Today I am excited to introduce you to my sponsor Natalie, from When Shutters Click! Sit back and enjoy getting to know more about Natalie:
Natalie is a fun-loving, crafting girl who fell in love with photography at the age of 15. After taking workshops and self-teaching, she opened a successful photography business at the age of 20 and ran it for three years under When Shutters Click Photography.
In July 2011, Natalie decided it was time to shift her focus to health, family and friends and put her portrait photography business behind her. After some thought and a few months off Natalie decided to mix her two loves, photography and crafting, to create beautiful pieces that would feature both new and old photographs. While still being able to focus on the important things, this shop allows her to photograph at a slower pace and continue sharing her work with others.
My Friend wrote me this poem, which is the reason I named my business' When Shutters Click:
batty sweet must capture the past
in colours and shapes so memories last
cue hearts to speak WHEN SHUTTERS CLICK
her love pressed to memories will stick
precious finger traps light in the case
so we don't forget her pretty face
In 3 words I am: creative, honest & wacky.
I can't live without: my iPhone, my camera, food, water..you know, the usual ;)
My favorite Blogs are: It?s so hard to choose because I read so many for different reasons but I definitely am a big fan of your blog. <3
This is how I like to Relax: PJs, couch, blanket/pillow, snacks and a movie!
My favorite Tv Shows/movies: TV - Sons of Anarchy, The Walking Dead, Say Yes to the Dress, How I Met Your Mother, The Big Bang Theory, The IT Crowd, 3rd Rock From the Sun, Two Guys A Girl & a Pizza Place?. Movies ? Princess Bride, The Boondock Saints, Seven, Despicable Me, Office Space, Super Troopers, Scent of a Women..
(There?s more than I can remember right now. I?m sure I?ve missed a couple classics!)
My favorite materials to work with are: Probably paper, glue and glass!
My Hometown: Victoria, BC, Canada
My favorite room in my house is: The bedroom because I have a comfy bed and a TV in there! I can shut the door when I need some "me" time..especially when my apartment and my craft corner are messy. ;)
My favorite vacation was in: I haven?t had a chance to travel much at all in my life which will hopefully change at some point! My favourite trip so far probably has to be a road trip I took in 2007 with some friends to Smithers, BC to pick up another friend and then back home. We hit a lot of small towns, I saw more of British Columbia than I have ever seen before and we just had a lot of fun.
My guilty pleasure is: Pinterest. I have the iPhone app so I can pin from anywhere, it?s a problem guys.
I feel naked without: My bag. I always carry it with me. It has my iPhone, my diabetic kits (so very important to have with me 24/7), a snack and my headphones, etc. I can't leave the house without it, I feel so naked and helpless without the contents.
I fear: Failure. I think most small business owners feel this way in the beginning and throughout the life of the business but you just have to take a deep breathe when you start to worry and carry on. =)
This is what makes me smile: Spending time with the people I love.
You may not know this about me: I?m actually a pretty shy person unless I feel comfortable around a person and my surroundings. It makes it a little hard when I have to go to networking events without having at least one or two people there that I know pretty well.
My Worst Habit: Taking things to heart. I?m pretty self-critical so when someone gives me really harsh criticism, I usually take it to heart even though I know it?s meant to help me grow.
I want to learn to: Garden! I have tried in the past on my balcony but I don?t have a very green thumb =( I would love to grow some of my own vegetables one day when I have a backyard.
My favorite item I bought from another shop is: The coffee spoons I purchased from Jessica for my boyfriend's Christmas gift! I haven?t gotten them but I know they are going to be wonderful and I know my boyfriend is going to LOVE what is stamped on them!
My advice to other Etsy Sellers: When you start to feel discouraged or worried, take a deep breath. Believe in your product and believe in yourself. Everything will be okay, I promise. =)
My typical day is: Pretty busy! Everything from my full-time job, the gym/other rehab for my back injury, appointments/errands, cooking, working on my shop and taking some ?me? time!
I stay inspired by: reading blogs, looking at magazines, surfing pinterest, going to walks with my camera and chatting with my other creative friends.
3 tools in my studio I can't live without: My camera, my ideas, and my scissors.
WIN A $20 SHOP CREDIT TO WHEN SHUTTERS CLICK
Want to win? Here is how you can enter:
Visit When Shutters Click, come back & tell me your favorite item!
Want extra entries?
- Like When Shutters Click on Facebook (tell her I sent you)
- Follow Natalie on Twitter.
- Follow Natalie's Blog (leave a comment & tell her I sent you)
- Vote for my Blog for The Blog Guidebook's 2011 Top Blog
GOOD LUCK! Winner will be announced next week.