Photography is an amazing learning journey. It should never truly end. And never have I learnt more, than on this attempt to shoot a fantastic pair of emerald shoes (which somehow look blue) I scored for under $20. Awesome, right? Totes.
The idea was to shoot fabulous photos of the shoes, talk about how awesome they are (because we’re all savvy sistas on a budget) , wear them to a Christmas party or two, and all would be right in the universe. All is definitely right in the universe, but not without its hard work! This was my very first attempt to self-shoot outdoors, and here’s what I’ve learnt because, being the photographer AND model is harder than it looks.
Lesson One – Get a gorillapod. Like, now.
Wow, I had no idea how difficult getting the right angle would be. Turns out, balancing your camera on your clutch, on top of your shoe, on top of your camera backpack is not a reliable way to position your camera. My tripod works perfectly for anything higher than your knee, but any lower, and its improv time. It’s OK you can laugh. I did.
Lesson Two – Scout good scenes, cause the one you want might not be The One
I love how the photos turned out, but it was so not what I expected. What’s that? A car full of strangers wondering what you are doing in the middle of the park half-dressed up, half-dressed in pajamas with a camera? And that over there, is that a garbage can blocking your perfect shot? And a neighborhood resident eyeing you suspiciously? Suddenly I wished I’d thought about my location a little better.
Lesson three – Bring bug spray. Or go where there are no bugs.
It just so happens a nest of ants were living in the spot I deemed perfect for my setup. Rude. I’m not big on exterminating things, even bugs, but sometimes you just never know. And when I realised my camera , backpack, shoes, legs, everything, were covered in ants… I knew.
Ever seen a woman in heels do a ‘there’s something crawling on me!’ dance? Me either, but I’m sure it was funny for everyone watching. I imagine it looks a lot like the ‘man on fire’ dance.
Lesson four – Consider bribing someone to take your photos for you.
This cancels out the need for previous lessons and could save you from millions of bugs. Nuff said.
After all that, I’m still very proud of the final product. Like I said, an amazing learning journey. 🙂