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After spending a majority of my day in the freezing cold, I can finally say I am warm again.  I played around in with some water, which created these pretty ice abstract images.  I feel like I am in an ice cave, looking out through the few windows, that have been covered with ice for years.  Enjoy!

 

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Snow and Ice…is very nice!

As many people in the USA, I have been dealing with the extreme cold temperatures of 2014.  In Cleveland, Ohio today, it got down below 10 degrees, with a wind chill of -30.  So naturally, I grabbed my camera and went to explore the ice!  I live in a town that has beautiful waterfalls, and I knew that they would create some very unique images.  The waterfalls were not completely frozen, but had many different pieces of ice incorporated.  The water and ice working together, remind me of an alternate universe, a universe where the glass blowing artist Chihuly would live.  Enjoy… and stay warm!

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To ETSY…or not to ETSY????

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To Etsy…or not to Etsy, is the only question in my head today.  I am obsessed, so I thought I would throw it out to you, and hopefully I get some feed back.  I come from an entire family of free thinkers, artists, politicians, and entrepreneurs, so the question really isn’t if I should take a risk.  My entire family would encourage me to live my life to the fullest, and follow my heart, and live my dreams, which I cherish, and I do every day.  But right now I am at a very large cross road. 

Let me explain my Etsy situation…

I studied commercial photography, specializing in food photography from Ohio University, with a minor in fine art.  When I lived in Chicago I opened my own photography studio, and I was in heaven.  Life changed, and I moved to Ohio to open an amazing vegan bakery with my best friend, and it is a mad success.  But today, I crave deep in my bones to be the photographer again, I don’t know if it is because I just turned 30 or not, all I can say is I feel it.   So I thought maybe I could dabble in the Etsy world.  Multi task the bakery and the photography, it has been done before…right? 

I talked to my friend who had a shop on etsy, selling hand knit cowls, and she gave me some good advice.  She said that it was a lot of work marketing, the Etsy market is not what it was 5 years ago, it is very saturated now.  She also mentioned that with photography, you need to be more creative, than just put an image up.  Which I agree, and she gave me some great ideas on products that would sell.  Such as coasters, like to one you see above.  

I have many many many images that would be marketable in many different cities all over the country, so I believe I could reach far.  I also have many different ideas such as the coasters, cards, and many different items.  

I have a mixed bag of friends, and I know my artist friends would say, “jump in”, and I know my commercial advertising photography friends would most likely say “work on editorial marketing”.  I know that shouldn’t sway my opinion, but I guess I just need more feedback. 

So I suppose the question to all of you is, have you ever worked with Etsy?  Are you a photographer on Etsy?  Is it worth my time, and would you buy a product from my shop? 

Thanks in advance!