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.