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Shop Makeover Series: Photogenic Collaborations

Jan 19, 2009

by rubypearl handmade and vintage goods

As part of our Shop Makeover Series, rubypearl will be hosting a follow up talk in the Virtual Labs at 4pm today, Monday January 19, 2009!

“I can’t sell my dresses online.” This was the answer I would give over and over again when asked if I had a website. My dresses sold like crazy at local boutiques and craft fairs, but when I thought about selling them on the web, my mind drew a blank. How would it work if my customers couldn’t try them on or feel the fabric? No, I thought, I’d love to, but it just won’t work.

Then I found Etsy. Everything changed, but not all at once.

I began by taking dim pictures in my backyard. Now, this may work for you if you are a good photographer. Sadly, I am not. Even our family photos look like my two year old snapped them.

One of Rubypearl’s original attempts, at right, was a bit blurry.

I began to make friends with photographers and stylists who helped me out. As my photographs improved, my store took off like a rocket.


Photos below by talented Austin-based photographer Holly Brunkow.


Here are some things that I’ve learned.

Even very well known photographers need designers who will loan clothes for their clients to model, and they are very often willing to burn a disc of pictures for you for free or trade.

Attend local photography shows at galleries and coffee shops.

Find mid-level singers and songwriters and send them photos of your work. Target musicians who are well known enough to give your clothes some cachet and whose style fits what you’re doing. Clearly, you will probably never get a call back from Beyonce no matter how much free stuff you send her, unless you know her stylist or her best friend. If so, why are you reading this? You should be emailing me; I have some dresses that would look great on her!

Carol Young, in a rubypearl dress, with Rosanne Cash.

Carol Young in rubypearl designs.

Offer musicians clothes for free or at a discount to wear on stage. Ask who their favorite photographers are; musicians often have other clients who could give your work celebrity exposure.

Post flyers at the local colleges. A beginning photographer may have a brilliant eye but also need to build their portfolio.

Connecting with your local community of photographers is great marketing. Portrait photographers make their living by networking with people. They shoot weddings, children, musicians and professional models — all of whom could be your potential customers. By enlisting their help with your Etsy photography you are exposing your work to everyone who walks into their studios.

Start small and attend every event with a positive attitude.patti.bmp You never know who you’ll meet or where little events will lead you. A few months after I started my company I set a booth up at an art fair hosted by a tiny coffee shop. It was raining. No more than ten people passed through that day. One of them was Patty Griffin’s photographer. She loved what I was doings and set up a meeting with me. I ended up designing a dress for her album cover. If I hadn’t been at that coffee shop, I never would have met her.

Musician Patti Griffin, at right, in a rubypearl dress. Photo by Tracy Goudie.

Musicians always need unique clothing to wear on stage, and there is no better advertisement than someone singing in front of hundreds of people in your creation. Make sure you snap some photos of them in your designs before they leave your studio. Give them special treatment and they will keep coming back to you.



When I met Erykah Badu she was sitting Indian style on the floor of my booth, digging through a box of squirrel-themed skirts to find her size. She had just finished her set at the Austin City Limits festival and wandered into my booth to do some shopping. Glowing and five months pregnant, she laughed at me when I suggested that I could find it for her.

“I can do it! I gotta find me a squirrel skirt. I love squirrels! Whenever I sing a song at home and it has the word girl I always substitute squirrel.”


She assembled a large heap of my best dresses and paid with cash. I was so dazzled I didn’t get her stylist’s email or any pictures other than one with her standing next to me.

Learn from my mistakes — even if you have to give celebrities samples of your clothing for free — and make sure to snap that picture. Do whatever it takes. Then send it out with your press kit when you alert the local media about your amazing new design business. Celebrities will understand — they had to be marketing geniuses to get where they are now.



By working with photographers you can expand your client base, entice celebrities to model your creations and present beautiful photos to your Etsy customers. Since your customers are unable to try your clothing on, you must capture their imaginations through photography. If you are camera-challenged like me, find someone brilliant to help you.

Your pictures will tell a story that inspires them to envision wearing your creation. It won’t matter that they can’t feel the fabric: they will feel beautiful imagining themselves in what you’ve made.


Join rubpearl for her follow up talk in the Virtual Labs at 4pm today, Monday January 19, 2009!



Post in the comments below if you’ve had any luck collaborating with photographers or celebrities. Link us to your photos! We want to see! Check out the Etsy Shop Makeover Flickr pool here.

Seller Handbook | Shop Makeover Series


  • TillyBloom

    TillyBloom said 10 years ago

    Excellent article, Holly Brunkow's photographs are wonderful, subtle and engaging.

  • retrothreadz

    retrothreadz said 10 years ago

    Great selection of dresses, very informative article

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 10 years ago

    How inspiring... and nice eyecandy in this article to boot! Now to find me some jewelry models and local photographers...

  • rosetung

    rosetung said 10 years ago

    hey ruby pearl! lovely work! unique perspective and ideas here. its a strange coincidence- the timing of this post. a musician has just contacted me to wear something of mine on Conan Goddam OBrien!! i'm blown away and stoked. oooh, but its not definite yet... ruby pearl- do you have a mailing list? i would like to attend an event and say hi sometime, since i live in your area.

  • poppyswickedgarden

    poppyswickedgarden said 10 years ago

    Thank you for this article It is very helpful!It has become so much more competitive on Etsy than when I first started! I've been planning on working harder on my photos and getting some good models to work with. I'm a huge fan of your clothes too! XoXo Poppy

  • sumomosuki

    sumomosuki said 10 years ago

    Awesome advice! This article is great and another way to find great photographers is through've found so many willing photographers and models there who want to collaborate >^___^<

  • elizandaxel

    elizandaxel said 10 years ago

    Fabulous article rubypearl! :) So informative and inspirational, thank you!!

  • LiamDesign

    LiamDesign said 10 years ago

    the first pic is stunning!!!

  • shavingkitsuppplies

    shavingkitsuppplies said 10 years ago

    Another reason to luv you! Thanks.

  • circlesareforever

    circlesareforever said 10 years ago

    Oh how i love those dresses.

  • 4TheSparrowsNest

    4TheSparrowsNest said 10 years ago

    It's really neat to see how clothing designers market their clothes. I love to see the handcrafted clothing here on much of it really is unique and lovely.

  • lunamae

    lunamae said 10 years ago

    love your dresses, love the pictures. Thanks for the good tips!

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    dragonhouseofyuen said 10 years ago

    what a very informative and thorough article - I didn't realise how challenging it can be for dressmakers! thank you and I wish all the dressmakers the best of success

  • RevelStudios

    RevelStudios said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the tips! I will have to step-up my photos now...

  • topsyturvydesign

    topsyturvydesign said 10 years ago

    Well said rubypearl! I owe my business to the FAB photographers & models I work with. I create the hatties, but they create the worlds in which they live... xoxo Kim of TTD

  • monamivie

    monamivie said 10 years ago

    I love your dresses, I'm gonna check out your store right now!

  • refinerydesigns

    refinerydesigns said 10 years ago

    etsy is like a rad fashion magazine! The creativity and professionalism of the photography is amazing and inspiring. Thank you all.

  • AlloverArt

    AlloverArt said 10 years ago

    Wonderful wonderful work. :)

  • tatteredrouge

    tatteredrouge said 10 years ago

    Faboo informational article. Thanks for the excellent ideas. ...and your design style ROCKS!

  • BluCille

    BluCille said 10 years ago

    Wow. How involved to pay photographers and models!

  • annarubyking

    annarubyking said 10 years ago

    Wonderful article! and I love your work! thanks for sharing all these ideas!

  • sweetshorn

    sweetshorn said 10 years ago

    Informative and inspiring - thank you!

  • GenesisJewelrybyLily

    GenesisJewelrybyLily said 10 years ago

    I'll need to find a jewelry model and photographer for great pictures. I'm a new seller on Etsy so I have a lot of information to take in. Thanks for the great suggestions.

  • PetitPlat

    PetitPlat said 10 years ago

    Very interesting article and full of good ideas :)

  • christinececelia

    christinececelia said 10 years ago

    Great photos & wonderful article!!! Thanks!

  • ItsBella

    ItsBella said 10 years ago

    great ideas! I had just started a thread in the forums the other day about what is better-using a dress form or a live model. Now if I could just get my slips/camis looking this good! excellent post.

  • yaelfran

    yaelfran said 10 years ago

    Interesting story!!! Thanks for sharing!

  • ChenilleTreasures

    ChenilleTreasures said 10 years ago

    Wow!! What a story! I don't even sell clothing, but it inspires me to find a better way to use photography to sell. Thanks! (Love your dresses!)

  • tworavens

    tworavens said 10 years ago

    proof that with a willingness to put yourself out there, you can realize your creative dreams... ~christina

  • mamafamilias

    mamafamilias said 10 years ago

    These are some great ideas. I need to figure out how they can be translated into children's toys and clothes.

  • fernfiddlehead

    fernfiddlehead said 10 years ago

    interesting. I'm not tapping into this idea enough.

  • Talula

    Talula said 10 years ago

    A bit biased here, but WOW! Does Texas have some talent or what? I am blown away by your style, and your generosity in sharing your success story! Rock on rubypearl!!!

  • worksofwhimsy

    worksofwhimsy said 10 years ago

    Informative article and some fabulous photos!

  • undertheroot

    undertheroot said 10 years ago

    just beautiful!!

  • beachhouseblues

    beachhouseblues said 10 years ago

    Great work Rubypearl!!

  • replicca

    replicca said 10 years ago

    I'm proud to be featured in "related items" - this Etsy venture has re-inspired my love of photography and although it's an ongoing challenge, thankfully there's plenty of inspiration on Etsy! Thanks for the well-spoken advice, rubypearl!

  • staciemay

    staciemay said 10 years ago

    Awesome advice! Thanks so much

  • IcingOnTheCupcake

    IcingOnTheCupcake said 10 years ago

    Great pictures with models to show items in use!

  • AnthologiE

    AnthologiE said 10 years ago

    Thanks for letting us all pick your brain, so to speak. It's great to hear where you started out vs. where you are today and a bit about that process. It's also good to know you can be human (i.e. not so great with a camera) and still have a successful product. Beautiful photos, of course. The creative simplicity is nice. :)

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 10 years ago

    Very interesting article. And your shop is fabulous!

  • kmwatkins

    kmwatkins said 10 years ago

    Wow, the dresses are so cute. The photography is great.

  • Sinta

    Sinta said 10 years ago

    Great article, I love her dresses! I'm still trying to improve my photography. Slowly but surely, I'm getting there ^_^

  • missbatch

    missbatch said 10 years ago

    Fantastic tips! Much success to you.

  • CutieDynamite

    CutieDynamite said 10 years ago

    Thank you so much for the article! I'm proud to work with some talented models and photographers! I could not do it without them!

  • beadznthingz

    beadznthingz said 10 years ago

    Fabulous article and stunning photos! Thanks for sharing this.

  • raisinlike

    raisinlike said 10 years ago

    The first photo is absolutely stunning!

  • LushPunk

    LushPunk said 10 years ago

    Wow - great article, with a lot of practical and helpful tips - thankyou!

  • LacySorbet

    LacySorbet said 10 years ago

    Fab article, I can't wait to hear what you have to say in the virtual labs tonight!

  • faeriesfolly

    faeriesfolly said 10 years ago

    Still working on the photography thing, but this gives me some great ideas of how I can get around my own inept attempts at pictures. haha. Thanks for sharing your story!

  • hautecountryvintage

    hautecountryvintage said 10 years ago

    Great story & beautiful clothes!!

  • luluanne

    luluanne said 10 years ago

    I have followed your work for awhile now and I love your clothing!! Your pictures are gorgeous too. Thanks for the inspiring story and helpful tips!

  • theaxx

    theaxx said 10 years ago

    These are like something out of a fairy tale!! Heading STRAIGHT to page immediately!

  • realisationcreations

    realisationcreations said 10 years ago

    My goodness - what amazing photos - what a fabulous story!

  • capturedimagination

    capturedimagination said 10 years ago

    Good advice! It takes a lot of time to get great photos but it really is worth the effort. Your creations will look worthy of their price and promote a proffesional appearance for your store. I'm deffinitely lacking in that department right now. Since I joined Etsy I've been working on getting better pics for my products and I've gotten some great ones that I'm really proud of. They are making me realize how much my whole store needs a makeover. Thanks for the encouragment and great tips!

  • budpnq

    budpnq said 10 years ago

    Excellent, excellent article. I love your story--thanks so much for sharing your experience :D

  • LaCometaLab

    LaCometaLab said 10 years ago

    Sich a inspiring article. Thanks for sharing all those great tips rubypearl!!

  • willywaw

    willywaw said 10 years ago

    Thank you for such great ideas and good information - I'm inspired and ready to re-do all my photos!

  • Corpseknit

    Corpseknit said 10 years ago

    Thank you so much for these tips! Great advice!

  • quiltelegance

    quiltelegance said 10 years ago

    Great if I can just find someone who wears quilts....grin!

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose said 10 years ago

    What beautiful, enticing photography.... now if I only had a great arm/wrist for my cuffs...LOL

  • LaireMarie

    LaireMarie said 10 years ago

    I love all of these dresses!!!!

  • immax

    immax said 10 years ago

    Rubypearl is definitely The most creative and brilliant artist I have ever encountered! Keep the beauty flowing!

  • dearbirthday

    dearbirthday said 10 years ago

    i LOOOOVE rubypearl. amazing super fantastic dresses and sweet as can be to boot!

  • WillOaksStudio

    WillOaksStudio said 10 years ago

    Truly stunning photos and clothing and great collection of ideas and inspiration! Thanks for sharing and keep going, girl!

  • smilingbluedog

    smilingbluedog said 10 years ago

    Thankyou for the wonderful info & advise. I'm still new & I have some blurry photos similar to yours. Getting good photos is definately #1. Beautiful dresses!

  • JetWhitePonytail

    JetWhitePonytail said 10 years ago

    Pictures truly speak a 1000 words, and how divine when they are all loudly shouting, "FABULOUS!"

  • SomewhatHip

    SomewhatHip said 10 years ago

    Definitely a great idea, I'm already planning on shipping some of my shop out to a friend who offered to take some pics in studio. I was so stoked when he offered! I'm even more excited now that I've read this article, gorgeous photos!

  • rubypearl

    rubypearl said 10 years ago

    Hey How come everyone is so nice? I am blushing! We have rescheduled the talk to today 3:Oo my time and 4:00 other people's time. Apparently there is a "time difference" depending on what part of the country you live in? I don't know, you guys with your crazy science tricks. So Please re-visit the Virtual Lab today at 3/4 United States time and I promise to be there today! Thanks so much for everyone's kind comments, this has been a lot of fun, Sunny

  • mydeepbluec

    mydeepbluec said 10 years ago

    Hey's Your favorite stalker ..:) Great article..and You know I just adore Your work and think You are so cool ! Now where's those scraps You promised Me ?? Just Kidding ! Keep up the BEAUTIFUL work !! Rachel

  • Weezawear

    Weezawear said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the great article and lab today. I learned a lot.

  • Lanne

    Lanne said 10 years ago

    Awesome article - and you are so right.. many photographers would be happy to participate. I am a Brisbane based photographer creating fine art portraiture for newborns, toddlers, children and families. I would be happy to work on a project with people in my area who wanted photos of their products. I am sure there are lots of mutual benefits - not least of which is getting to know new people and see lovely new etsy products. We book about 10 months in advance, but we do have some free time occasionally. Anyone in Brisbane interested.. let me know via contact :)

  • samsstuff

    samsstuff said 10 years ago

    Some good advise! I am photographically challenged, at least when it come to digital product photography, so this is helpful. Don't know how many celebrities (even mid level ones) I might find in my area (probably many in Seattle), but there have got to be photographers about. Your dresses are gorgeous, by the way! Thanks for the article!

  • 1AEON

    1AEON said 10 years ago

    :) thanks for the feature!! the other pics are soo sweet as well!!


    JAGBAGTAG said 10 years ago

    *so lovely and inspiring* ...and so rightly directed... thanks for the insight... it's definitely needed. You're now another fabulous favorite on Etsy! muchas gracias

  • KabiDesigns

    KabiDesigns said 10 years ago

    Great Story ^_^ Thanks for Sharing ^_^

  • fugsly

    fugsly said 10 years ago

    excellent article, I really enjoyed reading this one.

  • stellaandlux

    stellaandlux said 10 years ago

    FABULOUS story and photos! if anyone is interested and located in/around atlanta, id LOVE to do some photography for you :] /shameless plug

  • lullabylily

    lullabylily said 10 years ago

    love this article, thank you! My loveys look great being held so think i may try some of these great tips - hello Glasgow School of Art!!

  • ginmartini

    ginmartini said 10 years ago

    OMG!!! You guys!!!! this is EXACTLY what i needed to hear right now!!! I've been having trouble getting my stuff off my shelves, mainly my socks, so im taking the time this week to get some good pictures of them on a plain white background to bring out the color im just rambling!!! Im excited for this article, thanks for the suggestions on promoting. Im excited now!!!!! Gin Martini

  • msduds

    msduds said 10 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing. Like you, I'm currently shifting my focus from boutiques to the internet. I have always used dress forms, but will definitely try it your way next. xoxo

  • NayArts

    NayArts said 10 years ago

    great stuff - so much talent!

  • protegezmoi

    protegezmoi said 10 years ago

    oh nice photography! i always believe that photography can bring products to life! photography is my passion i love taking fun shots! Here are some of my photography, , oh by the way im located in singapore! =)

  • yaffa

    yaffa said 10 years ago

    Although not my style dresses but, hey!everybody has her own,right? But the article is great! I would never think about some tips you have mentioned! Well done!!!

  • bijougirldesigns

    bijougirldesigns said 10 years ago

    Really fantastic article! Thanks for sharing your success story with us!

  • laijen

    laijen said 10 years ago

    Wonderful article. Your passion really comes through in it! Thank you for all the advice.

  • spongetta

    spongetta said 10 years ago

    Thank you for sharing that we don't have to do every little step ourselves. Great encouragement to work to our strengths and network to find people to fill in the cracks!

  • hempandmore

    hempandmore said 10 years ago

    This is a GREAT story - WOW!! I can relate with thinking things won't sell on the internet - INSPIRING!!

  • windyhillfibers

    windyhillfibers said 10 years ago

    What fun dresses. Although I don't think I'll find too many rock stars here in Iowa, I appreciate the photography info. (Very cool that Patti Griffin wore your dress!) Your photos capture the drape, color, and texture of the dresses very well, and that is exactly what I have to work on. Thanks for the inspiration to get moving on some new photos.

  • Refresh

    Refresh said 10 years ago

    love the story and advice, thank you for sharing!

  • TheBeehive

    TheBeehive said 10 years ago

    Great ideas and gorgeous clothes!

  • judemcconkey

    judemcconkey said 10 years ago

    Great clothes, great article... I agree about the photography of clothing on Etsy (the photography of ANYThING on Etsy, really). The photos have to draw a viewer in. Thanks for this article!

  • PDXfabricdeli

    PDXfabricdeli said 10 years ago

    Fun finds and great clothes. Photos are everything, thanks for sharing.

  • KloseKnits

    KloseKnits said 10 years ago

    Photos are great. Thanks for all the help.

  • yosemitevintage

    yosemitevintage said 10 years ago

    This is a great angle that I hadn't considered and am thankful for the article. Etsy rocks and I'm so darn happy to be hear.

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  • LaFemmeNatale

    LaFemmeNatale said 10 years ago

    Baltimore, Washington DC, Eastern Shore People, I will photograph your fashion creations for you! convo me

  • elysiumdesign

    elysiumdesign said 10 years ago

    LUV your dresses ruby!! So inspiring to see one of a kind takin over!! EXELLENT PICS!!

  • DearBeatrice

    DearBeatrice said 10 years ago

    Great photos and article! As a fellow seller, I believe that attractive photos of the items make them more attractive to buy!

  • spitfaced

    spitfaced said 10 years ago

    If anyone in NYC or Long Island needs a photographer for their clothes, let me know...

  • StraathofDesign

    StraathofDesign said 10 years ago

    Thanks for advise, I am a photographer, I can see I need some models for my hats.

  • RevolutionClothingCo

    RevolutionClothingCo said 10 years ago

    awesome article

  • justjendesigns

    justjendesigns said 10 years ago

    just what I needed. Thank you.

  • maefairvintage

    maefairvintage said 9 years ago

    Beautiful Kaylan!

  • PatternRevue

    PatternRevue said 9 years ago

    Very helpful information.

  • BeyondUsual

    BeyondUsual said 9 years ago


  • queenartist

    queenartist said 9 years ago

    good stuff.

  • jenniferdennispotter

    jenniferdennispotter said 9 years ago

    Erykah Badu! How exciting! I love her work. And your work really shines with those great photos!

  • steampunkjunq

    steampunkjunq said 9 years ago

    Very interesting! Thanks! :)

  • Samantha33

    Samantha33 said 9 years ago

    Your article is very inspiring...thank you. I started thinking about using a hand model for my bracelets and after reading your article I definitely will move forward with this. Thank you so much!

  • TheNightjar

    TheNightjar said 9 years ago

    love the dresses- you have yet another fan, and thanks for the photo tips!

  • SMboutique

    SMboutique said 9 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story, I can relate so much to the fact that my hats draw so much attention live but I have not managed to get my etsy shop to work are so right with the photo quality and exposure;)Will try and implement your great advicesnow;)

  • banfflines

    banfflines said 9 years ago

    Rubypearl's edgy Diva look, is certainly well presented and photographed.

  • EarringVixen

    EarringVixen said 9 years ago

    I am way too in love with the gray dress with the red flower in the front. Beautiful work and excellent article. Maybe I need better pics too.. I take them myself and I try very hard, but I'm not a professional and of course you can tell. I sell so much in person, and there has even been a case where a buyer's sister TOOK the earrings and didn't want to give them back, so she gave the buyer money for the earrings and extra money for the buyer to get her a second pair. But online, just one sale for now. Thanks again for the article, big help!

  • kinaloon

    kinaloon said 9 years ago

    I love your dresses. And your right seeing them on the singers etc. helps get the full picture. Thanks for your advise.

  • frogsandflowers

    frogsandflowers said 9 years ago

    I try to use models for my little girl clothing. I have been blessed with find a few GREAT photographers that are willing to trade what i send them for pictures...It makes your items come to life!!

  • silverstoned

    silverstoned said 9 years ago

    I'm inspired by this article! I've just started creating my etsy shop so your tips are very valued. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us! x

  • Scallyrags

    Scallyrags said 9 years ago

    love the advise thanks!

  • Graciewear

    Graciewear said 9 years ago

    I'm so impressed with your get up and go and I LOVE patty griffin. Great article.

  • bellta

    bellta said 9 years ago

    I love very much I follow You

  • LuxuryJewelry

    LuxuryJewelry said 9 years ago

    Good advise,thank you.

  • MooBeeTees

    MooBeeTees said 9 years ago

    Great article btw! We just need to get rid of rogue do we report?

  • TeaAtHomeWithOlivia

    TeaAtHomeWithOlivia said 9 years ago

    Thank you for the advise. Love it!

  • eclecticbysari

    eclecticbysari said 9 years ago

    This was really great, thank you!

  • HandmadeByKat

    HandmadeByKat said 9 years ago

    Great dresses, gorgeous photos, and very inspirational!

  • BebesDecor

    BebesDecor said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the wonderful tips. Pictures are very important specially on Etsy your pictures determine whether the person likes your work or not. Details and clarity in pictures also help. (: Thanks again!!!

  • FrenchKnot2U

    FrenchKnot2U said 9 years ago

    I don't know what I like more -ruby pearl's garments or her wild and imaginative tales posted on her shop; they match the creativity found in her dresses. Ruby, I have a best pal who lives in Austin. She loves the music scene! P.S. thanks for lifting my spirits today with your tips and thoughts on photographing one's work :) I am in photography hell right now!

  • BodaciousBiddies

    BodaciousBiddies said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration! Great article!

  • LivWild

    LivWild said 8 years ago

    Those photos are great, the dresses look amazing!

  • kathartstudio

    kathartstudio said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the great tips and wonderful article!

  • VintageStarrBeads

    VintageStarrBeads said 8 years ago

    I really have a hard time with photos. No matter what i do! I am amazed that i sell things!-Rachelle Starr

  • KristyLynnJewelry

    KristyLynnJewelry said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the great article and tips. I am constantly revamping and improving my pics!!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 8 years ago

    Excellent article !

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 8 years ago

    Great article! Funny you mentioned the musician thing! My daughter is a fabulous singer & I always make her wear my jewelry on stage! Works out great for both of us!!

  • HeartGoddess

    HeartGoddess said 8 years ago

    Wow, great article! Thank you so much for all the great tips. I'm trying to reach out to new clients with my goddess jewelry line and you just gave me some really valuable information. Thanks again;nd continued success to you!

  • ZambakDesigns

    ZambakDesigns said 8 years ago

    Lots of great advice. Thanks!

  • StringsnTings

    StringsnTings said 8 years ago

    Great advice, thank you so much!

  • backcreekclay

    backcreekclay said 8 years ago

    Love your designs and the photography is excellent. While your advice is great for your product and items of clothing, I find it hard to do unique shots of my product, pottery. I am known in my family as the worst photographer of the group. Always cutting off heads! The photography end of this deal is what holds me back from listing more. Thanks anyway, great ideas.

  • lilcoop1

    lilcoop1 said 8 years ago

    Great article. It gives me so many ideas

  • WATTOonline

    WATTOonline said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing. We got some of our models, our hair stylist and makeup artists for trade on Etsy and my good friend took a lot of the shots ( the bad shots on our site are ours. LOL) WE gave eveyone free product and a disk of their shots. It worked out great for everyone!

  • NonisGourmet

    NonisGourmet said 8 years ago

    Fabulous! :]

  • sasphotos

    sasphotos said 8 years ago


  • kimnelsondesigns

    kimnelsondesigns said 8 years ago

    thanks for sharing

  • darrylblack

    darrylblack said 8 years ago

    Love this article -so helpful and inspiring.Thank you so much. And I love your clothes too Rubypearl. I really need help with my photos - as i am constantly making new stuff and all one off items the problem is setting up a photo shoot every week is tricky and time I do a market stall every week too some things never even get photographed!

  • NoMoreTwistHandmade

    NoMoreTwistHandmade said 8 years ago

    great tips about getting musicians to model your work! i am a musician (thus work with musicians) and i have totally overlooked this goldmine of opportunity. i'm so grateful for wonderful folks like you willing to share your fabulous marketing ideas to those of us who really have a hard time thinking that way!

  • goddesslydia

    goddesslydia said 8 years ago

    On of the most inspiring articles I've read!

  • melangerie

    melangerie said 8 years ago

    Great article. The first photo and the dress are both inspired! If I were a woman (etsyer husband) I'd buy that in a minute from Holly's photo!

  • CounterFitCakes

    CounterFitCakes said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharring! Great photos above!

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 8 years ago

    it is all about marketing your product and you GET IT! great job and thank you for sharing your ideas with us ! wonderful. sounds like Austin is the place to be!

  • smilingbluedog

    smilingbluedog said 8 years ago

    What a great article! Marketing & photos are so important...I've really got to work on that.

  • TodaysBaby

    TodaysBaby said 8 years ago

    I've started a new line of Plus Size dresses and tops for tweens and teens and have been wracking my brain trying to figure out how to get models without insulting some kids. I think moms might be leery if I advertised on Craig's List and I can't really approach girls on the street. Any ideas anyone? If so, please convo me. Thanks. Great article.

  • OpusMuse

    OpusMuse said 8 years ago

    fabulous tips to ponder & act upon! the photography of a professional makes a world of difference. always been a fan of your beautiful OOAK dresses rubypearl!

  • TRAMPmillinery

    TRAMPmillinery said 8 years ago

    Great tips to think about. Just about to do a photoshoot today, came at a perfect time!

  • loscrignodililly

    loscrignodililly said 8 years ago

    Great article, so helpful!!! Thank you very much!! ^_^

  • AlikiBags

    AlikiBags said 8 years ago

    Hi Ruby Pearl,if I would wear a hat I would raise it in admiration! The pictures really give a "feel" to your gorgeous creations - thanks for the tips! x

  • gumdropgrove

    gumdropgrove said 8 years ago

    Great tips and photos! Thanks Ruby Pearl! I have also been giving discounts to customers who send in great appreciation photos of their kids with my garments - some have been excellent! Although nothing replaces the eye of a professional photographer - thanks!

  • ElephunksTrunk

    ElephunksTrunk said 8 years ago

    This is a very helpful article. I've seen lots of good articles about photographing small items that fit into a light box but not so much about photography with a model. My biggest challenge is that I sell hats and hair accessories which also work best modeled, but really require an awesome outfit to match in order to shine. I don't do clothing design.

  • MattiOnline

    MattiOnline said 8 years ago

    Great insights! Thanks for sharing!!

  • monkeynorman

    monkeynorman said 8 years ago

    Really great article. I love Holly Brunkow's photography, the lighting is beautiful

  • JustineJustineSupply

    JustineJustineSupply said 8 years ago

    i loooooove love love your dresses! this is a great article!! thank you for sharing great info with us!

  • Lillypicadilly

    Lillypicadilly said 8 years ago

    A most stimulating story and beautiful pictures of beautiful designs. Thank You GB.

  • RipandStitchDiva

    RipandStitchDiva said 8 years ago

    Wonderful article! Beautiful pictures.

  • molecularmuse

    molecularmuse said 8 years ago

    I *love* rubypearl dresses. Gotta get one for my uke debut!

  • bethany18

    bethany18 said 8 years ago

    Yep photography definately does matter A LOT!

  • trashsuperstore

    trashsuperstore said 8 years ago

    great advice, things i did not even think about before suddenly make perfect sense, thanks

  • NoFrump

    NoFrump said 8 years ago

    wonderful tips...thanks!

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 8 years ago

    what great ideas for those who sell clothing. would never of thought to contact musicians and offer free clothing in return for photo leads.

  • OnTheRoadVintage

    OnTheRoadVintage said 8 years ago

    I recently asked a local female musician, with a band called Mellow Yellow (music of the '60's and '70's) if she would be my muse. I'm sending her vintage items to wear on stage.

  • dawgface

    dawgface said 8 years ago

    wow, such great advice! thanks! i'm definitely bookmarking this for future reference!

  • CourtneyCopeland

    CourtneyCopeland said 8 years ago

    Beautiful Photos! They say it all! Thanks for the inspiring success story!

  • honngaijewelry

    honngaijewelry said 8 years ago

    nice photo...thanks

  • mark13148

    mark13148 said 8 years ago


  • handpaintedsilks

    handpaintedsilks said 8 years ago

    great ideas! Thanks :)

  • annashoub

    annashoub said 8 years ago

    Wow, good for you for being so bold. You are definitely an inspiration. Thanks for all the great advice.

  • nekoleh

    nekoleh said 8 years ago

    Hola Your on the seen doing your thing.. You Go Girl! Thanks for the great advice.

  • nekoleh

    nekoleh said 8 years ago

    Opps.. scene

  • RebirthRecycling

    RebirthRecycling said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the tips..back to the drawing room!

  • challenevi

    challenevi said 8 years ago

    I really love this post!! I love your point of view on how you do your business and I really LOVE your dresses!! =) I will be shopping from you soon!

  • AdinaAndGem

    AdinaAndGem said 8 years ago

    Great ideas! Thanks for sharing them :) Love your dresses!!

  • edith

    edith said 7 years ago

    very good ideas here, and it's so very true that the key to more selling is good photos.

  • FieldsOfVintage

    Fields Of Vintage from FieldsOfVintage said 5 years ago

    Thank you for the tips....Also dresses are very nice

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