Lifestyle Photography – Warts and All.

Yesterday I cinched up organizing my Instagram accounts. Or, at least I think I did. I’m really trying to figure this marketing stuff out since getting back into the game.

I now have one IG for business (the polished, no-nonsense account @quirkyandodd) and a personal one where I said I’d share more of the “warts and all” stuff of everyday life of an artist, and more behind the scenes of the studio (@lorigreenbergart).

So, here’s the first warts-and-all photo. I can’t believe I’m showing this. I know I need to master lifestyle photos. It’s been a crick in my craw (is that a real saying?) for a while now. I’ve tried and given up many times, but this time, I’m determined.

Doesn’t this photo just make you laugh? I mean, who even has the idea that you can put something gorgeous in a pile of rocks, stage it with some really cool pods and a little bit of their flowers for a pop of color, and it will magically work?

You know what I see? A pile of rocks and dismembered greenery. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some pods! But these look like little green asses that have been severed from their little garden troll bodies — if garden trolls are even green.

I won’t even get into the whole, “your gorgeous ring gets lost in all of that” issue. Or the shadows. ::sigh::

What the hell, y’all? I need some serious help!

Is SEO Important? You betcha.

Holy smokes, this SEO stuff ain’t for sissies. I appreciate everyone who follows me! You make it easy to show you my work. But to find new customers and fans I need to dive in to SEO (search engine optimization). And let me tell you, it’s a deep dive. It’s the reason why you haven’t seen this piece up for sale yet:

Sterling Silver Bubble Bracelet. Not as important as SEO at this moment.

I’ve been in front of the computer for the last week. Don’t worry, I’ll getting to it, and I’ll let you know when it’s up.

I’m sure you’ve all heard of SEO. You might not think it’s necessary. You know, that magical thinking of “if you build it, they will come.” If we’re honest with ourselves, we’ll admit that that’s a delusion. There are no overnight successes. All those artists you see being successful? They’ve worked their hineys off to get where they are. While a lot take the face-to-face meet real people route, there is a growing number of people taking the online route. That’s where I’ve always gravitated, and where I’ve felt I’m the best at sales. And that means SEO work. And a lot of it.

It’s OK. Don’t feel bad for me, stuck in front of the computer while I should be making lots of new stuff, which is one of the other top five things I need to be doing to be successful online. I like online marketing. It’s an art in itself. I’ve missed it.

This time around it’s extra fun. There are so many tools out there, and facebook groups full of people who are more than willing to share their success techniques. As a friend says, “Thank you, baby Jesus!” I’m having a little challenge trying to get everything done that I need to, as in, I’m not. But I know it will come, and building a strong foundation is key in anything, and it will pay off. At least, that’s what I keep telling myself.

If you want to see how I’m doing, check out my Etsy shop, where I’ve been focusing. You’ll be able to tell the listings that I’ve worked on so far, if you click through a few. They’re the ones where the titles aren’t very pretty. But the tags I’ve put in? Killer, compared to the un-optimized listings. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you’ll just have to trust me.

More work coming soon, I promise!

Mandala Coloring Books for Adults on Amazon

You can now buy all three of my coloring books for adults, on Amazon. Click any image to follow the direct link and ship directly to any address you choose. At $9.95 each, and they’d make great gifts, especially with the free Prime shipping.

       

As you can imagine, I’m very excited. Thank you to everyone who has offered up encouragement, and even purchased already.

Please post a review on Amazon. It  helps my books have more visibility, and is the best compliment an author can receive.