Since Pinterest has came in my life, I feel like I have been way more creative. There are some great ideas that you can find for holiday crafts, holiday gifts and decor…. Check out some of my favorite pins below…
Use Photos as Gift Tags! Cute:) If you have Photoshop, you can create the whole tag, add wording and print from your home printer.
What to do with burn out old light bulbs… fill up a vase or bowl with these!
Marshmallows – What What?
Easy and cute!!
Paula Deens Banana Pudding
I hope you are all having a wonderful day!
When I started doing photography, there was no digital, no facebook, no photoshop. It was word of mouth and advertising. You had no idea what any other photographer was doing and all the shots for weddings were really vanilla… Then came the digital age – now you have sites like twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest to promote your work and see what everyone else is doing too. Here are some ways that Pinterest can help your photography or photography business.
1. Pin Tutorials – There are so many great photography and photoshop blogs with tutorials on how to do certain shots, post processing tips, and other pieces of information that you may find useful. You can create a “Tutorial” board and keep them together in one place for future reference
2. Pin Your Pictures – Whether you are a fine art photographer or event photographer, pin some of your best work to share with others. You never know who is out there looking, they may have a job for you or want to buy some of your prints. Warning – make sure that any image you put on the Internet – via Facebook, Pinterest, blog, etc. have a Watermark!!! I would have your watermark as your business name and a small line under it with your URL. That way people always know where to find that photographer from that awesome picture (and no one will rip you off). Remember, Pinterest is not entirely for shameless self-promotion. Just pick a couple of your favorites to pin.
HERE is an awesome tutorial from Rita at The Coffeeshop Blog on how to easily make a watermark for your photos
3. Create an Inspiration Board – These are pictures that you may want to attempt, that you love the pose, you love the lighting, the colors, that make you smile – whatever gets your creative juices flowing. You can look on it later and get inspiration for future inspiration
4. Use it to communicate with clients – I think that having a bride “pin” her favorite shots or a family “pinning” some shots they would love to have for their album can be an important tool in communicating expectations for the shoot. Many times I have had brides email me with pictures that were “must haves” for their albums. Also, you can follow the bride or mom-to-be on Pinterest and get a good feel for what they like just from their pins.
5. Communicate and Spread Awareness of Social Issues – This is great for the travel or documentary photographers. It’s one thing when someone is telling you that there is poverty in the Appalachia’s it’s another thing to actually see the pictures. I feel like photography makes the world a little smaller by bringing us images that we may otherwise not have seen. It can also be a powerful tool in bringing awareness to the struggles of people living all over the world. Have a “haunting” image, put it on Pinterest with the story behind it. It will get repinned.
Something in this picture makes me want to buy a Vanagon and head west and become a surf goddess… I think I really need to learn how to swim first, though! LOL
Image Source http://honey-and-bee.tumblr.com/ via Pinterest
One of the awesome things about Pinterest is that you can learn so many things – new recipes, housekeeping tips and tricks, and even how to make things that you never knew you could. Every day I go on, there are tons of crafts! I mark them and get some great ideas when I am looking for inspiration or something to do with the kiddos…. here are some ways that Pinterest is helpful for crafters.
1. Showcase your Etsy Shop or share a friends Etsy shop with others – You can pin items from your (or your favorite) Etsy shop. It can help get exposure for the shop and show others what is out there to purchase or make. If one of your followers loves it and repins it, and one of their follower repins it and one of their followers…. you get the point. Have artwork or handmade items you made – pin it!
2. Learn how to make – You don’t have to be a crafter for money. Sometimes you want to learn how to do something new or want to make inexpensive things. You can get inspiration from the other pins. I make a pinboard for each holiday craft, crafts for the home, and Make Your Own items.
3. Have a craft blog? – Pin your crafts. Pinning your crafts is not only a great way to share your knowledge with others but maybe pick up a few readers along the way.
4. Set some craft ideas aside for a rainy day. Start a “Rainy Day” Board or “When I’m Bored” board. Next time you have some free time, check out the board and pick a craft.
Remeber to check out my boards HERE! As always, need an invite? Send me an email:)
Above Image is from a friends Etsy Shop – http://www.etsy.com/shop/AnneElizabethPhotos?page=2
There have been so many crafts and recipes I have found on Pinterest! You can check out my Fall Crafts and Fall Recipes Board HERE. Make sure you follow me as I am always pinning:)
Need an invite to Pinterest? Shoot me an email to lehighvalleymomma (at) yahoo (dot) com with the subject line – Pinterest Invite and I will do my best to get you one!
Here are my recent pins on my Fall Recipe Board…
New to Pinterest? Start with my first page – “What is Pinterest” above and then click on each tab after to learn more.