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Blue Giraffe Images has a store!

Hey all! Its been a very busy and hectic past couple of months but I’ve been taking a lot of pictures. Getting back into the habit of posting them online again. Here are just a few but more to come later. Also I know have an official store online so check it out!

 

http://www.bluegiraffeimages.com

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Total Experience

The past few months have brought many changes. One of them was sort of a freak accident. While driving to work at the end of August someone, who was parked on the side of the street, opened up their door into my car while I was passing by. The door jammed right into my car on the front right wheel making it no longer drivable. It was towed a body shop.  After a very long process waiting for insurance companies to do their job they ended up calling it a total loss. Yes… from a guy opening his door. Frame damage, struts, wheel, etc, etc. Once it was deemed a total loss it still took 2 weeks to get my car out of the body shop lot because they were charging extensive fees. ANYWAYS… I had time to do a lot of thinking and talking. Everyone that I talked to said that when they totaled their car they used that opportunity to buy the car they had always been wanting… so I did just that.

It’s hard because I was so close to paying off my other car. But if I had to get back into another payment, I wanted it to be something I really wanted. So far, I couldn’t be happier.

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New Los Angeles Prints

I have seen the Hollywood many times. I have seen downtown Los Angeles many times. The goal for these photos was to try and capture both in a way that is a little more artistic and different that normal.

What I learned while taking these photos is that every day we pass things that we take for granted. Maybe it’s downtown Los Angeles for me but maybe is the old coffee shop on the corner for you, or a tree in a park you always run by, or even the neighbors dog. These, by no means, are the most amazing pictures ever taken of Los Angeles but what they did for me was help me open my eyes again and see whats around me when most days I just let it fly by.

Here are some more photos. They have been listed for sale on [etsy] and on [www.bluegiraffeimages.com].

 

 

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Macro Teaser

Macro Experiment Update coming tomorrow. Going through pictures as we speak. Here is one that really stands out to me so far. If you missed the first post you can catch it [here].

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First sale on ETSY

ETSY First Sale

Well… I have made my first sale. To my mother.

I have realized that when I go and buy something I look into the success that person/business has had before me and what people thought of it. So I needed a little help to start showing some activity at the store and my mom can always use a good photograph of mine.

As I think about what makes a small business something you want to buy from, it becomes more and more NOT a small business. Everything you have to put into it, all the things you have to worry about people thinking when they come there, having 1 bad review cripple you, etc. Basically it boils down to first impressions being you’re ONLY impressions. Especially online.

Think about when most of you go to Target. You don’t think about the credibility of the store or that one random item you pick off the shelf. You don’t call your friend asking if they liked their toothbrush they bought last month. Now, I realize I’m making a stretch in comparing the two and that Target is a time and time again proven store. But it is more about how the mind works when buying something – most of the time with every right to think that way. There is a check list we go through in our heads before purchasing something, Target has just proved themselves enough to allow us to enable the 1-click purchase.

This has been way more of a learning experience than I ever thought it would be. The best part so far is getting to connect with everyone and being pushed creatively and always finding new inspiration. Plus, it’s better than my pictures just sitting on my computer.

Side note: Stay turned for an updated macro posting. I think you’ll enjoy it.

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http://www.etsy.com/shop/BlueGiraffeImages

www.bluegiraffeimages.com

And here is the print I sold my mom. It is of my sister at Malibu beach when she was visiting from Ohio.

Sister KCACO Malibu Beach

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Proofing Prints

I just got in some new prints I ordered. They came out amazing. Crisp and great colors. So excited to get these in the hands of more people. Check them out, let me know what you think.

For you photographers out there, get your pints printed and get them printed at a great place. It is one thing to view them on the computer, it’s a complete different experience to hold them in your hand.

Pelican Rock

Silhouette Palm Trees

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The ETSY Journey. So far.

ETSY Storefront

ETSY. It’s a great place but man is it a whole new world. One more social network. One more place that I have to work to get people to find me.  Over the past week or so I have been putting my store together. Adding listings, then changing them, then deleting them, then adding them again. I mean they’re only 20 cents a listing so why not right!? Wrong. I want to figure this ETSY puzzle out so that I can set it and forget it. Or do I? Can you open a store on ETSY and have a build it and they will come way of thinking? I’m starting to doubt it. Sure, its only been a week but if it was as easy as taking pictures, uploading them and waiting – everyone would do it.

I’m not sure if you guys are on ETSY either as a buyer or a seller. But if you are, and you have any tips please let me know. Even if you’re not check out my store and let me know what you think as an outsider.

[click here] to visit my store. Andddddd if you happen to be looking around and need a print for your house, well everything is 50% off right now! Use code: “BLUEGIRAFFEHALFOFF”. Please contact me with any questions. One thing I do know is that sales and reviews help A LOT when people are looking to buy something.

Thanks to everyone for their input and likes on the last blog, means a lot. WordPress, unlike anything else so far feels like a small community.

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The 50 Followers Update


50 Followers in 23 Days. For those of you keeping score at home, that’s about 2 new followers a day on average. Not sure if thats good, but at least it doesn’t sound like a failure. I thought I would talk about some things I’ve learned and some things I still don’t understand.

LEARNED:

• There would be times I would be sitting on my couch and just stare at a draft I had written wondering if I should post it. Once I do end up posting them, after some internal debate, they actually tend to get the most responses from people. Maybe its the part of me that is being real in those posts that wonder if people actually care – surprisingly they do.

• You will get likes from people that actually like it and likes from people that like to like things. If you’re slightly confused as to what I’m talking about, you may be the person who just likes to like things.

• It takes A LOT to get comments out of people (except for spam). People are more than willing to give their time to a like button, but it seems more of a challenge to gain the interaction along with it.

• So far from the posts I respond to and the posts of mine people have responded to people like genuineness (that’s a crazy word).

• WordPress is a great community to learn whats going on and see different ways people document some of their journeys. Whether its a story with photos, just photos, unique ways of laying them out. It’s very interesting.

• Unlike Facebook I feel like I am allowed to look at your pictures and your stories because thats what you post it for. I feel slightly stalker-ish on Facebook and I even know those people.

STILL LEARNING

• The best way to display my pictures. Do people want to scroll through large pictures or click and go through a gallery? How many is to many?

• The best times to post. This will always be a topic I think. It’s a huge world out there so maybe there isn’t one time better than another. So far I have gotten good luck with evening posts.

• The best ways to tag images and posts so people can find them. I have heard to had a lot of tags and then I’ve heard that adding a lot of tags can actually hurt you.

• Im still learning how to promote myself and to gain new interest from new people. Lets be honest, I’m doing this to sell photography.

Overall I started this to try to get more people to buy my photography. Maybe eventually that will come of it but it not it has gotten me looking at things differently, being more involved and open to new ways of talking about and presenting ideas and journeys to outside people. It has gotten be out taking pictures and going through old pictures. It’s forcing me to share my work with more people hoping they like it. But most importantly it has given me some sort of confidence to keep going and that some people, even if its only 50, care enough about a picture I took or something I said to click the FOLLOW button.

As a reminder get 50% off any print with new being added daily CODE: “BLUEGIRAFFEHALFOFF” order on ETSY by [clicking here]

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