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Original Post

Hi there,

I'm excited about this team! I've learned a lot from reading critiques of other peoples' shops, and now I'm looking for some new suggestions for my own shop.

I'm a visual artist and sell original encaustic paintings, prints, and greeting cards of my work. I used to experience a low level but steady stream of small painting and print sales, but things have *really* slowed down lately. I know that a big part of it is that I have slowed down - I am 6 months pregnant and haven't been adding as many new items as I used to. But I would like to know what I can do to boost the sales of my prints and greeting cards in the meantime, while I am not producing as much new artwork.

The prints and cards are high quality, professionally printed items and I am very proud of them. So far all buyers have been happy and I have received only positive feedback, which I am very thankful for.

I'd especially appreciate any ideas on more ways of photographing my greeting cards and prints, improving photos in general, reviews of my titles, descriptions, and policies, and any other suggestions that might give my shop a loving boost!

Thank you so much for your help!

Posted at 1:24pm Jun 28, 2012 EDT


Hi Janet :)

Have you thought about taking a photo of your greeting cards sitting on a shelf/window sill etc? That way people can see what it actually looks like in a situation, not just as a print. We have this set up in our shop (we just launched cards this week!) if you want to have a look :)

Posted at 8:46pm Jun 28, 2012 EDT

I agree with Kelly - you want to have the card displayed on a shelf or mantle with a little prop in the background - as your first photograph. And make sure it's well lit. Then the other 4 you can do closeups of the cards art.

Posted at 9:36pm Jun 28, 2012 EDT

Hello Janet! Im studying art, and a habit I have picked up is standing close to an artwork and looking at it sideways to see the textural surface

Original paintings: I imagine with encaustic the surfaces of your works must be very interesting!! Encaustic is great! I would love to see a close up in good lighting and at an angle - borrow a great camera with good depth of field.

As a paranoid buyer personally I would never buy art online unless I saw this angle! :)

By the way your compositions are lovely!

Posted at 10:17pm Jun 28, 2012 EDT

Thanks for the suggestions and positive feedback! This is super helpful. I will devote some time to photography one day soon!

Posted at 1:16am Jun 29, 2012 EDT