How to take photos of a blanket – help!

So I’ve been dreading this for the last month or so… how am I going to photograph my sky blanket?

I’m down to the last few squares this week and the idea of now taking photos to show it off and share with everyone is petrifying me. The perfectionist in me wants them to be the best photographs in the world; heck, I’ve worked on this blanket for 14 months, they’ve got to be good!

Naturally, I’ve leaned towards my trusty favourite, Pinterest, for ideas and here a few I like the look of (and think I may be able to re-create!).

Source (clockwise): 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

And two more:

Source (clockwise): 1 | 2

Sorry, couldn’t resist the kitty photo – I reckon Freds would go for it if I get him in the right mood! A mixed bag of ideas but it gives me some good options.

What do you think? Any images that stand out to you?

Tips on how to take photos of a blanket (from what I can tell):
  • Natural light is a necessity. But that’s true of all photography I guess!
  • Get outside and shoot from a washing line, bench, chair etc.
  • Tidy up! The most obvious place to shoot a blanket is on a bed or sofa – so time to make the bed, fluff up the cushions etc.
  • A wicker basket is a great way of snapping items – especially crafting items/projects.
  • Hire a professional. Perhaps the cheats way out and budget means it’s not going to happen for me.
The problems I think I’m going to face:
  • The blanket is so big – like king size duvet size!
  • The weather can be so unpredictable so I don’t know if I can entertain the idea of getting outside.
  • Capturing all the colours and textures could be difficult. Moss stitch is a beautiful stitch that I want to show off.
  • I’m lacking ‘pretty’ furniture. We have a bit of a mis-match vibe going on which may make this harder.
  • I want them to be the very best photos ever. Which means I won’t be happy.

Any tips? Have you seen any good photos on your travels that might help me? I’ve set up a Pinterest board where I’m sure I’ll be furiously pinning any inspiration I can get my hands on.

Follow Leanne Beale’s board Photography – blankets on Pinterest.

Can’t believe my sky blanket is almost finished! Stay tuned for ‘the story of’ and lots of photos soon.


4 Comments on How to take photos of a blanket – help!

  1. Claireabellemakes
    17/02/2015 at 1:36 pm (3 years ago)

    Could you possibly stand on a chair in the garden and hold it up?

    • Leanne Beale
      17/02/2015 at 1:39 pm (3 years ago)

      I had thought about doing that – just don’t want it to look too amateur! 🙂

  2. Zoe - floral and feather
    17/02/2015 at 8:50 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh exciting! I’m no expert, but I always find having a couple of goes in different places / set ups will help you to get into it – don’t worry about the first few photos being perfect, the more you take the more it helps to figure out what works and what you like! 🙂

    • Leanne Beale
      18/02/2015 at 11:38 am (3 years ago)

      Hey Zoe, I reckon I’ll be taking lots and lots of photos until I find the perfect ones. 🙂 Thanks for commenting, hope you’re well x