Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Meet the Artist and Giveaway: Natalie from theshabbyphotographer

Please welcome our next special guest & giveaway sponsor...



Q: Tell us a little about yourself. 
A:  Hay everyone ... My name is Natalie and I am the lady behind - The Shabby Photographer - I am 31 year`s old and live in a little seaside town in South Wales called Porthcawl with my partner Nathan of 14 years and our two beautiful girls Kelcy and Kayley ... Oh and our two dog`s Missy and Snoop.



Q: How did you come to be a professional photographer? 
A: Well I bought my first dslr in July 2009. I have always' been a lover of photography but having young children just couldn't afford to get a nice camera. For my 30th birthday my family all chipped in to get me my dslr and from that day on I have been none stop clicking. I am self taught through the internet and now I am lucky enough to have met a professional photographer to help me even more...I don't know if i would call myself a pro...But I do like the sound of it :D


Q: Do you remember the first photo you took? 
A: ooo that`s a tough one .... mmm when I first had my dslr I can remember being soooooo excited and popping it out down by the beach to try it out.  The tide was high and there were loads of surfer`s out and it had just stopped raining ... I remember looking out and seeing a rainbow and started snapping away ... When I got home and looked through the pictures, I had caught a surfer wiping out on a wave and the rainbow above him.  I was so thrilled with the shot! I think I still have it somewhere too :-)


On a Summers Day - 7x5 - Fine Art Photography
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Q: What type of camera do you use? 
A: I use a Nikon D90.  


Q: What do you enjoy about photography? What do you find most challenging? A: I love everything about photography ... I love spending time editing my pictures, I love fine detail and I find photography opens your eyes to things you would normally pass by, Photography freezes that moment in time to enjoy for years, a memory you can look back on and smile at.  I find children most challenging they get board easy and fidget a lot... But i still love it :-)


Sunday Afternoon - 7x5 - Fine Art Photography
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Q: How do you know when you've taken a really great picture? A: Every picture has the potential to be great ... But sometimes when your out and about shooting you just know that one of your shot`s is that perfect one :-)


Q: Do you have a favorite photo, from your shop or from your personal collection?
A: Um ....  at the moment I am loving my new print :: Dream :: I took the photo a few day`s ago while I was down the beach ... it was in the evening and the sky was a beautiful color and reflecting on the water. I feel the picture has  perfectly caught the light and mood of that evening.


Q: Why did you decide to open a shop on Etsy?
A:  A friend of mine showed Etsy to me and recommended I try it out ... So here I am :-)

Q: What have you learned so far that you'd like to share with other new sellers?
A: Mmm, it`s hard to get noticed ... I find making treasurys every week helps to get more views. You need to Tweet, Facebook, e.t.c as well. I also find that pretty pictures help when listing your items.

Q: What are your future plans for your work?

A: I would love a studio ... I love taking portraits, especially of babies and children. This can be hard to do when there is no room around the house. Living in Wales, we don`t have much nice weather so it`s hard to plan a outdoor shoot.



Summer Breeze - 7x5 - Fine Art Photography
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Q: Just for fun, what's the last thing you bought yourself on Etsy? 

A: The last thing I bought on Etsy was some beautiful resin setting`s from Tomorrowsunknown ... I have been making some jewelry for my shop.  


Q: Is there anything else you'd like us to know?
A: I will be listing my new 2012 calender`s soon so keep a look out, And my new jewelry collection should be ready for late September, all ready for Christmas :-) 


To find out more about Natalie, check out here Etsy shop, Facebook page, and Blog


Ready to find out what Natalie is giving away? 
All 3 prints from The Shabby Photographer 
shown in this post!

You are going to LOVE them, I can promise you that! Natalie sent them along with a gorgeous copy of A Pocket Full of Posies for me, so I could have a little preview. Just brilliant...delicate, whimsical & dreamy!


How to Enter the Giveaway:
1. Follow this blog (Mandatory)
and leave a comment here saying you did.

2. "Heart" The Shabby Photographer on Etsy or an item in the shop
and leave a separate comment here saying you did.

Fine Print:
Only 2 entries per household please
1 winner will be chosen September 2nd at midnight PST
Winner will be chosen by random.org
Entries will be validated
Winner will be announced here
Winner will have 3 days to contact me, 
after which a new winner will be chosen
Must be 18 years of age or older to enter 

52 comments:

  1. I'm following you (rosy of raindrops on rosy) and I heart the shop. Sooooo cute! I just moved in to my new house the walls are so bare! I need something to put on my walls this would be perfect!

    enter to win a $100 gift card to Modcloth at my blog Raindrops On Rosy!

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  2. I follow your blog on gfc.

    Laura
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  3. I heart The Shabby Photographer on Etsy.

    Laura
    http://dontworrylauraishere.blogspot.com/

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  4. I follow your blog publicly with google friend connect as Amber
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
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  5. I heart ShabbyPhotographer and her Blueberry Collection photos on Etsy - my Etsy name is Hurdler4eva
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
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  6. I hearted the Im sew in love - 7x5 - Fine Art Photography on Etsy. My Etsy name is PerhapsArtist

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  7. I am now a follower of your (this) blog via email! These prints are beautiful, hopefully I win this =] but good luck to everyone nonetheless.

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  8. Such a lovely giveaway :) For some reason, I can't seem to find the follow button so I can join in. Btw, I have a blog party called Market Your Biz and Giveaways. I'll be honored if you'll come and join us here :)

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  9. I have added the shop to my favourites and a lovely picture called 'Solitary' too.

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  10. And I heart The Shabby Photographer on Etsy (as myself).

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  11. I am now following Shabby Photographer

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  12. and I heart the Shabby Photographer on Etsy

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  13. I am a blog follower!!

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  14. I hearted the shop on etsy! katy010305

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  15. I am already a follower of this lovely blog)))

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  16. i have hearted the shop on etsy
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  17. i follow on gfc
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  18. i hearted the Under the Close watch photo
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  19. I follow this blog by email :))

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  20. I hearted her Etsy shop, as deboro


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  21. follower - Elizabeth Glass Turner

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  22. I hearted "Free" - elfprincess

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  23. Thanks so much for the link :)
    wonderful Blog

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  24. I am following via GFC....ciao4now64@yahoo.com

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  25. I hearted your etsy shop and added it to my favorites....ciao4now64@yahoo.com

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  26. I am following you.... mommy2cutiepiebrandon (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  27. I hearted your dancing shoes print also on Etsy...simply beautiful! .... mommy2cutiepiebrandon (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  28. I am following your blog.

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  29. Hearted Shabby's shop.

    Angela O.
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  30. new GFC
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    xoxoxo

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  31. hearted etsy shop (deannalw47)
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    xoxoxo

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  32. I am a blog follower (kkfoster35)
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  33. I love this shop!!! I hearted http://www.etsy.com/listing/71683741/dream-7x5-fine-art-photography

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  34. am a follower (fairycreations maria)
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    excellent shappy pics!!am a fan!

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  35. i heart you on etsy!
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    good luck to all!!

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  36. Id love to win
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  37. I follow this blog as Netti.

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  38. GFC:Nóra

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  39. hearted on etsy as Norejka

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  40. Blog follower as Lubaska
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  41. hearted on etsy as Lubaska
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  42. Following this blog through email...

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  43. Hearted the Shabby Photographer on Etsy...

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  44. Love your work, very tranquil. I follow you by email. Diana Eaves

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  45. I've followed your blog, hun! (Sarah Olson / Octophants@gmail.com)

    Thank you so much for the fab giveaway~

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  46. Oh, and I definitely hearted Natalie's shop on Etsy...it's all so gorgeous.

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  47. follow Modern Typography on gfc joleehamlin [at] comcast [dot] net

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  48. hearted The Shabby Photographer on etsy joleehamlin [at] comcast [dot] net

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  49. This giveaway is now closed. A winner will be announced soon. In the mean time, check out our other giveaways!

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