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Cleaning Up Shop: Before & After

Heidi Shenk "business"

Before I jump into today's post, I would like to send out a big thank you to my handmade community in response to Friday's post about turning down a big opportunity. I received many encouraging words through all sorts of outlets on Friday, and I'm thankful for that!

And here we are, Monday morning, and I'm attempting something completely new-- getting up early. The first day was a success, but I'll have to work extra hard at this because if you know me, you know I am simply not a morning person. And while we're on the topic of new routines, I decided to share a quick before and after of something I've been working on recently-- updating product photos.

Some of these photos have been floating around in my Etsy shop for much too long. And by much too long, I mean a couple of years. And while the photos were good enough to still allow me to sell the product, I can honestly say that after I updated several of the photos, I sold that product within minutes. That was a big enough sign that I was doing something right, so even though it's a bit of an arduous task, I decided that it was a must for me to slowly take it on. In addition, I've been playing a bit with product styling. Here's a look at some before and afters.

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While the task of reshooting product photos does take time, I think the payoff is a good one. I love that my photos look more professional, crisp, and bright. It's a task that I've put on my list of things to do when I have a few spare minutes. If I'm waiting on a batch of cards to print or have a few minutes to spare while my pencil press warms up, I've been snapping a few photos instead of taking a break.

Have you been doing any fine tuning in your shop lately? What tasks could you take on to make your shop more appealing?

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