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Make It Work: An Etsy Success Photography Workshop

May 17, 2011

by daniellexo handmade and vintage goods


Photographs are one of the most important aspects of your online presence. It can be a daunting task, but anyone can take distinctive photos, no matter the budget, camera or photography knowledge. In this workshop — led by successful Etsy seller and photographer Jessica Marquez — we’ll talk shop about different types of cameras and what’s best for you. Jessica covers camera basics to provide more control over the images you create, key elements to improve your photographs for your Etsy shop, and how to solve some common problems with inexpensive, DIY fixes. Download the worksheets and watch the videos below to jump start the creative process and get you thinking about creating the best possible images for your Etsy shop.


jessica_copy.jpgAbout Jessica: “I grew fascinated with images (especially snapshots) and pursued art and photography throughout my booklearnin’ — all the way from sunny Southern California to an MFA in Imaging Arts from Rochester Institute of Technology in upstate New York. Photography is my great love, second only to my love of craft and making. This pairing has brought me great joy in creating my handmade business Miniature Rhino, which I opened in August of 2008 on Etsy. It’s an honor to teach a photography workshop where I get to geek out on my favorite topics!”


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  • sacredsuds

    sacredsuds said 9 years ago

    oh wow! I'm putting this on my calender!

  • CalviRee

    CalviRee said 9 years ago

    How I wish I could go....sounds like it will be great!

  • CrystalMistCottages

    CrystalMistCottages said 9 years ago

    I'll be tuning in!

  • mlejewelry

    mlejewelry said 9 years ago

    Very useful....It sounds great!

  • junkyardglitter

    junkyardglitter said 9 years ago

    I ordered from Jessica because I love her shop but a lot of it was because her photography drew me in! I am definitely going to be there! You got some skills!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 9 years ago


  • vKnit

    vKnit said 9 years ago


  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 9 years ago

    definitely on my calendar

  • bellasparty

    bellasparty said 9 years ago


  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 9 years ago

    Looking forward to seeing the livestream of this, photographs can really make or break your shop! Theres always room for improvement too...

  • HoneysuckleLane

    HoneysuckleLane said 9 years ago

    I'm so glad we can check it out online, too! Thank you! :)

  • EcoChicHandKnits

    EcoChicHandKnits said 9 years ago

    I'm really looking forward to this one! Your photography is wonderful and I really want to improve on my own. P.S. Love the tree stump embroidery - so cute!

  • RubyBeets

    RubyBeets said 9 years ago

    Do we have to wait until Wed?

  • RubyBeets

    RubyBeets said 9 years ago

    Do we have to wait until Wed?

  • Tinagiampietro

    Tinagiampietro said 9 years ago

    I think the snap shot tells it all and the one I reall love not saying all of them is the dead horse by vintage I love old bottles for some reason they attract me like glue. All the shot are great really stand out. Thank,s for sharing Tina Giampietro ONLY ONE OF A KIND at ESTY

  • MerCurios

    MerCurios said 9 years ago

    I've been waiting for this workshop! I had gotten my pictures down to a science, and then something changed! I don't know what it is, but matter how I adjust the light settings on the camera or change the light bulbs - my pictures just don't seem as bright as they used too. I will be waiting with bated breath until May 26. Thank you so much!! xo, MJ

  • shizendesigns

    shizendesigns said 9 years ago

    I wish I could attend the workshop in person... I'll surely be tuning in via Livestream. Thank you! :)

  • BooandBooFactory

    BooandBooFactory said 9 years ago

    Wish I could go. Etsy should have more west coast events!

  • BlueDolphinCreative

    BlueDolphinCreative said 9 years ago

    Will this be available to download after it's over? I can't attend and would love to hear/see it!

  • NinaMantra

    NinaMantra said 9 years ago

    I'll definitely be watching the livestream ;-) MR is one of my favorite shops, and her pictures are lovely. Looking forward to this!

  • thelittlemarket

    thelittlemarket said 9 years ago

    Great!! Can't wait!!

  • elizabethwrenvintage

    elizabethwrenvintage said 9 years ago

    This is EXACTLY what I need right now. Exaaccctllyyy. However I can't be there : / Is there any way to watch this after it's over? Thanks : )

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 9 years ago

    i feel like photography is my weakness here on etsy so i am very greatful for this workshop. i will check it out online.

  • johannawesterveld

    johannawesterveld said 9 years ago

    Is it also possible to put this as an article on the site? I am not able to watch but would be ever so greatfulk to know how to make the best pictures for my new shop! Thank you for helping me out!

  • indigoinspirations

    indigoinspirations said 9 years ago

    am looking really, really forward to this xoxo Jo

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye said 9 years ago

    Always working on the photos! :)

  • MeSweet

    MeSweet said 9 years ago

    I can't attend virtually either, can this be posted to Etsy later? It seems like valuable information. :)

  • newhopebeading

    newhopebeading said 9 years ago

    Awesome... I will be there via livestream!

  • CrazyJanesTrinkets

    CrazyJanesTrinkets said 9 years ago

    I take the worst pictures. I can use all the help that I can get....... Low budget. Can't adjust shutter speed. HELP! I'll be there.

  • gardenleafdesign

    gardenleafdesign said 9 years ago

    Oh Its on my Calendar!!!

  • rachellucie

    rachellucie said 9 years ago

    Wish I could be there in person, but will try to attend the live chat :)

  • twerkit

    twerkit said 9 years ago

    good luck jess! wish i could go! i'll try and watch it live! woot woot!

  • blueroompottery

    blueroompottery said 9 years ago

    I am definitely putting this on my calendar!! Thanks so much for the continued help, it has taught me so much!! XOX

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak said 9 years ago

    This sounds great

  • CakewalkYarns

    CakewalkYarns said 9 years ago

    I need help badly - thanks very much for offering this workshop

  • Pininkie

    Pininkie said 9 years ago

    "Super labs" to the rescue! Thanks!

  • vzuniga

    vzuniga said 9 years ago

    Sounds very interesting. Can't wait. Thank you!

  • thelogchateau

    thelogchateau said 9 years ago

    Looking forward to Jessica's workshop this week! Thank you, Etsy, for featuring this topic . . . I'm sure it will be very interesting.

  • GrowingUpWild

    GrowingUpWild said 9 years ago

    Thank you for posting this for those of us that couldn't make it live! I look forward to applying some of the tips to my photos this weekend!

  • KateStealey

    KateStealey said 9 years ago

    THIS is so very helpful. Jessica has put terrific techniques right in my hands. Thank you! Great job teaching, Jessica!

  • shopgoodgrace

    shopgoodgrace said 9 years ago


  • ikabags

    ikabags said 9 years ago

    Awesome! Thanks !

  • buysomelove

    buysomelove said 9 years ago

    Sounds magical! Thank you for sharing!

  • ilovetrash

    ilovetrash said 9 years ago

    hi there. i am a photographer so i can photograph but i FINALLY know the dimensions my photos are supposed to be! ACE! MAGWONDERFUL! i have been struggling w/ this for a YEAR! thanx!

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 9 years ago

    THIS IS INVALUABLE INFO! cant wait to share it with my team! thank you !

  • StudioYTE

    StudioYTE said 9 years ago

    This is great - thank you so much!

  • tomatotots

    tomatotots said 9 years ago

    My mantra is to "do better".... Can wait to get some much needed help to do just that.

  • tomatotots

    tomatotots said 9 years ago

    Can't wait...

  • VitalTemptation

    VitalTemptation said 9 years ago

    Great! Thank you!

  • banyantreeclothing

    banyantreeclothing said 9 years ago

    Very helpful!

  • diannek

    diannek said 9 years ago

    This is fantastic great presentation and very helpful, thank you so much for taking time to share. Cheers diannek

  • mudijudi

    mudijudi said 9 years ago

    Great!! Hoping to learn! :]

  • AAAPoshBags

    AAAPoshBags said 9 years ago

    Thank you so much for giving us so many tips. Etsy is getting to be a university for crafters.

  • Mermaidincali

    Mermaidincali said 9 years ago

    This was awesome, thanks so much!!!

  • BeautyPower

    BeautyPower said 9 years ago

    This is great. Thank you

  • kmmrky

    kmmrky said 9 years ago

    Thank You!

  • tantalizingstitches

    tantalizingstitches said 9 years ago

    great presentation. definitely some great suggestions. now i just need to incorporate some of the info.

  • naquaiya

    naquaiya said 9 years ago

    excellent presentation, full of great info. thank you

  • curiouslittlebird

    curiouslittlebird said 9 years ago

    Awesome! Thanks for the detailed download.

  • theLaughingLife

    theLaughingLife said 9 years ago

    Thanks! Perfect info!

  • Eternitee

    Eternitee said 9 years ago

    Will try these tips and techniques. Photos are my weakest link! Ugh!

  • analisascreations

    analisascreations said 9 years ago

    Thank you for the tips. I am definately going to be using some of them.

  • AllieEtCie

    AllieEtCie said 9 years ago

    So incredibly helpful! I'm eager to go do some homework with my camera!

  • BarkingDogBlanket

    BarkingDogBlanket said 9 years ago

    This was so helpful Thank you Jessica!

  • edgewaterscreations

    edgewaterscreations said 9 years ago

    Very helpful Thanks

  • CraftyTay

    CraftyTay said 9 years ago

    This was awesome!! Thanks Jessica. BTW the name of the clicker she was referring to in the second video at 32 minutes is called an Infrared (or IR) Remote Control. I have one for my Nikon. They are generally made based on the brand of camera you have.

  • JewelryForTheHeart

    JewelryForTheHeart said 9 years ago

    Great Presentation! and helpful!!

  • stitchinnetka

    stitchinnetka said 9 years ago

    Fantastic info. Thanks so much for doing this presentation.I have to keep on practicing, and playing around, there is a perfect potion for a good photo :)

  • JewelleryofLove

    JewelleryofLove said 9 years ago

    great ideas, thanks so much:-)

  • cybeads2

    cybeads2 said 9 years ago

    I learned so much, photography is not my strong point, but will deffinately try out some useful tips, thank you :)

  • simplysuzie2

    simplysuzie2 said 9 years ago

    Great info! Thanks Jessica!

  • PolClary

    PolClary said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the info. I'll plan a big studying session for the weekend!

  • NiChaPoN

    NiChaPoN said 9 years ago

    Thank for an nice advice


    ARTinVENICE said 9 years ago

    This is what I needed! :-) Thank you!

  • KooKooCraft

    KooKooCraft said 9 years ago

    great timing (I have a few new dolls that need to be photographed) and great tips! thank you so much!

  • greenbananasjewelry

    greenbananasjewelry said 9 years ago

    great for the new kid on the block. thanks a bunch!!!!

  • CurlicueCreations

    CurlicueCreations said 9 years ago

    I could sure use some help with this! Thanks so much.

  • TheGryphonStone

    TheGryphonStone said 9 years ago

    What a great workshop. Jessica's presentation was clear, rich with information, full of grace. What an excellent teacher. Thank you.

  • esmerelda33

    esmerelda33 said 9 years ago

    As a newbie I need the help what a great blessing

  • HeartlocketHollow

    HeartlocketHollow said 8 years ago

    I thoroughly enjoyed this Etsy Success Livestream Photography Workshop! The tips are perfect to implement right away and useable at all levels of photography knowledge. Thank you so much Jessica Marquez! I especially appreciate the "tell a story, your story, make it personal, let the buyer feel connected to you and your product" tips. I am anxious to make changes to my own work. Thank you Etsy and thank you Jessica!

  • pinkfishstudios

    pinkfishstudios said 8 years ago

    I will be reshooting lots of things - thanks so much for the great info.

  • birdahoy

    birdahoy said 8 years ago

    Thanks so much for this workshop! I've been wondering about the AV and TV settings on my camera for ages! Really enjoyed all the examples shown too. Brilliant! Thanks Jessica!

  • scarabocchio

    scarabocchio said 8 years ago

    Absolutely usefull! Thank you!

  • Simag

    Simag said 8 years ago

    This is so very helpful. THANK YOU so much for sharing!!

  • Yellowbrush

    Yellowbrush said 8 years ago

    very good ideas given here... enjoyed them

  • wirequeen

    wirequeen said 8 years ago

    This was excellent. Thank you as i'ma visual person I needed to see examples to understand what aperture and white balance do. Much appreciated.

  • wirequeen

    wirequeen said 8 years ago

    This was excellent. Thank you as i'ma visual person I needed to see examples to understand what aperture and white balance do. Much appreciated.

  • rhojobaldwin

    rhojobaldwin said 8 years ago

    Wow, great presentation. Learned more in these two tutes than all the photography classes and other photo tutes combined.

  • RockArtiste

    RockArtiste said 8 years ago

    Etsy has changed the website again. I can no longer edit or delete my pictures. If I want to change a picture by deleting it and adding a different one, I can no longer do that. This makes it very difficult when listing items for sale on Etsy.

  • SaffronColoredPony

    SaffronColoredPony said 8 years ago

    who knew! not me...I learned alot, thanks Jessica and Etsy!

  • MiamiSun

    MiamiSun said 8 years ago

    Thanks so much for these great tips - it has given me different ideas that I just didn't know of.

  • LittleKnitsStudio

    LittleKnitsStudio said 8 years ago

    Food for photographic thought - -many thanks!!

  • SpinningMonkeys

    SpinningMonkeys said 8 years ago

    Thanks so much, I need this help. Cheers to better photos!

  • KoloursBoutique309

    KoloursBoutique309 said 8 years ago

    Thank you Jessica. I am camera stupid, so this really helped a lot. ! I hope that my pics are not too embarrassing so far !

  • chayatileworks

    chayatileworks said 8 years ago

    Great Information!!! I have a lot of work to do. Thank you so much!

  • oldtimethreads

    oldtimethreads said 8 years ago

    Thanks so much for the help. I try to better my pics constantly! Hopefully I am doing okay so far and only get better. : )

  • cthings

    cthings said 8 years ago

    Wow Jessica this has been so great! Thanks for your time and also all the people who helped in sharing their photos. I needed this back about 3 years ago. Thanks again!

  • BeeHummingbird3

    BeeHummingbird3 said 8 years ago

    Thankyou, so much work to be done xo

  • criticaleggplant

    criticaleggplant said 8 years ago

    Thank you so much, very helpful and answered 98% of my photography questions! The eggplants.

  • JanetElizabethLLC

    JanetElizabethLLC said 8 years ago

    Thank you! Very informative! I'm going to try some of your ideas and also experiment with my camera instead of using the auto system.

  • evieedesigns

    evieedesigns said 8 years ago

    I do need help on photos. Thanks

  • PiecyksPieces

    PiecyksPieces said 8 years ago

    This workshop is very helpful, thank you:)

  • DuettaDesigns

    DuettaDesigns said 8 years ago

    Great workshop, thanks!

  • sgjewelrydesigns

    sgjewelrydesigns said 8 years ago

    Great presentation and very helpful ! I started experimenting the next day but it is not easy especially that I do not know my camera well enough. This gave me the incentive to study my camera :):) Thanks for the tips and the video!

  • DevineCollectible

    DevineCollectible said 8 years ago

    Way cool, going to give it a try, peace & love, karen

  • MulberryHillDesigns

    MulberryHillDesigns said 8 years ago

    Thank you, it always helps to get ideas and suggestions about photography!

  • HoneymoonBayStudio

    HoneymoonBayStudio said 8 years ago

    Thank you for the fantastic downloadable worksheets!

  • JulieBinmore

    JulieBinmore said 8 years ago

    so great!

  • treehouseherbs

    treehouseherbs said 8 years ago

    that's great - improvement never ends :)

  • FreakyPeas

    FreakyPeas said 8 years ago

    It frustrates me that Etsy always picks white photography for the front page. Jessica is also showing this. I love the pictures she picked but for those of us who have color........

  • TheToptonWickery

    TheToptonWickery said 8 years ago

    I have lots of work to do! I so don't want to look like everyone else and must weigh that with my desire not to re-invent the wheel. YIKES!!!!!!


    STARRFIRESTUDIOS said 8 years ago

    Great presentation! Thank you for the tips and video. The worksheets were very helpful.

  • veryverdant

    veryverdant said 8 years ago

    Thank you so much. I am looking forward to trying out all the helpful tips and hopefully helping my shop look more inviting by improving the quality of my photos.

  • ChantressJewelry

    ChantressJewelry said 8 years ago

    Very helpful, Jessica, thank you! I've already applied some of your tips and my pics are better. I'm still frustrated with aperature. I want an open aperture and shallow focus. But, it seems that no matter what I do, I get this crisp background. Should I set the shutter high, so the camera will give me an open aperature? Anyway, thank-you again!

  • KatyBitsandPieces

    KatyBitsandPieces said 8 years ago

    Great workshop! Answered a lot of questions I had. Can't wait to get started using the information I learned here...

  • bleuherron

    bleuherron said 8 years ago

    lovely information. really helpful and to the point! thanks for sharing with us!

  • arludesigns

    arludesigns said 8 years ago

    GREAT workshop. About to shoot some products to open my etsy shop and that was so helpful for a new comer like me! Wish me luck x

  • olechkodotorg

    olechkodotorg said 8 years ago

    thank you much! very useful stuff

  • wiredroxz

    wiredroxz said 8 years ago

    Thanks a million, you have validated some of my instincts and given me new ideas and inspiration :) Have a great one :)

  • penny4designs

    penny4designs said 8 years ago

    Extremely important and helpful information! Made a world of difference in my photos i took today.Thank you! Penny

  • codynwyatt

    codynwyatt said 8 years ago

    Thank you so much. I learned a lot of this in photography class in school...but have forgotten most of it. Thanks for giving me such great hints and ideas for branding my items.

  • Madeit4u

    Madeit4u said 8 years ago

    Great workshop! Learned a lot of new things and will read the handouts later today. A hands free microphone would have helped Jessica.

  • sharoncurtisdesigns

    sharoncurtisdesigns said 8 years ago

    Thank you Jessica for so many helpful tips!

  • bluebirdbelle

    bluebirdbelle said 8 years ago

    Really useful information .. Thanks

  • bilot

    bilot said 8 years ago

    Sooo helpful! Thanks al lot...

  • Spazdesign

    Spazdesign said 8 years ago

    Thankyou so much for this tutorial. I've been struggling on the photography front and this has really helped. Still need to play around and fine tune but can already see a dramatic difference. Thanks again.

  • thisthatotherthings

    thisthatotherthings said 8 years ago

    Thanks for all the helpful information on taking photo's. I sell vintage items that come in all shapes and sizes. I find it very difficult to shoot an item that doesn't fit on my white poster boards, so I tend not to sell those big items. Maybe with some practice now I'll be able to carry larger items in my shop. Thanks again.

  • ExoticCushions

    ExoticCushions said 8 years ago

    Just as a hopefully positive criticism. You need to have your images and words a LOT more streamlined. Yes there's good informtion here but it could have been edited down quite a bit. I could see you were nervous but maybe try and go through it all a few more times beforehand.

  • LeafyDesign

    LeafyDesign said 8 years ago

    Great videos! Helped me a lot!!! Thanks!

  • GemdropsoftheFalls

    GemdropsoftheFalls said 8 years ago

    Wow! Saving this worksheet. Thank you so much for sharing. Just because our items are handmade doesn't mean our photos have to look homemade; we can get nearly professional photos if we try. :)

  • RachelMarie40

    RachelMarie40 said 8 years ago

    WOW! These video's were very helpful! I feel so much better about my new pictures :)

  • AlwaysSnazzyTs

    AlwaysSnazzyTs said 8 years ago

    Wish I had seen this before buying allot of equipment that I have just sent for! I am the worst photographer and now I know why. Need to learn my camera better. Wish she had talked more about what to do if you have painted glass and how to show the painting but not the glare.


    ABROKENHALLELUIJAH said 8 years ago

    awesome thank you!

  • StarrShinePottery

    StarrShinePottery said 8 years ago

    Absolutely great information! I will probably watch the videos again (and again). Thanks so much!

  • FourEyesDesigns

    FourEyesDesigns said 8 years ago

    Fantastic...I learned so much! Thank you!!

  • JubileeJewelrybyMJ

    JubileeJewelrybyMJ said 8 years ago

    Just love it! It really helped me !

  • AishaShop

    AishaShop said 8 years ago

    Thank you Jessica for so many helpful tips!

  • FoofyJewels

    FoofyJewels said 8 years ago

    so useful, I can't wait to have a proper go!

  • avenir

    avenir said 8 years ago

    Great! Will set up my photo studio using some techniques she taught us! Thank you.

  • AlicesPocket

    AlicesPocket said 8 years ago

    This was such a great set of videos! I learned so much. you did a great job, Jessica! You gave me more confidence on starting up a shop. p.s. love the dress!

  • BinkeeBabyClothing

    BinkeeBabyClothing said 8 years ago

    Wish I could be there too!

  • DevineCollectible

    DevineCollectible said 8 years ago

    I still struggle with photo's somebody once email and told me I sucked but I'm not giving up ~ have read this tru 3 times thanx so much, karen DevineCollectible

  • FreshRetroGallery

    FreshRetroGallery said 8 years ago

    Great info. Thanks

  • suzannedelsarto

    suzannedelsarto said 8 years ago

    Very informative! Thanks!

  • NaturaLLinens

    NaturaLLinens said 8 years ago

    very helpful thank you!

  • AhoyAhimsa

    AhoyAhimsa said 8 years ago

    Thank You!

  • sfiorivanoleviole

    sfiorivanoleviole said 8 years ago

    Sooo helpful, thank you :) !

  • shoptsarevna

    shoptsarevna said 8 years ago

    Thank you, so helpful! I look forward to applying this information

  • UniverSoulWear

    UniverSoulWear said 8 years ago

    This was awesome! Ty! So many great ideas I can now implement into my shop! :)

  • RazWear

    RazWear said 8 years ago

    This workshop is very helpful. I made at least three of those photography faux pas in my shop.

  • PedalPosh

    PedalPosh said 8 years ago

    Very Helpful. Thanks Jessica.

  • 2ndtimearound1

    2ndtimearound1 said 8 years ago

    Great teaching tool---- I will be reshooting a lot, I think that will make a big deference. Thanks Jessica

  • JodiRaeDesigns

    Jodi Brownstein from JodiRaeDesigns said 8 years ago

    Great Tutorial! thanks so much for such great information, and visual examples. This will be super helpful in creating my store!

  • rtribbick

    Rachel Tribbick from PaperBeau said 8 years ago

    thank you thank you! my photographs have improved just while watching this and shooting as we go! haha - i cant wait for tomorrow when im going to be shooting all day!

  • oceanmoods

    MingTa Li from oceanmoods said 7 years ago

    So helpful, thank you :) !

  • AllyFashion

    Tina Giuntini from AllyFashion said 7 years ago

    That was very helpful. I am excited to get started!

  • Lesliepinto

    Leslie Pinto from LesliePinto said 7 years ago

    Wow thank you so much it was very helpful!

  • AngelineOtimo

    Angela Otimo from Lottimo said 7 years ago

    This was sooo helpful!Thank you so much Etsy,I feel like I was there on that workshop!Great presentation! :)

  • Villedefleurs

    Tatiana from VilleDeFleurs said 7 years ago

    Wow, I learned a LOT ! Really helpful . Thanks.

  • ainurberkimbay

    Ainur B from AinursTreasureBox said 6 years ago

    The first video isn't working and says "Temporarily Not Available" - so wanted to watch it. The second one I was able to see - very very informative and helpful! Thank you!

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    Are these videos not working anymore? They are not showing up on my screen. I was trying to find the one about how to make a light box. I watched it about a year ago and needed to refresh my memory.

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