Saturday, January 12, 2013

About The Photographer



I am very lucky to have a live-in photographer, but let me tell you a little something about him. The Photographer has worked in video production most of his adult life, so stills photography is not a natural thing for him. He bought a pretty good Lumix camera and is still learning the nuances and menus and bells and whistles.

 
He usually tells me to stand still, but I noticed that this fancy camera can take shots very quickly one after another. So why should I stand still and look like a self-conscious dweeb?


Here I am getting sassy with The Photographer.

Suits you, sir!
 
The brown jacket (Christopher & Banks) is in a textured upholstery type material. It’s got neat little rivets, and three nested pockets on each side. It's the next best thing to a denim jacket.


The red shoes are recently thrifted – and they were discounted, so only $2.50!  The brand is Wanted, for whoever is interested. They’re a slightly unusual shade of red so I paired them with gray tights (Target).


The skirt (also Christopher & Banks) has got odd-shaped panels all around. It actually hangs pretty nicely, and I like asymmetric things (even without knowing it – see my last post here).


 The earrings are asymmetric, too.


I sold some similar mismatched earrings on Etsy, but I plan to make more. I really like mismatching, although I notice that people tend to look back and forth while they're talking to me, like they can't quite figure it out. Maybe I just like to confound people!

The vintage opal stick pin was a gift that I picked out (my birthstone). Unfortunately, this photo doesn't do it justice, but it is really sparkly.


Since The Photographer isn’t always available for taking outfit pictures, I may start taking my own using a tripod. Any tips from those of you who shoot yourself?

Val

PS - Linking up with Visible Monday. Come see the beautiful scarf Patti's wearing, and check out all the stylish ladies.

29 comments:

Judith said...

Great outfit, and some fun photos! Can't help you with the photo-taking, but looking forward to reading all the tips you get, seeing your set up your own tripod and clicking away...J

Joni said...

Very cute jacket! That would be a favorite in my closet. I think these action shots of you are great! But I don't like my hubby taking my photos for my blog cause he makes me do goofy stuff and then I never like the photos. I use a self timer and always, well mostly, take them outside for better lighting. I just have a little Canon Powershot so I'm sure it's nowhere near as fancy as yours.
Always love a good red shoe!!

Déjà Pseu said...

Cool skirt! Someone put some thought into that design.

After a few attempts, I gave up on asking le monsieur to snap my pictures, and invested in a tripod and a remote. I'm finally getting the hang of this method. I set the remote for a 2 second delay, so usually I can move my hand to hide the clicker. The only trick is to practice different poses, and take lots and lots and lots of pictures. Get a few locations scouted so that you know where to set up the camera and how far away to stand. Experiment with different times of day and different lighting. And have fun!!

Val Sparkle said...

Joni, I linked to you in my last post (Friday). I bought one of those cuffs from Rimanchik and wore it in my photos. I love it! Mine's aqua, but your burgundy one is awfully gorgeous, too.

Lisa said...

Very pretty earrings!

pastcaring said...

Lovely jacket and shoes, and your earrings are delightful. I had a peek at your Etsy store - so much prettiness!
I use a tripod and set the camera on self timer to take 4 shots in a row so I'm not running back and forth all the time. I have the same camera as Joni, it isn't that brilliant, can't cope with difficult light conditions when using the timer, but I prefer it to asking anyone else to do it! I take a lot of pics, discard most, and end up in 2 particular spots in the garden, standing in similar poses usually! Practice, or at least familiarity, certainly improves photos, I feel far less ridiculous and self-conscious than when I first started! xxxx

Melanie said...

I adore upholstery fabric in my clothes. Truly I do. Your piece is definitely royalty in that department. All those little bits in your skirt, your shoes, stick pin. And let's not forget your 'tude! Love that. The artiste must capture your precious fleeting moments. I'm always shooting myself in the foot. (sorry, it's late) I have an old camera, self timer for lots of running, so it's something I DON't recommend.

sabine said...

A cute outfit, Val! I like the red of the shoes echoing in the top and in the earrings. The shoes are extraordinary, I like this kind of shoes they give a good foothold. The action fotos are marvellous. I found it easier to do action fotos when mr. u. is taking them. When I take fotos of myself with a tripod I have to take care not to look too serious and concentrated.
Have a nice weekend!

Val Sparkle said...

Melanie, I wondered if someone would pick up on my open-ended line about shooting oneself! Brava!

Sheila said...

I love the tailoring in the jacket and the asymmetrical styling of the skirt. Great score on the shoes!

I use the timer on my camera about 99% of the time. I recommend practicing poses in the mirror until you find some that work. Make mental notes of where you put your hands and feet, and angles, that sort of thing.

Patti @ NotDeadYet Style said...

Wonderful outfit, Val, it has a great silhouette. I love a casual jacket like this one with a skirt and some great jewelry. Thanks so much for your kind mention, and for linking up with Visible Monday!

gracefully50 said...

LOVE your photo shoot! I usually have lots of funny pics, too but I dare not post them....hubby would get upset. He take it quite seriously now. haha
I actually love the mismatched earrings!

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Val, I love that second picture of your laughing...you look so great and natural! The jacket and shoes are fun...but I think it is even more fun that you live with a photographer!!!

Debbi@SheAccessorizesWell said...

You look so joyful. Life should be joyful and enjoyable. Your 'mismatched' earrings are very cool and more artistic than mismatched. Those red shoes were a great find. I think red shoes look good with so many outfits.

Style Sud-Est said...

Nice outfit Val!
Love the shoes nice shade of red and non don!t stay still, love the second pic, brilliant
You are lucky to have a photographer, i have been taking my own pics with a tripod and remote for ages!

Ariane xxxxx

Paula Ruta said...

Love the asymetry! Great shots--very playful!

PinkCheetahVintage said...

I love the pic of you laughing!! I also like asymmetrical things-- plus, a bias in clothes can be really flattering! Take a Sharpie to a jacket!!! You must be an artist, only an artist would suggest that idea! I can't draw for anything lolzzzz

Val Sparkle said...

No, you don't have to draw. Just Google "Sharpie tie-dye" and you'll see how easy it is! Disclosure: I have not tried it - yet.

Val Sparkle said...

He's even more fun as The Musician, but that will be another post!

~julee~ said...

So cute, Val! I could have pegged you as a mis-match-earring-wearing type of gal. ;)

Have a great week!

grunge-queen said...

You look great Val, and so lucky your Photog is a willing participant! (I have to cajole mine sometimes but he comes through brilliantly in the end, though not a pro like yours!). I am having the most pleasant of fashion flashbacks looking at your lovely opal stick pin. I remember being a kid in the 70s and they were the big thing. I still remember the one I had. :)

Suzanne Carillo Style Files said...

I can't believe you got those shoes via a thrift store! Score!!! They look like Hush Puppies...I have a pair in black and no I did not pay $2.50 for them but they are my most comfy pair of shoes.

bisous
Suzanne

silvergirl said...

love the super cute "action" shots
my husband barely even knows which way to point the camera LOL
brett

Sacramento Amate said...

Thank you for your visit Val, so I could find you. I am your new follower, and I do hope be become great blogger friends.
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Sue @ A Colourful Canvas said...

It's fun to see you having such fun Val! You can congratulate your photographer on capturing your essence.

Jan Graham-McMillen said...

You look amazing, Val ... how cool are the little details. Makes me smile just to look at you.

Wendy said...

Love the outfit! I thrifted the same shoes in black- they are so cool! I'm totally digging the red!!!

Crazy Ravens Studio said...

I really like the grey stockings and red shoes. But the opal stick pin is really cool. It's my birth stone too!

Lynne DeVenny said...

I love your moving pictures. They say, "Here's a vivacious beautiful lady enjoying life!"

I do shoot myself when the AMP isn't available to shoot me. Get a remote, it makes life much easier.