An Indie Biz: Model Call

Pierogi Picnic: Dawn + Dusk Collection

Spring is here and with it I’m looking to host several photography sessions to show off some of my newest designs as well as vintage finds. But it’s not enough to photograph the pieces on hangers – we need lovely ladies and gents to get in front of the camera in these duds. And that’s where you come in!

If you live in the Chicago area and would be available on an upcoming weekend to take part in a Pierogi Picnic photo shoot, shoot an email to pierogipicnic@gmail.com. Within your email be sure to send me your clothing size and basic measurements (if you know them). We’ll then coordinate a day and time for you to join an upcoming photo shoot. I’m looking for people of all shapes and sizes to take part!

All participating models will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Pierogi Picnic Etsy shop, plus a digital set of fab photos! And if you’re not sure you’re up for the task, but know a friend who is, please put them in touch with us.

Here’s to fresh faces and new designs!

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Contests: Everyday Beauty Contest

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February is here – and you know what that means! It’s time for our annual Everyday Beauty Contest!

Developed with the intent to inspire us to look past traditional definitions of beauty, the Everyday Beauty Contest empowers you to capture a photo from everyday life for a chance to win fabulous Pierogi Picnic prizes! The contest kicks off today and runs through Valentine’s Day. Here are the deets:

What: Everyday Beauty Photo Contest

When:  Now – February 14th

2015 Photo Theme: Reflections

Two winners: Most Likes + Best Photo

Prizes:  $50 Pierogi Picnic Gift Certificates

To take part in this year’s contest, head over to the Pierogi Picnic Facebook page and post your favorite photo that captures this year’s theme. You can also post the picture to your personal Facebook page – just be sure to tag @pierogipicnic so it lands in our queue.

After uploading your, pic you’ll want to share it with friends and family in the hopes of landing lots of likes. The photo with the most likes by midnight on February 14th will be declared the winner and will receive a $50 credit to the Pierogi Picnic Etsy store! We’ll also choose a second pic as “Best Photo” – so you have two shots at landing a prize!

So start dreaming up what photo you’ll be taking and then start sharing! The sooner you post and tag your photo the better your chances of winning.

Happy snapping and sharing!

Everyday Beauty Contest: Reflections

An Indie Biz: My 50th Photo Shoot

This past month I held my fiftieth, that’s right 5-0-th, photo shoot for Pierogi Picnic. That’s 50 sets of clothing, 50 modelling sessions, 50 folders filled with product photos.

Hitting such a big milestone shouldn’t be taken lightly – so I thought it appropriate to take a trip down memory lane. Here’s a look at the evolution of my photos since launching Pierogi Picnic five years ago.

50 photo shoots: Pierogi Picnic

Meet the Models: Chella

Meet Chella! This Chi-town girl is not just a pretty face. Working as a technician and trainer for Apple (yes the super duper tech giant), Chella gets her geek on while still remaining real.

While playing with the latest Mac gadget has it’s quirks, Chella’s real passion is photography. Having graduated from Columbia with a BFA in photography, Chella loves the creative license found in setting lights and creating scenes. And just in case her photography career doesn’t launch the way she hopes? Chella’s okay. Her backup plan? Joining a roller derby team or becoming a burlesque dancer.

In addition to her inner artist and techie, Chella is also an avid crafter who finds release in making things by hand. Currently she has been busting out her knitting skills making scarves while also baking cookies for her soon to be sugar-comatose boyfriend Eric. Her love of baking must be in her genes – she reflects fondly of her grandma’s “kifli” – a croissant-like bread stuffed with fresh feta cheese. Her ethnic roots, combined with her tech-savvy and pretty tough girl persona, make Chella a welcome addition to the Pierogi Picnic model lineup.

Welcome again Chella!

Product Photos: Let There Be Light!

When first starting my Etsy shop creating product photos was thee most difficult task in my quest to bring my handmade clothes to the masses. Having received my Bachelors in Film Production I knew a thing or two about lighting and set design but little about practical retail photography. So the experimentation commenced and years later I am more than content with the results – I am downright beaming with pride. Using the most minimal resources I have found a way to take a striking pic that captures the viewers attention while flattering the garments. Here are the tid bits that I have learned over the years.

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