There is definitely pressure to have nice photography when writing a blog. You want to put out pretty pictures that readers will enjoy, and you also want to show your
mediocre amazing projects in the best light possible their true glory.
Both Sage and I have DSLR cameras that we use for most blog photos – and this makes a huge difference. We take the time to clean up, arrange good shots, and edit our photos so this place can look nice. I’m not saying we’re stellar photographers, but we do try to put our best foot forward.
If our theme, set-up, and logo are like the decorations of our online home, then our photos are like good staging and accessories – changing, but ideally coordinated and stylish.
However, half of our name is “Disaster,” and, trust us, we’re not actually coordinated and stylish. We’ve been tricking you this whole time! Hah!
Just kidding. We’ve been trying all along to show off our disaster sides. Sage shared her tale about trying to install a toilet, I pointed out everything that went wrong with my big doors project, and we’ve shared a lot of what is wrong with our homes along the way, like holes in the walls and doors, gaps in the ceilings, and the truth about “our garden sheds.”
In keeping with that grand tradition, today I am going to share a little about what was going on behind the scenes of three of my recent photos.
Of course you remember the side table that we made out of a thrift store plastic cactus as part of the Mystery Thrift Off by Lindsay at Better After. I mean, it IS award-winning, after all. To show off that project, I arranged this nice shot of it sitting next to my favorite red armchair, in a sunny room filled with light and plants.
I feel great about this photo – it was even featured on Apartment Therapy! But the reality is that it was not a nice sunny day: it was horrible, cloudy, and muggy. (Cloudy is much, much better when shooting into the window.) And that nice row of plants?
Yeah, totally faked by stacking pots at various heights onto my dinky metal shelf. I love they way it looked, but unfortunately don’t have anything that is the right height and size!
I somehow needed to disassemble the entire living room and kitchen to get to that simple arrangement. Brad laid on the couch looking at me like I was crazy (I was) and asking if I was going to “take that cactus thing out of the living room when I was done” (I wasn’t).
Speaking of the living room – in my post to show off my new throw pillows, I shared some shots of them looking all bright and happy in a tidy living room.
But, really, I took those shots in a rush before going to work one morning, and my “cleaning” in the living room actually created this disaster in the dining room.
Brad was not pleased when he got up and couldn’t find any of his stuff. (You might be noticing that he gets the short end of a lot of these blog-related photo shoots.)
Finally, when I talked about the fun Pacman magnets that Brad and I made last week, I shared some nice shots of them in use, holding up photos and quotes against a crisp white fridge.
… Or, rather, them sitting on a piece of painted plywood that is mascarading as a fridge while lying in the middle of the kitchen floor.
Hey, at least it was the right room!
My fridge is unfortunately beige. It is useful for keeping food cold, but not really for glamorous photoshoots. Here is how the magnets would look in their natural habitat: fine, but not quite “pin-worthy.”
Hopefully you’ve enjoyed going a bit behind the scenes into the making of some of these posts! As we keep improving our photography, we’ll keep coming up with increasingly clever ways to fool you into thinking we live in bright, happy, pristine wonderlands. Don’t believe us.
(Sharing at Think and Make Thursday, Weekend Retreat Link Party, Remodelaholic, Two Uses Tuesday, Totally Terrific Tuesday, Tip Me Tuesday, Thrifty Decor Chick’s Before and Afters, Create It Thursday, Pin Junkie Pin Party, Link Party Palooza, Idea Box, and Your Turn to Shine Link Party)