Thursday, May 21, 2009

product photography

I added a few new products to my website today (including the folded owl note cards pictured above), and since I had time this afternoon I took some actual photographs rather than only posting digital images.

I've been buying lots of new props over the past several weeks, and "update product photographs" has been on my to-do list for a couple of months now, but it stresses me out every time I think about it so I always find something else to do.

Also, I've been hoping for an overcast day so I could take some pictures outside, but we've had lots of sunshine recently with really harsh shadows. So I took these pictures indoors using my little tabletop fluorescent lights, and I'm pleasantly surprised with how they turned out.

Vintage Floral Pattern Folded Cards:
Owl Flat Cards:
Vintage Floral Pattern Calling Cards:
Owl Calling Cards:
Of course it's such a time consuming process, the thought of updating the rest of my product photographs is overwhelming, but I think my plan will be to just keep doing a few each day as I have time.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Sarah & Abraham canvas art

I've been asked a few times if I'd consider printing canvas wall art, but I never gave it much thought until Stacy from Name Your Design encouraged me to look into it and gave me lots of super helpful advice. I've also been encouraging my sister, Kim, to start an Etsy shop, and she was really excited about the idea of personalized canvas art. So I've been working on creating some 16" x 16" designs, figuring out the pricing, and purchasing all of the packaging materials, and this morning I posted a bunch of canvas art prints on my website.

Here are a few examples:Kim will be helping me with picking up the canvases from the printer and shipping them, and she'll also be offering her own designs soon. I'm hoping that between our two shops these will sell really well so that we're able to buy our own printer at some point and be able to provide better pricing on these to wholesale accounts, but I don't want to get too ahead of myself... I guess time will tell!

I'd love to hear your thoughts... any feedback at all would be greatly appreciated!