In this post, l am sharing my tips for better product photography for your online shop or blog. I can hardly call myself a photographer but the fact is that during the last years, taking photos has proven to be the number one element that made living from my work possible (well, besides my products themselves) but also one of the most enjoyable tasks in my workflow.
1.Invest in your equipment:
This is what l use and think is a good lot to get you started:A good mid range camera (l have a Canon EOSM10) or a very good phone. In spite of the convenience of using your phone for everything l prefer a camera, it makes the whole process feel more professional and “real”. Also, l think you have to pay way more for a smartphone with a good camera than for a decent mid range camera that will still have way more settings and options.
A reliable (ie not the cepaest you can find) tripod and a remote trigger. I invested in a mid range tripod 5-6 years ago and it had paid for itself many times over. I use my phone as a remote trigger. Check if your camera can be connected with your phone, otherwise a remote trigger can range from around $20 from Ebay to $100+ for a more polished version.Both gadgets are super useful if you take most pictures by yourself. Do your research on line and in stores before purchasing, l suggest going for a mid-range option on both.
Some very cheap and easy to find props such as cardstock, fabrics etc.
2. Educate yourself:
If you have the time/money/will to attend photography classes all the better. I did not have any of these when l started and used instead the wealth of information all over the internet to grasp the essentials, which, for me are:
Know your camera (sounds silly but, trust me, take time to read the manual and dig into all the info)
Get to know composition. So important. I can make all the difference in the world.
Get to know photo editing. Photoshop is great for professionals but there are tons of free online platforms that allow you to tweak your photos to perfection.
3. Be inspired:
I gather inspiration from whenever l can. Photography albums (l have some favorites l get back to over and over), magazine clippings, the internet. I use Pinterest secret boards to categorize my inspiration in batches such as Shoe Photography, Still Life etc. And the option to “save” a photo on Instagram is super useful too.
4: Just start and go on and on:
You have to practice A LOT. It might feel daunting at first but the more you look and the more you snap the better you will become.
Having said all these, the most important thing is that you have to really want to get good at it. If you feel overwhelmed, at a loss and like this is really not your thing then do yourself a favor and hire a pro. Being a small business owner means you have to assume many different roles and if the photographer is not one of them this is perfectly fine. But remember you absolutely need the photos so if you cannot take them yourself there is nothing wrong with outsourcing.
Here are some additional resources l have found useful over the years.
The Etsy sellers handbook on photography
A very useful article with photo ideas
The basics of composition
What to do if you don’t want to DIY
If you have any more resources to share please do so in the comments below! If you found this post useful share it on your social media!
Everybody (including myself) loves a good deal. I get asked sometimes by people if l have a first time discount coupon or simply if l can offer them a lower price. The answer is .... no.
Unlike big brands, l cannot afford to discount my work on a regular basis, so l do not have a first time purchase discount, l do not offer lower prices randomly and l do not hold store wide sales during the usual Sales periods or during any other time of the year. My work is handmade, made in small quantities with lots of love and attention to detail and these qualities do not go hand in hand with department store discount strategies.
However, as l said at the beginning of this post l love a good deal and l do offer one at my shop at certain occasions. These are some of them:
Items that available in just a few units and for some reason l cannot make them again, or decided not to continue making (like l cannot find the materials, they are too labor intensive etc).
Items that have tiny flaws or wear and tear (l mention and describe them crearly in the descriptions).
New items l want to introduce to to customers.
And finally, l might have a limited time offer to celebrate a special occasion, or reward loyal customers or large orders.
Having said all these, l am happy to announce that l have a few pieces of my Fabric Bags left on sale. They are discounted at about 40% and ther e only six items available, so if you had your eye on them hurry before they are gone!
They are made with natural jute fabric and traditional cotton woven fabric from Evros area in the north of Greece. Playful pom poms finish the look and give it a boho chic vibe.
Sale items are ready to ship within 2 working days after purchase.
I cannot offer gift wrapping or customization and all sales are final for sale items so please purchase mindfully.
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Simple, strappy sandals are my go-to shoe for the summer.
I first created the first "kourelou" bag in 2009 and since then l have sold hundreds of them all over the world, from Paris to Tokyo and from small boutiques to museum shops and galleries.
I was inspired by the everyday life of the people in the Greek islands that find usefulness and beauty in things that seem to have closed the circle of life.
Seeing these colorful rugs lying on benches and doorsteps in tiny white washed island homes (little did l know that l would be living in one a few years later!), to me, they were a very strong visual that captured the essence of carefree summer days.
I wanted to hold onto this feeling of summer nonchalance just a little bit longer than my usual week long vacation and creating my first kilim bag was first and foremost a way to do just that.
My first bags came only in one style and did not have any professional finish, (looking backwards l am surprised they sold at all!) but they were made with love and enthusiasm and this made them stand out. Steadily, the collection has evolved, and now it features more that 20 different styles, large small, embellished and plain. It is the most popular item in my Etsy shop (closely followed by the newcomer Espadrille Collection) and l still jump with joy whenever l receive a review from a customer, saying how much they love their new kilim bag.
Fast forward to today, my Kourelou Bags collection keeps going strong, often imitated never duplicated!
Whichever style you choose, your kilim boho bag from Maslinda Designs is more than just a bag, it s a unique, statement piece with a story to tell.
If you own one, you already know that is the perfect go-to piece for summer, if think of getting one for yourself or for a friend here are 5 reasoonf it makes the perfect summer bag
Getting dressed for the workday when the temperature is really heating up can be a challenge. You want to be comfortable, but you also need to maintain a professional appearance. Here are some helpful tips on how to dress for work for when it’s sizzling hot outside:
Choose clothing made from lightweight, breathable materials. Some synthetic fabrics are not very breathable, and they will keep you feeling hot and uncomfortable all day long. A loose cotton top and a flowy cotton skirt or pants are an excellent choice for a hot day. Comfort is the key to looking and feeling good.
It’s best to wear layers so that you can remove them when needed. Wear a camisole or a cotton top under a thin, lightweight sweater. This will allow you to remove the sweater when you’re outside in the heat, and to put it on over your shirt when you’re inside in an air conditioned environment.
Getting dressed for work on a very hot day isn’t always easy. It would be much nicer to just throw on a pair of shorts and a tank top, or a simple sundress, but those are not options for a professional environment. Focus on layering lightweight pieces, and stick to breathable materials like cotton.
Before you hit the beach, make sure that you’re dressed appropriately for the day and ready for a few hours in the sun and sand. Here are some ideas on how to accessorize to achieve the perfect boho beach wear look:
A big, floppy hat is the best way to keep the sun out of your eyes, and it will help to protect your face, too. Hats made from felted wool are very popular right now. Floppy straw hats are classic and ideal for hot days, and they can easily complement a swim suit.
Bangles and bracelets
Just because you’re at the beach doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t dress up your look with jewelry. Layer up on your arms with bangles and friendship bracelets. The bangles are easy enough to remove if you want to get in the water, and the friendship bracelets can be worn all the time.
Gladiator sandals are a must for any boho wardrobe, and they’re an excellent footwear option for the beach. Keep your feet comfortable on the hot sand with a cute pair of sandals. They can match any look, from a casual swim suit cover-up to a patterned maxi dress to denim shorts and a tee.
In order to achieve an effortless, boho chic look, you need just a few essential items in your wardrobe. Putting these pieces together will effortlesly you channel your inner hippie, giving you that free and breezy style. Here are 5 must-haves for the perfect boho look:
Maxi Dress or Maxi Skirt
A flowy maxi skirt or maxi dress is essential. A maxi skirt is casual enough to be paired with a plain tank top, tee shirt, or bandeau top, yet it can also be dressed up with jewelry and accessories. A maxi dress and a pair of sandals are perfect for a warm day.
Whether you choose a single statement necklace or a bunch of layered necklaces, you’ll be able to carry off an effortless look.
A messenger bag is ideal for carrying all of your items, and when made from a colorful, durable fabric, it’s the perfect complement to a boho style outfit.
Headband or Head wrap
A headband or head wrap adds a chic touch to any look, whether it’s a top and jeans, or a patterned maxi dress. You won’t have to fuss with your hair, and you’ll still achieve a relaxed, put-together look.
Friendship bracelets aren’t just for kids at summer camp. They’re colorful, casual, and an easy accessory for everyday wear.
With a boho style, you can easily carry that effortless-chic look. You can add as many accessories as you like, and you’ll still be put-together while feeling free as a bird!
Do you own a bag or piece of jewelry from Maslinda that you love and you wear in your own personal style? Now you can let the world know! You can do it in two ways: mention our brand's name on FBand IG (@maslindadesigns, #maslindadesigns , #maslinda)
or go to MAS*LINDA page on our website and fill in the "Muse" contact form. If you want your blog,name, or social handle mentioned, you can add it in the comment section. Flaunt your great style and spread the word about Maslinda, boho chic style and good karma all in one:)
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