Have you noticed how photography, especially with babies, have improved over the past couple of years? Thanks to adorable photo props, backgrounds and online resources, pictures have turned into works of art. No more excuses for bad pix. Everyone can be a photography super star.
If you sell crocheted items, I can’t emphasize enough the importance of good pix. The pictures of the “hat on the hand” or with a cluttered background have got to go! People buy what they want for themselves. Show a hat on a cute baby and people want to buy that photo op for their wee one. No one wants to look at their own dirty carpet, let alone someone else’s who is selling something…no matter how cute the hat is.
I designed “Jonathan’s Gumball Hat ” as a gift for a snappy teenage friend. It did well when first released, but pattern sales exploded when Jenn of Jenn Briggs Photography took pix of an adorable baby sitting in a large bowl of giant gumballs. The hat came to life and since the pix were posted I have received similar pix from happy customers.
I can’t mention handmade photo props without Calleigh’s Clips & Crochet Creations coming to mind. Elisabeth, the owner, was the first one I saw designing capes with hats for newborns. What a clever idea. I wish I’d had those for my youngest son’s baby pix!
Super site: Check this one out! Photo Prop Floors and Backdrops
There are oodles of ideas all around us. We learn from the good and the “eeek, what is THAT” too. Luckily, we are all unique and have so much to add to life.
I thank Pinterest for bringing out the inner creativity we each possess. Just about anything you can think of has multiple pinterest boards. In the beginning, a friend of mine, Jameelah Woodard, taught many of us hookers how to pin. It was so confusing to me. What do you mean we “pin” it? Then what? Oh, how far we’ve come. YEARS ago my mom convinced me to start a photo morgue. I had a giant file box full of magazine clippings, cards, etc for crafty inspiration. Pinterest is an online version for all those wonderful things you find online. “Bookmarks” are becoming a lame thing of the past. Who wants to scroll through lines of text that we dont have a clue what they even were? Pin it and have a visual reminder!
If you haven’t joined the pinning craze and aren’t quite sure what it’s about, here are some great articles:
- Pinterest Basics
- Pinterest: What it is, how to use it and … by She Knows Living
- Tutorial by Digital Charlotte
Now that you are pinning, it’s time to check out some awesome pinners. Some of my favorite pinners are Twinkie Chan, Moogly and Fabulously Frugal. Of course, I would LOVE for you to follow my boards. I am an insomnia surfer and love pinning. Our fb group, snappypeeps, has a guest board too! Watch for more board spotlights coming in my posts.
Online photo help:
- Pic Monkey – an easy to use and FREE online photo editor.
- Pixlr: a little more advanced online photo editor.