Everyone I speak to says that the most important thing in an online store are your product photos. My wonderful husband does my pictures for me and I think he does a pretty good job. However, we have an unpleasant dance we do each time I ask him to photograph my new pieces. I tell him that I have some new items that need to be photographed. He says "OK." Then the next day, I tell him again that I need some photos taken. He says "OK." In a few days, I ask him when he is going to take my photos. He says "I'll take them this afternoon." Somewhere around dinner time, I'll ask if he is going to take the photos today. He says "I can take them now or I can cook dinner, which do you prefer." I say "we can take them after dinner." He says "OK." After dinner around 8:00 or so, I say "are you ready to take the photos?" He says "OK" and does take them, usually getting started around 10:30 or 11:00. When I get up the next morning, I find my flash drive with my photos on it sitting next to my computer.
I admit that this system works but it seems a bit inefficient to me. So, I've started thinking about hiring a professional photographer to take my product pictures. The problem is, I don't know any professional photographers and even if I did, I doubt they would be product specialists. There are 2 other problems as well. First, I live in Reisterstown, MD, a lovely small town with a limited population. It is close to Baltimore, MD but I doubt Baltimore is a hotbed of professional product photographers either. The second problem is money. I don't have an endless supply and my business isn't currently generating enough to cover this expense. In reality, I don't even know how much of an expense it would be.
In order to find out and replace my guesses with actual numbers, I contacted a few product professionals by email asking them for information, including pricing. It has been a week and a half and I haven't heard a peep out of any of them. Maybe taking pictures of jewelry for a small producer isn't a money making deal for photographers but you'd think they could at least tell me that they don't do it or that they have some huge minimum.
The last round of photos we took (last Sunday night around midnight) need to be retaken because the colors didn't come out right. We are in the middle of the dance. I'll probably ask him soon, "when are you going to take the pictures" and he'll tell me that he'll take them this afternoon. Then, tonight while you're getting ready for bed, you can think of Marty in our dining room photo studio, taking pictures of my newest jewelry pieces for me.
I am very grateful that he is willing to take these pictures for me but he'll tell you this himself...I am a terrible dancer.