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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Jewelry Photos.... AGAIN and Etsy Faux Breadcrumbs


I don’t do too many jewelry shows, but a couple weeks ago a friend asked if I wanted to take part in a trunk show she was having at her boutique and it sounded like fun so I happily agreed.

I learned something very important about my work while I was at this show.  I learned I really like my jewelry.  Why was this a revelation?  Because after I make and list a piece, I pretty much only see it as everyone else sees it, online via the photographs I’ve taken.

And now we come to the point.  I have been unenamoured by a lot of my jewelry because I was basing my opinions on my photographs, which are apparently not representing my pieces. 

When my friends say, “Laura, you take fabulous jewelry photos!” I feel like the anorexic kid who looks in the mirror and sees only a fat kid.  How are these people not seeing what I’m seeing?  How am *I* not seeing what they’re seeing?

All I know is, when I hold my jewelry in my hand I like it.  When I see it on my computer monitor, it’s iffy at best.

So I’ve got a shoebox full of jewelry sitting on my workbench that I intend to rephotograph.  I’m determined.  Will let you know how it goes.  One thing going for me, I have a new light tent set up.   What?!  Another one?!?!  Yes, indeed.  I saw something online that other jewelry makers were raving about but it was over $200.  So I found out what it was made of and after a day of internet searching I found the material online.  Fingers crossed.


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Sound crazy?  Turns out there’s actually some good reasoning for do this.  I’ll let my good friend Tammy Adams explain in her blog post: Etsy Quick Tip: faux breadcrumbs


I spent some time today going through files on my computer, organizing and whatnot, and found something funny/interesting. I don't even DO eBay auctions anymore.

Here’s a pie chart I made for my sales in 2012.



  1. As usual, Laura, you are a wealth of knowledge (and cute kitten photos!)

    But I'm a little confused on your photos - which route are you going? The all-white background or the graduated ones?

    Love your work!!

  2. Hi Kristi! Thanks for the compliment. As to the photos, it wasn't a decision about the background; sorry if that was unclear.

    It's just a complete, overall feeling of "ugh" for some photos as opposed to others. And truthfully, I think certain pieces look better on white, others look better on black, and still others look better on gradient or wood or something. I don't think I'll find ONE background that will work for all my jewelry pieces, but I would like:
    1) A feeling of cohesiveness among the photos
    2) Photos that make me proud of the piece rather than ashamed of it

  3. I hear and share your frustration in trying to represent your jewelry for internet only showing. Your photos are often the ones I think, "wow" about so I'm sure your stuff in person has got to be truly amazing.

  4. Your photos are fabulous, and yet I understand that urge to make things better. I have been on a quest for the holy grail of photo backgrounds: the one that looks good with everything and makes everything look as good as in real life. When you find it, let me know. ;) And thanks for sharing my breadcrumbs.

  5. I thought you might be going in another direction. I also rarely do shows, but when I do, I'm always amazed at how much better the pieces look on people!