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Etsy Spotlight

Etsy Photographer Spotlight

Selling your work online is both challenging and time consuming as it requires a lot of work both online and off. It’s one thing to just put some up some art  and wait for people to find you– mark my word you won’t get very far with that approach.  You have to first have a product that someone finds attractive, then overcome the obstacle of  progressing from attraction to desire, and finally, to sealing the deal. What better way to gain more exposure than a feature on some of the great photographers that call Etsy home. I sent each photographer a short interview, then  selected a few questions from each reply. The styles, subjects, and skill level vary greatly. A great mix for finding something that you love.

The photographers listed below are a part of the two strongest Etsy teams for Photographers, so you know you are in good company to be on this list!

Zoe
Shop: www.zoewithlove.etsy.com
Blog: www.zoeewithlove.blogspot.com

When did you decide to become a photographer? What made you decide? I knew I wanted to be a photographer when I couldn’t stop borrowing my father’s camera in the 90s to take photos of the moon! I would stand for hours and use roll after roll to capture that beauty.

Do you shoot film, digital, or both? Digital, but I just got the Diana F+ to try my hand at lomography.

Do you ever get photographer’s block? How do you inspire yourself? I’m always on the lookout for inspiration, traveling and nature are my biggest mind-fresheners!

Any tips you would like to share for a novice photographer looking to start selling their work online? Do your homework. Read as much as you can about selling your work online, don’t be afraid of spending money on marketing. And above all, stick with your passion for photography, you might become a top seller or you might not sell at all, what’s important is your love for photography and that will always keep you going. : )

How do you feel about photo manipulation in photography? Do you still consider a highly manipulated photo a photograph or has is become “art?” Yes and no. If the original image is still recognizable I might consider it as photography, although I do consider photography itself an art form. Otherwise, I consider work like that of photographer Jerry Uelsmann’s as art.

Lauren
Shop: www.etsy.com/shop/WildOrangeStudio
Facebook:www.facebook.com/WildOrangeStudio

Do you consider Photography an art form?
Absolutely! Art is a means to convey personal expression in a manner that the viewer can interpret for themselves – a good photograph should stir up something within the person looking at it.

Do you believe that you need an expensive camera to create better pictures?
Not at all. Having pricey equipment might help you obtain the desired effects, but it’s more important to have a good eye and a basic knowledge of camera function. No one should ever be discouraged that they don’t have the latest and greatest.

Who are you photography influences?
I’m most inspired by street photography: Henri Cartier Bresson, Lee Friedlander, Garry Winogrand and William Eggleston are some of my favorites.

What has been the single biggest obstacle you’ve overcome as photographer?
Overcoming my shyness. As much as I love being able to hide behind my camera, photography requires a lot of guts when you see the perfect subject, and it happens to be of a stranger, or it’s in the middle of a populated area. It’s a huge rush for me to be able to capture the vision I had seen in my head – I know if I let my shyness overtake me, that moment will pass. I refuse to miss a good photo opportunity!

Has selling on Etsy contributed to a desire to start your own photography business, or to improve your skills?
Being on Etsy has helped me to better understand the business side of it – promoting, forming relationships, and all the hard work involved!

Raja aka Iman
Shop:www.etsy.com/shop/imansworld
Blog: photojumble.wordpress.com/

Any tips you would like to share for a novice photographer looking to start selling their work online? If it is your passion, open yourself completely, no holding back and share your passion. Do it for you, don’t worry if it takes awhile and don’t worry if you don’t get positive feedback immediately, just enjoy your gifts being shared with the world.

How do you feel about photo manipulation in photography? Do you still consider a highly manipulated photo a photograph or has is become “art?” I don’t manipulate my photos, but I do appreciate beautifully and artistically manipulated photos. For me photography was always art, so manipulating it is still art.

Do you have any formal training in photography? No formal training.

What are your favorite subjects to photograph? Nature, shapes and structure.

Any tips you would like to share for a novice photographer looking to start selling their work online? If it is your passion, open yourself completely, no holding back and share your passion. Do it for you, don’t worry if it takes awhile and don’t worry if you don’t get positive feedback immediately, just enjoy your gifts being shared with the world.

Donna
Shop: www.caradonnaphotography.etsy.com

Do you have any formal training in photography? I am completely self-taught with my camera which is more intelligent than what launched Apollo 11. No joke….so it’s been a great challenge to use it to at least a portion of its capability.

What is your funniest, intriguing, scariest, or most heartfelt moment from a photo shoot? On a family shoot, I caught a split second of a mother and her young son. When she saw the photo she just cried and cried. I was overwhelmed with a sense of great accomplishment as a photographer.

Has selling on Etsy contributed to a desire to start your own photography business, or to improve your skills? Putting my work out to the public is both scary and inspiring. I am always striving to be better than my own self….a constant effort to improve with every single snap of my camera.
Do you actively seek photo gigs outside of Etsy? What kind? I hope to find the time to be more involved with outside photo opportunities. Just this morning I entered a Smithsonian photo contest. I don’t expect to qualify as a finalist, but you just never know unless you try.
Do you think that society would be different if photography was never invented? Wow, what a question! The world would be missing everything without photography to document, memorialize, and remember.

Alexandra
Shop: www.celaniart.etsy.com
Website: www.celaniart.com

What was your first camera?
Nikon D5000

How do you describe your photographic style?
I’m not sure I try to capture any specific style, I just like to think my photos are a representation of how I see the world. I like to look and think of things in many different perspectives, and I try to capture that altered state of thinking through the lens of my camera.
What is your funniest, intriguing, scariest, or most heartfelt moment from a photo shoot?
I recently did a shoot for a family that I consider my own. They lost their son almost three years ago, and after his death they planted an apple tree. The tree unexpectedly grew two beautiful, healthy apples and they asked me to photograph them. To them, the apples were a sign of their son being free…so for me to be able to capture that moment forever was truly an honor.
Do you have any formal training in photography?
I am attending the New Hampshire Institute of Art.

What are your favorite subjects to photograph?
Anything that has an air of mystery to it, I love old style buildings with a vintage feel.

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3 thoughts on “Etsy Photographer Spotlight

  1. Very Nice article. I think you found some very talented photographers to interview. I like your idea and I hope it catches on with some of the other venues.

    Posted by Lucille Mirata | 24 August, 2011, 6:52 pm
  2. Thanks again for featuring me and for introducing me to other great photographers!

    Posted by Lauren Mitchell | 28 August, 2011, 7:12 pm
  3. Thank you so much Jennifer for writing this post and featuring all these talented photographers! I’m honored to be among them! And sorry it took me forever to post, my daughter likes to keep me busy 😛 Great blog, I’ll be back for more!

    All the best,
    Zoe

    Posted by Zoe | 6 September, 2011, 4:39 am

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