I'm super excited to have been nominated for the Muddy Stiletto Awards for the best Gift Shop in Warwickshire but now I need your votes!
Muddy Stilettos is the UK's leading lifestyle website for women outside London. They love to champion the very best local independent businesses and this is the ethos behind their Muddy Stiletto Awards. They search out and celebrate the most unique and inspiring local lifestyle companies across 24 categories.
If you get a moment please vote for me here in the Gift Shop category before 6th May.
Keep your fingers crossed!
I've always been quite sceptical of getting some professional photographs done, surely it was only for big businesses with big budgets? As a small business everything I spend money on has to make sense and produce some sort of return on investment.
However after reassessing some of my marketing material which was looking a bit tired and also starting to make pieces which won't fit in my tiny light box I thought it was time I bit the bullet and tried it out and I'm so glad I did!
I found a local photographer, PhlashWorx. Stephanie and Trevor were super helpful and completely calmed my nerves. It helped that they really liked my work too!
It turned into a very fun morning, I really enjoyed styling some of the lifestyle shots with simple accessories and it helped me see some of my pieces in a new way! I'm still waiting for the final post production photographs and I'll post an update when they are ready but to any other small businesses out there I would say go for it!
Especially if your shop is mainly online your photographs are your shop window, you can have the most beautiful, fabulous piece of art but without a good photograph no one will ever know.