Thursday, February 26, 2015

Taking Pictures, Measurements and Making Room

An Etsy shop is a demanding beast. It constantly needs refreshing with new pictures, new product and new design. Picture Me Smiling is undergoing a revamp and I am constantly having to edit what is offered, and how it is presented. Right now, there are so many different products that I am having a tough time making the shop look like a shop. And, yet, it is a business, and in order to keep it going, completed product needs to go up on the site to make way for new ideas

Each product that goes up on the site must be measured, described, priced, and the shipping prices calculated. The photos need to be clear and attractive and convey color, size and quality. That is the most difficult order to fill. And, as a photographer, one would think that I have it dialed in. But the truth is: I don't.

Photo editing is not my strong point. My photos that I sell are good. The macro photos of flowers that I take are crisp and clear. My product photos of those said photos in cards? Not so much. My office isn't set up perfectly to capture the various products I create. That's why I am so excited to go to the Craftcation Conference in Ventura at the end of March. There is a great DIY Lightbox Workshop and I can't wait. 

And, literally, I couldn't wait. To put up new photos of new product. New photos of old products. Because Picture Me Smiling needs to be up and running on Etsy in all its imperfect glory. Ideas are always coming to me. Friends inspire me with their new ventures. They challenge me with their amazing ideas so that I start to formulate plans and ideas to build a more cohesive portfolio of photography, collage and string art. 

Picture Me Smiling has to work. So, I had to get to work. The products are going up on Etsy--demanding beast that she is--in order to make room for the ideas floating around in my head. 

Friday, January 30, 2015

Renewed, Invigorated and Ready for 2015

Funny that my last post was celebrating my return to blogging after a two year hiatus. Then, I didn't post a thing after that. No excuses. Just lazy.

What makes this attempt different? It's my last push for Picture Me Smiling and creating a business that actually earns money with a sustained effort. The fits and starts of the past are, well, in the past. My kids are becoming more independent and they'll be in middle school before I know it. Plan B is looming in my future when I'll have more time than I need to be a stay-at-home mom and part-time artist.

I was talking to a friend about my resolve to get Picture Me Smiling to a different level by June, and she said that once she decided to have her independent practice with a certain number of clients by a certain deadline, she knew she'd make it happen (and she did). In other words, putting it out there into the universe can create momentum.

My first step is to get organized in my studio/office, for the business and create concrete goals and actions. I'm headed to the Craftcation Conference in March and must have new business cards made, my Etsy shop in order, and enough product to anticipate the needs of my shop and studios that carry my photography.

Sometimes it's a mindset, sometimes it's being tired of being tired of not going anywhere. Maybe it was a bout with pneumonia to start the New Year off that lit the fire. Whatever it is, I'm embracing it.

As Mae Jemison said, "Don't let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity or your curiosity. It's your place in the world; it's your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make the life you want to live." For too long, I was robbing myself of the life I want to live. Now, I have the confidence to say I am an artist.

Monday, February 24, 2014

After a 2 year hiatus--Picture Me Smiling blog is back!

It's been 2 years since I went to the chalk festival in San Jose. Two years since I've written much of anything let alone a blog. Now that 2014 is in full swing, Picture Me Smiling will be seeing a makeover of sorts in both the blog and the Etsy shop.

Check back in March for new items in the Etsy shop, and many new pictures, observations and tips. My fingertips have been burned off from my glue gun activity lately, and the results are new products that you'll have to wait a little bit more to see. My husband and I also revamped an entry way closet into a bench seat--and the decorating is nearly finished, so that reveal will come soon.

There will also be new advocacy posts coming up in Activist in an Armchair. March 2014 will be a busy month for relaunching and redesigning both blogs and shop while producing product.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Luna Park Chalk Art Festival

The Luna Park Chalk Art Festival in San Jose is a wonderful event showcasing amazing chalk artists to raise funds for children's art programs in local schools.

The day turned warm as we walked around enjoying the art, and eating great food from the assembled food trucks. Got a few good shots. Next year we'll go a bit later to see more of the major pieces finished.

Picture Me Smiling Now on Etsy!

Finally setting up shop on Etsy for Picture Me Smiling photo greeting cards. This first attempt is to motivate myself to putting all of the photo cards on Etsy. Once I have them up, I will be tweaking the pictures of the cards, adding a lovely banner, and making the Etsy shop a one-stop shop destination for cards for any occasion. If you see a card you like, but not in a card frame or color you'd want, please contact me to discuss options. And, all photos are available in enlargements and matted prints. The matted prints are available in (photo size) 4x6, 5x7, and 8x10. The mattes are all single mattes with white frames. Please contact me with feedback for Picture Me Smiling's Etsy shop. And, if you have an Etsy shop, let me know so that I can help promote your efforts to spread art and handmade items.

Monday, March 12, 2012

A New Push

Books Inc in Palo Alto, CA is now carrying some of my photo cards. And, now, I'm trying to focus on photography anew. Now that I've been working part time and am somewhat used to it, photography is moving back up on my list.

And, I'm excited about a new class I'm taking through Aperture Academy in April.

Will post some new photos from a lovely walk at Baylands with the Rebel dog.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Enlargements and Reprints

If you'd like to order enlargements or reprints of any pictures, please contact me via The Etsy site isn't up yet as I am still photographing the stock I have in at the moment.