Posts Tagged ‘photography’

Spring is very late in its arrival this year. I have my first outdoor show in about a month and I wonder if I’m going to have to wear my snow boots and parka. Candles, which people usually reserve for the colder months, will be flying off the shelves if the weather keeps up like this. I feel like lighting a few candles myself as I look outside and see the snow flying in the blustery wind. The geese have arrived for the summer, but I bet they’re sorry they didn’t wait a while more.

 I spent part of the weekend pouring some beeswax candles. I really should get them in my Etsy shop, but taking photos for the listings is tripping me up. Photos always trip me up. Taking photos of my products requires a huge amount of motivation and I’ve just not had it in me for a while. Sometimes I think I should take my things to be photographed to someone who knows more about photography than I do, and who doesn’t need the motivation to take pictures like I do, but who can afford a professional? These are the times I would be willing to trade, services for products. Is there anyone out there who would be willing to do that?

Making the beeswax candles was enough for me this weekend. I sold out at a show last November when a woman bought every single beeswax candle I had on my table. I have to stock up because as I mentioned before, my first show is in about a month. Maybe the photo bug will bite me in the meantime. Until then, Etsy will just have to wait.

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The snow keeps coming here in Minnesota, but because it’s March it’s kind of melty.  With melty snow comes icicles.  I know, icicles aren’t desireable to a lot of home owners, but I think they’re one of the prettiest occurances nature gives.

Red Cranberries in Winter Ice on Etsy by WhitesideHollow

Icicles 8 X 10 Photograph on Etsy by pixelstarphotography

Icicle Sunset on Etsy by MillinPhotography

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It looks like summer has finally arrived in Minnesota.  After months of gray, overcast days the lush green grass and foliage and vibrant flower blossoms are a welcome sight.

There’s an Etsy shop where you can get the freshness of summer blooms all year long.  MaryFosterCreative is filled with fine art flower and foliage photographs by Mary Foster.  Not only does she photograph nature’s beautiful works of art, she grows the blooms herself!

The shop features flower and foliage prints as well as note card collections.  Cards can be purchased individually or in sets.  Imagine how thrilled someone would be to receive a lovely hand-written note on one of these gorgeous cards.

Mary has another talent ~ crochet!  She makes adorable crocheted accessories inspired by her flower photography and offers these in her shop too.

Come visit MaryFosterCreative for a healthy dose of summer blooms and incredible talent.

This article will soon be published on the HandmadeMN blog, a blog I’m sure you will enjoy. Not only do they publish my Featured Shop articles, there are lots of giveaways and interesting articles presented by many Minnesota artisans like me.

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I’m excited to tell you about the Etsy shop of a talented Minnesota artist. I was browsing recently and found the beautiful photography of Paul Presnail.


Paul’s shop has everything from vividly-colored photographs to black and white, from a barn in Iowa to the Eiffel Tower in France, from nature to architecture.  He says he doesn’t Photoshop his creations, so what you see in the photos is a result of his great eye for subject matters and an amazing ability with the camera.


I really like what Paul says in his shop introduction:  “What we see through our eyes is never just light and shapes. Every image is painted with personal perspectives based on feelings and experiences. So while we all may look at the same things, how we interpret what we see is uniquely our own.”  

Step by Step

Wander through Paul’s shop and discover your interpretations of his subjects. Some may be familiar, some a dream, but I know for sure you’ll enjoy soaking up what Paul Presnail and his camera have to offer.

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