model musings

December 14, 2010 separator etsy

I’ve talked to a couple different people recently who’ve told me they won’t buy anything online that they can’t see on a model. They want that perspective since they can’t try the items on themselves. That makes sense to me, but I had been avoiding it because I hated having to do model shoots with the vintage clothes so much. I found that it’s a lot easier with jewelry. I was able to shoot all these myself, but I still don’t love it.

Also – I’m not sure why I went for the pouty look in every single picture, but what’s done is done, right? haha

What do you guys think? Do you need a person to show you what something looks like, or can you envision it yourself? I’m trying to decide if I need to do these for all my pieces…

Oh, and this is totally what I’ve been doing instead of studying for finals. Oops…


  1. does it perfectly. they offer catwalk video footage of almost every item! you do need to see how it sits on a person, because what you think may be completely different to how it does sit in real life and in the end, you’ll have less requests for returns and complaints. great blog here btw 🙂

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  2. While I admit that as a buyer I like seeing things on someone, I also know it isn’t always possible. I have to do any modeling myself, and it’s frankly kind of annoying. heh Besides that, I often sell awesome vintage pieces because it’s something that doesn’t fit me right – so I can’t very well model it 😉

  3. I definitely prefer seeing it on a model first. But if I really am in love with something and it’s not shown on a model, I’ll still probably buy it.
    The pictures look great by the way! You work that pouty face. 🙂

  4. I don’t really need a model, but I do like the way some of these came out. I really like the look of you “putting on” the earring in the last photo.

  5. Great job on the modeling. 🙂 I also think a mannequin would help. I need to get back to etsy/ebay selling. My hubby got me one from a client of his, and it was a big help. I think with the rings, they look nice displayed against vintage text sometimes, if you have an old book you could use. That’s what I used to do quite often. Or a piece of velvet.

  6. I think it just depends on the person buying. I think your photos are great though. I bought a hanging dress form off of ebay (they have them on etsy too) and it wasn’t expensive to use for my full aprons…you might try on of those. I think mine was around $20 (that’s including shipping too)

  7. I think modeling is alright but there are plenty of chain stores that don’t use models on their shop-able websites. I think perhaps if you had a dress form? I know I need one of those!

    I am popping by (& loving) your blog from an etsy blog thread 🙂 🙂

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