As a mom and scrapbooker, I’ve always taken tons of photos. I’ve bought new cameras only when I’ve outgrown my current one and two years I bought my first DSLR. It became clear pretty quickly that photography was something I was pretty good at and I decided to enter the 2013 fair. That was a crazy nervous experience let me tell you. At any rate, each image I entered received recognition, including a first place award for a picture I took of the Hawthorne Bridge at night. Here’s that image:
This bridge picture was blow up to about 16 x 20 and is framed in my living room and two years later I’m just as proud of it now as I was when I shot it. In fact, I can’t wait to have a car again so I can go back and try other night shots now that I’ve learned so much more about this incredible challenging and rewarding art form that is photography.
A few months ago I decided I was done trying to pursue photography as a business. I wasn’t making any money, I wasn’t having any fun anymore, and I hadn’t shot much of anything anyway so it didn’t matter. Because of the chronic pain I live with, Winter did me in and I got severely behind on edits. This past week or two I sat down to start finishing them up and wrapped up edits for the one of my seniors and came across images like this:
She’s just stunning isn’t she? The better news is she’s as amazing inside as she is beautiful outside. Her parents are quite proud of her I’m sure. I barely know her and I’m proud of her so…
As I sat there wrapping up these edits I remembered the session in which they were shot. I remember the laughter, the fun, the silly faces caught on camera (I promise I won’t post them kiddo) and most importantly, how insanely happy I was while shooting. Once her session was finished, it was a bittersweet experience for me. On one hand I was relieved, on the other sad over the realization that I had shelved something I was pretty good at; something that has always made me very happy despite my skill set. These images served as a beautiful reminder to me and I am shooting again…paid or not.
I’m learning that my creative talent doesn’t just show itself in paper crafting and photography. I am the most creative person I know when it comes to money. I don’t have very much of it at all and so to pay for the things I need and have any chance of having money for the things I want, I have to be creative. As I’ve worked to set up a photography business I’ve done lots of
cheap frugal things. I had my Dad make me a portable backdrop stand out of PVC pipe, I use fabric for backdrops (instead of seamless paper, muslin, or the like), I built my own posing cubes (boy was that a chore adventure), I check out photography books from the library before deciding to buy them, I make my lens creatures to help when photographing wee ones, and on and on I could go. One of the things I decided to see if I could do was remember how to crochet well enough to make some props. It was a rough go at first, took a lot of trial and error (and lots of yarn), tons of YouTube videos and maybe even some hair loss, but I was finally able to do it some of it (I have friends who are better with yarn than me helping me out). Here’s the hardest yarn project I’ve ever completed:
It was supposed to have a pom-pom on the end, but I kinda like it with the “tassel” instead. I’ll be making a pink and white one too and maybe a red and white one for Christmas. You can find the tutorial I used to make this hat FREE right here. It’s a pattern created by Bobwilson123. You can find her blog here, or visit her YouTube Channel as well. I followed the pattern exactly until it came time for the white trim. For that I just did 4 or 5 rows of single crochet.
Don’t worry, I still paper craft too…I have an awesome album I’ve been working on that I can’t wait to finish and show off. Sooner than later…I hope!
In addition to the lens creatures I made using hair scrunchies, I also performed surgery on a teddy bear I got from the dollar store so I could turn him into a lens buddy. Here’s what he looks like on my camera:
Pretty cute isn’t he? It was so easy to make this…maybe even easier than the scrunchie lens creatures actually. Just cut him open front and back, push his guts (stuffing) to the side, sew some elastic inside him by whip stitching the front and back together (with the elastic inside) leaving a small opening at the top in the back with the tails of the elastic sticking out and pinned to the back. Once you are done sewing about 90 percent of the front and back together, pull the elastic tails tight so the buddy fits snug on your lens. Tie a knot in your elastic, shove it inside and finish whip stitching the “incision” shut! Eazy peazy lemon squeazy!
I know some of you have probably figured I fell into a hole and hadn’t yet dug my way out…not quite just lots of amazingly great things happening in my life at the moment is all. Lately all the things I’ve created have been for my photography business. Regardless though, they are still Faithfule Creations and so their place belongs her on my crafty blog.
Allow me to present lens creatures:
I originally saw this idea on Pinterest (but have since deleted the pin) and finally decided to give it a go. It was so incredibly easy! I think I shall give my lens creatures names…any ideas? You can learn how to make these and stuffed animal lens creatures (which I’ll be doing after my building project is completed) at this website.