Cutting Silhouettes over Zoom

Online Events

VIDEO CONFERENCING has become an important part of the way we all work today. Yet people often express surprise when I mention I can work this way too. I started doing this during Covid lockdowns, and today it seems almost as natural to me as working live at an event. The principal is simple, I ask the subject to pose in profile and cut their silhouette. It takes just a couple of minutes before I hold the finished portrait up to my camera for anybody on the call to see. People are fascinated, as they often at live events. Afterwards, I just pop the silhouettes in the post.


Cutting a silhouette over Zoom is not without challenges, but with preparation it can work really well. I love the way it takes me and my scissors all over the world!”

Charles Burns

If you like the idea of having silhouettes cut off all your colleagues as a thank-you for a productive few months, why not give this try?

Hybrid Events

Each month Charles runs three or four of his own Zoom events at which online customers can book a short sitting to have their own silhouette cut.

We run these Virtual Studio Days at different times of day to suit people in different time zones. After the event the silhouettes are delivered by post or airmail worldwide.

Virtual Studio Development

Cutting silhouettes over Zoom

Each silhouette takes three minutes, so in a 20-minute sitting I can cut a family of 4 or 5 quite easily

Cutting silhouettes online began as a way to pivot my business during the first lockdown. I quickly became fascinated by Zoom and began cutting silhouettes of people all over the world, first at online parties but later at a series of my own events which I called my “virtual studio”. Today, I still love the flexibility and freedom of cutting silhouettes over Zoom. Anybody, wherever they are in the world, can now book a short, inexpensive sitting to have their silhouettes cut out.

This series of blog posts show the development of the virtual studio and explore the possibilities of online silhouette cutting:

Cutting a silhouette over Zoom

Can a silhouettist work from home?

I’VE BEEN ASKING MYSELF whether I could work from home. As Coronavirus spreads its way around the world it seems everybody is doing it. Could a silhouettist work this way…

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Map of the world divided into time zones

Time Machine Now Live!

DID I MENTION that I was building a time machine? Well, I’m delighted to report that my silhouette time machine is now live and active.
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Charles in his Zoom studio

Silhouettes at Online Conferences

OVER THE FIRST FEW WEEKS of lockdown I did a series of online experiments. I began simply by inviting friends to an evening of online silhouette cutting.
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Charles holding a silhouette to th camera on Zoom

A Silhouettist’s Idea of an April Fool?

AN APRIL FOOL INVITATION for event organisers to experience a ten-minute sitting in my virtual silhouette studio. If you don’t know what it feels like to have a silhouette…

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