Ask me a Question

I’ve been pondering something someone asked me quite some time ago. This lovely person (who is a valued customer) asked if I ever offered discounts on my printed backgrounds. It took me a week to reply as I worked out the best response. It’s alway been my policy to not burden anyone with the financials of running this little business. I’d much rather sit down with a cup of coffee and a pretty peony : )

Sarah Bernhardt peonies on Whitewashed

Aside from creating the actual product which includes shooting or obtaining image files, sending them to a printer, testing, tweaking and sometimes re-printing there are many other behind-the-scenes costs that are not obvious.

These costs are things such as paying yearly web-hosting fees, registering domains, paying for themes that make my site not only pretty, but secure and easy to navigate. PayPal takes a chunk of every sale. Shipping costs are sometimes more than I charge so I pay the difference. Specialty shipping tubes are not cheap, and every single order is shipped in one of these tubes whether it’s one background or five. And as for my time? I don’t even count it—I’m doing this because I love it! I love shooting still life, flat lays, and sharing my experiences.

So, other than sale prices on some of my smaller backgrounds (which I’m phasing out), I haven’t offered discounts.

However, I do offer something valuable, and it’s free! Since I revamped my site and started blogging regularly again in May (see Setting a Goal), I’ve been writing more mini tutorials on editing and styling using my backgrounds. Some businesses create whole courses on something I offer for free. I’m basically an open book.

I’ve categorized all my blog posts and you see at a glance all the tips and tutorials in one convenient Category Index and every time I add a new tutorial it will show up on this page.

So, where is all this going? Well, I want to hear from you .. ask me a question. What would you like to know about styling, shooting, and editing using one of my backgrounds? I’m looking to write meaningful, helpful, bite-size tutorials for getting the most out of your still life images.

Ask me a Question

What would you like to know about styling, shooting, and editing using one of my backgrounds? I’m looking to write meaningful, helpful, bite-size tutorials for getting the most out of your still life images.

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4 Comments

  1. Hi Barb,
    Love the blog post.
    When planning a flat lay what do you think the most important element is?
    Thank you,
    Ann Davis

    1. Hi Ann,
      Thank you so much for visiting my blog (I appreciate it so much xo).
      As much as I love an amazing background, and there’s so much goes into an image, I’d have to say the most important element is the main subject .. the Hero (so to speak) because, if it wasn’t for the Hero and it being the focus of an image, no photo would really make sense. Thank you for the “food for thought”, I’m planning a whole post about this because there’s really so much more to talk about.

      1. Barb,
        I always forget about the Hero. Thank you for the reminder ?.
        I just read your post about the surgery. I am excited for you being in constant pain is not fun, not getting to do what you love ❤️.
        I will be sending prayers and good thoughts
        Xxx Ann

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