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So you’ve decided to turn your hobby/passion into a business. Congratulations!!! It’s a big step and I’m sure you’re buzzing with excitement and dreams! Maybe you’re even busy imagining how life will be, when your business is the roaring success your friends are predicting. I get it! Before my first market I’d already started planning what I was going to spend the money on when I sold out!
At this point I’m going to give you an option. If you want sunshine and rainbows and to keep dreaming about what you’ll spend your profits on, I suggest you go find another blog to read. But if you’re up for a little dash of reality mixed with some practical tips read on!
Do you need to click through a zillion folders to remember where you saved the PDF you *need* for this Christmas custom order? Does the idea of neatly organised PDF’s make you smile? Do you love OT but struggle to remember which issue had which pattern? If you’ve answered YES to these questions then you’re going to love this reminder of one of our most popular blog posts … updated!
I’ve been wondering where to start this series … Then I realised it has to start with backdrops and backgrounds.
Now if you’re a little further along in your handmade photography journey, you might be thinking, oh I know this already, but stay with me … or skip to the end for some tips on backdrops.
When I first started photographing my handmade items I didn’t really give much thought to backgrounds.
I’m embarrassed to say that some of these photos below (…shame … the one in front of the washing machine) were photos I actually used, in my listings on made it and etsy, when I first started sewing to sell.
You know that feeling when you’ve sewn something AMAZING, but when you share a photo of it with your bestie, or in a group or use it for your handmade business’s social media, nobody is as smitten as you are. The frustrating thing is you KNOW that if they could see it in real life, they’d be excited too.
Over the next fortnight I’m going to be sharing tips, tricks, blog posts and links to help your photos live up to your sewing!!!!
Here’s a run down on what we’ll be covering. I’ll update with links as the posts go live!
- Backgrounds & Backdrops for your photographs.
- Check list for a handmade photoshoot.
- Tips for photographing kids
- Photoshoot styling
- DIY Lightbox
- Flatlay tips
- The basics of editing your photos in picmonkey & photoshop
- Taking your DSLR off Auto
- Roundup of my favourite photography posts
You started your handmade business with the encouragement of your friends and family. You paid for a pretty logo, planned your range, agonised over pricing and spent longer than you care to admit daydreaming about how “doing what you love” was going to be the key to financial security. The only problem is, most weeks you’re not hearing the merry ring of sales notifications on your mobile, you’re hearing crickets.