If you follow me on Instagram, you might already have seen my announcement about my new Etsy shop. I've already received so much great feedback and I'm excited to share more about it with you in this post! Thank you all for your support and encouragement so far!
Over the years I've worked on a variety of personal photography projects in between my wedding and portrait work. It gives me an outlet to try something new and learn new techniques that I can bring as part of my "toolkit" when I'm working with clients. While these exercises are primarily aimed at play and practice, I've taken some of my favorite images during these personal sessions.
One series, in particular, was focused on photographing glass. Since glass is reflective and transparent, it can be a challenge to photograph if you don't know how to light it correctly. During this series, I photographed a variety of drinking glasses that we had here at home. One of my favorite images resulted from photographing a martini glass. I knew right away that I wanted to make it into wall art for myself and that's where the idea for something more was born.
I thought to myself, "wouldn't it be so cool to be able to offer an added service that offered home artwork that wasn't wedding or portrait related?" We all end up putting something on our walls, and a lot of people err on the side of something quick and cheap from a big-box retailer. Wouldn't it be neat to buy it straight from an artist, especially if it was one you already had a relationship with (like your wedding or family portrait photographer)? I've finally decided to make it happen!
I'm so excited to share my new line of modern artwork for the home!
Introducing: Line & Shadow
To be clear, Line and Shadow is meant to be a side project in addition to, but not in place of, my wedding and portrait work. It'll feature unique offerings from my personal collection of work that will update from time to time. For now, I've chosen to limit the type of prints and make them specific to what I think will look best with each image. For example, the martini glass image is sleek and contemporary, so I've chosen to offer this as a metal print rather than a framed print or canvas because I found that it loses some impact with those mediums.
In addition to carefully selecting the medium, I've also chosen to be picky about my printing partners. While I researched product costs and looked at what other artwork was already being offered on Etsy I found a huge chunk of artwork and prints being sold for less than what my cost would be to have a print professionally made. What that tells me is that there are a lot of low-quality art prints being sold on Etsy and not enough high-quality offerings. Compromising the integrity of the prints is not an option for me, so I've chosen to go with trusted, professional printers for these products. While that does mean that my products are at a higher price point, you can rest assured knowing that your print was well made and will last when treated with care.
This project is still very much in its infancy and there are only a couple of items available in the shop right now. I plan to add more over time so be sure to check back every once in a while or keep up with my updates on Instagram because I'll share new items there too.
Thanks for all your support, I'm looking forward to sharing more updates about this in the future!
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