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“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.

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Why you mad?

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.

Styling and profiling

Styling and profiling

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.

The picture in the top right picture is like those Cover Girl shoots right, except the only thing is that it does not show the earring very well

The picture in the top right picture is like those Cover Girl shoots right, except the only thing is that it does not show the earring very well

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:

Say cheese

Say cheese, and I watch too much ANTM because I tried to pose hard in the last picture

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:

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me, myself and I

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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!!!

Is these my come hither looks

Are these my come hither looks?

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:

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Cool effects

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And you can add numbers so that you can post this on etsy and give the people a choice, instead of positing for different pictures.

Sparkly, Sparkly

Sparkly, Sparkly, my items looks like “SUPA-STARS”(in my voice from that lady on SNL)

And then y’all I tried to go full make-up on that ass check me out:

Somebody called me in the middle of my session on the top left and thought it would be a good posing opportunity and what in the heck am I looking at in the picture in the bottom left?

Somebody called me in the middle of my “session” on the top left and I thought it would be a good posing opportunity and what in the heck am I looking at in the picture in the bottom left?

And then I try to be brave and do a whole frontal view.  Me no likely.

I had a pimple in the top picture so I colored it black so it could look like a mole. That seems to happen a lot.

I had a pimple in the top picture so I colored it black so it could look like a mole. That seems to happen a lot.

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:

Dismal display, blah!

Dismal display, blah!

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:

I'm beautiful, I'm beautiful, I'm beautiful dammit!! (remember that song?)

I’m beautiful, I’m beautiful, I’m beautiful dammit!! (remember that song?)

And the little ‘ole camera that took this lovely pictures. I’ve had this camera for about four years now.

Nikon Coolpix

Nikon Coolpix

One day I dream to own a camera like this one:

One day I shall own something similar.

One day I shall own something similar

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?



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