9-14-17 The FW 17 Shoot
As a small business, I don't have a lot of money to throw around (yet!). The small profit from each of my items goes almost immediately back into the business - more yarn, more materials, website costs etc. Which is why (as you can imagine) I try to do things cheaply as possible! Which usually means asking my friends for help, something I've written about before.
Every photoshoot I've ever done (there's like 5 of them now!) has used my beautiful friends as models. Some of these models I tried to convince to marry me in kindergarten. Some are the younger sisters of my ex boyfriends. One is the sister of a roommate I yelled at once because she wouldn't stop singing Marina and the Diamonds "Primadonna Girl" at the top of her voice.
Jonathan, the guy on the right, has been going to school with me since Kindergarten. He was always the nicest in the school to me and I cornered him during a birthday party and told him we should get married. Then I got into a fight with another girl who wanted to marry him. He chose a geriatric pug named Noodle over either of us in the end.
I met Julie through her brother, one of my ex-boyfriends. She likes scaring me after I've gone to bed and makes really good omelets. She also has one of the most insane daily skincare routines - that she actually does daily - that I've ever seen. Perhaps unsurprisingly she now works for a beauty company in France. le fabu.
Gabrielle, on the right, is the older sister of my dear friend Nicole "the Yowler" who has the affinity for singing out loud. Gabrielle owns her own production company and has cast me as a dancer in a couple of her commercials and one short film. In her latest foray I play "stripper #2" in a South Dakota mining town. In exchange she models for me.
So... why am I telling you all this? First, I love my friends, and I'm very grateful to all the support and help they give me. And second, all my pictures and my blog posts and my makes, are really personal, and I think that's symptomatic of small business. The use of resources that are close to hand, bringing people along, asking for help - those are all things we have to do to get going. And I think that makes everything we do, more personal. So in short, happy fall/winter 2017 release day! Support small businesses!
Peter, above, is the photographer for all my shoots. We're also getting married in December. Anne, on the right, works in fashion and I collaborated with her on peices for FW 16, she's also a bridesmaid in my wedding.