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  • Rachel Brooks

DIY: Curtain Photoshoot 😎

Look like the pros without going through all the trial and errors we did putting this photoshoot together! πŸ“Έ

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Hey everyone! Happy Wednesday! I hope March is turning out to be a really awesome month for you, as it has for me. I recently got some really exciting news that I can't wait to share! But, not today, very soon.

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Lately, Steven ad I have been getting really into easy, at-home photoshoots. They are super convenient when I need content (especially for my website, blog, and Instagram feed) but the weather outside in Wisconsin is in a mucky transition. 😬

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Our "Kitchen Photoshoots" (a series of photoshoots Steven and I have done in seriously our kitchen) have provided some beautiful shots while I'm waiting for the outdoors to match my spring fever. 🌷 They are also SUPER great if you're just beginning to learn about photography and want to practice and test out new techniques.

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As we did more and more of these, I searched through Pinterest in hopes to find more ideas and more "DIY'S" on how to actually shoot the stunning image I see before me, I've realized there's not a lot of verities. And yes, I know Instagram is another story, but sometimes you have to sort through thousands of posts to find something remotely like what you're looking for. πŸ™ˆ

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So, here we are, the beginning of some behind-the-scenes/how-tos/DIYs discussing in-home, easy photoshoots that Steven and I have actually done!

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Today, I'm sharing about the "curtain" photoshoot I did for my collab with

Madison Braids! β¬… referral link in case you want to get yourself some beautiful braids for the entire look! It'll also save you 15% 😎

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For a little insight on how I came up with this idea. First, I knew I wanted to embrace a little bit of the bohemian vibe for my braid photoshoot AND I was seeing these photos pop up on Pinterest. ⬇

I soon realized I did not have any lace around, but I did have an old curtain that I had come across while packing! We also used that curtain in this photoshoot. ⬇

Thus this idea was born. ⬇

How did we do it?

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  1. Find an old curtain in your home or purchase one from somewhere. (You don't need anything crazy so Dollar Store, Walmart, even a thrift store might be able to hook you up.)

  2. To create the light underneath the curtain, we used 2 box lights and a ring light.

  3. Position your box lights directly on opposite sides, facing each other and tilted upwards just a hair.

  4. Next, drape your sheet over your two box lights. A little tape goes a long way in securing it. (We learned this the hard way. πŸ˜…)

  5. Also, we got the best shots when I (the subject) was kneeling on the ground so the sheet was able to cover more on the sides. You can play around with this and it will depend on how large your curtain is.

  6. Once your sheet is in place, it's time for your photographer or tripod to head in your dom.

  7. Utilize your ring light as an additional light source on your/your subject's face.

  8. Suggestion: I played around a lot with my hands and tried to include them in as many shots as possible. Sometimes I needed them to hold the curtain up though.

  9. After shooting, I put my favorite images into AdobeLightRoom and chose my favorite preset, did a little brightness, contrast, and vibrancy editing, and poof!

  10. Lastly, I threw it in my Retouch app and smoothed out any wrinkles, weird marks, or frizzy hair (OH YEAH! USE STATIC GUARD! We didn't have any. 😭) Retouch is a literal lifesaver and photo transformer BTW.

And now, in the video, from how we set up and shot in our kitchen!

Some more final shots...

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10 easy steps to creating pretty, bohemian photos. Perfect for spring, which is in only 10 days!! 😍 Don't forget to throw on your favorite, sunny playlist. That's my favorite way to relax in front of the camera!

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You can click here for my March playlist sure to put you in a photoshoot mood, β˜€ Sunshine On The Mind β˜€.

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Okay! That's all from me, for now! But, if you're looking to get more inspired with DIYs...

I have partnered with some blogger friends to share some DIY activities with you! Follow along for some other DIY ideas!!

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Kimmy Kimmymanzo.com and Amy https://amymcbish.com!

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Check them out!

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