Still quiet on the creative front. Without “producing” anything, I almost forget to blog!
But as I reflect on the month, although not robust or showy, I still am embracing the creative daily.
For the past month I have been painstakingly & slowly photographing and loading my work onto Etsy. I knew it would take a long time and with this knowledge I have pushed it off for years. But my intuition has been saying “NOW” and “DO IT” and “GET IT DONE” and who am I to argue with the big voice inside me? Heck, it generally knows more than my ego bird brain! … so I sit day after day, at my computer. I have read up on Etsy strategies. I’ve been struggling to understand the best way to calculate shipping…day by day I am learning, tuning in and observing.
It’s through this quiet process that my photography has greatly begun to improve. It could also be that I am always rushing and I don’t give the lens it’s proper due, but in this month I have really stopped and tried to take better photographs. Here are some examples:
These two images above were taken on white fabric using a light box. They are perfectly acceptable or one might say perfectly average.
Now these photographs were taken incorporating backgrounds and visual texture. As I read the Etsy strategies, it was explained that a better approach to photography is to try to incorporate where or how someone might use the product. If you have a piece of jewelry, photograph it on a dresser where someone might put it in their own home. If you have a piece of pottery, photograph it on a hutch or filled with flowers, giving ideas to the person on how they might use it.
Above plain old backgrounds… or….
…the products can become more personal and interesting. You can better envision incorporating them into your life.
Again, above is a plain photo…… or…
Show your potential customer how they can use your product.
So, if you are a creative you might be saying “Big Duh!” to this simple concept, but for me, I sometimes forget these big duhs! I was totaling planning on plowing through all of my inventory with the trusty old light box.
I’m glad I took the time to read some of the Etsy tutorials and slow down enough to pay attention. In doing so, this project which I dreaded for it’s monotony and data entry foibles has become quite fun and enjoyable.
When I look at my little Etsy store and how it is coming along, I can now take pride in my work , I can see my progress as an artist and I can see the joy I exude from being creative every chance I get. It feels really good.
…..Amazing Awesomeness Baby!!!
good work Mary. Big hugs!!!