For weeks I heard nothing. Finally I messaged her to see if she had received the doll. She said that she had, but had been too busy to open it. I thought it was strange because when someone offers me something for trade I'm generally so excited to get it, I rip it open the second I see it. But I thought ok, she must be busy.
Another month went by and I still heard nothing. I messaged again and she said that yes she opened it, and liked it, but hadn't had time to do any photos. I again gave her the benefit of the doubt. However, now another month or so has gone by. At this point I assume that this artist is either kind of a jerk, or just doesn't like the doll. Either way it was not a good experience. My advice to anyone who accepts a trade is to follow through on your end or don't accept it. If I would have known that she would not be able to take any photos for 3 months (or ever), I would have contacted a different artist to work with. Now, I could ask for the doll back, or message again, but I have decided to consider it a loss and move on.
It took a while for me to feel the desire to work with someone again because of this experience, but I decided that the doll community is overall a very warm and friendly place. I didn't want one sour experience to ruin my joy. So when I saw a woman on Facebook who takes beautiful photos of her Blythe dolls I decided to try again. She turned out to be one of the sweetest ladies I have ever met!
I sent two miniatures to Lindy of Dolldreams, and yesterday she was able to take the first photographs of the monster. I was thrilled with them!
She even wrote this cute little story: "*~* One never has to fear if they have their own little monster as a friend. Heaven loves her new monster. With the striped ears, Monster can hear even the tiniest whisper. With Monster's tiny nose, Monster can smell things miles away. With Monster's smile, Heaven cannot help but feel safe and very happy. All Monster is, is LOVE. Heaven is one happy little girl to own her very own monster! ♥*~*"
And what were the results? In only a couple of hours I had 4 sales from these photographs and Lindy's post on Facebook. I was beyond thrilled as you can imagine!
The other person I contacted about photos was my dear customer and friend Lee of Lee Sutton Photography. She is a professional photographer and also has a super cute daughter. I was hoping to get some photos of my play dolls in their "natural environment" (in a child's bedroom, or with her sweet daughter). I have a new design called the Blankie BeBe that will be released soon and I especially wanted photos of it for promotional purposes.
So I sent it off to Lee, along with a BeBe pet bear, and she has been taking the most amazing photos for me. I almost died when I saw her photos. They exceeded my expectations a million fold! Here are a couple of my favorites. Look for these photos soon in BeBe Baby advertising and on my promotional items.
I hope the success of my photography campaign motivates you to also think creatively when advertising your products.