Mini Interview: Erin discusses her inspiration behind her recycled spoon necklaces, tips on product photography, and her number one tip for someone starting a creative business.
1. How did you come up with the super fun idea of making necklace pendants out of recycled spoons?
Upcycling Spoons sort of well…happened. For several years I had been creating and selling beaded jewelry at a boutique, and I was simply bored with it. I was laid off and because of that I moved in with my Mom, and I wanted to try something new and it had to be something inexpensive. I was intrigued by resin and its possibilities and my love affair with glitter was starting to fizzle, until I ran into some gorgeous soup spoons in a sweet little southern thrift shop, it was a match made in crafty heaven! After wearing them around town and realizing they were quite the conversation piece, I decided to create spoonfuls of glitter and pretties to sell on Etsy!
2. I know that you’ve made some changes to your product photos, and they look AMAZING. Can you talk a little bit about the changes that you made and give some tips on taking really good product photos?
My product photos were almost the death of my Etsy Shop. I had gone through four completely different photo background changes…and nothing was working, I was mentally exhausted and so ready to give up. Finally, one day Danielle suggested editing them more than just the norm. So I began fiddling with Adobe Lightroom and applying presets to my photos. I also shot all of my necklaces against a sheer white polka-dotted curtain. It had just enough snazziness without distracting viewers from my colorful designs.
Besides the above, here are 3 tips that helped me get my photos where I wanted them be are:
1. When shooting your product photos choose props and a background that fit your brand. You want to create an easy on the eyes,cohesive shopping experience for your customers.
2. Use natural lighting, enough said. Don’t even think about using your flash, I have made this mistake.
3. Take shots that clearly show all angles and views of your product. You can’t leave your customer guessing.
3. What’s your number one tip for someone who is just starting a creative business?
My number 1 tip is without a doubt, connecting. If I had a sparkly wand and could turn back the hands of time, I would have gotten on Twitter a long time ago, found helpful blogs to read (such as yours), and become a part of a community. Whether you have a crafty biz, or a chiropractic business you must grab a hold of like minded people and cherish them, learn from them, and encourage them. I wish I would have known just how important this was from the beginning.