Aulani Photography. She has gorgeous photographs and art prints. Let's get started!
Tell us a bit about yourself and your family!
Hi, I am Danelle, the artist behind Aulani Photography. I seem to always be busy although an "outsider" might think I am sitting around doing "nothing" a lot of the time-- this assumption is not true! On my down time, I love reading, PlayStation 3, and Netflix; nothing is better to me than the smell of the outdoors.
What do you make?
I am a photographer so that means I make and sell things featuring my art.
How did you get started in your craft?
I grew a love for photography back in junior high when I got my first "big zoom" point and shoot film camera. This love continued through black and white film classes in both high school and college. Even on my down times my love for photography has always been there.
How did you find Etsy?
I was looking for a hemp jewelry tutorial back in 2006 and stumbled on Etsy by accident (I think someone was selling a tutorial or already made pieces). I spent several months researching before finally opening my first shop. I sat in that shop for a little while but eventually it morphed into my second shop tagsandbuttons.etsy.com. I sadly closed this shop only because putting pin-backs in hundreds of buttons was killing my hands. I now reside at Aulaniphotography.etsy.com.
Do you have any inspirations, or someone you find especially inspiring to you?
As for inspiration? I love looking at other amazing photography; it makes me feel inspired to create but not "copy." When I am actually taking photographs everything I do is in that moment-- my inspiration comes from around me.
Tell us about your creative process.
Right now I do not do any staged photographs, I basically get my camera and go out when I feel like it would be a good day to get shots. After I have spent some time photographing I’ll come home and open all the files. I look through everything and mark my favorites with a 5-star to come back to and then tweak the 5-stars and get them set up for all the possible options (from a button file for button-type jewelry and pieces to each crop for 4x6, 8x10, 11x14 etc). When they are all ready they get placed in a print folder and listed in my shop over time.
What are some things you have done you think helped your business the most?
I am still new in my current shop so I do not have much to say here yet. For my older shop I think the best thing is customer service and really going above and beyond even if it takes twice as long you want to leave a good impression.
Do you have a favorite piece you created?
Right now I adore this photograph: www.etsy.com/listing/69430159/signed-fine-art-4x6-photographic-print
Do you attend art and craft fairs/shows often?
I do not currently attend very many, I hope that some day that will change slightly and I will get to go to more.
Research a lot before you actually open a shop and start selling. Do not just open a random account and begin listing your crafts…you’ll only end up having to change or redo everything later.
Do you have a favorite vacation spot?
I am a mountain junky. I love the smell of redwoods and forests; there is nothing better than walking outside right as the morning is beginning to feel the chill and smell that amazing scent of the world around.
Where else on the web can we find you?
www.aulaniphotography.com (this will eventually be a web site and not just link to my blog).
I also run By Hand Giveaways:
Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
I love wearing black nail polish. It is pretty bold and one of the few bolder things I will do. I do not use black because I am dark though, I use it because I am not the most girly of girls and black goes with everything! This means I don’t have to change my nails very often.