Your photos are your sales pitch!  

about diy craft photography mandi main blog author

Hi! I’m Mandi, the writer and creator behind this site!

I’ve been making things as long as I can remember! I’ve made many, many things over the years – plushies, cosplay and Halloween costumes, and so many yummy recipes! Heck, I even majored in art. 😀

When I started selling on Etsy in 2007 I had no idea what I was doing.  I took bad photos with my sofa as the background and called it a day.  I didn’t have the budget for an expensive camera (nor the interest in learning how to operate one), so I thought good photos were out of my reach.  I didn’t sell very much back then. 🙂

In 2009 I opened a new Etsy store (so I could have a better name).  I took new photos in daylight with a beautiful scrap of IKEA fabric as the background.  I made a sale right away.  I re-listed the product and made another sale!  I couldn’t believe it – I hadn’t changed the product or the description, just the photo.

I’ve since pushed my photography skills (and my $200 point-and-shoot Canon camera) much further than I ever thought possible!

About DIY Craft Photography

Craft photography is special.  It’s more than just product photography.  When you photograph your handmade crafts, you’re trying to capture a bit of yourself.  You are showing your viewers something they’ve never seen before.  It’s more than a product, it’s a handmade work of art.

I started DIYCraftPhotography to collect and share my knowledge of craft photography.  I’ve learned so much over the years, and I want to share it all in the most accessible, beginner-friendly way possible.  I’m still learning, too, and I’m eager to share my discoveries along the way.

DIYCraftPhotography is especially for:

  • handmade artisans
  • food bloggers
  • Etsy sellers
  • shop curators

I also want to recognize all the artisans who have contributed their own knowledge to the crafting community: bakers, quilters, jewelers, card-makers, soap-makers, clothing designers, painters, sculptors, wood-workers, knitters, and photographers.  Without their examples and how-to blog posts, I wouldn’t know half the stuff I do today.

The do-it-yourself spirit is in every crafter, and DIYCraftPhotography is here to show you how simple and easy it is to take brilliant photos of your own crafts – without spending a fortune.


Mandi and the DIYCraftPhotography team 🙂

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