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I’ve never been great at working on multiple projects at once—I tend to like to finish something from start to finish. But I’m learning to juggle all of the custom orders, although some are farther along (and therefore look better with photography) than others.
Photography was a big focus for me last week. I celebrated my birthday last month, and I used some of the money I got to upgrade my equipment. Seattle has been pretty sunny recently, but The Big Dark (aka rainy season) is coming and reliable natural light will no longer be an option.
I bought some photo lights that have a softbox so they offer diffused light and shadows. I also treated myself to a couple of Replica Surfaces, which are rigid, hyperrealistic photo backdrops that look like real surfaces including plaster, marble, shiplap, and more. I got the all-white backdrop as well as plaster for a bit of subtle texture in my photos. They are great! Highly recommend if you do a lot of flat-lay style photography because the textures look so real (but each weighs only two pounds).
If you want to try photographing your work using artificial lighting, I found this tutorial really helpful.