Even when I first started taking photos of my items years ago I was still very interested in the artistry of the pictures. Sometimes my items would be set against completely white backgrounds, but as much as possible I tried to incorporate useful backdrops and interesting locations. I wanted the photos of my items to be as fun to look at as the items themselves were fun to wear and show off.
But I live in a pretty small city. We have had to get pretty creative with photo locations and backgrounds. That is why I am so excited by the fact that we found a new location for photos! And based on the photos you would never be able to guess where our new location is.
It began a few weeks ago when me and Grumpy Husband went to a Walmart to buy some packing supplies to send out new hats to customers. We had never really gone to this Walmart before (we prefer a local food co-op for most of our groceries) and as we were leaving a flash of green suddenly caught my eye. Zooming around the outside edge of the Walmart-sized parking lot I told Grumpy Husband to stop the car so I could get out and get a better look at what I thought might be a little park.
Grumpy Husband was incredulous. Parks aren't put up against Walmart parking lots like that. But after thinking about it a moment he became curious too so we parked at the furthest edge of the parking lot, jumped out of the car, and went to see what was going on.
It turns out that it was a little park with a little bridge too! The park space had two purposes. Some nearby apartments were on a lower plot of land than the Walmart. The park had stairs that linked the Walmart parking lot to the apartments so people could more easily walk between. The space was also designed to accommodate floodwater runoff, being set lower than the Walmart or the apartments. But it wasn't just a sump. Instead they tried to prettify it with trails, benches, a few nice big trees, and even a little bridge.
As soon as we had some time we decided to go and experiment with it as a new photo shoot location. I'm sure we turned a few heads traversing the Walmart parking lot with me dressed as a white witch, but that's all part of the fun!
Unfortunately the bridge did not work very well because it made the photos look a little too industrial. We will keep it in mind for some of my future steampunk top hats. But a little ways away from the bridge was a nice big tree in the middle of a beautiful stretch of grass. I thought the silhouette of the tree's shadow around me on the ground paired well with the silhouettes I was trying to show off on my hats.
What do you think?
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