“A portrait is not a likeness. The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact but an opinion. There is no such thing as inaccuracy in a photograph. All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth. ”
― Richard Avedon
Part of creating and selling this wonderful jewelry and accessories that I make is taking fabulous photos of the items up for sale. Being that I am so far from being a professional photographer, I am never satisfied with the pictures that I take of the stuff I make. One day I hope to make fabulous money from my endeavors that I will be able to hire a photographer to take pictures of my stuff. But until then this is what I am stuck with right here:
Okay please explain the expression on my face, what is going on in my head. I think this is in the bathroom, coincidentally where I take most of my photos. It’s all me taking these photos, with the mirror used to see how I look and with my arm elongated with the camera at the end. I tried some lipstick on with this one. I do think that my pictures look a little better when I put on some face enhancement. Look at the second picture where my lips look dry as h-e-double hockey sticks.
The top picture one I really thought I was being artistic and stuff with the staunch and unimpressed look. Now I look at it like “Who you mad at? But my hair is pretty though:)
And when I first started taking pictures I would mostly take profiles, and still mostly do, because I don’t think I take too good of full-on shots. Look at my chubby cheek in this one.
Now see how better the picture is when somebody else does it. These picture were taken by my sister, I was tired of taking pictures at this point. The woman is my second-cousin. I think this is one of my favorite pictures featuring the stuff that I make. She prepared herself for this photo shoot too.
And then after looking at some of the pictures that people took, I noticed that the pictures looked good, in my opinion, with the subject was smiling and so began my quest to smile in all the picture I took:
But one day I’m going to do my makeup some of the pictures on my pinterest board here: http://pinterest.com/qweent/makeup-for-performances/. I am pretty sure there is a Youtube video out there that would show me how to do it.
So then I discovered MS Publisher and that you can add an array of pictures to one picture so they bring a little more, how do you say?, umpf to the picture. Check it out:
And then its some pictures I look at like hmm what was I thinking? I think I was trying to “smize” in the first pic. Yes I watch way too much ANTM, and if you don’t know what ANTM is, then you are just a disaster!!!
And then I discover this other program on my android phone (picsart) that you can make an array of pictures in frames and add all kinds of cool stuff to the pictures. Look at those stars that just make the picture look jazzy:
And then y’all I tried to go full make-up on that ass check me out:
And then I try to be brave and do a whole frontal view. Me no likely.
I realize that presentation helps when selling you jewelry. With that being said, I have these pieces on my Etsy page, but notice how depressing the pictures are. I really need to re-do these pictures:
And then you have the pictures despite everything you just love every element of the picture. With the next set, I love the color, my hair and my skin look great in these photographs. I need to take more picture of my stuff when I get my hair done, I think it makes a big difference:
And the little ‘ole camera that took this lovely pictures. I’ve had this camera for about four years now.
One day I dream to own a camera like this one:
When I get a camera like the one above, I am going to make sure I have a stand to go with it so that I can add full body shots and do boody “touches” as well (another ANTM term).
But all in all, I think I do a pretty good job to be the person behind and in front of the camera. What do you think?
Here is a sample of some of the items I have in my shop. Please take a look, has two of my favorite artist singing in the background, Lauryn Hill and Bob Marley interpolated perfectly. Mostly everything in my shop is $10.00. Everything in the shop is made by my hands and heart. My shops web address is: http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/studio/EclecticSoul