Mikey’s Photo Shoot
I know many of you may find this hard to believe, but yesterday was my very first professional photo shoot. For nearly 8 years, all professional shots of me are Daniel behind the camera with parts of our home staged behind me and/or there has been a green screen on my wall at home to make my photos.
I knew up front that I had to get my photo taken for another purpose. I knew there was a stylist going to have an outfit for me. I thought I was just going to be there very quickly and head on home. I received an email a few days earlier that I should plan on spending 4 hours at the studio. I knew they were photographing samples for Yarnspirations at the same time. I figured I was going to be worked in between product staging.
I arrived and everyone was so nice. The stylist was quick to meet me. We were early by an hour and so we got to see behind the scenes preparations of the staging of photographs. I was in awe of the technology and set up involved in photographing something as simple as a dishcloth. I was blown away the camera tricks to prevent shadows and reflections. I was even more amazed how much natural light is used to the advantage of the photographer. More shocking is how much time each photo takes to get the perfect set up for the photo. Fascinating.
The stylist for me quickly introduced herself and she was super sweet and down to earth. Her job was to dress me and make me look my best from a clothing point of view. I didn’t realize she is also in charge of the staging of the crochet and knit projects in photos. She basically is in charge of the how the product looks on camera. She’s definitely got an eye.
To my surprise, there was a groomer on site. Her job was to make me look my best to smooth off the colours of my face. I have to applaud her sincerely. She applied a bit of concealer to reduce the grey under my eyes, fixed up my eye brows and fixed up my hair. She was done in no time.
Can I be frank here. I really appreciated she didn’t cake me with make up. I see too many shows on reality TV where the guys have so much make up on that it appears you have to scrape it off. I want my focus of The Crochet Crowd to be on crochet and not me trying to be something I am not. I am a guy from a small town and want to keep that true about myself.
My stylist had an extensive wardrobe for which included everything but socks and underwear. When she met me, she says, you are not the size you said you were, you are skinnier than you said. So my come back was that honey, I could surprise you.
Upon dressing, all of the clothing, from a photographic point of view was too big for me. The stylist, she was pretty hip and told me I am not wearing the proper size clothing. You need to downsize your clothing to fit you properly. Okay, a bit of an ego boost, I’m not as fat as I thought but I am buying clothes that I am most comfortable in. I work from home where hardly anyone sees me most of the time. Comfort is priority. Lord knows I am stuck behind my computer for umpteen hours a day.
My stylist clamped some of my clothing behind me to make the clothes fit better.
I was stiffer than a board. In wearing clothes that are not mine and I didn’t want the clothing to crease or mess up the style that the stylist had done for me. I found myself walking like a guy with two pegged legs and I wearing a back brace at the same time.
I kept saying, “I don’t know what to do!” and everyone is saying just to relax and be yourself. With a crew around me, I am really nervous of doing stupid poses and unsure how to pose.
The crew where doing lighting tests and you can tell I was all mannequin like. Eventually I just had to let myself go. In between a major sequence of photos, the stylist and groomer were watching me in person but reviewing the real-time shots on the monitor.
The groomer was watching for my hair and the shading of my face. It was heating up inside and so the groomer would have to apply more to prevent me from looking hot on the camera. The stylist was watching the lines in my clothing. My mentors at Yarnspirations were giving me instructions on the poses because they will be used in further online content and has to be usable.
I was really surprised on how much natural light they used. I really liked that. So instead of all artificial light, the photos look cleaner and more realistic to what I look like in person.
It took me a while to relax and eventually I got into the swing with suggesting poses and stuff. They were all open to ideas. Anything is better than being stiffer than a board.
I had to change several times and props were added to me. I cannot show you those yet as that is coming down in the future.
There were so funny shots and definitely a lot of outtake shots. One of the funnest shots was the raining balls. It was done 3 times.
What crochet doesn’t like raining balls right? Four of the crew plus myself had to throw the balls up at the same time. Meanwhile I had to remain focused on the camera and all these falls were flying down. It’s harder than it looks. One shot, I got one right in the head.
While the crew referred to the experience as a celebrity experience. I don’t feel like a celebrity, I’m not sure what a celebrity is supposed to feel like. I just want to be very careful that though I am run off my feet with the workload and expectations of people around me, I want to remain the person that lives from the small town that loves to crochet. The love of crochet is what brought me to this point and I want that to remain my focus.
I would sincerely like to thank Yarnspirations for this experience. Thank you to the crew and my mentors at Yarnspirations. Hundreds of photos were taken and I will eventually see the finished photos really soon.
For privacy reasons, I won’t be sharing names of the team members involved and the location of the studio.