So, one of the big reason's I put off the photo shoots for the new kids line- is because I have a new camera on the way! It is an end of the year tax write-off, as well as being MUCH needed. The DSLR I am using now is one I bought back in 2009. I blogged about it here. I used it for a couple of years, then I purchased a second sony (an a55) that did HD video back in 2011. I really liked that camera, but I went a year without using it because of what turned out to be just an issue with my battery charger. So, after Google was kind enough to clue me in, I ordered a new charger/battery and I was able to use it for about another year. But sadly our happy reunion was very short lived it just died back in July while taking my brother's family pictures. The pictures taken right before it died, are very washed out, so something was amiss!
I've been using my a300 ever since... and it doesnt take as sharp of photos as I would like, nor does the screen roate 360 degrees... a feature I have really grown accustomed to. I take so many of my pictures from a lower angle, and it has been a very big inconvenience.
Anyhow, after giving it much thought, I have decided to end my relationship with Sony, and jump on the Canon bandwagon. I've purchased a Canon 70D.
My cousin is a canon user, and she has actually been taking classes, so you know- she is super qualified to give me pointers! ;) My a55 was a smaller lighter camera, so that will be an adjustment. Are there any 70D users out there? If so, how have you been liking your camera? Anything I should know?
My new business companion should be arriving later today. I'm so thrilled!
I still have a couple more photo shoots that I wanted to take place before the launch. But, a few things kept that from happening. I was contemplating pushing the launch to a later date, but decided to grab my Journey girl yesterday and get some pictures of the "Oh, Deer" T-shirt.
I'm still going to launch these designs Friday, but I will have more pictures to share later. :) I will also be running my very first brand rep search, (via instagram) tomorrow!
Woohoo! Days away from seeing this little dream of mine come to life!
Just in time for the Holidays!! This year I have designed a really cute card that you can send out with your orders. I know so many of you like me to ship directly to the recipient, and now you can add a little something extra with your gift.
Cards sent with 8x10 print orders will include a white envelope. Cards being included with the purchase of a Vintage Inspired Science Poster, or a poster 11x14" and up will arrive without an envelope. Because Science posters and larger prints are shipped within a mailing tube, the card will arrive wrapped around the poster. One or more Science posters purchased will ship in a rectangle box, and will include a white envelope.
I am guilty of living in my sweatshirts around the house... all year long. What can I say? I like to be warm and comfortable. Because of this little known fact about myself, I have been very anxious to add sweatshirts to the new Volume Twenty Five shop. I'm also really happy to say that these fleece lined raglans get 5 stars on the cozy level! I currently have 4 designs available in the shop... but will be adding a new design every day. Carrying the designs over from the tees.
How was your weekend? Jaydon and I finally got away to celebrate our 11 year anniversary. It fell on opening day of Hunting season this year. I was a compassionate wife and let him go hunting... with very minimal complaining. ;) We didnt do anything too big this time around, but my parent's were kind enough to watch the kids for us Saturday night. I set foot into an Olive garden AND a Target in the same day... with one of my most favorite people on earth and we were able to carry on a conversation without interruptions from pint sized people. What more could one ask for? :)
Today has been a really productive day- and I LOVE that! So- now I am off to make myself an iced mocha. :)
p.s. Yesterday I posted over on the Volume Twenty Five blog my immediate plans for the new apparel shop. So far, I am posting pretty regularly over there. I am adding new designs to the shop daily, so I am not short on things to talk about- okay... I might never be. But still. ;)
We are open for business you guys! It seems like ages ago that I started this new venture. Maybe because I took my time perfecting and creating it just so. I learned a little about SEO, if it's possible to learn just a little. I even went out of my comfort zone and created my first facebook ad campaign. Will have to report back on how that goes.
Honestly, I have butterflies in my stomach. I think I'm supposed to be confident and believe I'm going to just knock this whole thing out of the park... and wow... wouldn't it be amazing to feel that way?! :) I feel good about the product I am offering, and that I have presented it in the very best light possible. BUT, I know there are more things I could be doing to tip the scales just a bit more in my direction. Really though, there is always room for improvement. But I am pretty excited about what I have been able to achieve!
I do have more plans for the future. I hope to offer children's tee in the coming months. I also feel there is a need I can address with future designs. More to come on that soon!
In the meantime... a virtual penny for you thoughts perhaps!? :) I would love opinions on how I can make the the site ( Volume Twenty Five Apparel ) easier to navigate. Any constructive criticism would be appreciated! :) I also have a blog over there you may be interested in reading.