the internet is amazing but…

March 5, 2011 |  Category:   friends life

…meeting with people in real life is amazing too. I’m grateful that I have the internet to chat with people all day while I work from home, usually parked on the couch and wearing something that I wouldn’t want to be caught dead in. It’s saved me from isolation and pulled me out of dipping too far into the occasional bout of insanity from being wrapped up in my own head. It’s good to get out though. Maybe it’s because the weather is improving, but I’m making plans again. I met with about a dozen other designers/small business owners over at my friend Re Jin’s place a few days ago and we talked shop for nearly 6 hours.

I’m looking forward to next week too…a book party, two dinners, a coffee or two, and…I don’t even know how to describe this event/thing/what have I gotten myself into…but you’ll see why I say this later on in the week. Oh, MAN.

So as I wrap up one big project over the weekend, it appears I have a rare week off before 3 more projects begin. I’m going to take the time to really learn my new camera. I’ve just been sort of winging it because I’ve needed to take pictures, but I’m actually going to set aside time and read the manual. It’s motivated me learn how to take better photos and that’s exactly what I needed. I have renewed interest in this whole photography thing. We also need to take a lot of new product shots which seems like SUCH a huge monumental task, but we’re going to do it gradually because I feel like we need to step up our game (I don’t look at the “competition”, say on Etsy in particular, but there’s something to be said if a friend emails you because they thought you were on the front page but it actually didn’t turn out to be us. I’ll admit there have been quite a few shops that seem inspired by our products and photo styling since we opened up 3 years ago when there were very few food sellers on Etsy, but I can’t worry about such things. There’s a lot of talk on the internets right now about copying and borrowing from other artists, both from big corporations and other independent artists. I’m seeing it happen to my friends. Sometimes it’s hard not to be influenced by other people that you admire. I’ve been working in the creative industry for 16 years so I know, but in the end imitation isn’t a form of flattery. It’s just laziness. So the only thing to do is just be focused, do your own thing and do it as best as you can. Geez…what a tangent…where did this come from…sorry…).

Anywho, moving right along…

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  • Linnea March 5, 2011 at 3:52 am

    Best of luck!

    There are a lot of very nice people out there and the Internet can be a good way to connect, but meeting friends face to face is wonderful. In general, talking to people is such fun. I enjoy your blog a lot, both text wise and the pictures, so thank you for posting. Have a good weekend!

  • mari March 5, 2011 at 7:33 am

    I got so excited last week when I was browsing through my favorite grocery store in Baltimore, and thought I spotted your cookies–I couldn’t believe my luck! From the packaging, label, and cookie resemblance, I was sure there was a box of your Earl Grey goodness. But alas, no. I can’t be sure if it’s a copycat but I’m still annoyed that they got my hopes up!

    Your blog makes me so happy. I am a new-ish reader and I’ve been so delighted by what I’ve read. I always take a few moments to really savor your writing; it’s very calming (even when you write about stress), funny, wise, and beautiful.

  • Dana March 5, 2011 at 9:07 am

    That´s so great that you got the new camera, in my humble opinion you really are a great photographer. I don´t think you can even worry about people copying you, it´s just always gonna happen, but the original is better than the copy, and you will always have new fresh ideas to use.

  • diamondkelt March 5, 2011 at 10:01 am

    It’s hard NOT to be copied when you’re good and successful. And it’s even harder when your photography style plays into your branding and such. Learning a new camera is always the easiest part, it’s learning to adjust your settings on the fly that always gets me. Best of luck!

  • Amy March 5, 2011 at 11:34 am

    What new camera did you decide to go with? 🙂

  • Jenna March 5, 2011 at 11:57 am

    @Amy, I went with the Canon 5D Mark II

  • donnaB March 5, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    oh! you did get the new camera! good for you. So curious as to what all is happening in your creative business world…you’ve mentioned some “can’t tell you now but later” things you’re working on…sounds like fun.
    I saw an Oprah behind the scenes when the show had all the “names” in the talk show biz on. She said how when she started out she was told she could never beat Phil Donahue in the ratings so she never aimed to do that and just did her own thing. While being true to who SHE was her ratings grew and grew…a lesson to be learned to the copyers out there.

  • Nancy Cavillones March 5, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Speaking of inspiration and borrowing, I just read this post from Princess Lasertron. Check it out:

    I envy you your social life! We have two little ones at home, and sometimes, I’m not sure about a third because I would like to get back to my own social life without so many complications…

  • Sisilia March 6, 2011 at 3:27 am

    I’ll definitely look for you at the flea market the next time I visit NY 🙂

  • Jenna March 6, 2011 at 11:13 am

    @donnaB, yes I’m glad I got it! As for my client work, it’s not like a big household name or anything, but it’s a big client for us in the art world.
    @Nancy, it may *seem* like I’m going out a lot, but it happens in spurts. If I’m busy working, I really don’t go out. If my schedule is lighter I tend to cram seeing my friends in because I don’t know when the next chance will be!

  • Ariel March 6, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    i’m a production manager at my college’s graphic servies office and just last year all the designers were working so incredibly hard on trying to create a new and original logo identity for the student centers. one day the marketing department brought us a bunch of other schools logos and just had us combine them/change the colors. we were so irate but there was literally nothing we could do. copying sucks! especially when the copied design isn’t even good!

  • blair March 6, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    ah yes, i hear you on the copying and other such nonsense. i’ve had the same problem in recent years (i started on etsy in 2007). though my biggest offender is local actually, which is pretty painful considering we live in a town of 5k in wyoming! you hit the nail on the head with the lazy factor… it’s what bothers me the most, that and the fact that they don’t even do a good job of copying! not sure if that should make me feel better or worse?

    anyway, i stumbled upon your blog recently and it’s grand! keep up the fabulous work!