You may think the only thing I do is blog about boots,shoes and gardening. Well, that’s not true. Among many of the hats I wear, I am also the photographer for Gearcor’s online stores. I thought I would take a minute and share a bit of the fun. You know the old saying~ believe half of what you see and none of what you hear. This can often be true in the world of advertising. The seeing part, is what I am talking about here. Creating images of products in their element isn’t always easy to do. Part of the fun of photography is creating an image that captures people’s attention.
If you visit Rainbootsonline.com, which is another Gearcor site along with gardenshoesonline, one of the header photos you will see is this picture of the Kamik Elle rainboots in eggplant. This shot looks like it was taken on a very slushy day, but in reality, it was dry and cold with no snow or ice at all. This is one of the fun parts of my job~ I get to be part of creating an illusion with my camera. For this shot, we brought in snow from a local ice rink. When they resurface the ice, it creates (ice shavings) snow.
A quick hosing of the parking lot in an uneven area with a few chunks of snow strewn about and we have a slushy, messy day that reflects the boots in the puddle. Just the look we wanted to show you how great these boots can make you look in even the worst conditions (real or not) and your feet stay dry and warm to boot! (Sorry I couldn’t help myself on that one.)
For these Muck Boot Crocs, they wanted them next to a real crocodile. ( The model and I say thank goodness for photo shop)…but it made for another interesting photo shoot. To see this photo I am referring to, you will need to click on this link ~rainbootsonline~ then click on the rainbootsonline logo in the upper left hand corner of the site until you see a couple of fun pics I took out in the urban jungle. With a little photoshop effects, you have a crocodile on the city streets next to these great boots that look terrific in any setting.
So this is how it’s done, a lot of creative, rescourceful people, cameras and photoshop.
This is the hall tree that stood in the foyer of the house my husband grew up in. It was his mom’s and it was her mom’s before that.
When we started dating it was an “antiqued” finish that was green with varnish over it that made it look old. Then his mom painted it bright blue. You can see the colors when you open up the seat.
I always admired it so after we bought our first house she gave it to me. It looked quite different than it does now. It was early american looking with wide molding at the top and some angular coat hooks that were in my opinion, rather unattractive. I don’t have photos of the before unfortunately.
Removing the molding at the top and replacing the coat hooks made such a huge difference. Now it has a more arts and crafts look to it. Much simpler. Much more to my taste.
I love that it has been in three generations already and I have already promised it to my youngest son when he gets his first house.
Hopefully he won’t refinish it by adding molding at the top and painting it blue. But you never know..
“Trees are your best antiques”~ Alexander Smith