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How To Present Yourself to the Press

Oct 19, 2009

by Vanessa Bertozzi

Attention, sellers! I have been your faithful blogger for the past two years and I have an important tip for you:

You need to be prepared with photos that represent you and your business.

I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been working on a blog post spotlighting an excellent person — seller, blogger, figure in the arts-and-crafts world — but they either don’t have a headshot or they send me the most low-quality, blurry photo. It’s driving me crazy!

And here’s the thing — it’s not just the Etsy editors who might come to call. Journalists and other media outlets are interested in the stories of crafters, artists, and small business owners, but in order to take part and get the most out of the exposure, you need to have a mini media kit at hand.

I know, I know, you are creators and you’re busy making things! Yes, I hear you. You are makers of objects and art, not self-portraits! But I’m begging you, take a day to invite a photographer friend to come over and style some photos for you.

Here are the basic shots I look for and what many bloggers and journalists are seeking:

Nick and Kimber of littlesaplingtoys | Karin of ValhallaBrooklyn

  • A nice headshot: This is a portrait that is NOT a fuzzy, grainy photo that you obviously took of yourself with your cell phone. It’s NOT a snapshot cropped to include your ex-boyfriend’s hairy limb draped around your shoulders. This is a high-quality, professional portrait of you looking your best. Like any good portrait, it gets across your vibe and makes you look good. You are the center of the photo, not the Statue of Liberty you’re posed in front of with your group of friends. Want to get artsy? Do it! As long as it intentionally reflects your personality and your brand.
  • A photo of your studio or workspace: Use natural light, not flash. If the room is too dark even in the day time, set up some lights. Tidy up your work area, or if a workspace crammed with stuff is your vibe, make sure it’s artfully portrayed.


Kara Ginther, a.k.a. KGLeather, via ToBeInspired on Flickr

  • A photo of you in the creative process: Have a photographer friend take some action shots of you in the midst of making. Don’t be afraid to strike some natural poses and style these shots as you would a magazine shoot. Arrange your supplies, tools and background just so, make sure your outfit, hair and makeup are done the way you like it. Capture some of the action. Experiment with different angles.
  • Your items in context: If you make paintings, show some of your pieces arranged beautifully on a wall. If you’re a potter, show some of your excellent tableware displayed on a kitchen shelf or in a dining room setting. Take some close-up detail shots and some shots that show the whole room. These photos are great for your listings as well as for press outreach.
  • Your items against a plain background: Shoot some well-lit shots of your items against a plain white background. Some bloggers and magazines prefer simple photos with solid backgrounds. These make it easier for them to incorporate your items into their posts or spreads. (An item on a white background won’t compete with the design of their website or blog).
  • Keep a high resolution version: Have on hand a version that is at least 300 dpi and 2500 pixels across. You can always size it down and send that copy.

atelierpompadour‘s studio, featured in the Etsy Open Studio Flickr pool

Now you’ll be prepared when you get that call from a blogger or journalist, and with these new photos you can get out there and do some outreach of your own. They may not even use these photos, but the images may speak to them and get across the essence of what you’re all about. Here are some of the other uses for these photos:

  • About page
  • Your blog
  • Facebook page
  • A blog, magazine, or newspaper interview
  • Applications for a grant, artist in residency, gallery show or craft show
  • If you’re picked for Featured Seller on Etsy

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363 comments

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 8 years ago

    Great tip! There's an awesome thread in the forums right now where Etsians are sharing their workspaces :)

  • bndesign

    bndesign said 8 years ago

    Great tips! :) I always love photo's that show workspaces (and the lovely headshots)

  • louloudo

    louloudo said 8 years ago

    That's a very good point. 'be prepared', as the boy scouts say!

  • Ruffled

    Ruffled said 8 years ago

    Great article. I am fairly new and recently had a request for a high res picture that they needed ASAP. I didnt have one and had to scramble. I wish that I would have thought ahead.

  • thewonderlandstudio

    thewonderlandstudio said 8 years ago

    wow...never really thought about this...thanks for the tips!

  • bddesigns

    bddesigns said 8 years ago

    Something I NEVER think about - thanks for the reminder! :)

  • studiocvh

    studiocvh said 8 years ago

    fantastic advice...

  • LizzyClara

    LizzyClara said 8 years ago

    thank you, you are so right and I love seeing artists' work spaces... don't they have to clean for months to show something presentable ...or is it just me?

  • PunkUpBettie

    PunkUpBettie said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the tips! It's always good to be prepared, just in case... :)

  • PoPkO

    PoPkO said 8 years ago

    "You need to be prepared with photos that represent you and your business." Yes! Yes I do. Thanks for the reminder! Next time I do some product shots and get all spiffy looking I will remember to take one of ME as well. Great info in this article.

  • JulieWebb

    JulieWebb said 8 years ago

    Thank you Vanessa for this reminder! :)

  • VixVintage

    VixVintage said 8 years ago

    You mean I can't fly by the seat of my pants? Thanks :)

  • GirlyGirl24

    GirlyGirl24 said 8 years ago

    Great tips, thank you! :)

  • JeweledAmbrosia

    JeweledAmbrosia said 8 years ago

    all excellent tips, thank you!

  • BeforeOurTime

    BeforeOurTime said 8 years ago

    Ooooo! Great ideas. (Now I've got to go clean up my workspace and make it look "natural!")

  • LilithEvy

    LilithEvy said 8 years ago

    I need to find a great concept! Thank you for the tips!!

  • spacejam

    spacejam said 8 years ago

    great!!

  • FamilyCraft45

    FamilyCraft45 said 8 years ago

    That is true! (0-<)/

  • shesbattydesigns

    shesbattydesigns said 8 years ago

    great advice! although i have some of those pictures done on the list i really need to update them :) i have another goal for this month :)

  • zombuki

    zombuki said 8 years ago

    Very good advice! I love the Open Studios Flickr group, I post 2-4 photos of my studio every week on my blog but I only add my faves to the group :3 have to keep it looking good, lol.

  • RubyBeets

    RubyBeets said 8 years ago

    You are so Right,and I have been caught without a photo of me busy at work,so now I will get busy and create a photo of me busy at work! So I will be ready for that Call!

  • RedorGrayArt

    RedorGrayArt said 8 years ago

    i thank you for the good advice ...I will be ready IF it ever happens! wink!

  • KBShimmer

    KBShimmer said 8 years ago

    Such great tips, I so need to get a great photo of myself, my workshop, etc. We focus so much on product photography, that I think sellers often forget that "we" are a product also. Great tips and I have added that to my to do list.

  • LondonParticulars

    LondonParticulars said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the great ideas!

  • Tias

    Tias said 8 years ago

    You got me thinking there! Thanks x

  • phydeaux

    phydeaux said 8 years ago

    This is SO true - I've been getting requests for just these sorts of photos! Thank you for the great tips. :)

  • vivikas

    vivikas said 8 years ago

    Good tip here. Loooove stitchface photo!

  • soule

    soule said 8 years ago

    Thank you for the great advice and tips, it's always good to have the items that you make in a high resolution also, instead of having to re-shoot everything. I've make that mistake often!

  • FrostedWillow

    FrostedWillow said 8 years ago

    There is so much great advise here! Always was wondering about all the things I needed for the press. Now I can get prepared!

  • StudioCherie

    StudioCherie said 8 years ago

    great article. I post photos of myself a lot on my blog in in my flickr, so I can be found. I think it does add a personal touch. I always like to know about the artist behind the work.

  • PipocaHandmade

    PipocaHandmade said 8 years ago

    Great tips! Good to know!

  • klacustomcreations

    klacustomcreations said 8 years ago

    great tips! thank you!

  • pulpsushi

    pulpsushi said 8 years ago

    This is so true, and has been in the back of my mind to do. Thanks for the reminder.

  • pinkparchmentsoaps

    pinkparchmentsoaps said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing these great tips!

  • Glitzer

    Glitzer said 8 years ago

    Very helpful and informative post! I hope one day I could be found by a magazine! :) Thanks for all the tips!

  • jacarandadesigns

    jacarandadesigns said 8 years ago

    some valuable info - thanks for sharing!

  • tashascreations

    tashascreations said 8 years ago

    Very good article, I will definitely try some of this tips!

  • mishmishmarket

    mishmishmarket said 8 years ago

    I see all of these amazing studio pictures and I have to think, did y'all win the lottery? We take up one room, the kids take up the other one and I paint at the kitchen table! But don't you worry. If you come calling, I'll have hi res photos ready pronto!

  • seababejewelry

    seababejewelry said 8 years ago

    Awesome! These are some very important tips!

  • hjmart

    hjmart said 8 years ago

    Great tips! I have most of the items ready :-) Just check my shop!

  • thebestvintage

    thebestvintage said 8 years ago

    Good article!

  • Peacefuldusk

    Peacefuldusk said 8 years ago

    Great tips!

  • Kathleencavalaro

    Kathleencavalaro said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the great tips! I guess my cropped, hairy arm around my shoulder photo has to go :)

  • FashionTouch

    FashionTouch said 8 years ago

    ...If you're picked for Featured Seller on Etsy... How do you pick???:)

  • greeniemarie

    greeniemarie said 8 years ago

    Awesome, love the tips! <3

  • QuiltFinger

    QuiltFinger said 8 years ago

    Great tips, you never know when an opprotunity will present itself! I have a lot of work to do!

  • underoakstudios

    underoakstudios said 8 years ago

    Right on! Thanks for this article.

  • EllaParry

    EllaParry said 8 years ago

    thank you for the tips!!

  • Vanessa Admin

    Vanessa said 8 years ago

    mishmishmarket, I think that's your story right there! You should ask a photographer friend to capture you working with your kids by your side. Awesome!

  • littlesaplingtoys

    littlesaplingtoys said 8 years ago

    Thank you! Our photo was taken by the talented Ashley Thalman at http://ashleythalmanphotography.com/.

  • MyMoms

    MyMoms said 8 years ago

    Great article, love the picks!

  • IndependentReign

    IndependentReign said 8 years ago

    Never thought about this either. Good tips!

  • HandKnitHugs

    HandKnitHugs said 8 years ago

    such great tips, I need to get busy! Thanks so much.

  • kirevi8

    kirevi8 said 8 years ago

    excellent tips.Thank you so much:)

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 8 years ago

    Great advice I need to follow! I have no "artist in workspace" photo. I'll get on it this week!

  • blueskyclouds

    blueskyclouds said 8 years ago

    Thank you!!!!! Excellent advice I will review!

  • FrillyButts

    FrillyButts said 8 years ago

    Thanks for these tips. Whenever you want to feature me, I will be ready!

  • GeeZees

    GeeZees said 8 years ago

    great tips... thanks!

  • petalandpink

    petalandpink said 8 years ago

    Great advice! I hadn't thought much into this before, now I should prepare!

  • ThePaperTray

    ThePaperTray said 8 years ago

    Great advice! Thanks!

  • Lunatiger

    Lunatiger said 8 years ago

    I'm sooo camera shy! -_- .... LOL I don't think PJs bottoms will make for a professional photo...hehehe...

  • steinschmuckdesign

    steinschmuckdesign said 8 years ago

    I get the Point here, absolutely:) Really have to take Time to do a media map and maybe I also just have to ask some Friends to Help me. Thanks so much!!!

  • jennyhoople

    jennyhoople said 8 years ago

    Excellent, thanks for including ideas for using the photos now. Helps me to be motivated to get this project done!

  • ThimbleNest

    ThimbleNest said 8 years ago

    Great article. Thanks!

  • RageHaus

    RageHaus said 8 years ago

    My husband and I just recently took a photo of ourselves for those reasons, great advice!

  • loopyboopy

    loopyboopy said 8 years ago

    This is fantastic advice. I've already been caught a number of times without these important photos and had to scramble to come up with something. It's great to have them ready and handy for when those people come a callin!

  • atelierpompadour

    atelierpompadour said 8 years ago

    ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!! my mansard studio!!! thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • javagirls

    javagirls said 8 years ago

    Great advise. We hadn't even thought that far ahead. Will make it an upcoming project. Thanks

  • iktomi

    iktomi said 8 years ago

    I was with you up until you said, "tidy the work area"! How artful and tidy can I make my family room-turned pottery studio/office/dining room table? I'll take it as a challenge.

  • lindapaul

    lindapaul said 8 years ago

    This is great advise. I needed a refresher. I will go and update my 10 year old photo of myself.

  • donnakeay

    donnakeay said 8 years ago

    Great advice! I once spent half a day with my camera on a tripod trying to do a self portrait with the timer button...still didn't get a decent pic!!

  • jiorji

    jiorji said 8 years ago

    i love the photos of the artists at work..although i DO think they're all staged...nobody's studio is that neat and tidy ;P

  • ToastyKnits

    ToastyKnits said 8 years ago

    ooo... Now I know my plan for this weekend (after the cleaning part... especially since my "studio" consists of a stack of boxes next to my bed. Thankfully knitting doesn't really require a dedicated space because the whole broke college student thing doesn't really allow for that ^.^ Oh but to dream...

  • stitchface

    stitchface said 8 years ago

    Awesome tips- thanks for posting my photo!

  • Handamade

    Handamade said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the great tip. :D

  • VulvaLoveLovely

    VulvaLoveLovely said 8 years ago

    Excellent post! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • PunchDrunkPrincess

    PunchDrunkPrincess said 8 years ago

    *vogues*

  • giraffelabel

    giraffelabel said 8 years ago

    great tips...thanks! of course, so far i have had no need for this, but i'll keep my fingers crossed and be ready!!

  • SewBeans

    SewBeans said 8 years ago

    Oh! My items are so much more photogenic then I am, though. Thanks for the tip!

  • chaadygirl

    chaadygirl said 8 years ago

    sounds like fun

  • EpicallyEpicSoap

    EpicallyEpicSoap said 8 years ago

    This was so inspiring... Studio photos are a great idea, and, taking it further, I plan to make a short video of me and my soap making process. Maybe this will help show the hard work that all soap makers put into their creations.

  • ModishVintage

    ModishVintage said 8 years ago

    great tips! thank you!

  • JourneySeek

    JourneySeek said 8 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing this with us. Seems as though I should start preparing myself just in-case! Thanks again for the tips!

  • timesandchimes

    timesandchimes said 8 years ago

    Advice taken! Thank you!

  • starvingartistbazaar

    starvingartistbazaar said 8 years ago

    thanks for the advice!

  • sewlola

    sewlola said 8 years ago

    Great info! I just added a photo my sewing studio to the flickr group!

  • inkadinkadoodle

    inkadinkadoodle said 8 years ago

    Great article - never hurts to be prepared!

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel said 8 years ago

    just what i needed to hear! thanks!

  • EmmieBean

    EmmieBean said 8 years ago

    Great article!! Thanks for the tips!!

  • fernfiddlehead

    fernfiddlehead said 8 years ago

    oh me oh my. These are such great ideas. Now I just have to execute them.

  • friskeycreations

    friskeycreations said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the tips when you right you're right :-)

  • sarayard

    sarayard said 8 years ago

    wow, I love Olive Grove - class... very nice! :)

  • GardenOfIndulgence

    GardenOfIndulgence said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the heads up. Will definitely start preparing something.

  • AmyJosCreations

    AmyJosCreations said 8 years ago

    Thank you for the great information. I need to figure out how to get better pictures so my designs can be shown to their best. I like all the other crafters/designers work very hard on my designs and want them to shine. Wishing everyone GREAT Sales, Amy Handcrafted for Style

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 8 years ago

    Great tips! Thank you.

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 8 years ago

    Always great to have on hand!

  • victorianbustle

    victorianbustle said 8 years ago

    Never something I'll have to worry about. Being featured, I mean. Still, on the whole, good points.

  • 1AEON

    1AEON said 8 years ago

    love this one, thanks etsy!!!

  • allisonmooney

    allisonmooney said 8 years ago

    Thank you for the great information!

  • pollyannacowgirl

    pollyannacowgirl said 8 years ago

    Great article! If you want to do a little digging, you can find a professional photographer on Craigslist looking to practice headshots. Just be careful of the sketchy factor. :) That's how I got my fancy pics, and I even got paid!

  • BabbidgePatch

    BabbidgePatch said 8 years ago

    love the tips ~ it is on my 'to do' list, now moved closer to the top ;) Thanks so much for the extra nudge that I ( & it sounds like other Etsians) need!

  • TheParisian

    TheParisian said 8 years ago

    Great advice to be prepared. I just rearranged my studio in anticipation of doing more business. "If you build it, they will come!"

  • gemmokarati

    gemmokarati said 8 years ago

    1 more add to the "TO DO" List!!!! Thank you!! =)

  • OneClayBead

    OneClayBead said 8 years ago

    Great suggestions- I had to scramble for a head shot when a mag approached me, and now I have one on file. It's amazing how many opportunities have come my way since I opened up my little Etsy shop!

  • foofoogal

    foofoogal said 8 years ago

    i don't like seeing photos with stuff way far away. for jewelry use a scanner sometimes.

  • vintagestyling

    vintagestyling said 8 years ago

    Great tips, thanks!

  • Missevilkitty

    Missevilkitty said 8 years ago

    I have a really good one for my shop its me with a kitty hoodie -http://missevilkitty.org/about.html

  • pinkytoeclothing

    pinkytoeclothing said 8 years ago

    Very cool! Great article, thanks!

  • daileedose

    daileedose said 8 years ago

    Great article with some great advice!

  • MelsBellsClocheHats

    MelsBellsClocheHats said 8 years ago

    Such a great article on an often overlooked topic! :)

  • DucksInARowBoutique

    DucksInARowBoutique said 8 years ago

    Great Article. I find it so fascinating to see where the amazing ideas come from.

  • AutumnLeavesJewelry

    AutumnLeavesJewelry said 8 years ago

    What a fantastic article!!! (i'm not shy, you'll find clear shots of me on my blog, the good,bad and ugly ones too) I totally envy the person who has the hammock in their studio!!!!!!

  • nataliabodre

    nataliabodre said 8 years ago

    wow!! I didn't think about it before. Great idea!!!

  • BranchandBirdie

    BranchandBirdie said 8 years ago

    So True!

  • LuluMcCleary

    LuluMcCleary said 8 years ago

    Good point!

  • craftpile

    craftpile said 8 years ago

    glad I stopped by! Thank you!

  • kingfishercrafts

    kingfishercrafts said 8 years ago

    Brilliant. Putting my head down to heed your head's up. Thanks.

  • SarahPadgham

    SarahPadgham said 8 years ago

    Great article and great tips!

  • ekohdesign

    ekohdesign said 8 years ago

    thanks for the info, danielle!

  • HoneysuckleLane

    HoneysuckleLane said 8 years ago

    Thanks for all the tips! I took this week off to re-organize my workroom, but I had to take a break and see what's going on here! :)

  • zwzzy

    zwzzy said 8 years ago

    excellent ideas! my friend was actually just working on her professional photos this past weekend! neat! :D thank youuuuuuuu! oxox.

  • lilprincessbow

    lilprincessbow said 8 years ago

    Great article! Thanks!

  • HMHdesign

    HMHdesign said 8 years ago

    I running out right now to clean my studio, fix my hair and call in the photographer (my husband).

  • SailmakersDaughter

    SailmakersDaughter said 8 years ago

    Possibly my favorite Storque article ever.. and I love Storque. Must get some of the professional clickers in my family round for some crafting!

  • LisaFerinDesigns

    LisaFerinDesigns said 8 years ago

    this is great information, thanks!

  • TheSeed

    TheSeed said 8 years ago

    I work best under pressure. Nothing like hearing "I need such and such photos by noon tomorrow" to light a fire under me! Then I'm running around like crazy for hours taking and retaking photos, thank God for digital photography!

  • FableBay

    FableBay said 8 years ago

    great tips! ok, well give me a day Etsy, and then feel free to notice me:)

  • poshit1

    poshit1 said 8 years ago

    The "mini media kit" is a great idea!!!!!!!!Shanks.

  • poppyfox

    poppyfox said 8 years ago

    That ring is really beautiful!

  • CutOutAndCollect

    CutOutAndCollect said 8 years ago

    someone should start a handmade portraits flickr pool like the "open studios" photo pool!

  • Paperbullet

    Paperbullet said 8 years ago

    ha! i just added new pics to the studio group.

  • Bundled

    Bundled said 8 years ago

    Super tips .. thanks a million!

  • tealandgold

    tealandgold said 8 years ago

    My head is swollen, thanks!

  • Rolyzcreations

    Rolyzcreations said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the tips!

  • LeahSawyer

    LeahSawyer said 8 years ago

    Excellent advice, also gives me a good reason to re-organise my workspace.

  • MGMart

    MGMart said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the tips!

  • VaDaVelle

    VaDaVelle said 8 years ago

    I'm working in my picture. It has to be ready just in case. Great tips.

  • cottonbirddesigns

    cottonbirddesigns said 8 years ago

    Great article!

  • ventichai

    ventichai said 8 years ago

    awesome tips, thanks:)

  • LittleVale

    LittleVale said 8 years ago

    Great tips! Never thought of this one. Thank you!

  • peaseblossomstudio

    peaseblossomstudio said 8 years ago

    Thank you! LOLing at "ex-boyfriend's hairy limb". :-D

  • kawaiitoy

    kawaiitoy said 8 years ago

    This is very good stuff. I'd been thinking of doing something like this a couple of days ago, but will definitely do it now. Added to my "to do" list as "urgen". Thanks!

  • strandsoflight

    strandsoflight said 8 years ago

    Great advice. You never think you'll need it until suddenly you do. Guess I should break down and get over my fear and loathing of being photographed. Akk!

  • yaelfran

    yaelfran said 8 years ago

    wonderful tips Vanessa!!!!!! Thanks!!!!

  • riorita

    riorita said 8 years ago

    Great tips. Thank you!

  • madhistorian

    madhistorian said 8 years ago

    Great advice to help you personalize your image/shop. I always like a little glimpse into the life and times of the artist.... :-)

  • OhFaro

    OhFaro said 8 years ago

    Thanks Vanessa!

  • PearlNStonesbyLaMer

    PearlNStonesbyLaMer said 8 years ago

    Point taken Vanessa ;) Going to put better shots up of all my items soon, too many blurry lack luster photo's, and one of my mug! Ugh! Figure out how to do that also. Busy bee... Thanks again...

  • pascalepetit

    pascalepetit said 8 years ago

    Great tips!

  • shabbyroses

    shabbyroses said 8 years ago

    Great advice! Thanks !

  • michon

    michon said 8 years ago

    Thanks for this, I really do need to get some good pictures of me working - I don't think I have any - I'm always the one taking the pictures at my house!

  • PaperOnParade

    PaperOnParade said 8 years ago

    This totally inspires me to get my pics completed this week! No more putting it off.

  • warpedLaurie

    warpedLaurie said 8 years ago

    I figured out my camera just in time.

  • evesimone

    evesimone said 8 years ago

    Ooooo I am all over this!

  • MelissaSue

    MelissaSue said 8 years ago

    wonderful suggestion! i always keep a plethora of studio shots in my flickr - they are great for my blog and for blogs that feature my work... http://www.flickr.com/photos/melissastanley727/sets/72157612453541623/ ...and i love peeking into everyone else's spaces too!

  • HandiworksbyJanice

    HandiworksbyJanice said 8 years ago

    I am ready and waiting.....and waiting.....great advice! Thanks.

  • gizecraft

    gizecraft said 8 years ago

    Nice!!!

  • creativesupply

    creativesupply said 8 years ago

    very cool advice...now i need a photographer

  • LaAlicia

    LaAlicia said 8 years ago

    excellent tips! :)

  • RinconRoad

    RinconRoad said 8 years ago

    This has been on my "To DO" list. Thanks for the added motivation!

  • heatheralexander

    heatheralexander said 8 years ago

    great ideas, now how do you get featured...haha

  • christahoward

    christahoward said 8 years ago

    Yes, having a great photo to make that strong, emotional connection to potential customers is so crucial.

  • artnestshop

    artnestshop said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the advice - My husband is a photographer so I know who to speak with about a photo shoot! Now, all I need is some interested parties... Really, thank you again! Susannah @ Art Nest

  • schmooks

    schmooks said 8 years ago

    I have been caught out already with this. Pretty embarrassing. I enlisted my friend to take a couple of shots so now I'm prepared!

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 8 years ago

    Need to add this to my list, pic's of mr pete and myself, hmmmm. Thanks for the tips you all~!

  • InspirationsofArt

    InspirationsofArt said 8 years ago

    All excellent tips, Thank You.

  • RandomCatGirl

    RandomCatGirl said 8 years ago

    Makes me wish I had a studio to show off. ^_^ How artsy can the coffee table look? Hmmmm.

  • 2TrickPony

    2TrickPony said 8 years ago

    you're exactly right, I am totally unprepared and have to work on this. One thing I love about etsy is that you guys are always pushing us to do the next professional thing. thanks so much!

  • RADROBOT

    RADROBOT said 8 years ago

    Really great tips, thanks!

  • revelry

    revelry said 8 years ago

    I have great photos and I'm ready to be featured! :) just sayin'

  • aprilfoss

    aprilfoss said 8 years ago

    Really, really good information!! Am I the next Featured Seller!!!:) JK

  • vintageinteriors

    vintageinteriors said 8 years ago

    Some great tips to keep us on our toes, it's appreciated!

  • GirlintheStorm

    GirlintheStorm said 8 years ago

    I'm glad to see that I'm not the only person who just works where they can (I'm on a folding table in my parents basement next to a pile of random junk.) I think I get okay pictures of my work with my little point and shoot camera but I definitely need an updated photo of myself. Thank goodness for professional photographer friends lol.

  • breadandroses

    breadandroses said 8 years ago

    Adding to list of top priorities this month. Great tips and reminders. Thanks so much!

  • snollygosters

    snollygosters said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the great fire under my butt!

  • jodieflowers

    jodieflowers said 8 years ago

    Awesome Advice!!

  • BellyDancePrincess

    BellyDancePrincess said 8 years ago

    What great tips, thank you!

  • designlab443

    designlab443 said 8 years ago

    The photo ideas are whirling in my head! Going to get to work!

  • leuckit

    leuckit said 8 years ago

    I'll take pictures now and hopefully i will be seen before The pictures get to old and i have to take them again!!!

  • rkdsign88

    rkdsign88 said 8 years ago

    Great tips, thanks :)

  • theenchantedcupboard

    theenchantedcupboard said 8 years ago

    Great tip, I would love to see something written about what to add in you PR folder!!!!!

  • peacehouse

    peacehouse said 8 years ago

    good ideas! It's so easy to let those things slide and they really are important. I appreciate the advice

  • TheCuckoosNest

    TheCuckoosNest said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the tips - easy to forget about those details!

  • yesstreen

    yesstreen said 8 years ago

    Totally to the point! Yeap! & thank you lots :)

  • picturesofsilver

    picturesofsilver said 8 years ago

    Thank you for an excellent reminder-

  • LoveAppleBoutique

    LoveAppleBoutique said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the great tips.

  • PinkPerch

    PinkPerch said 8 years ago

    Pictures of me? Oh boy I've got to get started on this asap! I would have never thought of doing this. Thanks for the advice!

  • japonicas

    japonicas said 8 years ago

    Hope it is my turn soon :)

  • dandelionland

    dandelionland said 8 years ago

    WOnderful tips! Thanks!

  • LovMely

    LovMely said 8 years ago

    I have been wanting to get some great pics of the product and of people wearing them...i'm just not that good at taking photos. I'm goimg to look into getting a photographer that will shoot for me...maybe someone on Etsy that's local...would that be an Alchemy request??? I never thought to take pictures of myself in my craft room, it would look oh so feathery ;) Think i will this week though ;) Great article and advice Etsy. ~Mel

  • chrystalyn

    chrystalyn said 8 years ago

    this is a great article. and some of the types of shots were ones that people might not have considered. thanks!

  • wildcubs

    wildcubs said 8 years ago

    Still a newbie here. Thanks for sharing!

  • wiresNpliers

    wiresNpliers said 8 years ago

    Wonderful article, and it's going right into my file so that I can refer to it any time I need to. Thanks!

  • TrilliumTrue

    TrilliumTrue said 8 years ago

    Great tips! I love The Storque!

  • MetalheartDesign

    MetalheartDesign said 8 years ago

    Great article, thanks!

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField said 8 years ago

    Thank you for this Vanessa and Danielle. A lot of us need this!

  • littleclouds

    littleclouds said 8 years ago

    I love that main photo !

  • OpulentOddities

    OpulentOddities said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the post. I needs this!

  • whimsyandcharm

    whimsyandcharm said 8 years ago

    this is a great article. i never even considered having a shot of myself in my craft room. thank you for this!

  • vintagemaison

    vintagemaison said 8 years ago

    Good grief! Never even thought about a photo - makes sense. Just a bit shy, that's all...

  • shellsherree

    shellsherree said 8 years ago

    Excellent tips, and the photos demonstrate them beautifully. Thanks!!

  • yosemitevintage

    yosemitevintage said 8 years ago

    Great Article. The Storque Rocks Again!

  • PuffyPetunias

    PuffyPetunias said 8 years ago

    great advice, I will work on getting myself portrait ready! Mahalo

  • spacejam

    spacejam said 8 years ago

    have a look at mine =))http://spacejamsvintage.blogspot.com/2009/09/soviet-vintage.html

  • tidabellamonkey

    tidabellamonkey said 8 years ago

    This is great advice, I'm going to fix up my blog now xx :-)

  • Bluebrooch

    Bluebrooch said 8 years ago

    I guess I need a designated workspace or studio first!!

  • KreatedbyKarina

    KreatedbyKarina said 8 years ago

    Good article!

  • whyte

    whyte said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the great ideas and suggestions!

  • diyparadise

    diyparadise said 8 years ago

    excellent tips!!

  • FairyBubbles

    FairyBubbles said 8 years ago

    Thanks so much! I so need to do this been avoiding it I am not photogenic:) LOL

  • amyhuntpottery

    amyhuntpottery said 8 years ago

    aha! Thanks for this... it's been really eye-opening!

  • MagnolijaDRESS

    MagnolijaDRESS said 8 years ago

    Thank you so much for including my "Midnight Blue DRESS"!!! I'm going to prepare for photo shooting :)

  • ksjoblom

    ksjoblom said 8 years ago

    Wonderful article! I saved money and married a photographer!

  • helenaemmans

    helenaemmans said 8 years ago

    going to take your advice etsy, thanks for the tip!

  • birribe

    birribe said 8 years ago

    Really good article I got some tip here, thanks.

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany said 8 years ago

    Such great tips, and you're absolutely right!

  • SusanKJewelry

    SusanKJewelry said 8 years ago

    thanks for the great tips. Always very helpful.

  • contempojewels

    contempojewels said 8 years ago

    Thanks for helping us artsy types :)

  • monkeyandsquirrel

    monkeyandsquirrel said 8 years ago

    such great tips! just added to my to do list. thanks!

  • Nushkie

    Nushkie said 8 years ago

    Great article! Thanks so much!!

  • persimmonandpine

    persimmonandpine said 8 years ago

    LOVE all your suggestions! Thanks for the advice! Mandy

  • urbanfusions

    urbanfusions said 8 years ago

    Going to go tidy up, and get on that! Thanks!

  • 123bhandmade

    123bhandmade said 8 years ago

    great tips and info!

  • DreamsandJewelry

    DreamsandJewelry said 8 years ago

    Great tip!

  • MarchiMadeIt

    MarchiMadeIt said 8 years ago

    Thank you. It's things I know I need to keep up dated but to see a list and specifics really helps in keeping things fresh. great post!!!

  • BGSStudio13

    BGSStudio13 said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this great wealth of information, pointers & tips!

  • DalkullanJewelry

    DalkullanJewelry said 8 years ago

    Thanks Danielle and Vanessa for all the wonderful tips!

  • ShellingSailfish

    ShellingSailfish said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the helpful tips!

  • SilverPhoenixDesign

    SilverPhoenixDesign said 8 years ago

    Thanks so much for the tip. Makes sense. That way you don't need to scramble around at the last min if someone is interested!

  • KGLeather

    KGLeather said 8 years ago

    Thanks so much for including my studio picture! My basement workspace has inspired me more than I could ever imagine...enough so that it has become a part of my identity as a designer. No one needs to know that there is, in fact, a washing machine spinning frantically in the background, the hint of mildew in the air, and an entire community of spiders watching from the shadows.

  • PoundPuppies

    PoundPuppies said 8 years ago

    teRUFFic information!!! i've been selling on Etsy *in a few other stores* for about 2 years and just always wonder what in the world 'one' needs to do to get noticed!!!!.... I've been so busy MAKING AND CREATING, but hopefully SOON will take the time needed to make my space one that PEOPLE WOULD LOVE TO VISIT and I do hope that maybe one day it might be myself or my sister that gets chosen!!! Blessings to YOU!!!! cindy from: poundpuppies masterpeacedesign thebeadededbangle cobblestonelane (sis' shoppe...worth taking a peek!) lol

  • LittleWhiteDresser

    LittleWhiteDresser said 8 years ago

    Great tips! thank you :)

  • FoosieDesign

    FoosieDesign said 8 years ago

    Fabulous tips, thank you! I'm jazzing up the studio right now!

  • lassandaliasdeana

    lassandaliasdeana said 8 years ago

    thaks! gracias po la informacion! ;)

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the great tips! I've been thinking about getting some studio shots - maybe I should follow through with that!

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 8 years ago

    thanks for the information.

  • SILKSBYKAYLAORIGINAL

    SILKSBYKAYLAORIGINAL said 8 years ago

    Thank you!

  • Tumus

    Tumus said 8 years ago

    great post! I've been meaning to get a picture of me in my workspace working and just me being crafty in general. This is a nice push.

  • robinsnesttd

    robinsnesttd said 8 years ago

    Photos can make or break an impression, I agree. Now to follow through on your great advice. Thanks!

  • Urbanknit

    Urbanknit said 8 years ago

    I'm on it!

  • funkyjunkyart

    funkyjunkyart said 8 years ago

    Great tips! Thank you!

  • deetsy

    deetsy said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the reminder! It's a little intimidating to think of photos with me in them (i'm usually the one behind the camera, even in the family shots :), but much better to tackle these important tasks than be unprepared and possibly miss out on a business opportunity!

  • cassidycay

    cassidycay said 8 years ago

    Great tips! Thank you! I do need to start cranking out the photos!

  • IllyriaPottery

    IllyriaPottery said 8 years ago

    Thanks so much for these tips, Vanessa!

  • ladylotus

    ladylotus said 8 years ago

    Thanks !

  • niswanderceramics

    niswanderceramics said 8 years ago

    Thanks, going to get working on it:)

  • DzyMsLizzy

    DzyMsLizzy said 8 years ago

    Unfortunately, I am not the least bit photogenic. A picture of my mug might be more likely to scare off potential interest! :-( (And I don't "do" makeup--never have.)

  • outspokenjewelry

    outspokenjewelry said 8 years ago

    OK. I guess I'd better get a hair colour touch-up first ;)

  • ladyjanedesigns

    ladyjanedesigns said 8 years ago

    i feel like all my problems would be solved if i just had a great photographer at my fingertips.

  • GemsByJoy

    GemsByJoy said 8 years ago

    good advice! thank you! a photo shoot sounds fun actually:)

  • licklekisses

    licklekisses said 8 years ago

    fantastic advice,need to find a freind whos good at takeing photos!!!

  • HouserWallis

    HouserWallis said 8 years ago

    thanks for the advice. if my studio is half lit by the sun, how do i make it look good? you recommended using extra light, but what kind?

  • sharonclancydesigns

    sharonclancydesigns said 8 years ago

    Such good advise. Thanks!

  • BlueGremlin

    BlueGremlin said 8 years ago

    ok step 1 quit blinking in every picture ever taken of me step 2 try and figure out why camera breaks after picture of me is taken.........

  • LondonParticulars

    LondonParticulars said 8 years ago

    GREAT advise thanks so much!

  • stoneblisstudio

    stoneblisstudio said 8 years ago

    You mean I have to get out of my P.J.s?! Well, alright. Thanks for the tips!

  • HinasApprentice

    HinasApprentice said 8 years ago

    Gosh! I've got lots of work to do. My workspace/studio is my messy garage though. Got some tidying up to before that photoshoot

  • vintagegirldezigns

    vintagegirldezigns said 8 years ago

    This is something I never really thought of ~ thanks!

  • OwlandMouse

    OwlandMouse said 8 years ago

    We're sooo lucky to have a photographer friend/roommate! She's the best, always taking photos of our products and studio for us!

  • shopgoodgrace

    shopgoodgrace said 8 years ago

    Wow! I would have never thought of some of these thing. Great article!

  • RubberStampPress

    RubberStampPress said 8 years ago

    Excellent article. Thank you!

  • leafprintstudio

    leafprintstudio said 8 years ago

    Just had to go digging for a photo of myself today. I'm always the one BEHIND the camera. Having your 6 year old take it at the last minute does NOT work!

  • MeliBMaui

    MeliBMaui said 8 years ago

    Great tip. I can't wait to be featured.

  • seababe

    seababe said 8 years ago

    taking notes on this one!

  • vantiani

    vantiani said 8 years ago

    Oh my what a perfect tips! Thank you soo much etsy!

  • FireHorseTextiles

    FireHorseTextiles said 8 years ago

    Great article. Thank you for the tips. Now, where's my camera...

  • akaCINDERS

    akaCINDERS said 8 years ago

    Great Tips Vanessa. I hope I can find the time to get this together. I am certainly going to try.

  • babook

    babook said 8 years ago

    ready to try it !! what good suggest ...

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 8 years ago

    Wow! nice!

  • LaLah

    LaLah said 8 years ago

    GREAT tips! and I love the studio with the hammock!

  • bstrung

    bstrung said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the advice!

  • TenderLetters

    TenderLetters said 8 years ago

    What a great article! i am bookmarking this lovely little page to refer back to--and totally making my boyfriend take some fiiiiiine headshots of me! That hammock workspace is so inspiring! Love the fresh hot pink!

  • vanessamoore

    vanessamoore said 8 years ago

    Great advice! Thanks! :-)

  • blendastudio

    blendastudio said 8 years ago

    Oh, this is an excellent article and an often overlooked area by us creative types.

  • anniemaize

    anniemaize said 8 years ago

    As you can see by my avatar, I'm one of those grainy photos! I'm so self conscious of my appearance and the camera has never been my friend. I would be in big trouble if I needed a picture on the spot. I guess it's good I read this article because it may take 100 photos to get 1 that I would be happy with. I'm a newbie so this has been very helpful for me. Keep the good advice coming.

  • bethanylorelle

    bethanylorelle said 8 years ago

    Great Tip! Thanks Ladies.

  • gizecraft

    gizecraft said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the good advice.

  • sage12888

    sage12888 said 8 years ago

    Excellent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • sage12888

    sage12888 said 8 years ago

    COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • saintbarbie

    saintbarbie said 8 years ago

    Brilliant advice, thanks! x

  • GoldyFox

    GoldyFox said 8 years ago

    Apparently it is time to bust out my camera again. Thanks for the tips, they are really helpful ones.

  • HoppyHomeHandicraft

    HoppyHomeHandicraft said 8 years ago

    Very good idea! I would have never thought of a mini media kit. I can't exactly take a picture of my workspace though because I don't really have an official one. My workspace is anywhere my kids happen to be. I think setting up an "official" workspace will be my project this month. Time to get the old college desk out of the shed!

  • KalliopeJewelry

    KalliopeJewelry said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the reminder, you always got our backs, Etsy!

  • modernbird

    modernbird said 8 years ago

    thank you!

  • bethany18

    bethany18 said 8 years ago

    Thanks for all the tips! I don't really have a workshop to take a picture of yet because I just work on my projects wherever I go and wherever is convenient!

  • congcongdesign

    congcongdesign said 8 years ago

    great tips.

  • rosebudshome

    rosebudshome said 8 years ago

    I would love to have a workshop if I only had the time. it's good advice though, if anything get a head shot.

  • decors

    decors said 8 years ago

    What if I don't really have a workplace? I mean, really. I don't have an official workplace. I keep all my tools when I am not creating, and then I keep all of my other stuff, books, laptop, mouse, cups, and take out my tools when I want to create. I wish I have one. I shall work hard to get one. :) But as of now, I don't have an official workplace, and I still am creating great stuff. Have a good weekend, all.

  • mollyannemake

    mollyannemake said 8 years ago

    This article was really encouraging (or exhorting :) My husband, one year old, golden doodle (that's right, golden retriever and poodle mix who we affectionately call "Dood"), and I just moved into a monster of a house to remodel. My shop was actually in pretty good condition with its beautiful pine cabinets and antique hardware...until my husband ripped a whole in the ceiling to get to some plumbing. I'll take what I can get. I'll always be a mess, but that's me! And you know, I should proudly photo-document my "mollyannemake" etsy love affair.

  • theaxx

    theaxx said 8 years ago

    I promise to create a very lovely press-shot, and on the topic of interesting christmas gifts I literally can't stop myself from suggesting a little zine called SPOONFUL. Read about it here: www.forthevisionaries.tumblr.com xx

  • whitehaus

    whitehaus said 8 years ago

    SO SO helpful! thanks!

  • PerleAmies

    PerleAmies said 8 years ago

    Thank you, got to get that camera out and find the right angle.

  • mojospastyle

    mojospastyle said 8 years ago

    There are small things I don't think about that make a difference in selling. Thanks for helpful hints.

  • Page22

    Page22 said 8 years ago

    WOW, I wish I had read this about a month ago when I was preparing for my most recent art show. They needed a headshot and all i could think was WHAT?!?!?! and every picture I seemed to have of myself was very snapshot-ish or just plain weird (I have in the past done a lot of self portraits for artistic purposes...). You give some really good pointers. Now I think i'm better equipped to put together a media-ready file on my computer so that I'm not stressed out and scrambling when someone says, "hey got a high res headshot handy?" Super awesome!

  • misaphia

    misaphia said 8 years ago

    I loved this article i read it twice! Thanks!!

  • LeonAndSiren

    LeonAndSiren said 8 years ago

    Fabulous tips! Sometimes we focus so much on the creation aspect of our craft we forget we need to be seen in the proper light to get noticed.Very insightful. Thanks!

  • LeonAndSiren

    LeonAndSiren said 8 years ago

    Wonderful,insightful article.Thanks!

  • driaa

    driaa said 7 years ago

    Great tips. Thank's!!

  • VelveteenHabbit

    VelveteenHabbit said 7 years ago

    Wondering how to get noticed. I see many artists repeatedly noticed in front pages and I wish other artists could get noticed. I did face book, holiday sale/free shipping promotions what gets attention??

  • justthething

    justthething said 7 years ago

    Great advice, i just emailed my friend to shoot my stuff for next year.

  • featherandbird

    featherandbird said 7 years ago

    VeleteenHabbit - I' with you. I've been trying for a while to build up my public interface but I don't seem to get anywhere. I believe that I have a good product. It's unique and fun. Maybe a nice pickie of me and my clay would get people excited... May have to give this a go.

  • coocolor

    coocolor said 7 years ago

    Great~~

  • uniquastudio

    uniquastudio said 7 years ago

    great tip, as a photographer i have to say, that your photograph will sell you the best :) stay unique and positive!

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 7 years ago

    Great idea! I hope someday you will feature some of the vintage sellers here on etsy.! there are so many top notch Vintage etsians here!

  • divinalocura

    divinalocura said 7 years ago

    nice tips! really helpful!!! it is difficult for me i make dozens of pictures of each thing and sometimes are all worthless.... they just do not reflect the colors as i see it, or the shapes. It is hard.... cheers!!! Maril

  • Upstage13

    Upstage13 said 7 years ago

    Wonderful! Thanks so much for your help!

  • fasa

    fasa said 7 years ago

    It'll be tricky to find the photo of myself, but thanks for the tips, I'm going to try!

  • kingscreekpottery

    kingscreekpottery said 7 years ago

    The amount of advice and support on etsy is amazing! Thanks for the great tips on photos, I will get working on mine today :)

  • stateofcraftfusion

    stateofcraftfusion said 7 years ago

    Thanks for all the great information. I do have problem. I do not make just one type of craft. I'm not someone who only makes purses, or crochets or makes wood items. How do I address this when trying to promote my etsy shop??? Thank You Vernete Smith stateofcraftfusion

  • TimmerysBebeBling

    TimmerysBebeBling said 7 years ago

    Great tips! Thank you!!

  • beccaperhay

    beccaperhay said 7 years ago

    thanks for the great information!

  • NoraRaine

    NoraRaine said 7 years ago

    I am so happy to have this information available to me. I am going to hop right on it and get some nice pictures together of the artist,my Mom.

  • silkoak

    silkoak said 7 years ago

    Thanks, This was helpful. It inspired me to join the Etsy Open Studios Flickr Group. Think I'll go post something now!

  • MahtabGrimshaw

    MahtabGrimshaw said 7 years ago

    I better get ready;)

  • PhotoPosy

    PhotoPosy said 7 years ago

    I'm a photographer and new to Etsy. Now I find myself taking pictures of my pictures knowing that the picture has to be a really good representation of the picture! Challenging :) The tips are right on. Thanks.

  • Snapdragonarts

    Snapdragonarts said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the great tips, I am going to starts working on my photos right now!

  • charmedbyjessica

    charmedbyjessica said 7 years ago

    Great article for non etsy business owners as well. Thanks so much!

  • chocolatecreative

    chocolatecreative said 7 years ago

    I really need to take some good photos of me in my studio working, this post is excellent!! It as opened my eyes to a lot of things I wasn't considering before. Thanks Marga

  • slpdesigns

    slpdesigns said 7 years ago

    Good advice.....Guess I should be prepared HUH???

  • NerdJerk

    NerdJerk said 7 years ago

    It's amazing what a well-prepared list of items can do for your motivational drive. I'm excited to start sharing this with other friends, but when I really need to start doing it taking these chunks of knowledge and applying them to my own business. Thank you so much for empowering us to show just how rad we really are. :D

  • ShowcaseBridal

    ShowcaseBridal said 7 years ago

    Great tips!

  • MyFunkyCamelot

    MyFunkyCamelot said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the tips- I'll get to working on it!

  • tuttodecorato

    tuttodecorato said 7 years ago

    Very good advices.I will remember it!

  • PinkBowCreations

    PinkBowCreations said 7 years ago

    I love this info I really don't like to take pictures of myself but now I don't care I know is important for my business, thank you

  • VooDeDooDolls

    VooDeDooDolls said 7 years ago

    This article has been so helpful. A great expansion on "you need better photos" Thank you for the clear answers and advice.

  • TheBrassHussy

    TheBrassHussy said 7 years ago

    Reading up on this subject! Lots of good info in here...

  • ckpoodles

    ckpoodles said 7 years ago

    Great tips!

  • ckpoodles

    ckpoodles said 7 years ago

    Great tips!

  • CharlieErnestNErise

    CharlieErnestNErise said 7 years ago

    I have the black and white picture of Karin of ValhallaBrooklyn on my desktop along with other pictures of Etsy work spaces. It just makes me want to start my day and get to work, lol.

  • vroberts1017

    vroberts1017 said 7 years ago

    Ah yes, time to start thinking and preparing for the holidays! Thanks for the reminder and the great info.

  • vintageprecious

    vintageprecious said 7 years ago

    Inspiring! My work space is full of my vintage, china, lamps, frames......things that inspire me :) ~vintageprecious

  • idlehandsdesigns

    idlehandsdesigns said 7 years ago

    Thank you for these golden tips!

  • Altrosa

    Altrosa said 7 years ago

    yes, i'll try that. Just in case someone wants to write a line or two about me. hahah.

  • BlessedRepublic

    BlessedRepublic said 7 years ago

    Great tip! Thanks! Need to work on my photos.

  • BonTons

    BonTons said 7 years ago

    Oh must go tidy my workspace and take some photos! Great tips

  • LittleRedShoeDesigns

    LittleRedShoeDesigns said 7 years ago

    This is something that never occurred to me. I love creating my little pieces of art and would love to "make a living" from it...I suppose this is a great start to THAT path. If I want the Big Sales, I can't rest on my udders (lol)! THANKS for this valuable information!!

  • VooDeDooDolls

    VooDeDooDolls said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the advice. You are absolutely right. I must get started on my Press Kit now. Thank you inspiring me to get it done Voo

  • MiaMontgomery

    MiaMontgomery said 7 years ago

    Need more hours in a day! Who's got some?? Money is no object, lol ;)!

  • huiyitan

    huiyitan said 7 years ago

    Love the studio, very homely :)

  • bluepen

    bluepen said 7 years ago

    This is all very informative! Thanks! Before reading this article I took pictures of the studio for my blog. I think its a good start. Gotta get back to work! irenemanjarrez.wordpress.com

  • sofisticata

    sofisticata said 6 years ago

    Great tips are always welcome! Thank you!!! :)

  • PixelPolecom

    PixelPolecom said 6 years ago

    Vanessa is so right – nice photos sell your item… It’s all about selling, so it almost all about your photos! What I would like to recommend to you (if you don't mind), so you can sell your items faster, is to do something more with the pictures showing your items, so the background will not be disruptive because you need to focus your buyer attention to the item, not to the background. Any picture you post can be enhanced at www.pixelpole.com . See for instance how to change/remove the background here: Artist's Touch / New Background. or how a simply Accent Color (same Artist's Touch product category) will transform your pictures and sell your items faster. Don’t mention what Pixel Pole can do for your family pictures… please visit us at http://www.pixelpole.com/Default.aspx

  • NotYourGrandmothers

    NotYourGrandmothers said 6 years ago

    So appreciate this great info - New Year's, here we go

  • realfaery

    realfaery said 6 years ago

    So great tips! THanks a lot!

  • sjegan

    sjegan said 6 years ago

    Oooooh interesting! Stuff I just hadn't considered! Best try get some pics!

  • jinny888

    jinny888 said 6 years ago

    Thank for tips

  • Hapagirls

    Elan from HapaGirls said 5 years ago

    Always in need of tip to better our business!!

  • warnellcreations

    warnellcreations from warnellcreations said 5 years ago

    Great advice. Thanks

  • CaliforniaGirlDesign

    Shawn McVey from CaliforniaGirlDesign said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the great advice. Just opened shop on Friday and I'm working on some ideas, but this really helps. Appreciate it!

  • SilverStow

    Karen Stow from SilverStow said 5 years ago

    Thanks for this advice - I just opened my shop here and need all the help I can get - but do feel its more personal if you can see who you are buying from.

  • providenceartglass

    Rebecca Zhukov from providenceartglass said 5 years ago

    Sharp advice, Vanessa. I'm getting right on it. Been putting it off too long!!!

  • BramalfieBeadsetc

    Ailsa Cordner from BramalfieBeadsetc said 5 years ago

    Fabulous advice - must tidy up my kitchen table and take some photos!!!

  • LedyardBarBQue

    Cheyenne Ledyard from TheBBQPantry said 4 years ago

    This was a great set of tips. I just joined the Etsy team in October and am already seeing success here. My sister was the one who informed me of Etsy and to open a shop. She has two shops here, Freedom Devine & Roadside Ruby's. She knew what a good time I have at perfecting the craft of BBQ and knew that others would also enjoy the spoils of my offerings. So with a nudge from her and a bit of luck, I opened, The BBQ Pantry. Your place for everything BBQ. Thanks again for the tips!!!

  • samanthaabedin1

    Samantha Abedin from uniqueboutiquebySam said 4 years ago

    Just opened my new shop unique boutique by Sam & can't wait to read all of the fabulous tips and info!

  • makemesmilejewelry

    cheryl wagner from MakeMeSmileJewelry said 4 years ago

    Thank you....this is a very good idea....being prepared is smart....thank you

  • BalletArt

    Hogtanian from BalletArt said 4 years ago

    thanks for advice!

  • YFJones

    Yvonne Jones from YvonnesJewells said 3 years ago

    Brilliant tips. I photograph my items as best as I can but to be honest, I never really thought of getting a picture of my work area or me actually doing my creating done. Something I just didn't think of but perhaps it wouldn't be such a bad idea to get some action shots (for want of a better phrase) of my work area and myself actually creating a piece. Thanks for the tips.

  • ChristinaNixon

    Christina Nixon Cole from TogetherAgainGlass said 3 years ago

    Something I REALLY need to get on. Sounds like a nice photo shoot is in store for me. And creating a media page. My sister even asked me about my press kit this morning, funny how I stumbled on this today.

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    Brian and Tracy McKearney from SnowDogQuiltWoodwork said 3 years ago

    Excellent tips, really something to think about with my personal photos. Thanks again for a great article!

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