I got into a conversation with my dear friend Rosie about photographs on blogs and social media, and it got me thinking…
Do I need to plaster pictures of myself all over my blog?
This is not meant to be a backhanded slam against anyone – it’s an honest question. When I post about a pattern that I’ve made, as you all know, I tend to take lots of construction pictures, and usually end up with front, back and detail shots on Shelley, my dress form. I don’t get many shots on me for several reasons. First, the only photographer I have at home is my husband, who is the greatest guy, but who surreptitiously snaps 4 shots, then hands me the camera and says, “There, I think I got a good one.” Usually they all suck, so I revert back to Shelley. I haven’t got the patience to set up a tripod and timer, and I can’t bring myself to arch my back and shove my butt out, or cross my legs and look up at the sky or down at the back of my shoe. That’s so not my style. Unless I just stepped in something, in which case the look on my face as I look down at my shoe isn’t something I want to splash all over the internet. OTOH, it would be nice to see pictures of my garments actually modeled by me, so you can see the fit on a real body rather than an idealized mannequin.
Also, are you interested in all those construction shots? Do they help? I post a lot of them on Instagram as I go along, so if you follow me there (@gorgeousfabrics) you can see works in progress. Should I continue to post them here, too, or is that overkill? I view this blog as a way to teach, but is that of interest, or do you just want to see the finished product? It’d be less work for me.
I dunno, maybe I just need another cup of coffee.