I’m a modern maker living in a world where the image rules. You send images of your work to prospective sellers, clients, galleries. The images of your work are your calling card and so there is a lot of pressure and importance placed on getting the best ones you can.
Now in a perfect world I would be fabulously successful and could just call up a fantastic photographer with a wonderful, designer name (I’ll leave it up to you folks to shout them out.) who would take beautifully composed, elegantly light images of my work. Whilst, I haven’t quite given up on that dream – it’s not my reality.
So you can imagine how pleased I was when I received a surprise email from Jennie Smith, Etsy Australia’s Seller Development Specialist inviting me to attend a workshop by Heidi Adnum a wonderful Australian photographer who has written this information packed photography book targeted at online sellers.
The day was a great mixture of fun and information. The first half was spent learning the basics of your camera and then we all went off to another room to start snapping like a group of Japanese tourists on speed. Heidi had enormous patience with us all as we bombarded her with questions on cameras and composition. A big thanks to all the girls who collectively showed me how to use my camera. Cheers ladies – those buttons aren’t so intimidating.
Of course it helped that we were in one of the beautifully light, stark white rooms at The School in Rosebery and that when we were starving we sauntered (photographers saunter) down to Kitchen By Mike and ate food for soul and body.
What we took away from the day was that no matter how basic your camera it is possible to take great shots of your products to send out into the world. Images that will do justice to all the passion and hard work that goes into creating our products.
Without any further ado here are some of my images from that day.