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New photos for my blog are finally done! Woo hoo!
Around this time last year, I had my sister over to take a few photos of me and Charlie in front of the house. While the real goal was to commemorate our first house together (considering I’d never taken the quintessential “I just closed!” photo when I first bought the Ugg-Duck), I realized I’d also been hiding behind the camera a little too much.
I’ve been making a little bit more of an effort this year to post a few more photos. Between photos of me and Charlie, or the mud runs I’ve participated in, or the Haven conference, I am doing much better at my goal. And not surprisingly, my comfort with being in front of the camera is growing stronger (grad school is helping with it, too since I have to give presentations in front of the rest of the class on a regular basis).
During Haven, I attended a photography class taught by Layla and Kevin from The Lettered Cottage. The tips they gave have been tremendously helpful (I have been meaning to take the Shoot Fly Shoot online tutorial but haven’t yet found the time – it’s a must!) – but during the class, I was also reminded of the profile photo Layla uses for her various social media accounts. Kate from Centsational Girl spoke briefly during the class – and between the two of them, I realized that my own profile photo (originally taken when I was still in college) is very much in need of those newfound photography skills.
My IRL friend Lindsey (aka Redhead Baby Mama) is a hugely talented costume designer, so I went to her for advice. Our first thought: paint. It’s on my tagline for a reason. I may have posted a New Years resolution to look a little more put together this year, but at the end of the day, I am still disheveled most of the time. I wanted a profile photo that would look a little more suitable for the blog, but still show more of my personality if possible. So, Lindsey and I scheduled a photo shoot for Sunday afternoon, and I brought a huge arsenal of props just in case.
We also created a quick backdrop out of an old sheet using a garmet rack. I got the idea originally from The DIY Showoff – but as you can see, I didn’t take any time with a steam iron.
When we got started, I wasn’t sure how things would turn out, and I was extremely nervous about smiling like an idiot for such a cheeseball reason. But since Lindsey has her own blog, I was thankful to have a close friend who would just get it – and even better, she would consider it something fun.
|Worst. Pose. Ever.|
The girl knows how to direct a reluctant subject – I was somewhat lost with how I should pose. But since she and her husband are in the entertainment biz, I was relieved to be able to rely on her expertise. For the first two or three photos, I pretty much just sat there. When I asked her to sit in my place so I could change some settings on the camera, the girl did about four poses in a row to show me how it’s done.
See what I mean? But when the camera turned back to me, things didn’t always go so perfect. I have quite a few of these in the set:
I’m not even sure about the one with claws. At some point, someone said “You’re an animal!” and I had an Austin Powers moment. Thanks to Lindsey’s direction though, we managed to get a few usable ones:
We tried a few different things – at first, my poses were more serious, but after loosening up a little more, we brought out my tools and other props. We didn’t use many of them simply because they didn’t make practical sense (what was I planning to do with those clamps?), but then… we got to the paint.
Originally, Lindsey suggested I use Elmer’s glue to fake paint in my hair, but I thought it couldn’t hurt to try out the real thing. Annie Sloan chalk paint came in my swag bag from Haven in a perfect shade of Grecian blue – and since the paint can even be diluted for a washing technique, I figured it would be the easiest paint to use in my hair (with the ultimate goal of washing it back out again, of course).
Turns out, I was right. And the extra punch of color from the “warpaint” we added to my face and hair livened up the photos quite a bit!
All in all, the entire shoot was a fun learning experience – and an excuse for two busy friends to finally catch up offline. I don’t know that I have a perfect photo of the bunch, but perhaps that’s true to the blog – it’s all a little good, a little bad, and a lot of “the Ugly girl.” Expect to see these photos around the site soon. And a big thanks to Linds!