One thing you may not know about me is that I was an art major in college. I discovered metalsmithing after a friend signed up for the beginning level class. You see how that turned out.
After many, many years working for other people in retail jewelry stores, I decided to get back to what drew me in to begin with. Creating jewelry I loved. I was so excited to start the journey that I never thought of all the things I didn’t know. Turns out there’s a lot I didn’t know. But I learned and continue to do so.
I found lots of things I had to do that were nowhere close to being on my radar. Like writing blog posts. And photography. I don’t have a ton of experience with photography so there (like so many other things in my business) has been a big learning curve.
I quickly discovered that I absolutely love taking photos of my work laid out on a flat surface with props (they’re called, conveniently, flat-lays). Definitely a zone of genius for me. One thing that’s not a zone of genius? Taking pictures of my jewelry on me. I truly suck at this. No matter what I did I couldn’t get the focus I wanted. I had long conversations with the owner of the local camera shop. Many long conversations. The woman deserves a prize.
So I finally decided that while I had been quick to get a special lens for taking those up-close pictures of my jewelry I needed to try a better lens for the other pictures. So I bought a new lens. Today. And I played with it. Yay!!
While this probably isn’t the last lens I’ll ever buy it’s definitely a step up for this newbie!
Talk to you soon!
P.S. You can take a look at these pieces and all my other work in my online shop. While you’re there make sure you sign up for my email list. I promise not to annoy you, but I will share some of my favorite pieces and new work with you!