Hi, guys. It’s been a busy but quick work-stretch. I’m tired, but quite ready to jump back into the world of knitting and crocheting. Now if my left wrist would only stop aching… Super balls are out and I’m hoping some of the hand relaxation technique I mentioned in a previous post will help.
Anyway, in spite of a little sleep deprivation, today has been a good day. No crocheting yet, but I’ve been enjoying some knitting. And, more related to Franciscangypsy Designs, I’ve printed the postage for my first Franciscangypsy Designs sale of a physical item — I sold one of my bunnies! I had sold a coworker a turtle, but the proceeds had been intended for a charity. This one is really my first sale that is truly mine. And as a nightshift worker who does even the crafting business during night hours, I can tell you that having Stamps.com as a mailing option is really nice. It’s really hard for me to wake up in time to get to the post office. But anyway, having my own printed label makes me feel all official and businesslike. It’s the little things.
And actually, the picture above brings me in a tangential way to my point tonight.
And of course, there is a story that’s going to lead into my point. Because that’s how I work. It’s not a lengthy story, though.
Basically, I was explaining (read: bragging) to my Dad about my first bunny sale. Then my Mom pointed out that my other Oops the Bunny needs a new picture; that the one I have doesn’t do it justice.
Never needing an excuse to take more pictures of my toys, I proceeded to have a photo shoot with said bunny. Fun, and a slightly different venue than normal, since it was dark outside when I started.
It’s something that I’ve heard before though: you can never take too many pictures for a business — not in this day and age of digital cameras. The more pictures you take, the more likely it is that you get the picture you want. It was advice I thought I had taken, but now I realize that I could have taken better.
Especially in the internet market place, my pictures are all anyone has to go off of. And if I don’t take the time and effort to do a serious photo shoot, I am actually doing myself a disservice. And if I can be experimental, even better. After all, all it costs me is some time. And besides giving me a seriously fun time setting up a “scene”, it could really help my business.
A lot of people like to take pictures against a plain backdrop. I’ve tried that, but honestly, it doesn’t work for me. I’m a story-teller and I want my pictures to tell a story, or at least to give off a feeling of fun. I’m designing toys, for crying out loud. If I can’t have fun doing that, what can I have fun doing?
So sometimes I stage my pictures with a mood in mind: this is going to be fun or these characters (toys) like each other, or these characters are having issues.
And sometimes, the picture decides the personality of the toy afterwards and then I always think of the toy in that way. Yes, I just said that. I’m not crazy, honestly. It’s the writer in me. Bastion is a prime example of that. Bastion the Bluebird didn’t have any particular personality type when I designed him. But the photo below ingrained him indelibly in my mind as a attention hog and a bit of a gas. Now, whenever I take pictures with Bastion, he has to be posed in such a way that reflects this personality he has taken on for me.
Oops was similar; he’s a bit mischievous, picking on the much more timid Timmy. And you saw the Bunny Congo Line in a previous post.
I think you can probably tell that the group promo pictures are some of my favorite ones to take. There’s so much fun that can be had with them. Is my technique of take promotion pictures normal? Probably not. But it’s a whole lot of fun.
And as for the replacement Oops the Bunny pictures, I think they turned out quite well, I think. And now that I have overwhelmed your computer with downloading pictures, I’m going to take my own advice and take more pictures of my design waiting to enter testing. One can never have too many pictures, after all.
EDIT — Took some pictures and realized that I forgot to mention one very important point. Get to know your camera like it’s your best friend. Because it totally can be. Apparently, Portrait mode is a very good way to get some nice, bright pictures of toys in a dark house at night. Learn something new every day, right? Wish I could show the pictures to make my point, but you’ll have to wait until the big reveal. I’ll hopefully remember to talk about that then.