I set up this project page as an example of how to capture yardage photos when entering juried shows if you want to try this on your own. If this looks too intimidating – don't hesitate to hire a professional! It helps to play with styling the fabric, composition, and angles, so you know what you are looking for before hiring the professional (to save them time and your money.)
Most times a literal, straight-on shot of the yardage doesn't capture what makes the yardage distinctive. If I had submitted an overall shot of the yardage - it would have looked like striped beige burlap, as you can see from the "big room" photo. I realized as soon as I cleared out the dining room and hung the yardage up against the white wall that I needed some contrast. The only thing I had available that big was a green tablecloth (that should have been ironed) before being taped to the wall.
A better bet might be a photo captured at a "reasonable" viewing distance, such as the second one that shows the design detail, drape, and difference in materials used. THis was the shot that got my piece into Convergence Milwaukee 2016 Ice Age Yardage.