My Etsy Shop! Let’s Get Things Rolling!

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Hello everyone! I have been very busy starting an Etsy shop, reading all the tips and tricks I can find, and learning all the stuff I need to know to get a bigger reach and become better. I sold my first print in February and that sale kick started my Etsy obsession of getting everything in place and learning all I possibly can. I am selling my photography prints, mostly the nature and abstract photos. As of now I am offering six different print sizes: 8×10, 11×14, 16×20, 16×24, 20×30, and 30×40. I also offer custom orders which means that if you want a picture of something within reason that you would like to have as wall art in your home or you would think would fit a theme you have going in either a room in your home or your home in general you can contact me and I can try my hardest to get a picture of your vision and create something. I plan to offer digital downloads for all pictures so that customers can print the photo and use it for whatever reason they need. Some of the reasons I have seen customers purchase from other Etsy shops digital downloads is to use them for invitations, cards, etc. I also plan to offer framing for the photos in the near future. I am thinking of offering different types of wood since my Dad makes custom handmade clocks, jewelry boxes, and other items and has knowledge of that type of thing. His Facebook business page is called “The Time is Now”. You should definitely go check it out! He has some items in stock and you can contact him with an idea or even work with him on what you are looking for. If you are good at sketching you can sketch your idea and he can go off of your sketch and sketch something and more than likely bring whatever you are imagining to life. You can also contact him and tell him what you are wanting and he can sketch what you describe to him and try to bring it to life.

Okay so back to what I am doing! Other than offering digital downloads and framing options I will offer other photography products such as gallery wraps, floating wraps, metal prints, etc. The products are endless! It just takes a lot of time to get ALL of that listed on the store.

Just like with my photography businesses there are times that I feel like I won’t ever get anywhere and the one sale I made back in February will the only one I ever make. I seem to be the type of person that wants instant gratification and I just have to remind myself that with my photography businesses I did not book up a month over night. It took a good year and a half to REALLY start booking.

I plan to do more advertising on social media sites once I have gotten my Etsy shop a little more “stocked”. But as always the biggest and best advertising method is word of mouth and when people share my work and help get my Etsy store name and link out there. So now to me asking for your help! =) If you would please share my Etsy store I would greatly appreciate it. I plan to do a contest or giveaway on a social media site I use for my photography businesses (so make sure you are following my photography social media accounts!) to get some more traffic on my Etsy shop. I am also posting all of my photos for purchase or that will be available on my Etsy Shop on a Pinterest Board. The Pinterest Board is Kirsten Ray Photos. Make sure you follow it as I’m still adding photos because it’s going to take me quite a bit of time to upload all I have available. So be sure to share the Pinterest Board or re-pin pins from the board to help me gain some new followers and hopefully soon to be customers as I get it running a bit more. And as always I will give an incentive for helping me out!

You can visit my Etsy Shop, Kirsten Ray Photos . Of course sharing my Etsy shop is encouraged! I will be able to see my followers so again incentives will be given as a thank you!

 

Kirsten Ray

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10 Things Photographers Hate to Hear

I read a really good article about things photographers hate to hear and I’m going to put my 2 cents in on each one. I’ll link the original post at the bottom of the page. I’m going to list them as they are on the article and follow up with my opinion, because I just LOVE giving my opinion! So here we go….

1. “Let’s Do This Thing I Saw On Pinterest!”

I actually don’t hate this. I advise boudoir clients, wedding clients, and seniors to make a board on Pinterest and pin things they like. The main reason is so I can get an understanding for their style. There are times that I go completely blank because I feel like I’ve done every pose and I’ll look at Pinterest and show the client something that’s been pinned and do something along those lines. Just don’t ask me to do every photo you have pinned. Now what I don’t like, is when they say, “but it looks so much better on Pinterest.” I’ve never been told that, which if I did I would be completely offended. I’m not trying to do EXACTLY what was on Pinterest. That photographer is completely different than myself (all photographers are different, there isn’t a single one that is the same). And there are no 2 clients that are exactly the same. Maybe the picture of the client in the picture was more photogenic or their expression was on point at that exact time. I don’t feel like Pinterest is a way of stealing someones idea. I personally think that if you don’t want your ideas used then don’t put them on Pinterest. To me, that’s what Pinterest is for, to share ideas so others can use them.

2. Being Treated Like a Terrorist In Public Places

I can’t personally speak on this because I’ve never felt that way.

3. Competing For Attention With Cell Phone Photographers

I love what the author has to say about this in the article. The perfect example is at weddings. It’s so damn annoying having guests step out in front of you when the bride is walking down the aisle. I’ve had other instances where I’m doing a group shot and there is one or a few people in the group not looking at me but looking off somewhere else which I know is at a cell phone. I just want to say, “Hello?!, I’m the one with the camera, I was hired to shoot this wedding!”. This an example of your photos not looking how I want because not everyone is looking at me and that drives me crazy when the photo is perfect but eyes aren’t on me. Just like the author says in the article if you’re ever a client or part of the bridal party you should just know that you should probably be looking at the actual photographer. It may sound like I’m saying look at me, look at me, I’m the big bad photographer but I am indeed the photographer. Here is the link for my Wedding FAQ’s.

4. “Gorgeous photo! You must have a great camera!”

This one is so annoying and just plain stupid!  What if you’re a baker and I said, “that was a great cake, you must have a great oven!” What?! No! It’s not the camera that makes the photo. The photographer takes the photo and then MAKES the photo. I’ve seen some amazing photos from cheap point and shoots. It’s just a complete insult to the photographer and obviously to your intelligence.

5. “Let’s Put The Baby In This!”

I will be the first to admit that I am not an expert or even close to photographing newborns. Being a newborn photography is like a whole different world. I give HUGE props to newborn photographers or photographers that photograph newborns. Most of the time the baby is never in or on what you see. It’s all the magic of editing. Like the baby hanging from the tree branch…nope. Even the baby propped up on it’s elbows, that’s not real. Below is a video of the editing process of editing a newborn picture. Click here to see the video. Video courtesy of Kindred Moments Photography .

6. “Can I Get All The Original RAW Photos From The Shoot?”

No, absolutely not! No chance! Not happening! No! That was the best answer I have, lol. I want my best work to be out there, not the unedited, straight off the camera images. My touch and style comes mostly when I’m retouching and editing the photos. Daniela Bowker says is best:

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7. When You Edit Our Photos And Put Them On Facebook

I’m sorry but they tend to look like hell! And it’s a violation of the contract you signed. It’s also against the law because going against a contract is illegal. Remember, it’s our work and you are not to edit or alter them.

8. Never Having Good Photos of Ourselves

I usually hate every photo of myself that was not taken by an actual photographer.  That’s all….

9. When You Make Us Miss The Good Light

Photographers tend to schedule when the lighting is good outside if the shoot is outside. There is that time in the day where the sun is perfect and the photos turn out just amazing if you can catch it at the right time. So just don’t show up late, no matter when you’re scheduled. The photo below is a perfect example of a photo taken at the golden hour. Photo courtesy of Amy Clemons.

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10. Terrible Photography Clichés

There are trends in photography that just need to go away. Sometimes they may look cool but don’t do it in every photo! I’ll give the examples the author of the article talks about. When the photo is black and white but there is one thing left in color. Yes, I’ve done it before. But it was when I first started. I’ve learned a lot since then. Thinking that crooked photos look good. Crooked photos drive me crazy! There are a few times when you can pull this off but most of the time I’m in Photoshop and I’m straightening EVERY photo the best I can.

Here is the original article: 10 Things Photographers Freaking Hate With a Passion