NM: How would you describe your photography?
MM: Oh this is something I really struggle with. It's a fusion of texture meets grunge, meets airy nature, meets vintage photography all rolled up into one.
NM: How long have you been doing photography for?
MM: I've always had a camera around but I got serious about photography in April of '08. So just over a year.
NM: How did you get into this line of work/hobby?
MM: This is where it gets weird, lol! I actually started out on Etsy last year selling jewelry. My photos were bad, bad, bad, so I set about trying to make them pretty. Through that process, purchased a new camera and gradually found I liked taking pictures better than I liked making jewelry. I haven't made jewelry since!
NM: That is a great story! Your work really shows you love it.
NM: Do you do this full time?
MM: No this is a hobby for me. I would love to have it grow into more in the future though.
NM: What is your favorite item in your shop? Why?
MM: Right now it is my newest my photo, New Beginnings. I like it because it has some of my favorite colors and a certain airy feel to it, ... and I had fun creating it!
NM: What are some of your favorite handmade shops or items online?
MM: Oh, wow! Choosing is hard! I have sooo many faves, but here we go: ImeonDesign, 3squares, SaidInStone and TickledPinkKnits
NM: How do you attract people to your shop? Where/how do you promote your shop?
MM: I have been lucky to have some great blogs do features on my work. I have found that seems to generate lots of traffic. The only advertising I have done is on Facebook and I have purchased some Etsy showcases.
NM: Well, you ae doing something right! You currently have 131 sales on Etsy.
NM: What advice can you offer other handmade sellers to boost their sales?
MM: Learn as much as you can about your target market. I've done lots of reading in the Etsy storque articles and the forums, where I've learned tons from other sellers. I think focusing on a few things for promoting yourself and do them well. I'm still working on this!
NM: Are your items available anywhere other than Etsy?
MM: Yes, they are available in a couple stores in Oregon.
NM: Do you have a blog? If so, please tell us a little bit about it.
MM: Yes, it is mostly about my photography but is sometimes sprinkled with other bits of randomness.
NM: Tell us something interesting about yourself.
MM: I love to be outdoors with my kids. No better way to spend a day!
Name: Maleah Matthews
Business/Shop Name: Urban Design Photography
Location: Eugene, Oregon
Etsy URL: urbandesign.etsy.com
Blog URL: urbandj.blogspot.com
FB Fan Page: facebook.com/pages/Urban-Design-Photography/86438245904