It's been a crazy few weeks for me; traveling and attending more weddings in one month than I have in the past year. I'm glad to be home, and happy that the love and romance I've seen and felt recently remain with me, even as I set out on rainy morning commutes. Today's featured shop, Pictures from Paris, etc., does just that - captures whimsical beauty and preserves a delicate romance through gorgeous photographs. Owner Sonja is able to find charm and enchantment in scenes from everyday life as well as from destinations most only dream of visiting.
|Paris Metro - 9" x 12" Original Signed Fine Art Photograph|
CM: Tell us a bit about yourself...
SC: I'm obsessed with travel - most recently Paris, in particular. I'm also pretty much still a kid at heart, easily excitable, laugh really easily, and kind of lazy at times.
|Rainy Day in Paris - Montmartre - 8" x 8" Original Signed Fine Art Photograph|
CM: What got you interested in photography? Did someone teach you?
SC: When I was in high school, I got really into trying to photograph sunsets, but it was always so difficult to capture the colors. Aside from that, I guess that travel got me into photography, because I wanted to remember everything. My boxes of photos are my catalogue of memories. (As is my music collection.) Later on, in college, I took a few photography classes.
|I Love You in 250 Languages and 311 Ways - Paris - Mur des "Je t'aime" - |
12" x 24" Original Signed Fine Art Photograph
CM: What inspires your photography? What are your favorite subjects?
SC: I like colorful things, mostly. Flowers, scenery, architecture, desserts. I guess I don't have a particular favorite, it's more about what catches my eye.
|Ritsurin Koen - Japanese Tea Garden - Takamatsu, Japan, |
8" x 10" Original Signed Fine Art Photograph
CM: What's the best thing about selling on Etsy? The most challenging?
SC: I love that I can reach such a wide audience! Imagining that my prints are in so many different places is really cool.
The most challenging part, I think, is making new listings, or renewing older items, so I can keep my visibility up. It takes me a while to make a new listing because I have 1000s of photos that I need to sort through. Picking which ones to use, and then post-processing them can take me a really long time.
|Day at the Fun Fair - Paris, France - 5" x 5" Original Signed Fine Art Photograph|
CM: What's your favorite item from your own shop right now?
SC: My favorite item is my Macaron Rainbow. It makes me happy to look at, and they were so delicious to eat. I took the photo in the kitchen of one of the apartments I was living in, in Paris, so it's a really sweet memory for me. It was my first attempt at food photography, and it was very gratifying.
|Macaron Rainbow - 8" x 12" Original Signed Fine Art Photograph|
CM: Do you have a favorite shop or item on Etsy? If so, which one(s)?
SC: Oh, man... There is so much awesome stuff on Etsy, I don't even know where to begin I have a lot of shops in my "Favorites" list, but I've been tryng to curb my love for shopping, so I try not to look around too much. I must say, though, that when I first decided to make an Etsy shop, I found AliciaBock's shop to be particularly inspiring.
|Cherry Blossoms in Turquoise 5" x 5" Original Signed Fine Art Photograph|
Thank you, Sonja! Stay tuned for more great Etsy shops!