Yo, if I had to choose the most difficult thing in this process, it’s been getting pictures of these boot belts. Which has been incredibly frustrating, because surely that should be the easiest and funnest part, right? Getting dope pictures to make hilarious pun/idiom images with?
No. It’s been DIFFICULT and tiresome.
The issues is that I don’t have a lot of friends in the town that I live in. I keep using the excuse that I’m new in town, but really that’s not true any more. I’ve been here over a year. But I work from home, and have 2 needy dogs, plus I’m introverted and lazy, so I rarely get out. It’s also a military town, so people are always coming and going. A little hard to make connections.
But I made a friend, and we were going to take some pictures, but unfortunately things didn’t work out. So we decided to postpone and reschedule for today.
Now – full disclosure – I’m writing this blog WEEKS before it’s going to be posted. So if I say some things that don’t make sense or relate to what is currently happening with the boot belts, then please forgive me.
Today was the day to take pictures. I had the boot belts chosen, I had searched the town we were going to be shooting in and found a few places that I wanted to hit up, I was ready.
But then disaster struck!
Okay, not really. Let’s not be dramatic.
What happened is that my friend had some errands to run, ya know, because she is also an adult with responsibilities. So I told her to just let me know when she was finished. The problem was that she wasn’t finished until the afternoon. And it’s the DEAD OF WINTER, so it gets dark at like 4:30.
She hit me up at 3:15, and by the time I drove there, picked her up, and we made it to our first destination it would have been about 4:00. Giving us a half hour to get photos. Not enough time. Again, this isn’t her fault.
Our weather has been garbage, and this was the ONE sunny day we were supposed to have for a while. So I NEEDED to get this done today.
So what did I do? I grabbed my camera, my boots, and my boot belts and I headed out the door.
I had no idea where I was going to go, because I had been planning on shooting in a different town.
I ended up (genuinely by accident) at an elementary school that I take my dogs to so they can run around. It turned out to be a great location. It had fields, benches, rocks, walking paths, trees…basically all sorts of stuff that *might* work.
I wandered around for a minute, took a few photos of spots that I thought might look good, and then headed back to my car.
I chose which boots would look the best with which boot belts, and what location I wanted to take the photos at.
Let me tell you. If I had help this would have probably been an hour tops. Probably closer to a half hour boot belt shoot. But instead it was me, setting timers and trying to figure out where the focus was to stand in, and it took me almost two hours.
By general photo shoot standards, two hours really isn’t that bad.
I got quite a few photos of my boot belts, and I actually really like them.
I do wish I had a *bit* more diversity in them, but I got about five different settings with multiple boots and boot belts, so that’s not too bad.
And I’ve spent the rest of my evening editing the boot belt photos, creating hilarious graphics, and planning out the next 3 or 4 months worth of social media posts.
While it kind of sucked to do it all myself, it was fine. I actually kind of loved it. I didn’t have to worry about being too pushy or demanding with my friend, and I was able to figure out what I wanted.
Not only was it kind of fun to figure out what I wanted and needed for future photo shoots, but it was kind of fun to still be doing this all on my own.
I don’t have a spouse or a partner, no one has invested even a dollar or an hour into this company, and now I haven’t even used a model or a photographer.
It’s all been me.
If it fails, it’s my fault. If it succeeds, it’s ALL because of me.
Which is kind of amazing.
Sure, networking is important, and help can be incredibly beneficial, but as I write this I haven’t even officially launched, so why not do everything that I can myself?
I would also like to say, a lot of this would not be as simple if it wasn’t for my film degree and my marketing job. I have a decent camera and I know how to find angles, and I have a surplus of knowledge in regards to resources to edit photos or create graphics. It’s not easy, and it’s not fast. My gosh, it’s SO SLOW. But hopefully, the payoff will come.