Growing up (long, long ago), I always loved to take pictures. A lot of that love was influenced by the fact that my older brother was a professional photographer and I was around pictures a good bit. As I got older, I think I convinced myself that I wasn’t artistic and I slowly moved away from a lot of creative outlets (other than writing, which was my job for a number of years).

When I started essentialEme (my failed essential oil Etsy endeavor), one of the reasons I always attributed its failure was that everything looked too homemade. Everything looked like I was making it out of my kitchen (which I was). The labels that I made were very basic looking, there was no real packaging effort, it was done the best I could, but with minimal effort. I think that was one of the reasons I resisted selling my Luvvies to begin with – let alone on Etsy.

When I finally decided to make my passion a business effort, I did think long and hard about how to present my product, and I knew that this would be something that would need to be highly visual.

So, this time around I didn’t leap into the frying pan…I took a look at what I wanted. What packaging did I want? What did I want my business cards to look like? And I think overall this time around I have been much more prepared. Instagram also has been a major help because I’m able to take sillier pictures and have a great forum to share. The problem is, I still don’t like how my pictures look: They are amateurish (and yes, I guess that is to be expected because I am an amateur), but sometimes I don’t feel they convey the true sense of the object.


My house is a weird house…the lighting is not good, and of course it looks one step away from hoarders because of all the junk we have, and the fact that we are practically never in the house – always running here or there. Because of the clutter, limited space, and poor lighting, it is difficult to find good places to take pictures.

When I look at some of the pictures on Etsy, I don’t know if it is the photos have been taken with a professional or higher grade camera, or if it just a good backdrop and good lighting. Do I have a professional grade camera? Yes. Do I want to drag it out every time I want to photograph my Luvvies? Absolutely not, mainly because it usually is midnight by the time I finish and I don’t want to be dragging out my camera and uploading pictures when I can just do it from my phone.

In the photo above, I was trying to go for something cute. I wanted to show what the interior and exterior packaging looked like for shipments, but again light was not in my favor.


Since the main source of light is in the living, right next to where I work, which is why most of my pictures are taken on the couch…I’m sure everyone can identify the chocolate brown of my sofa by now (lol).


Sometimes I’ll branch out and take pictures in other areas; but then everyone gets to see the mess that is the rest of my house – I love how you can see all my vitamins in the background.

Actually taking the pictures outside of my house has yielded some of the nicest images: The problem of course being (1) most of the time it is late at night when I want to take and post pictures; and (2) I have to be careful of weather conditions…I don’t want any of the Luvvies to get wet.

I’m still looking for ways to get the most out of my pictures so that everyone can truly experience the Luvvie cuteness. I guess as I keep saying with my stitching, I have to keep trying to find the best formula and keep practicing. Until then, the pictures will continue to look very homey and not quite right; but, I do hope that you enjoy them.

Hugs and cuddles,


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