Nothing can be more exciting than a first commission for whatever your art is. I’ve done shoots as favors for friends or in exchange for services to gain experience and build up a body of work. But there is something more exciting when it’s that next step further.
I’ve done a lot of photographic work for my friend Anna of OneHandKnits for her self-published patterns. As well as self-publishing some of her patterns, she also does a lot of knitting pattern commissions for yarn shops and magazines. Well with one of her recent pattern commissions for The Yarn Cafe, she was asked if I would be interested in a commission to do the photos for the pattern as well. And of course when the message was passed on to me, I agreed with excitment.
A bit of schedule juggling and such later, we did the photoshoot for the Game of Thrones themed mitts pattern on a Saturday in a nearby park. Our friend Sarah, her husband Jake, and their kids were all gracious enough to be models for the mitts since they came in sizes ranging from Child, Teen, Womens, and Mens.
Now if you’ve ever had the fun of trying to get kids to model something for you, you’ll understand the challenge involed there. But there was some added challenge with some of the mitts having designs that were best when the hand was vertical and others best when the hand was horizontal. It took some thinking and creativity but we managed to make it all work really well and overall I felt impressed with ourselves thatwe managed to finish the whole shoot in an hour and a half.
The photos came out great and everyone was pleased with them in the end. If you’re interested in seeing the shots from the shoot I have them loaded up here. But you can also see them on display on The Yarn Cafe website (and buy yourself one of the kits for them):