About Joyatri

Avid thrifter and vintage clothes wearer. Love 1960s and early 1970s styles. Partial to Art Nouveau, Pre-Raphaelite, Victorian, Renaissance and Medieval art. Former art historian. Current packrat. On a continual quest for good-looking, comfortable vegan shoes. Bhangra dancer since 2002. Fascinated by all things Indian. Vegan and animal advocate. 

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"She was dressed, as usual, in an odd assortment of clothes, most of which had belonged to other people." 

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Picture not perfect

How I envy bloggers with outdoor spaces and live-in photographers. I’m about to call it quits on outfit shots until the summer.

How not to take photos:

  • Wait for a day when the weather is slightly cloudy. Don’t even think about taking photos if it’s sunny or overcast.
  • Wait until between 12:37pm and 2:17pm when the light comes through living room window.
  • Move couch away from wall. (First move end table away from couch.)
  • Set up ironing board in center of living room. Place camera on table-top tripod. Place tripod on ironing board. Place a small book under one leg of tripod seeing as how tripod is broken and won’t hold camera exactly vertical.
  • Set self-timer and stand near bureau, maybe in front of it, Or next to it. Repeat 10 times.
  • Download images onto computer. Delete most. Choose least horrible one and adjust size, orientation, lighting, and color. Rename and save.

But I really wanted to show off the lovely 1970s maxi dress that A. got me for Christmas.

He readily admits that he is able to buy me things I actually like due to the “power of Etsy” and the fact that all my ‘favorited’ items are public.

1970s Vicky Vaughn Junior maxi dress, present from my boyfriend. Necklace, present from my mother. Bangles from India. The sleeves are a bit short, but all the bettter for wearing bangles. I love the wine color and the bit of tapestry on the bodice and the back. And, of course, the full sleeves.

I might as well tell you about my co-star, the painted chest of drawers. It's another one of my trash finds.

About 20 years ago, a friend found it on the street outside a store that had gone out of business. It's metal and the drawers are each divided into 6 compartments. It was all scratched up and didn't have a top. I painted it the same color that my woodwork used to be, sort of a light 'raisin' (it looks a bit washed out in the photos in this post). I salvaged a nice piece of birch from the trash where I worked at the time and painted it silver and affixed it to the chest. And painted the drawer handles silver. The interior is quite cavernous and it has served me well.

Label from my dress.

If anyone has a better way to take photos, please let me know.

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Reader Comments (7)

Photography is not my strong suit either so I have no advice! My photos have been marginally better since daring to go outside, but the light is still difficult, especially at this time of year. But bright sunshine is also tricky. Having space inside to get an uncluttered long shot isn't possible. Oh well. I just hope that folk come to my blog for the chat rather than the photography!
That said - these pics are fine, Jo! And what a gorgeous dress. Your man chose well (even if he was prompted by your Etsy favourites!) I love the sleeves and the tapestry panel, and it's the perfect medieval style that you like so much. Xxxx

January 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCurtise

That is an absolutely stunning vintage dress! I'm so happy you went to the trouble to take the photos. I can totally understand your frustration. I use to have to go through just about this exact line up when I took photos indoors. I quickly realized that outside the photos were much better. I guess I can't really help you because outside is the only way I know how to get good exposure. I struggle with it all the time with my Etsy photos too.
Short from going out and buying a ton of photography equipment, your guess is as good as mine. I'll come back and read what other say, maybe I'll learn something. ;)

January 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoni

Gorgeous dress on you Jo. I'm glad you photographed it. I'm certainly not the expert to give any tips since I just point and shoot into a mirror and photoshop the heck out of it.

January 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpao

The dress is stunning, my favourite colour and very flattering! I have a photographer husband and outside space and I rarely use either! My photography is rubbish but I vow to improve this year. (Or make my husband do it!)

January 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEmma Kate @ Painted style

The dress is gorgeous - what a great gift! And your photographs are not bad at all. Thank god for digital, but it is a hassle having to deal with photography all the time. It's been handy for me to have a husband who knows his way around a camera, but his forte is video, not stills. He''s very picky, kind of slow, and sometimes I think it would just be easier to figure out the timer and do them myself!

January 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVal Sparkle

Ha, that sounds like me. Photos are far from being my strong point, I can make even a simple picture of a charity shop find look out of focus! GORGEOUS dress though, and the picture is very unhideous indeed.

Gorgeous dress! Checking your Etsy favourites list was a great idea.
I have similar problems with photos - I put the camera on a large book on the window ledge because I think you are supposed to have the light behind the camera, but it could be complete rubbish as my results are not great.

January 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNorma

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