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Looking for your comments on my new booth photo

My wife Carol and I set up our tent and display this weekend with hopes of getting a new booth photo. So far today I have taken in excess of 100 photos but I barely have come up with one that is ok.. but not as good as I feel it can be....just doesn't have that "Oh Yeah" factor.

We are leaving the tent and display set up again overnight and plan to take additional photos tomorrow (Monday) and we sure could use some thoughts as to what we can do to make it better.

I am using weathered corrugated metal and some old fish netting to try for our Southern Louisiana Cajun look...one that I have always liked but haven't tried to duplicate in my booth.

Any and all comments positive and negative are appreciated.

Thanks...!

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Comment by Christine Noah-Cooper on February 20, 2015 at 3:14pm

Really nice collapsible shelving units.  My first reaction was that the background is a striped awning.  It seemed a little overpowering.  I like barn red, off-white, light blue, browns together, but more for home decor than for a booth.  The suggestions above sound really good.  I'm sure you want to avoid clutter, but there needs to be more inventory and also a distinct focal point.  Other than that, really fresh, pleasing booth with beautiful wooden objects! 

Comment by Bill Daniels on February 20, 2015 at 11:41am

You can be your own critic. by viewing the photo upside down.  Whatever you see first is what the viewer sees then right side up-- FIRST.     Whether it good or bad.  

As much as we artists think our work is the greatest  there are laws of thirds and balance to follow.  Your booth shoot is not balanced.   Jury people do not like unbalance photos.   Every thing is to the right. If everyone on a boat stood on one side of the boat it would tip to that side.    Place your table in the middle of the booth on the back wall.   Place one of the two longer  wall hangings behind  the table to balance the center of the booth.    This will be your statement for your booth. 

If you are happy with the corrugated metal find.  BUT it detracts  from your wooden boxes.  You see the vertical lines of the metal first !   then your wooden boxes.  I would than have  pedestals on each side of the center table.  Then one or two small wall hanging.   

Your two shelving should be centered one on each side wall  Place a dark sheet of cloth behind  your shelving to see the difference in what a darker background does for your product.  To do this permanently use a tension rod and drape the background down from the top of the shelf over the shelf itself  giving unity

 The coloring of the shelves has been talked about already.  Just remember the KISS method 

Down the road  having your  wooden boxes at different heights gives  importance to each one.  

Comment by Joan Pinkus on February 12, 2015 at 10:53am
I like it.
Comment by Greg Little on February 10, 2015 at 3:04pm

All of this excellent feedback has really helped. I am painting the display shelf ends today to match the shelves.

I gave myself a crash course for leaf removal last night and did my best( ?) at removing the leaves from the carpet. It was impossible to keep leaves off the carpet because it was an extremely windy day when I was taking the photos. One unforeseen advantage of the corrugated panels is that being fastened to the top tent poles with "J" hooks added and extra 180+ lbs. to the stability of the tent in addition to my 160 lbs of  tent weights

Comment by geri a. wegner on February 10, 2015 at 12:42pm

I have to agree with those who commented on the red of the supports.  They bothered me the first time I saw the picture.  I didn't realize that the color washed out the color of the pieces, I just thought it didn't look good.

Comment by Melanie Rolfes on February 9, 2015 at 10:17pm
I think came into this late and you already changed some things from earlier comments, but I think the both shot for jury is awesome. Maybe send the image to someone who can clean up the leaves for you:)
Comment by June Johnson on February 9, 2015 at 7:21pm

I just found the mats on Amazon in colors even red if you don't want to change out the color of the units although I think grey, darker than the walls, would look great.  I think we all struggle with our booths and they evolve.

Comment by Greg Little on February 9, 2015 at 7:15pm

Larry...we cleaned up the mat until we got worn out trying to keep it free of leaves. Today was an extremely windy day and every time Carol or I swept it clean more leaves would blow on to it before we had a chance to put the broom down...very frustrating to say the least..!

Michael..I have previously looked at the wood grain mats and we both decided that it had too much of a wood look to it and clashed with the wood art.

Comment by Hoden Becker on February 9, 2015 at 6:34pm

I agree with Carol. I would also paint your hanging shelf supports to match your corrugated siding

Comment by Michael Heilman on February 9, 2015 at 5:45pm

Hello. Many booths fail on the flooring.  I think you need to  invest some money in a covering that  covers  your 10 X 10 space.  Rugs look  old and dirty very quickly. I use a nice poly  wood grain  mat that  comes in  2X2 snap  together  sections. Every show I do other exhibitors  comment favorably on the look and how comfortable it is on the feet.  Works  indoors and outdoors, easy to clean, less than $100, and you can get through Amazon.r


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