Being a one-woman company can sometimes feels a bit like being an orchestra-woman, you basically have to do everything by yourself. Sure enough you can hire some talented ans skilled crafters to help you (techeditors, copy-editors, translators, photographers, models, sample knitters, dyers, etc.) but let’s be honest most of the times you do not. And you do everything by yourself.
One of the crucial skill in our job is the ability to take or at least get good pictures. If you go down the memory lane and check the very beginning of my Instagram feed, you’ll see some pretty bad pictures. I had to work and study(*) a lot to be able to be proud of my pictures and actually like all of them!
Well, almost all of them! First, let me just say that I don’t take pictures with my head in it. It’s a personal choice as I don’t feel comfortable with my face being all around the internet, I’m a bit too reserved/shy for that. But that does not means taking pictures is easier!
I’m taking all my pattern pictures by myself, with my camera and a tripod. I changed my camera recently to get a new one with a screen and a remote capacity which make things a little bit more easier…
Taking good pictures of a design requires a lot of skills. We talked about it the other day with Lucile from Lucile Ateliers & Designs. Basically, if you manage to stay in the frame, get the timing right, get the right pose, you also need to avoid the nasty folds in your item which will hide all these stitches you carefully knitted and charted or your shawl from dropping to the ground! And get a good background, a good styling, a good light. The list is endless. But #wearenotmodels (#onestpasdesmannequins), so … we do have a lot of crappy pictures stored in our computers waiting for us to share them with you and not only between us two! 😉
Finding the right pose is never easy. You want to show off the knitting piece and look natural while making a pretty picture. If you have any tips, we would be delighted if you share it in the comments! Or even better, you can invite your favourite designer to share its pictures too. Because #wearenotmodels !
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