One of the investments I've made in my business this year was to get a good tripod and remote control for my camera. Last week I was testing it out, trying to get modeled photos of my current projects. I've also been working on learning to use both LightRoom and PhotoShop, hoping to increase the quality of the photos I use on my patterns, my blog and on social media.
The first attempt at taking photos of myself resulted in A LOT of outtakes. I hope that if you are reading here, you are now following me on Instagram. If so, you've seen most of the photos that are shown above. So today, I thought I'd share a few outtakes.
I've found it really challenging to be objective when staring at photos of myself, but I actually like this picture of me. I like those where I was smiling and looking at the camera more, but this is definitely one I'm not ashamed to share.
One day I'll know exactly how to pose to get the looks I want, but for the first try, I was trying to remember way too many things. Things like "Chin out so you don't have a double chin" and "pose with your arms a little bit away from your torso so they appear thinner". In the end, then I couldn't quite remember what to do with my mouth, so the duck lips came out. I also see a little bit of frustration in my eyes. I think the autofocus on the camera was trying to focus on the wall or something.
I have no idea what in the world I was looking at, maybe the ceiling fan? I was again trying to remember not to place my arm against my body, to angle towards the camera, make my feet look attractive, and ensure that my stomach was sucked in. I don't think I ended up with that wistful far off look I was thinking I might get.
It can be a little challenging taking pictures of your own feet. This one would be fine, except it looks like the heel of the sock had slipped. I was wearing tights underneath my leggings for warmth, and I couldn't feel that the socks had slipped, so I took 20+ pictures of my feet that turned out great, except that it appears that the socks don't fit me properly. That won't work, so I'll be re-shooting these on the next sunny day.
For a first try at this, I feel really pleased to have about 10 photos I am proud of, even though there are 100 or more that were unusable. I hope looking at a few of the better outtakes has given you a little laugh, and helps you understand a little of the behind the scenes work that goes on in self-publishing a knitting pattern.