Photo Light Boxes

Photo Light Boxes

I have only just discovered this light box malarkey and I must say it has got me very curious indeed. For months now I have been putting off taking more photographs of my products as despite me spending hours upon hours taking photographs they just never seemed to come out the way that I want them too. After getting increasingly frustrated with poor online sales I realised that this was directly related to the way that my pictures looked (afterall, when selling products online the number 1 thing that makes people buy the product is simple, professional and eyecatching photography).

I contacted some professional product photographers on Gumtree about taking some photo’s of my handmade candles and skincare etc but I found that they were far too pricey and I realised that it made much more sense (considering I’ll need to photograph my products quite regularly), and it was more cost effective if I just learnt some tricks of the trade and done it myself.

I researched the most affective ways of doing this and came across a photo light box, which is a nylon tent like construction that allows you to take high quality photographs with a consistently diffused light. Obviously there are different variations and they can get pretty costly but overall they are quite reasonably priced. Alternatively, with a few bits of materials you can make it yourself at home.
After watching some videos’s showing how to do this I decided against it as sourcing the materials didn’t seem to be that straightforward.
So I looked for a lightbox and found this: light-tent

It needs to be used with daylight balanced fluorescent lighting to give the picture clarity, without having a horrible yellow tint to the picture that is sometimes apparent when you use normal lightbulbs. The bulbs apart from there ability to make your photo’s look amazing, are actually quite eco friendly, as they use much less energy then standard lightbulbs and thus last much longer. Desklamps using these lights just need to be placed on either side of the tent to give a bright and fluid light over the object you are trying to photograph.

I have ordered mine, so I guess you’ll have to stay tuned to find out how it all worked out!

Until then!

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Brick Lane Market

Brick Lane Market

So, I exhibited in Brick Lane Market this Sunday. It was extremely busy there – I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many people at a market before which I took to be a good sign. I had to wake up at 6: 00 am in order to get there for my early start at 8:30 am! As I’d never traded there before I didn’t want to leave anything to chance in terms of parking, locating my stall and setting up etc so I got myself there an hour and a half before the market opened to the public. The market itself is huge – it’s situated in an enormous warehouse where there are traders selling everything from gelato and international cuisine, to clothes and jewellery, art, furniture, and handmade goods. The market I traded in is exclusive to Designer-Makers and was bright and roomy. The table I got to showcase my wares on was huge! It doesn’t get as much traffic as the main market “Upmarket” but is more niche, and you know you are getting quality when everything sold there has been handcrafted by the trader. There did seem to be quite ALOT of traders selling food which seemed to be extremely popular and I guess I didn’t do too badly, but I did feel as though people were there to find a bargain, and not necessarily to buy quality goods. As much as I’d like to offer my products for next to nothing, the materials I use certainly don’t cost next to nothing to source and neither does my time in creating them and I find it hard striking that balance between offering a good price, and offering products at the price they cost, and are worth. You are always going to pay a premium for handmade goods anyway, particularly luxury handmade goods. I began to get the feeling that this wasn’t my target market when in the 3rd hour of me being there, despite there being hoards of people present, people were sniffing, complimenting, oohing and aahing, but weren’t buying. It was very frustrating to say the least. But I forced myself to put things into perspective when a man approached me saying that he ran a couple of Markets around London (including one in Fulham and a new one that he’d like to run regularly in Islington) and said that he really liked my products and was doing a special Christmas event in Islington which would be heavily publicised in the media, and at which there would only be 32 traders selling similar high end products to my own trading there. He invited me to exhibit there and said that he’d send me the details in the coming weeks. Sounds promising!

At Homegrown I also revealed my brand new hair care products that I’ve just created: Hair Elixir.

I made 2 testers and brought them along with me to the show so that people could try them out, and I could gain some valuable feedback on what people thought of them. People really seemed to like them so I think it’s only right that I make them available for sale online and in person. I might even try and get them into salons too.

There are 2 types of Hair Perfume that I’ve made: Number 1, is a non greasy, Alcohol-free Hair Perfume made with Jojoba Oil, Glycerin and Vitamin E to nourish, moisturise and deeply penetrate the hair, with a beautiful floral Essential Oil blend.

And the 2nd is a Perfume Hair Mist Spray, made with Orange Blossom Water and Vitamin E to fragrance, refresh and revitalise the hair. Both are 100% Alcohol-free and scented with pure Essential Oils.

I can’t tell you how much they will be just yet as I need to finalise some packaging details but I will soon! I think it’s pretty safe to say that every woman will want one of these badboys!

Here is a picture of my stall @ the Homegrown Market in Brick Lane:

Homegrown Brick Lane 2

Get ready for Crimbo!

Get ready for Crimbo!

Homegrown

The Sunday Markets in Brick Lane Market have a wonderful collection of original, antique, handmade, vintage, wonderfully creative finds, a lot of which you won’t find anywhere else in London. Or why not commission a bespoke creation from a local independent artist/designer-maker? – Take a stroll down to the infamous Columbia Road flower market to pick up some beautiful, fragrant flowers? Or to the food market to taste some tasty food from faraway exotic climes?

I love Brick Lane Market for it’s ability to infuse the uber-cool, with originality and sophistication so effortlessly. The Secret Societe’ fuses art and science to create handmade fragrance, beauty and skincare products and we think that the Homegrown Market in particular, which showcases a collection from independent designer-makers in the UK, is the perfect place for us to begin our journey!

So, if your struggling to decide what to buy for your best friend, your Mum, your sister, your brother, your Dad, your husband (phew!), then come and see us at the HomeGrown Market this Sunday 20th October – we just might have the perfect gift!

The HomeGrown Market is situated in Elys Yard, which is on the corner of Hanbury Street and Brick Lane. Walk through UpMarket – another interesting market with a huge variety of food, lifestyle, accessories and fashion – and you will see the HomeGrown Market just up the small ramp. There is also a sitting down area if you need to rest your feet after a hard days shop!

We’ll be there from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm.

Fun Times!

Fun Times!

I never thought a craft market could be so fun!

Yesterday, The Secret Scent Societe’ exhibited at The Crafty Fox Market in Brixton and though at first it was a little nervewracking (because I was worried that I wouldn’t make any sales at all!), I ended up having a fabulous time. The DJs were excellent (there was a DJ on every floor!), the atmosphere buzzing, the traders friendly, and the tea and cakes a welcome treat! My boyfriend was roped into helping me set up, my Mum into admin duties, and my friends into packing up, and to tell you the truth: I really couldn’t have done it without them. They were absolute gems.

Alongside having my friends, boyfriend and parents there for moral support, I managed to exceed my sales target and more importantly, I gained some invaluable feedback (and some lovely compliments too) about my products so that I can go forward with a clearer idea of what my clients liked, what they didn’t like, what they want, and ultimately what I need to do to improve my products and services. And unlike other Markets that I’ve done, there didn’t seem to be a clear favourite product wise, as people loved the candles, the skincare products (in particular the rose geranium and jasmine body souffle’), but also my reed diffusers, soap and incense too and that means…well I guess it just means that I am somewhat on the right track as it’s important to me that my products are equally well received.
I myself have fallen in love with some of my products, some of them I swear by (My Pear and Apple Blossom Candle, Solid Lotion Bar and Body Scrub Souffle’ for instance), and I’d like that same belief and enjoyment to be experienced by others.

On Sunday 20th October (which is in 2 weeks time), I will be doing another market! this time in Brick Lane, and I hope to introduce a brand new product there that I have been thinking about making for quite some time now: Hair Elixir. Details to follow shortly!

Some pictures of my stand @ Crafty Fox yesterday:

Display @ The Crafty Fox

Grapefruit Bath Salts

Personalised Crates

Skincare Display

Only 5 more days to go until my Crafty Adventure!

Only 5 more days to go until my Crafty Adventure!

Hey Bloggee’s and Bloggettes!

Sorry about the delay in posting here, I’ve had some internet access difficulties. I hope you’re well? fine and dandy? alive and kicking?!

Over the past week or so I’ve been getting prepared for my exhibition this weekend at the Crafty Fox Market. A couple of weeks ago I went down to Brighton for the weekend and I found a beautiful dolls house that I’m going to use to display my candles, along with some hat boxes. At Crafty Fox I will be revealing my new skincare products including: Shea Butter Skin Silk Body Butter and Cocoa Butter Skin Silk Body Butter, a new fragrance for my Body Souffle’ and Salt Scrub Souffle’: Rose Geranium and Jasmine – divine! and my new luxurious Grapefruit Bath Salts. So if you are about this weekend, then why don’t you stop by? – I’ll be exhibiting on Sunday 6th from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm alongside some other wonderfully talented crafters. Everything at the market is handmade, and there will be a DJ and a tea and cake room too! Free Entry

Check out the Crafty Fox website for more details: http://craftyfoxmarket.blogspot.co.uk/p/traders-sun-6-oct.html

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