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!”
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?
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:
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…
SOON AFTER the start of the Coronavirus lockdown all my “real world” events were cancelled. Since then, I’ve been cutting my silhouettes online, especially at Zoom parties. What are…
HAVE YOU ALREADY MADE PLANS for Christmas? Or are you, like me, completely stuck? I’ve been thinking about silhouette cutting as an online ‘gift experience’ and holding onto the idea…
AN APRIL FOOL INVITATION for event organisers to experience a ten-minute sitting in my virtual silhouette studio. It’s me who’s the April Fool! Have you ever posed for a…