Vanessa at Imago Dei Pottery Branding Photography in Madison Wisconsin
We were connected in a Rising Tide Society Facebook group where Vanessa was looking for a photographer. She wanted her beautiful pottery photographed for social media and to post on her Etsy shop.Vanessa emailed me excited to have found a photographer who met her style. I was so excited to have been connected with her, and her session was a blast! If you are in need of branding photography in Madison Wi or anywhere really, contact us! Man, we are addicted!
When I arrived at her adorable home, we first started in her studio. She created a small cup and vase in just minutes. It was crazy to see her make magic with her hands. This was my first time being able to photograph someone creating something from scratch. I am not addicted! (did I say that already!?)
Get to know this amazing woman and how you can find he beautiful ceramics!
WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU!?
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO HAVE BRANDING PHOTOGRAPHY DONE?
I want to start to branch into more wholesale and online retail, so it was finally time to update my website and social media with professional photos that showcase my ceramics!
FAVORITE PART OF YOUR JOB?
What I love most about ceramics is that I can go from idea to product in such a short period of time – It allows me so much room to sketch and play and refine before settling on paterns and forms that I include in my regular line-up.
WHAT IS SOMETHING THAT SURPRISED YOU ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?
I get very emotionally invested in my pieces, so I think the emotional toll of selling my work defintely surprised me.
I understand that so much! As a photographer, I get so connected with my clients and photographs!
DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE DESIGN PIECE?
This is really hard to answer. I think depending on the day I have different favorites. At the moment, though, I think the small pitchers and vases that I make are my favorites. Although, the stud holders are a close second, they allow me to play with other materials (gems and metal findings) so that’s fun too!
WHAT IS YOUR GO TO MUSIC TO WORK TO!?
It may sound crazy, but I don’t listen to music at all when I work. I actually have an ever-growing list of podcasts that I listen to while I work. In terms of favorite podcasts, here are a few of my top ones: This American Life, Reply All, Criminal, The Pitch, and Invisibilia.
BEST ADVICE YOU’VE RECEIVED?
Pricing is the hardest thing for me, so a couple pieces of advice that I recieved:
1. Don’t price things according to how much you do/don’t like a piece, you may hate something you make, but unless there’s actually something wrong with it, you should unemotionally price it the way you would anything else.You never know how someone else will respond to the form or glaze.
2. Have a variety of price-points, that way there’s something for everyone!
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE AN ASPIRING ARTIST?
It is a LOT of work. Before making a career out of it, plan on investing a lot of time learning and refining your craft. Also, talk to as many people who are doing it as possible, there’s a wealth of knowledge among the makers and craftspeople who have come before you, and in my experience, most are happy to share lessons they’ve learned
WHAT ARE THREE THINGS YOU CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT ON A DAILY BASIS?
Family, time in the studio, sleep.
LOVE that she put sleep on here — don’t we all wish we had more time for sleep though!?
HOW DO YOU STAY INSPIRED?
Doing things outside of the studio is key to staying inspired. Learning a new hobby, talking to other artists, reading books, going to museums. It’s important to get outside of your own world, not just to be inspired, but also to stay sane!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO OUTSIDE OF WORK?
Now that spring has arrived in Wisconsin, I enjoy spending time outside with my family!
Take a look at her stuff, fill the cart and enjoy these pretty little things! Vanessa gifted me a beautiful little bud vase that sits on my TV stand. I have it there so I can see it every day! I LOVE it so much!