The last few weeks have seen me running around on trains and coaches with my camera. It's been rather fun to try out locations old and new, if a little exhausting. It's also been quite the challenge to be a photographer for someone else, with knitted garments and a stylist and an agenda that isn't mine - all things I could use some practice with.
I can't share any of the photos I've taken for others because they're all still under wraps, but you can be sure I'll be shouting about it when they're published! I can though share the photos I took of my Hats when time permitted.
The first shoot was a last minute arrangement with my step aunt and cousin. I've had photoshoots at CoalHouse Fort before, but that was back when I didn't really now how to deal with light or how to use my camera, really.
My step aunt, Valentine, has also modelled before (Propello), and not just for me! She was far more comfortable infront of the camera, and between us, we shot through a heck of a lot of Hats. Here she's wearing my bargain of a velvet coat, nabbed for £3 in a charity shop, and modelling Concentricity.
I'm still wading through the mountain of editing for all of these, and quite a few Hats will get updated in the coming weeks.
After CoalHouse Fort, I headed north to the next location - Armley Mills. I've taught here before, during Yorkshire Wool Week with BRE and it's a brilliant place. Except before I didn't get a full sense of the place, and wandering around with my camera bought a fresh perspective. I'm keen to get back again, as the weather wasn't on side, and there's lots more I'd like to capture.
Although the weather didn't oblige, we still achieved a fair bit. This shot probably sums up everything for me, because I am still so very chuffed with it.
This one has been edited and the pattern updated, and anyone who has purchased Castiel previously will have access to the new version via their download email or Ravelry libraries.
It still looks just as amazing cropped and dropped into the new layout.
I'm holding onto to this little achievements, they're all good things. I've been plagued with panic attacks again, nightly sometimes, and I'm feeling so incredibly frustrated with myself for not being able to do what I know I'm capable of with my designs or the reformatting or the website building. And, well, feeling frustrated with myself for being weighed down by the depression and all the life hiccups that keep coming our way. It's become very difficult to think straight and problem solve again, and in turn I'm grateful for the different perspective that these photos offer. I can still do something!
I've zero deadlines now, besides the Mystery Hat-a-Long, only targets I set myself. And the lifting of that pressure is quite a relief. I'm floating through now, editing photos and reformatting patterns, and whilst it's not achieving what I want to achieve in terms of designs and construction, it is helping me see all the little things that are going right.
I kinda came to the conclusion that on the whole, I'm not too bad at this photography malarkey ;)