The thing about shooting photos on your own is that, ultimately, you realize how you kind of suck. You have zero control over mystical things such as lighting and there's no one to tell you how to pose so you don't look like a complete idiot. Plus, you often take them in places like, oh, I don't know, your backyard.
Which turns out to be a pretty humbling location when your neighbour has her grandkids over and they are all shouting and playing kickball in the backyard. In between trying to set up your tripod and get into an awkward, but passable, pose before the timer goes off, you find yourself thinking, "It's like 1 PM on Wednesday, why are these kids hanging out in their Grandmother's backyard? Why are they not at school?"
The mind. It reels.
Valiant attempts were made to get past the awkwardness of having a photoshoot by yourself in the presence of about three kids under the age of ten, but as you can see, I kind of lost the plot half way through. I've been winking compulsively since about February and this shot turned into something of a double wink/blink/I'm not entirely sure.
Dress - H&M (x)
Hat - H&M (x)
Purse - H&M (old, similar here)
Boots - rag & bone (x)
Anyways. I wore this little number out to Angus and Julia Stone's show at The Opera House in Toronto last night. The show was amazing; they are so incredibly talented and such a delight to see live. They like to cover a song by an artist who is from the city they are playing in, so last night they covered Drake's 'Hold On, We're Going Home' and I just about died. I used to obsessively check Ticketmaster and their website for upcoming tour dates, so to finally see them is something of a dream come true. (If you'll accept my dramatics, of course.)
After going to BANKS a few weeks ago and having the worst time trying to see (luckily my pal Jason kept scoping out places where I would be able to see), I made a point to wear boots with a heel this time around to give myself the extra height to see above the hoards of people. It was definitely worth the slightly sore toes I endured in the end.
The colouring and lighting goes so back and forth on these. Photoshop: I'm still figuring it out.
Thankfully my partner in crime, Amy, has volunteered her services to take other photos, so hopefully we'll have some consistency around here sooner rather than later. For now, I'll just keep figuring it out and you guys can just keep pretending that it's not super apparent that I am winging it in the photography department. Sound good?