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The Making of a Mannequin – DIY Photo Shoot

Of all the things that I do as a fiber artist and  independent small business owner, the one that has frustrated me most over the years is taking photos of my work.

Mostly I struggle with lighting and the right props.  My studio has poor lighting in general and not much natural light which is best for photos.   I try to take the photos outside but that is easier with smaller objects than scarves.  Learn how to adjust the white balance in your camera settings.  This can improve your photos a lot!

This year I made a flat mannequin out of a cardboard box.  It works fairly well and I love that I recycled something to make it!


Recently I decided that I wanted to be able to change the color of the mannequin to white or black,  so I purchased some poster board and cut out the same thing but made the body longer, so  that I could use it for longer scarves.    For this shoot I poked a hole in the top of the mannequin so that I could hang it from a ceiling hook in front of a white wall.  I attached the poster board with binder clips, which you can see in the photo.

mannequin set up2

A little editting and here’s the money shot! Not too bad!

Red scarf
You can see some of the results of my lastest photo shoot soon in my Etsy Shop.