of her facial skin tone. The information that was gathered was then used to generate a custom formula of Lancôme liquid foundation that blended perfectly with her skin.  It was one of those videos that mesmerize you because you watch as they dispense and blend her custom foundation at the counter, and systematically hand write her shade number on the bottle and pack it up in beautiful custom packaging.  Its one of those things that you should be able to skip by but its like watching someone mix up paints, for some reason you just can’t look away. Or maybe its just me… it can’t be just me. 

Now I’m not an avid Lancôme makeup user. I have not tried or even used the majority of what they offer, aside from a few eye-shadow palettes and the occasional mascara, but I always return to my regular makeup brand. Not to say, I didn’t like what Lancôme had to offer but… lets face it we get into routines and mine works for me. But this… I must try this.  


Really cool, right!? I am excited for this new leap in foundation. But it looks like me and my fellow Houstonians will have to wait for the custom Lancôme experience. As of right now only 2 locations offer the Experience Le Teint Particulier, Nordstrom Seattle, and Nordstom Del Amo in Torrance, California. They do have 9 additional locations that will be offering the experience soon, but even with these Texans will have to wait.  That doesn’t mean you have to miss out. If you are in Seattle, Wa, Torrance, CA, Costa Mesa, CA, Mission Viejo, CA, Corte Madera, CA, San Jose, CA, Tampa, FL, Tukwila, WA, Chicago, IL, Oak Brook, IL, or McLean, VA, head over to Nordstom and let me know how it is. I’m excited to hear all the coming reviews for this product and hope to try it out myself sometime. Until then, I fully intend to live the experience through each of you who do. 


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