My Day Job on the Weekends

Back in March I embroidered and photographed a t-shirt for work.  While we use a professional photography studio – I thought it would be fun to photograph the t-shirt in a natural setting.  (And I’m an overachieving lunatic).

Here are some behind the scenes photos as well as some of my favorite final photos.

It’s not easy to keep the t-shirt facing in the right direction.

The photo below is one of my favorites.  The plan was to crop the photo if we did use this shot.  (There’s nothing worse than an ugly plastic orange hanger!)

The shot below took a lot of effort.  The plan was to get my favorite moss in the photo while also making sure the embroidery was the star of the scene. (While embroidery pays the bills, my heart belongs to moss and the great outdoors.  😉  Moss should always be the star of the scene.  I eventually abandoned the idea.

Here’s the behind the scenes attempt at getting the shot.  You can get a better idea of how amazing that patch of moss looked.  This was early March – I was aching for Spring.  Any patch of green made me happy.

Before leaving the site, the fence and barbed wire caught my attention.  I knew immediately that THIS would be the shot.

One of my final shots.  I love the barbed wire, wood post and the dry grass.

Fast forward to July when the magazine with my article is published.   I’m standing in the same area where I photographed the shirt.

Here’s the front cover of the Volume 105 July/August 2017 issue.  Be sure to pick one up at your local embroidery shop.  You can also purchase a copy by visiting the Designs in Machine Embroidery website.   A lot of hard work and heart goes in to every issue.

Cameras:  Rockalita Sunshine (Canon EOS 5D Mark IV), Canon G16, iPhone (The lower-grade photos were used for the candid and behind the scenes shots)
Lens:  My beloved 100 mm macro lens (Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L macro IS)
Location:  LBJ National Grasslands
Dates:   March 4, March 12, July 1, 2017
Notes:  Last two photos courtesy of Tore Bellis.

About the t-shirt:
I used Perfect Embroidery Pro to create an applique square featuring lace fabric.  Once the applique was stitched, I added the bird design from Urban Threads.  Design name:  Nest – Perching Bird.

Look for more inspiring t-shirt ideas in my Subtle Tees column found in every issue.