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Old 07-07-2010, 02:09
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ok here is what I think... Pictures speak a thousand words and to me it looks like your just selling stuff laying around your house. The pictures show no pride in your work. You should never take pictures of stuff you are trying to sell laying against a pillow or your hand, one picture I saw a not so clean carpet? Also ummmm, you need to heat seal the end of your ribbons, a lot of bows, and things I saw the ribbon was fraying.. ummm it all takes time and to me it looks like your newer at this bow stuff, and that might make a difference too, when I first started I could only sell to really really close friends because my stuff was very newbie. Now after a year later, it is better and I am getting better. So, you can take my advice for what it is worth and I tried not to be too brutal BUT I think things shouldn't be sugar coated...
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i agree about the pictures. An easy, cheap thing you could do to help that is to use a white background and take the photos outside, or even on clean concrete. If I do mine that way I try to take them towards the middle of the day so the sun doesn't cause too much a shadow. The outside light will show all the colors much better; and you won't have the distortion of a flash. Also, look on ebay for a cheap photo light tent. They make the pictures look amazing, and you can easily use one with sunlight as well. For the clothing, I hang mine on a nice looking fence outside. HTH

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I have to agree with pattock6 on this one. I think you've got the right idea in terms of colour combo's etc, but your ideas need a little fine tuning. Heat sealing is a big thing, but an easy fix! The bow on one of your tutus is a little off in the middle. Try doing a search for free tutorials here for tails down bows -this should help you fix the middle.
Once your products are fine tuned, then you need to work on your photos. Try making a light box -all you need is some poster board from Walmart and some masking tape. This will give you a nice white background to work from. You can use objects you have around the house to help you display them - for example, you can use a vase to display headbands.
The best thing to do is check out etsy and see what other bow and tutu makers are using, it really has tons of great ideas!
And hey, don't get discouraged, you're on the right path, and we're all constantly learning new things!
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I agree with all the above, also you have a lot of licensed images on your stuff. People aren't always comfortable purchasing items they know are made illegally. I would try to just make some plain bows without images on them.

I can't afford professional photographers for "photo shoots" like some of the women do but I have a set up that I like. The light tent honestly never worked out for me; never could get it to look right. But there is a lot you can do. Check out some other bow websites to see how they do their pics.
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Thank you guys! What can I do about the pics is there any programs that i can do backgrounds or silhouettes or anything since some of the items have sold so i can't take pics of those things I am trying to find a metal mannequin but have no luck in my area jo ann has a dress form but it's 300. I'm just starting out so can't afford that. What do you use to display shirts and tutus?
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Thank you guys! What can I do about the pics is there any programs that i can do backgrounds or silhouettes or anything since some of the items have sold so i can't take pics of those things I am trying to find a metal mannequin but have no luck in my area jo ann has a dress form but it's 300. I'm just starting out so can't afford that. What do you use to display shirts and tutus?
In my opinion to display ur tutus it looks like you have the model! So take them out to the park put on the tutu and start taking pics and choose the best one!
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Thank you guys! What can I do about the pics is there any programs that i can do backgrounds or silhouettes or anything since some of the items have sold so i can't take pics of those things I am trying to find a metal mannequin but have no luck in my area jo ann has a dress form but it's 300. I'm just starting out so can't afford that. What do you use to display shirts and tutus?
Not sure if you have a hobby lobby near you but they have wire forms and they run them 50% off sometimes.

I think shirts would look cute on a pretty hanger against a nice background or clipped to a clothesline outside. I agree....tutus look best on a little girl.

Scour your goodwill or thriftstore for unusual displays. Sometimes the strangest things will make a great display. I found a metal branch card tree and clipped bows on it.

Good luck!
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I totally agree with everyone here. You already have your model! Go outside and have fun with her!
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