Thursday, December 18, 2008

New Members

I want to extend many thanks to each and every one of you who have come and paid us a visit since we started writing a few months ago. We appreciate your feedback and treasure your comments! There won't be new posts for a little while, because we're going on holiday break to spend a little time with cherished friends and family. We'll be back after the new year with lots of fresh articles, interviews and (of course) beautiful photo presentations -- we are the Photographers of Etsy team after all! And we are looking forward to welcoming more talented folks into our group next year. Until then, have a look and enjoy at the unique points of view, creativity and skill in these images from our newest teammates. Fortunately for us, they've been to a lot of places, seen a lot of things and have recorded it all.

Waterfowl - PhotographybyNicole

Flowers - orioneclipsed

Wissahickon 11 - JoePoulshock

Urban Rose - inapoppyfield

Luminaries - uvlightstudios

Gone Bananas - BarkingOwls

French Boy on his Scooter - maclancy

Fesco Flower in Yellow - kotibethphotography

After the Rain - kennafoster

Wild Bunny Rabbit - MSmithPhotography

Cherry Cupcake - MuseCatcher

Mannequin in Venice - sadafm

Sunset over Venice - LittlePetal

Okapi - TerraDawn

Morning After a Storm - Kristybee

The New Members feature is compiled by Gigi Leonard. Gigi is a Chicago-based bon vivant and self-taught photographer whose camera lens automatically turns toward the poetry of the everyday. At the moment, she is currently working on a new image series, thinking about having another cup of coffee and gritting her teeth before heading out to shoot in the cold winter weather. You can see her work here and view her latest finds from the world of art and decor on her blog, the roadside scholar.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Mosaic Monday: Shots of the Season

During these crazy hectic times, the Photographs of Etsy know how to capture the peace, quiet and beauty of the season.

  1. Paired Poinsettas – weberphoto
  2. Christmas Holly - orangecatart
  3. Believe - poofny
  4. Christmas Memories – pfeifferphotos
  5. Card Pack – photoamato
  6. Winter Holly – ANJacobsen
  7. Chicago Christmas – amerynn
  8. Vintage Raindeer – Shartreuse
  9. Holiday Fir – wlotus
  10. The Man with the Beard – fosterbk
  11. Ponderosa Pine Holiday – JulieMagersSoulen
  12. Pointesttia – JMcGuinness
Happy Holidays to all.

Mosaic Mondays are compiled by
Patti Meyer. Patti is an award winning graphic artist who resides in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. See her photography collection at her shop right here.

Friday, December 12, 2008

New Works!

These are some of my favorites from this week. I hope you will all enjoy them as much as I do. I just love the coloring in them all and had to share....

Snow on Pier, Wrightsville Beach - JoannBristol

Gulls - honeytree

Take Flight - ModernClassicsPaper

The Long Road - kbastin

Tomorrow's Dream - SusannahTucker

The Most Beautiful Night - mkendall

New Works is compiled by Pam Hardy. Pam lives in beautiful Alberta, Canada. She has always been fascinated with cameras and has been taking pictures most of her life. Her favorite things to photograph are flowers and animals, and she enjoys experimenting with new subjects and techniques. See Pam's website here and her shop right here.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

How I Did It - Portrait of a Leaf

Name: Bill Fantini from HouseofSixCats
Title: Portrait of a Leaf
How I did it: I took this photograph a year ago. Last Thanksgiving morning I woke up to a very foggy morning and the sun just starting to peek through the clouds. I grabbed my camera and went out to the trail that ran behind where we used to live and started taking pictures. This particular leaf was just laying on the ground and I thought it would make a good image. Once I got it in Lightroom, I started playing with it and found out how cool the shot was. I cropped it close and found a preset that gave it the look that you see now, that's pretty much how I did it!

How I Did It is compiled by Susannah Tucker. Susannah is a self-taught photographer based in Melbourne, Australia. She has been fascinated with photography since she was a young girl, and enjoys experimenting with techniques, layers and textures. View the collection in her shop here.

Please contact Susannah if you would like to participate in a future How I Did It feature.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

New Works!

Busy, busy, busy. We are all running around trying to find that perfect gift, running into long lines at stores and sold out products. Here are just a few images by the Photographers of Etsy Street Team that would make beautiful gift ideas.

Glowing Goldenflake - weberphoto

A Wandering Boat - ajawin

Twilight Unveils the Secrets of the Sea - xenya

Blue sunset - photoamato

Orbs of Orangey Goodness - dragonflyphotography

New Works is compiled by Pam Hardy. Pam lives in beautiful Alberta, Canada. She has always been fascinated with cameras and has been taking pictures most of her life. Her favorite things to photograph are flowers and animals, and she enjoys experimenting with new subjects and techniques. See Pam's website here and her shop right here.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Focus On: pfeifferphotos

Two of Etsy's most positive and supportive photographers, Tina and Chris Pfeiffer of Portland, Oregon, have their own story to tell. The couple have such an engaging love for all things photographic, and it's nice to have the opportunity for us to get to know them.

AW: How did you two meet? Does the story involve anything photographical in nature?

Tina: We met in 2000 at work. Chris was working for a legal services company, and I was hired to work in another department at the same place. We became friends at work. Chris had a 35mm film camera at that time and was a casual photographer. I liked photography but didn't have a camera of my own and wouldn't have thought of it as anything beyond a hobby back then. We didn't start shooting together until 2004 when we bought our first nice point-and-shoot camera for a trip to Walt Disney World. We were married in December, 2006, and really enjoyed working with the professional photographer we hired for our wedding photography. We started to consider photography as a more serious interest when I opened our Etsy shop in August, 2007. Since then, we've upgraded our camera, taken some basic classes together, joined Flickr, started a blog, attended a few local shows as a vendor, and I am now adding Photography as a minor in school.

AW: Do you each have a camera? How do you share in the workload, so to speak?

Tina: We own two cameras and share both of them. We take our photos at random in our travels or around town where we live. We aren't professional photographers (yet!), so we don't consider what we do as work... we just enjoy being together and making pictures we can share with others. When we sell an image it's the icing on the cake.

AW: What is your dream travel destination? Have you been there yet?

Tina: We would love to travel in Europe. Chris visited London in the early 90's and would like to return to explore even more. It's always been my dream to visit (and perhaps live for awhile) in Paris. We would both like to experience Italy, Spain, Ireland, Scotland, Greece, and Norway. We both have a love of history, food and travel. We'll have to save our pennies not only for the trip but also to buy a digital SLR camera before we take off for adventures "across the pond."

AW: Can you describe some of your experiences in being a vendor at art shows? Tell us the good things and the challenging aspects of it.

Tina: We have attended three art shows as a vendor. Our experiences have taught us that we need to be more selective about which shows to participate in and ask lots of questions in advance to be sure the fit is right for us. Portland is a very art and craft-friendly town. The challenge has been in finding shows that focus more on fine art (and photography) versus crafts and other handmade goods. The good things we have gained from the shows have been gaining exposure, meeting new people and networking with other local artists and enjoying their work.

We also promote POE as often as we can, and since Bill (HouseofSixCats) just moved to our city of Portland, Oregon, we've been brainstorming for more local exposure for POE.

Rental Skates

Thank you Tina and Chris!

A world traveler and self-taught photographer, look for Ann wandering around city streets and tromping through woods and hiking trails with her camera. After owning an international transportation business for many years, Ann has found her creative spirit again through the lens. See more at Ann's shop and her website.