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Why I’ll never be a hand model

July 30, 2010
gr8findings on etsy

CLEARLY FUN. Just the latest bracelet to land in my Etsy store ... trust me, it will look better on you.

Remember way back a long time ago — months ago, in fact — when I was first getting started with my jewelry photography process? One particular pair of earrings that I wrote about almost drove me mad.

Well, I’m pleased to say that things have gotten a lot easier. That is, until I went on a recent bracelet making binge … yesterday I went wild pounding on silver, hammering lovely little shiny links for the bracelet you see pictured at the left. The downside to the design, however, is that it doesn’t lay flat against the wrist — what with those big beautiful ROUND lampwork beads in between the textured links, that little baby was rolling all over the place as I tried to find the best angle to shoot.

Ultimately, I realized that the best way to show the whole thing would be to try to take a picture of me wearing it … Nothing fancy, just a nice little closeup to show what it looked like when the design was taut … I could even stuff my stubby little hand into a pocket if necessary — that seems to be the default pose I see other Etsians use … it was all going perfectly fine until I actually looked at the finished result.

Egads, people. Remember that Seinfeld episode about the woman “man hands”? I may be Jerry’s worst nightmare. It’s not my hands exactly that are the problem — though in studying the photo I realized that I should probably take moisturizing a little more seriously. No, what bothered me most was seeing my hirsute nature frozen in a picture … blonde simian forearms and admittedly thick wrists … there’s a reason you don’t see many East German gymnasts hawking the jewelry on QVC, right?  I found the composition so distracting it was like the bracelet almost vanished from the frame and then I think I may have blacked out for a few minutes.

When I came to, I resolved to stay behind the camera from now on … no exceptions … though with the amount of emotion I pour into each creation I suppose there’s really no way to keep  my heart from showing up front and center.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. RedGreenQueen permalink
    July 30, 2010 7:22 pm

    Haha, your post made me laugh. I have done the same recently (photographing bracelets on wrist) and had exactly the same thought when I saw the results. Thing is I still posted the photos to Etsy. Now I’m thinking maybe I was hasty…

    • July 30, 2010 9:34 pm

      Glad you liked it — in all honesty, I think I’m more hung up on it than most people would be — I have the arms of a good, strong farm woman, not the willowy limbs of a fine artist … probably doesn’t help that my husband calls me Frodo … in the most affectionate way possible, of course …

  2. deekiedew permalink
    July 30, 2010 9:35 pm

    love it! Hey, you should entice Rachel to be your official hand model…the prettiest hands you ever saw, & I’m sure she’d work for food or jewelry 🙂

  3. August 1, 2010 1:24 am

    Oh, you just made me laugh out loud! I used to have tiny little hands and then I got fat and now I have sausage wrists and stubby fingers! Having a picture of my arm on Etsy would be horrifying! Gorgeous bracelet, though – love the lampwork and the wirework!

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