As an aspiring handbag brand, (& designer/maker/entrepreneur), there is no greater truth than that of being a one-woman production...at least for now. When people ask what I do, I sometimes struggle to honestly answer because just saying I'm a handbag designer hardly seems like the truth. The actual designing & even making of handbags only gets to occupy about 25% of my time, realistically. The rest is full of website logistics, budgeting, sourcing materials, meeting and building upon existing clients, and.........learning photography.
Am I a photographer? no. Am I ever interested in being a photographer? no. Do I know or understand anything about photography beyond pointing and clicking? no. Am I willing to learn whatever I need to and just step out and make it work? Without a doubt.
So this week, I made it happen. I had the pleasure of working with a dear friend, Liz and a former co-worker turned FORD Model Abby. These two were a high energy and patient presence to have and work with and I couldn't be more grateful.
I started the process with a body language mood board for the girls in order for them to get a glimpse of the presence and feel I was aiming for. This space also doubled as the hair and make up 'station.'
I then made a mini setup of lights that I usually use for product shots and added a few extra materials to help me with balancing my lighting. And then just went for it!
After spending the next full day on edits, I'm happy with the results!......And very much still L.E.A.R.N.I.N.G. (which I feel is just another synonym for Entrepreneur)
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Every so often, I get the pleasure of working with a local shop to create a capsule collection of leather goods for their customer. This time, I collaborated with Winifred Grace, a lovely boutique tucked away in the West Edgewater/Andersonville neighborhood.
Week 2 of 5 in the month of May, brings us the Column Tote!
During this month, I'll be releasing a new design each week to my email base, exclusively.
In the mood for something new?! Me too.
If you have signed up for emails, you are all set!
I value those who have decided to stay in the loop so I'm doing a series of small-batch, fresh designs for the month of May; one per week!
You will preview them through IG & FB but only able to access them through a shop-able emailed link.