Wednesday, January 4, 2012

My DIY 'Home Studio'

...and by 'Home Studio' I really mean Dining Room.


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Last year I finally upgraded to a DLSR.  One of my 'justifications' was that I'd never have to take Munchkin to get a crappy studio picture again.  So I spent the year obsessively taking pictures and trying to figure out how I was going to get a 'studio' portrait in our house.  Our dining room has great light, but I didn't really want the hard wood/baseboard/wall as the backdrop.  So I did some Googling and Pinterest searches looking for backdrop holders.  Enter Hubster and all of his awesomeness.  He took a look at a few of the pictures and then built the perfect backdrop holder


He just used a few 2x4s to build the supports...


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and two pieces of PVC to hold the backdrops (he used a hole saw to cut out the hole for the PVC to fit through)...


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For this year's Christmas picture, I used a few yards of dark grey felt that I steamed after hanging up.  I'd like to say that the pictures were awesome...but Munchkin was not in the mood and I was rushing.  This is the best one from the bunch: 


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Aaaand some outtakes:


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I love that Hubster will build me whatever crazy thing I ask for and act like it's totally normal for a dining room to get turned upside down all in the name of a Christmas picture!


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28 comments:

Catrin said...

I think this is awesome. I think it is totally normal to turn a room upside down in the name of whatever you want... Makes life not boring...
Greetings from Germany
Catrin
P.S. Found you through the kojodesigns link party.

Toni @ SugarTart_Crafts said...

This is awesome, and I totally need one! Too bad we have absolutely NO natural light in our apartment. Kinda makes photography difficult ;)

Jen said...

What a great idea! I love that it's big enough for someone to stand in front of, yet small enough you could easily move it around for the best lighting. I'd love to have you come share this at the Head to Head Showdown, going live tonight at 10 at www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com Hope to see you there! ~Jen

Christine said...

GENIUS!! The photo turned out perfectly!! I love your ''studio'' hehe

Check out my blog too:
http://thediydreamer.blogspot.com/

PitterAndGlink said...

Great idea! The pictures look great too!

Liz said...

Cool! I should do that! I think I have a laundry rack that I could do this with... thank you for the idea!
Your pictures turned out great!

Happy New Year!
~Liz

LDH said...

Great idea! And sweet place you have here! I have perused several of your posts and enjoyed each one. Fun stopping by to visit with you!

Kindly, Lorraine

Melissa said...

Very Nice - I like that you could easily adjust the width and store this in a small space. Off to find materials for Hubby.

Krista said...

You lucky duck, what a great idea!

Natasha said...

what a great idea!!

Natasha xx

www.serenityyou.blogspot.com

Susan @ athomewithsarasays said...

I love that idea. Now I don't have to do as much research. Thanks so much! Check out my bathroom redo on Polly Want A Crafter linky party.

Sherry said...

What a smart idea! I may have to copycat this one...thanks!
P.S. I really like the out takes...real life isn't so bad. He's a cutey pie. ;)

Jeannie said...

What kind of camera did you get? I would love to upgrade!

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Ellie said...

That's awesome! I had the same justification when I bought my camera, but haven't perfected 'studio' portraits yet. Guess I need more equipment!

Pam - diy Design Fanatic said...

Love it!I have a hubby that builds me things for me, as well. We are truly spoiled!

G Inspires said...

It looks great! Thanks for sharing...this would solve a lot of peoples backdrop issues! Visiting via Under $100 Linky Party

Shabby chic Sandy said...

I love that--your photos are great! I have been known to tape a back drop to the wall--this is so much better!

Just Jaime said...

This looks awesome! I need to make one for myself!

Jenniffier Kramer said...

Great Idea

folkhaven said...

How great that he built that for you! I kinda like the middle out take photo. I'm sure you'll have plenty of time to play with your new photo studio and catch your son in a cooperative mood along the way!

special 'k' said...

Who would have guessed. That look awesome. My first visit to your amazing space here. Thank you so much for sharing. I know I am going to enjoy looking around and returning often. I look forward to engaging throughtout twenty twelve. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

Kelley @ TheGrantLife.com said...

Hi! Visiting from Sundae scoop. This is such a great idea! I bought a dslr camera for the same reason.. thank you for the tip!

I would love for you to share this at my link party in you get a chance :)

Janet said...

You're so smart! This is a really great idea. I like the fact that it can easily be taken apart to be stored too.

The Southern Product Queen said...

Love this post! I'm also having a linky party, and would love for you to join! Here is the link http://www.thesouthernproductqueen.com/one-stop-shoppe-linky-party-3 Thanks for sharing!!!

Abby said...

Such a great idea!

Kathy said...

Fab results, the portraits look very professional. What a cutie!

Chef in Training said...

Thats really a great idea! I would love it if you would link this up to the Tuesday Talent Show this Tuesday at Chef in Training! I hope to see you again next Tuesday!
-Nikki
Chef in Training
http://www.chef-in-training.com

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