How to take great product photos. Expert advice from Holly Cade Photography.

Having great pictures of your products is a huge part of successfully selling. With this in mind, many of us face the decision, do we try our hand at photography or do we pay for a professional? We thought we’d find out exactly what goes into being a photographer and get some expert advice on taking great pictures for retail from Holly from Holly Cade Photography. About Product Photography:  Shinys: When it comes to selling, what’s the importance of having quality product photos?  Holly: Think about when you’re scrolling through Facebook or on a social media feed, reading a magazine or out and about and you see a billboard or …

Why go to wedding fairs as a vender or visitor?

Weddings are beautiful, but let’s face it; organising one is not a pretty process! The word ‘Bridezilla’ gets thrown around a lot, just because you have an image of what your big day will look like and so far, this isn’t it. With so much to take care of, in such a short amount of time, it’s impossible to put in the research necessary to know if you have picked the right photographer, venue, dress, DJ or band, ceremony, appetisers, florist, chair covers… wow I think I need to lie down. Everyone is telling you that they are the best at what they do but you rarely get to meet …

How Shiny Creations Saved the Day.

One of the many reasons I started Shiny Creations was because I loved making personal gifts for the people I loved. That soon leaked into making personal gifts for strangers. It’s not just the simple act of making a fine craft by hand that I enjoy, but also in the agonising, tiny details that make a product truly personalised. I will often spend days working on a product until it is perfect. Though yesterday I took on a challenge that had me wondering if I had been dropped on my head as a child and everyone just forgot to tell me. Yesterday morning I received a panicked phone call; a …

How to stay motivated when working for yourself.

Being your own boss can be amazing. You can take breaks when you want, you can work in your pyjamas and can sort your own priorities. But, if you are not careful, those breaks can start getting longer and longer, you may find you never wear real clothes again and work becomes less of a priority and more of something you might do after you binge watch a new show on Netflix. Procrastination is the enemy of any entrepreneur and can be the death of great art. But not to worry- there are a few handy tricks I have found help me stay on track. Allot your time-  Living by lists …

The journey of designing to selling.

  Every collection starts from a tiny idea that, with a bit of pulling and stretching develops into a full scale project. Our jewellery and gifts can be inspired by anything from a great song on the radio, to the doughnut I had for lunch. As soon as I have even the hint of an idea, I hit the books, (sketch books that is.) I do a rough doodle of the initial idea and come up with relevant words which I then google and search for on Pinterest. This brings forward more images that inspire more ideas. If I can find a running theme connecting the majority of my favourite …

New Year’s resolutions- The Shiny Future

     Hello all, we hope you had a very happy Christmas and wonderful New Year’s day! Last year, we had the main goal of getting our website up and running. Obviously, we achieved it, since you are here at the home of Shiny Creations. But we have so much more we still want to do.  Fortunately, we have a sneaky suspicion, 2015 is going to be our year. So we have planned a jam packed, epic four seasons for all you Shiny fans. But of course, not everything always goes to plan, and thank God, because some of our best ideas have come from complete mistakes! This year you …