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Knitwear photo shoot in Torridon, Scottish Highlands


As a small business owner we have to wear many caps and with reluctance but knowing that my knitwear looks better if shown on a person I knew I had to do a photo shoot, but I was going to be the model, eeek.

Well, anyone who knows me knows that being in front of a camera does not come naturally. But hey ho, no big budget for this photo shoot and a break in the poor weather meant that we had to get out that morning and make the most of it.

Mark from Mark Appleton Photography taking a couple of landscape photos prior to the shoot.

I'm fortunate to have a professional photographer / graphic designer for a husband. Well, I am and I'm not, my work requests get put to the bottom of the list quite frequently... no jumpers for him!

Photo of me (Jan) taken with my mobile with a very unusually still Loch Torridon prior to the 'proper' photo shoot.

You can imagine I was probably not the best model to give direction to and I was very conscious of people passing and watching, so most of my photos are of me grimacing rather than smiling naturally. But Mark did manage to capture a cheeky photo of me smiling and relaxed whilst I was on my way to another spot.

And this is why you use a professional photographer, the colours and light are amazing. Credit: www.markappletonphotography.com

After a wee while I started to warm up to the ideas and locations and as soon as I started to relax Mark was able to work wonders and produce the kind of lifestyle shots I wanted for my knitwear.

Me modelling my Torridon Collection and reflecting in the still waters of Loch Torridon. Credit: www.markappletonphotography.com

After the photo shoot (more photos at the bottom of the page) we had a drive to Shieldaig and on occasion we stopped for Mark to take some more landscape photos. This is a time for me to normally do a little bit of reading, knitting or in this instance sewing up. I had a lot of sewing up to do and not enough hours in the day, so I made the most of the stops. So, some of my Torridon knitwear was actually sewn up in and around different locations in Torridon.

My part sewn Torridon mitts with Beinn Alligin partly hidden by low cloud and Mark (just above the dashboard) enjoying himself with his camera.

Beautiful photo by Mark capturing the stillness of the day Credit: www.markappletonphotography.com

The end results for my photo shoot, which was a full day out and unbelievably exhausting were amazing, I was so pleased to see my new POS. We did it! Mark managed to photograph my Torridon Collection and hit the brief....

I'm wearing Torridon asymmetric wool poncho in teal, Torridon slouch bobble hat in rust and teal and Torridon fingerless gloves in rust and teal.

And here are some more photos from the day....

A lot was learned (I need a model) and a mirror would help too! But what a great experience. It was quite a cold day and yet I was so warm and comfortable in my knitwear. If you'd like to see my Torridon Collection click on the link Torridon.

Check out Mark's work at www.markappletondesign.co.uk / www.markappletonphotography.com

Professional photos © Mark Appleton Photography

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