A day in the life of a CT Photo Shoot

I thought it would be really fun to give you a ‘behind the scenes’ peek to show you just how much fun it is working here at Connecting Threads.  As you know I am a Fabric Designer, but I’m also the Art Director for our photo shoots for the catalog and web images.  I develop the theme of the shoots, plan the locations, gather props and direct our photography department on angles and desired results.  Our photographers are awesome!  I work closely with Sarah & Amy, and we three work hard at creating really beautiful images for you to see!

But…things aren’t always as they seem.  There is a lot of work done in advance to make sure our collections and kits are available to you in time to sew for the coming holiday or season. For example, Christmas collections are started around the beginning of a calendar year, so that samples and kits are ready and completed in time to photograph them.  Christmas shoots generally happen around June and July.  Obviously, the weather and outside conditions aren’t always as we’d like them or need them to be.  As you can imagine, we have to be very creative in setting the mood. 

Such was the case with Maple Skies.  This is a fall collection that was shot in May. In order to get that Autumn feeling, we had to take some pretty drastic steps. One of the best things about fall is the beautiful changing of the leaves and multi colored flora and fauna.  But alas, in May these elements don’t exist.  So, I helped out by being a prop for a shot.  Yes, you read that right.  I became a prop; a tree branch to be exact.

This was a really fun photo shoot, and we sure did a lot of laughing that day!


  1. Jamie Lee - July 25, 2012

    Oh, that is so funny! I just bought some Maple Skies and some Matsuri (along with a ton of thread) a few days ago and am hoping it arrives today!

  2. Amanda Best - July 25, 2012

    Very funny! I love the picture of you holding a tree branch up! Behinds the scenes information is very interesting. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Jenni - July 25, 2012

    Ooh Jaime, how exciting! You’ll have to share your pictures once you’ve finished playing with Maple Skies and Matsuri.
    Jaime & Amanda, glad you enjoyed this post:)

  4. celia - July 25, 2012

    I love receiving your emails with all the lovely products which are so well displayed. I would say these images certainly help me part with my money ! LOL! when I get someone to bring the goodies to Australia I just buy as much as I can. Hoping that one day you can deliver outside the USA !!!