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How I Planned My First Photo Shoot For My Jewelry Line + My Favorite Photos

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I wish I could grant everyone a glam team for the day. Gems by Kelley will be five years old in September 2018, and my first professional photo shoot was in May 2018.  I had been getting nudges to do a photo shoot for years, but I kept putting it off. It seemed very big and complicated in my head. And it was both of those things, and it was wonderful.    I finally started planning my first photo shoot after one of my mastermind group meetings. "Mastermind Group" is one of those phrases I've heard tossed around on business...

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My First Professional Photo Shoot with a Jewelry Model!

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Yesterday was AMAZING! I did my first professional modeled jewelry photo shoot for Gems by Kelley.   I’m so excited to get the photos back. In the meantime, I took almost 300 behind-the-scenes photos and videos like this one. If you'd like to see more, please follow along on Instagram and Facebook.  BRACELET CONFETTI VIDEO When you have ALL the bracelets, sometimes you just toss them in the air like confetti and take a bunch of pictures. WARNING: No one should attempt to re-create or reenact any stunt or activity like throwing your own bracelets on the floor. These stunts were...

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Your One Wild and Precious Life

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  When I have lots of jewelry orders, it’s clear that I have three categories for my jewelry: pieces I like to make, pieces I don’t mind making, and pieces I dislike making. I hop to the “like to make” orders and whip them up. I make the “don’t mind” orders without fuss. I drag my feet on the “dislike’ orders.  My favorite part of being an entrepreneur is the freedom. As an entrepreneur, my epiphanies about my liberation have come along slowly. Most recently, it’s this: I don’t have to keep listing and selling the pieces that I don’t...

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10 Favorite Quotes About Life & Happiness

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Here are ten of my favorite quotes. Plus one extra. Confession: The blog's graphics say this post is about ten quotes, not eleven quotes. It's because I made my blog graphics before I finished this blog. And then I found one more quote I wanted to add. I resisted redoing the graphic, because perfect is the enemy of good. Or so my buddy Voltaire tells me. That's a lesson I need to relearn daily. But I nailed it here!  My favorite quotes on comparison and progress When you open an Etsy shop, comparison is inevitable. I still love these quotes,...

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Rebranding My Business

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What I learned while rebranding my small business  OR A tale of 2,000 fonts  I’ve been working on updating my branding for the past few months. And it's finally finished! Here's the new Gems by Kelley branding board.    In 2014, I worked with an Etsy graphic designer on the branding for my Etsy shop. After living with my old branding for a while, I liked it, but I didn’t love it. The colors began to look kind of Easter Egg-y to me. This is my old color palette.  I’ve been thinking about rebranding for a while, but I wasn’t sure...

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