I´ve been on full speed in my studio lately re-vamping my biz + creating AMAZING new training for YOU. My goal this year is to help even more fabulous creatives build their dream lives, doing what they love.
I just released a brand NEW Challenge to Improve Your FOOD + STILL LIFE Photography In Just 5 Days.
With this mini course you´ll discover the secrets to capturing beautiful photos and take your FOOD + STILL LIFE photographs to the next LEVEL.
And that´s not all….(don´t you just LOVE surprises!)
TODAY I´m also launching a brand NEW and totally FREE MEMBERSHIP CLUB for creative women. Needless to say I’m over the moon excited about this!
You get access to a powerful collection of workbooks, checklists and mini-trainings to help you remove blocks that get in the way of achieving your goals.
You´ll find helpful tips on branding, business, creativity, productivity, blogging and photography. If you´re ready to honor your BIG dream and become unstoppable, come join us! I would love to have you on board.
If you love to photograph food and still life, but don´t have the right background/surface to use for it, I have good news for you! In my studio I have all kinds of backgrounds. I often like to use tables made of wood and old iron, but they are difficult to clean due to the texture of the surface.
So after a messy food photography session it´s not much fun to clean up. That´s why I love to use two other options, which I´ll share with you today; Foam Boards with photo prints and Vinyl Backdrops. They are almost weightless, easy to move around and not to forget; super easy to clean!
Photo Print on Foam Board
This was an idea I came up with a few years ago when I was ordering some large prints for a client. While I was placing the order, I suddenly started thinking; I wonder if I could photograph a wooden table or a rustic wall, then print it on foam boards and use them for photography? I decided to test it. I ordered about ten different prints, some made with photographs I´d taken myself and some with photos I found on an istockphoto site.
I was super excited when the prints arrived. Most of them turned out really beautiful and useful. A few of the prints didn´t work and looked unreal and not very authentic, but since the backside was white I could use them as reflectors – pretty awesome.
There´s NO limitations to what you can use as print; wood, old wall paper, old painted wood, shabby chic tables, brick wall, marble ext. You just have to create the photo or find it on an Istock website. Keep in mind that not all prints will turn out perfectly, but it´s worth the try. I´ve had mine for five years and use them often. They simply can´t break and are super delightful to work with.
Make sure the photo you use are high resolution between 250-300 dpi. Upload it to an online printing service (I used foto.com) and order the print on a thick foam board.
Choose a matte print and avoid the glossy look. If it´s too glossy it will create reflections and that´s not very nice. It´s up to you which size you prefer but I like size 50cm x 70cm or size 100cm x 120cm. The smaller size works great as surface and the larger print can be used as a background.
You can also buy made-for-you Vinyl Backdrops on Etsy. Companies like Swankyprints ship to all over the world. But be aware that the quality can vary. Some prints are great, others not so much and you don´t know until you get them. The prints are made in thin vinyl material which you can easily roll up and put away. When you use them for photography, you might have to tape the edges as they tend flip from being rolled up.
The purpose of this list is to inspire you to think differently and to help you focus on what´s most important in your photography journey. We all need to be reminded of good habits, and positive thinking from time to time, right 🙂
Are you ready? Okay, let´s get started…
1. No matter the situation, there is always a way to make it beautiful. Sometimes you just need to look at the world from a different view, and suddenly it will all make sense.
2. You don’t need, to tell the truth in a picture, but you need to be true to yourself when you shoot it.
3. Focus on being you and bring YOU into your pictures. If you look too much at others work, you will bring too much of their vision into your own work.
4. Most photographers are not born great. They become great by growing into their potential. When you put in the effort, put in the work, when you keep experimenting, learning, testing and when you keep playing with your camera – you will grow, and you will become better.
5. Failing is not failing – it´s learning. Failure mostly happens when you step out into unknown territory and experiment with things – what you learn from this is valuable. The sooner you fail, the sooner you can not fail.
6. In a portfolio, a few beautiful photographs will have a better impact, than 100 average pictures with a few winners. Make sure your portfolio only showcases your best work.
7. You don´t need to be an annoying sales person to get people to book you, all you have to do is to express enthusiasm and excitement. Nothing is more attractive than a person who oozes passion and energy.
8. Don’t be scared to start something you don’t know how to do (yet). You´ll learn along the way.
9. To run a successful business, you need to avoid stress and make sure that you are happy and relaxed. Remember, an over-stressed mind cannot think creatively, and your inner passion/creativity battery will shut down.
10. Trust that the answers are coming to you; sitting in a workspace isn’t necessarily the best place for that to happen. Get up, get out, and maybe your big break is outside waiting for you.
11. Have fun. You always find a way, even when you think you won’t.
12. Specialize! It not only helps you become more skilled, but it also allows you to increase your prices and charge accordingly for the services that you offer.
13. When there is trouble coming your way, the best way to handle it is to do something about it right away! The best time to solve a problem is now – not tomorrow or in a few weeks – but right now.
14. Help those who are starting out. Nothing you do is precious enough to be kept hidden: the real value is in the way you do it.
15. When something doesn’t feel right, that’s reason enough. And that is the only reason you need.
16. Being the best also requires you to take breaks when needed. Make sure you rest when needed. Doing so lets you walk the longer mile ahead.
17. Learn to say “I’m a photographer” out loud with a straight face. If you can’t say it and believe it, you can’t expect anyone else to, either.
18. Spend money on equipment only when you’ve outgrown your current equipment, and you’re being limited by it.
19. Don´t try to sell yourself. Focus on serving and adding value and your business will grow.
20. The moment you realize that being creative is about enjoying the process – not the end result, then you´ll truly boost your creative mind! Getting caught up in perfectionism will slowly drain you of creative energy!
21. Don´t photograph for perfection – photograph for emotions. The emotions people feel when they see your work, is what makes them buy.
22. Do not undervalue your work (selling yourself to cheap won´t give you success – only the wrong clients). Make sure you charge what your worth + charge for your time.
23. Love your network. Don´t ask what your network can do for you, but what you can do for them.
24. Be sure to shoot what YOU love. Do what you feel in your heart to get it right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.
25. Never compare your journey with someone else’s. It’s a marathon with no finish line. Someone else may start out faster than you, may seem to progress more quickly than you, but every photographer has his/her own pace. Your journey is your journey, not a competition. You will never “arrive.” No one ever does.
26. Being grateful boosts happiness. Happiness enhances creativity. Make sure to count your blessings and do activities that put a smile on your face.
I hope you enjoyed reading this inspiring list. Now it´s time for a little assignment!
I challenge you to pick the 3 statements that actually speaks to you.
Write them down on a post-it and hang them on your wall or computer screen. Get used to them and repeat them daily so you can become stronger and more confident.