Yesterday, I had my first photoshoot in AGES. I had done a few in my 20s as something to make a few extra bucks here and there as well as get my face in front of the camera in case I decided to pursue a career in entertainment. If you live in Los Angeles the likelihood is that you’ve thought about it at least once. I guess I should say that if you’re a transplant, but I rarely meet people who are actually natural born Angeleans. I’ve always lived near the major studios so that might explain some of that mumbo jumbo. I’ve ventured off what this post was supposed to be about though so let me bring it back. I did a photoshoot yesterday so that I could begin to showcase my goods in a better light. I wanted people to see them at their best, and I have to say that I was surprised at how well they turned out.
I hired Alex Staniloff Photography through TaskRabbit, which is a Godsend of a site if you haven’t visited it, and I had little to no expectation. I knew that this was something he did for a living, but I was also getting a bargain rate. We all have to be frugal, and he was in an out of here at about the 1 hour mark so I tried to make it as easy as possible on him as well. Regardless of all that, I got great photos for the internet as well as some that are print quality, and I am glad to be taking steps in the right direction.
Each day, I learn something new about how to display my work, how to sell my work, and of course how to market myself as a brand. It has been a rollercoaster of sorts, but I think I’m starting to get somewhere. Tomorrow starts a new day with a new outlook.
Blogging wasn’t something that I really ever saw myself doing much less blogging about a hobby that is quickly turning into something so much more. I’ve spent my day pouring over books and other blogs trying to learn exactly how to make this work. The truth is that the only real way to do this is to speak from the heart about something that really matters to you.
As a child, I watched my great grandmother crochet for hours on end. I watched her make afghan after afghan, and I saw how many people coveted them. She couldn’t teach me as I was too young and eventually she got dementia making it impossible. She died when I was in college, and I thought I would never learn. Last year, I started looking for youtube tutorials. I searched high and low letting myself start and stop so many different projects until I finally found the tutorial that worked for me, and I was on my way. I bought so much yarn (mostly Red Heart if I was honest) and other necessary utensils for projects I wasn’t even sure if I could finish. I didn’t know how to read a pattern. I remember starting where I’d wrap the yarn around the hook then pull it forward with my fingers til I made the perfect stich. I was aware that this wasn’t the proper way, but it didn’t matter. I was learning.
Once I was confident enough to do projects in public my best friend and I were seen crocheting in coffee shops, patios, and even bars. It was an adventure. I didn’t know where I was going with it even then until finally I had so many different projects and not enough friends to give them away to, and I started my store. This lead me to finally starting this blog. I wanted to be able to share my story and products with all of you.
I started with scarves and moved onto full afghans before I finally found the beauty of the mug hug. This is such an easy pattern to finish in something like an hour. If you’re looking for something quick and easy to pass time then I suggest this one. I look forward to making many more plus other projects to share with you soon.