Change your bookmarks!

I’m moving my blog to my own URL: http://www.facingthelens.com/blog/, so please update your bookmarks, RSS feeds, and subscribe via the box to the right of the page. I’m going to be doing a LOT of blogging in the coming months, and I don’t think that’s something you should miss out on, do you? Next week: the first pictures of my COMPLETED studio, my thoughts on Asheville, and all kinds of other goodies. While you’re at it, check out my totally revamped home page and feel free to schedule a photo session if you’re in the Asheville area.

See you next week!

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Introducing Birmingham Pet Photography Sessions

The picture above is of Lily, a sweet little brown long-haired Chihuahua I had the pleasure of photographing last week.

More on her later.

I’ve been thinking about Facing the Lens a lot lately. I go to bed dreaming of what I want to do with this business, with my life. I realized that a business that doesn’t grow will remain stagnant. Having a niche is nice, but I think that for my art and my soul (and I know I’m veering into majorly pretentious twee territory here), I have to grow and evolve. I want to explore so many different areas of photography that my mind bobbles and nearly bursts every day with ideas. It is so unbelievably important to me to be challenged in life; sitting still and being okay with the status quo has never been something I’m good at doing.

All of that mumbo-jumbo above is really just an excuse to announce that I’m growing my business, expanding it into areas other than my typical macro photography. I’m pleased to announce that to begin with, I am venturing into the fun, delightful world of pet photography. There are few things I love more than those sweet little balls of fur we share our lives with, and I want to take my love of animals and turn it into something productive, something that can be shared with the world, and something that can make me and others happy. Besides that, who doesn’t love pictures of funny little animals?

I’ve been working hard at building up my portfolio, and have had a blast doing so. I would love to take pictures of your animal, if you are interested. You can find information on pet photography shoots on this page. Please contact me if you are in the Birmingham area!

Now, back to Lily.

Lily doesn’t simply run, she BOUNDS upward in perfect little arcs that delight the heart. She is a sweet three-year old dog who loves to please her mom, Amy Carson (who you will remember did my engagement and wedding photos). The only thing that makes Lily even slightly sad is being forced to wear a jaunty pink bow for photographs! She was a real trouper, though, and wore the bow for a few minutes so we could get some photos of her looking fashionable.

I’ll be blogging more about some of the wonderful animals I’ve been meeting, so do check back often. And who knows? Maybe you’ll even see some photos of human animals on this page soon.


Crunching The Numbers


Etsy Store on Sale – Use New Coupon Code Feature!

Wow, Etsy is actually (finally!) rolling out coupon codes for sellers to use in their shops! I am stunned and amazed, even more so that my shop is one of only 5% to have use of the Coupon Codes initially! To celebrate my good fortune, I’m offering 20% off all items in my shop until the end of November! Get your holiday gifts NOW! Just enter NOV2010 in the Shop Coupon Code field when you check out!

Note: The 20% off applies to item prices only and cannot be used on shipping discounts.

Let’s see if this bad boy works, shall we?!


Purchasing a Domain Name

After spending months and months thinking about it, I finally decided to bite the bullet and buy the .com domain for Facing the Lens today. It feels good to have ownership of it at last (I purchased it from BlueHost), and I’m quite excited at the prospect of having a fully-customizable web site where I can do whatever I’d like and break any rule I choose to break. Muwahaha.

I decided a while back that I wanted to use the WordPress content management software and install it and run it from my own domain name. From what I understand, you can do ANYTHING with the WordPress.org software, and I’m looking forward to figuring it out and exploring this new world. I used to do a bit of HTML coding at a job in the past (and know a little bit of .ASP and Java), so I’m hoping that this small bit of knowledge will help me have a smaller learning curve. Additionally, one of the reasons I went for BlueHost was the fact that they have one-click support for WordPress installation and anything to make this migration easier for me is a plus. I’m going to have this blog link up to my domain name once I get everything sorted out, so you can still come to this address in the future if you wish.

Another plus is that when I get new business cards made, I can put my own URL on the card, instead of taking people to Etsy or to ArtFire or anywhere else. I will be able to truly define my own identity and establish my own presence on the web.

I’m very excited!


ArtFire Sale Ending Sunday!

If you haven’t yet taken advantage of my big sale on ArtFire, please note that I’m ending it Sunday evening! At that point, all items will return to their full price, so if you are interested in a photograph, NOW is the time to buy!

Remember! Unlike on Etsy, you do not have to register to purchase anything at ArtFire!!


The Nasty Etsy Underbelly

I don’t have much to say today (other than a big HUZZAH that my A/C was fixed after work on Monday), so I wanted to share some links that I find terribly interesting and check every single day.

Etsy presents itself as a happy site where anyone can sell their product and even potentially quit their day job. (And some most certainly have!) Unfortunately, as the site has gotten larger, it’s become harder and harder to be seen (I will post about this at some point in the near future) and Etsy admin have seemingly lost control of their own site: allowing many (many) sellers to sell blatantly non-handmade items, to copy other artists, to close forum threads at whim, and to throw basically anything they’d like on the site to sell. Sellers who follow the rules are kicked off the site without warning and blatant resellers are allowed to continue. There is this odd, seedy underbelly to Etsy that I find to be completely fascinating and I wanted to share some links that I check on a daily basis. It’s amazing what goes on under the veil of this cool/kitschy/indie veneer……

Etsy Call Out

Etsy Bitch

Closed Threads

Garagetsy

Etsy Puppeteers (no longer active)

If anyone knows of any more good (active) links that I’ve yet to discover, please post them in the comments!