Jewelry Photography

I have an awesome Nikon D 40, which I love with all my heart.  I realize that there is a lot that this camera has to offer but I tend to use two settings, they are called Auto and then the option of using no flash.

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But Nicole is so encouraging and by the end of the conversation I thought, I can do this, this is possible.  And then after my first photo shoot I realized that I needed to read up on the subject of photography, and find my Nikon user manual, that has never been opened…

Luckily I found some wonderful articles via Pinterest about jewelry photography, here they are:

1.  This article gives a great tutorial on how to make a light box, and working with your settings.

2.  This is the white box that I am going to make, all the items can be purchased at the dollar store.  Which is my favorite store, and I end up spending more than I ever mean to every time:)

3.  If this white box does not work, she made it even fancier to let in more natural light.

4.  This article gives you specific directions on how to make beautiful jewelry pictures with a white background.  I recommend having your camera user manual with you while she talks you through all the camera lingo.

5.  The Rule of Thirds concept, this gives example of where to position jewelry or any object so that it catches the attention of anyone who sees your photograph.

6. This article gives you some good tips from a buyer who gives tips on what photographs she likes and doesn’t.

7.  This lady Rena Klingenberg is such an inspiration to me, every week when I post on link parties, she is right there posting along with me. Her jewelry, tutorials and photography are incredible!

8.  This lady has her own signature look, which is what I am hoping to achieve.

9.  Then there is my favorite blog lady known to man, her name is the Pioneer Woman.  She is an excellent Photographer!  In my mind she can do it all:)

10.  Nicole said that the jewelry that sales the most in our etsy shop, are the ones that are on people.  Which makes sense, because it helps the buyer know the size of the jewelry and how it would look on them.

There is a lot to learn!  I thought I could go outside and take a couple of pictures and be done with the whole process, but apparently that is not true!  I will keep plugging away on this photography thing, and maybe discover that deep, deep, deep, deep down inside I have this passion for photography… We shall see:)

Here are a few photos.  Please keep in mind that I am learning:)

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Tales of the Shop:

My dad loves Amazon.  I was talking to my dad about a white box and he found something similar to this one and ordered it right away:)  Nicole picked it up yesterday and will be testing it out.  My dad is always on the pursuit to find the best way to Photograph jewelry.  That is one of the many reasons why I love my pops, he always wants to learn, improve and never settle on mediocrity .  Which is probably why the pictures I took of the jewelry items did not pass his inspection.  All I can say is the challenge is on!  He also knows how to keep me motivated, he has worked/trained with me for a long time…

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I went to my First Jewelry Show:)

My good friend invited me to a jewelry party.  I was intrigued by the idea of a jewelry show and wanted to support my good friend.  I ended up having a great time.  I took my favorite escort, Jamesy Boy and I was able to try on some jewelry.

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What I liked most about the party is that the lady who was talking about the products did not talk a long time.  I think she talked for 10 minutes and the rest of the time we could try on the jewelry.  The jewelry was lovely Continue reading

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What you can do with wax…make earrings of course!

My parents just got back from a jewelry shown New York City along with Daniel his sweet wife Lizzy and Lisa.  Our little sister Lisa has gone to so many cool places and Disneyland a million times, that I am starting to realize that the youngest really does get some perks:)

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My dad is an artist and it reflects in all of his jewelry designs.  He recently took his artistic level to a whole new level when he started adding his own sculptures to his jewelry.  Here are a few examples:

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My Mom Saved the Day Again…

There are a lot of Superheroes out there.

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The Beginnings of Hoops By Hand

photo-26I have been asked to be a guest poster this week about my role in in the business. My wonderful sister, Angela, is the one you usually hear from and the one who runs the blog. Hoops By Hand was just an idea for a few years before anything actually came of it. Continue reading

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Around the Circle – A Birthday Tradition

My boys asked me the other day what my favorite holiday was and I immediately said my birthday.  They were surprised and asked why.  I said because it is the day that celebrates me.  It is selfish I know, but growing up when our birthdays approached, we got to have a birth week!

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Now as I am a mom, I realize what a smart idea that was for my parents to think of.  If your birthday does not live up to all that you had hoped for, it does not matter because you have six more days to make all of your dreams come true. Continue reading

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Soffe Days at the Cabin!

This is the second annual event of Soffe days!  Actually it is the third annual Soffe days, but we the Johnsons were not there for the first one, so we don’t count it:)  This time Soffe days was held at our parent’s cabin.  This cabin is new to the family and we were excited about it, to say the least.

Growing up our Soffe Grandparents owned a cabin and we loved to visit it.  So I am grateful that my kids will have fun memories of this great cabin!

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How to Plan the Perfect Family Reunion

My  mom’s side is HUGE!!!!!!!!!!  She comes from a family with 5 brothers and 5 sisters.  They love to be together, and get any chance they can to be together.  Growing up we had a lot of Family Reunions, and they have perfected the art of how to throw one.

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The Perfect Love Story

How we love our older sister Collette.  To each one of us she is a mentor, friend and second mother:) I remember spending a lot of nights talking to Collette about life and  wondering what the future would hold for each of us.

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10 Things you may not know about my Dad

What an amazing couple of weeks the Soffe family has had!

I will post about Soffe Days and Collette’s wedding in the next couple of weeks.

But….

I wanted to dedicate this post to my dad.

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