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Donna Dunbar
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/6/2003

Studio Clothing

I have started doing portraits out of a studio in my basement and have been asked by someone to do their senior portraits. I need a source where I can get what is called a drape. It's something someone can drape over the shoulder to look like a formal dress.Also if anyone knows of any programs with templates I can use for different effects that might be usefull creating images to use with senior portraits. I am open to any suggestions at all this being my first attempt at senior portraits I want them to really be something special.

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8/15/2005 8:19:41 AM

Liza M. Franco
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/26/2004
  Hi Donna, I just saw an ad for drapes and I'm trying to remember where. I will get back to you as soon as I figure it out. As for your question about templates, email me if you get a chance.

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8/15/2005 9:00:32 AM

Amber D. Jones   I'm actually in the process of taking some senior pictures. I am also a first timer. If you're creative and have about 30 minutes to's something simple and very easy...I made my own drape. I bought some black soft suede from Wal-Mart (only about $2 a yd.) and I bought some iron-on fabric tape (really cheap-probably $2)I cut a small(not deep) V in the front of the fabric and folded it back and heated it together(the tape works better than sewing...this way you don't have sewing marks or thread showing). It took me no time at all and it looks very professional. And this way, you can have strings or velcro on the back to fit any sizes. If this doesn't work for you, sells them, but let me warn you they're not cheap. I bought the tuxedo shirt and the bow tie from them (not the Jacket) and it cost me around $70. Hope this Helps!!!

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8/15/2005 9:31:11 AM

Donna Dunbar
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/6/2003
  Hi Amber, thanks for your comment but the site you gave me said it was non exisitant, could you maybe have given me the wrong address? I like your idea about making my own but I really need something to fashion it by. I guess I will start checking other photographer's sites to look for ideas. Thank You so much for responding to my question and if you find any other info please let me know. Also good luck with your portraits also.

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8/15/2005 9:44:43 AM

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8/15/2005 9:49:19 AM

Tony Peckman   Donna,
Not sure about your area you live in, but around south Denver area, most schools require a natural setting, as in outdoors. If you haven't already, make sure you check the requirements of every school that your clients go to.
I have 6 different high schools (only photographing 18 seniors) I'm dealing with and every one has different requirements of some sort but four of them required "natural background" meaning outdoors.
Pretty exciting though that you're getting into the senior portrait business. I need to get my basement "studio" cleaned up and running so I can at least offer some semi-formal shots for the parents walls.
Good luck!

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8/15/2005 10:53:15 AM

Donna Dunbar
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/6/2003
  Thanks for your responce Tony. Yes I have all the spects as to what each school in my area requires, the senior I am doing photo's for this week the only requirement is for the girls to wear a black drape and the boys to wear a shirt and tie, however we are doing a large range of different types of shots and effects, and that includes outdoors. Thanks again I knew I could count on my better photo friends to come through for me. :-)

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8/15/2005 11:02:10 AM

Linda Buchanan   I am doing some senior pics this year too and have had a request for the drape. It was $75 at Denny Mfg. I bought a pattern for a v neck poncho and some black velvet and made one in less than an hour. If you sew at all it is worth it. It is beautiful, made from the same fabric and was less than $20 for velvet. I love the old fashioned formal look, be sure you have a selection of pearls at different lengths, (faux of course) as I am being asked for that.

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8/15/2005 1:34:45 PM

BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/31/2002
  Donna, has senior drape -
in red, black and green for 39.95
Hope this helps.

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8/15/2005 5:53:08 PM

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