So I've been procrastinating on a few things recently, mostly to do with my perceived hate of doing still life/product photography, don't get me wrong- I love looking at pictures once they are created (even better if someone else took them!) it's the process that just seems so laborious and painstaking. Anyway enough moaning, on Saturday I finally got motivated to get out my camera and went about shooting a new image for a greetings card that I have had on my 'to do' list for a long time.
I had the idea of a card showing an image of vintage knitting ephemera; including the pretty pastel coloured knitting needles from which I make my jewellery, a vintage beehive wool holder that I absolutely love and some knitting needle gauges and row counters I have gathered over the years. I got together my props and my trusty reflector like this very reasonably priced one here:
I wish I took photos of the whole space with my reflector included but that's hard to do when you are the one holding the reflector! Anyway I have this photo here where you can roughly see how I was working:
Here is the image I created:
hand-painted black and white photographs popular in the mid to late 19th century.
Whilst taking the photographs I really experienced some creative flow, which I haven't felt for ages, ideas came rushing in about extra props to use and different things to try, I was excited by the images I was creating which then caused more ideas to come, time flew by and soon the sun was disappearing so I had to stop, but not before I fitted in a couple of shots of my jewellery using the same set-up.
I realised later that evening that although I say I hate product photography I really don't, it's just the idea of it, and when I make time I can actually enjoy it. I need to learn to stop procrastinating as it isn't always as bad as the task first seems!