And if you prefer to watch a video of the answers, see video below on my YouTube Channel :
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The Q&A in text format
What are the precautions you take while painting brooches in the monsoon season? Any varnish changes?
Thank you for asking!
No changes except that it takes far longer for the varnish to dry. Since the varnish stays malleable for longer, I have to be extra careful to keep the brooches under protective cover for longer and not be tempted to check them by touching 😛
Where and how to start your product photography journey?
Shoot. Edit. Share.
Build a portfolio with sample photographs, then start reaching out to prospective clients that you’ve identified.
Works the same for all kinds of photography.
What can we do if our Instagram account gets hacked?
I’ve never been in that situation so I don’t have first hand knowledge but this is what I would do.
First check out what Instagram Help says about this situation. Follow all those steps. https://help.instagram.com/368191326593075/.
Second, also look at what Facebook days about this (facebook.com/hacked) and follow those steps as well.
Best to make sure it doesn’t happen in the first place. Two factor authentication. If a very valuable account, I’d even consider using a different private phone number.
While posting pictures of our products on Instagram, should the pricing be mentioned in the caption?
There’s no universal rule. Depends on the product too. If the price is mentioned in your online shop, then best to mention it in the Instagram caption instead of forcing people to type a comment / send a DM etc. That’s my approach. But the other approach where you DM prices to those who ask can also be useful if you want to engage with your prospective customers perhaps. Also if you have a team of people working with you, the second approach is more manageable. I work solo & do not have the time.
If product pricing can change :
*Prices are subject to change without notice
If it’s art then maybe “DM to enquire” makes more sense because art buyers are also more interested in the artist & their journey & as an artist in would also LOVE to chat with those who are interested in my art!
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What is #NAINAMAMA? : “Naina’s Monday Ask Me Anything”.
Having used the “Ask Me Anything” questions box on Instagram Stories over the last few years, I’ve considered doing it in a more structured way and I’ve observed that a lot of the questions are repeated. The repetitiveness is understandable because of the nature of Instagram. Stories are gone after 24 hours and not everyone gets to see them. This is not only a waste of my time, but also a loss of information that someone might find useful. I have, indeed, considered saving these stories as “Story Highlights” on my Instagram profile but I do not like how they eat up valuable real estate. Someone visiting my Instagram profile for the first time, sees my profile photo, my statistics, my bio and then an entire row of Story Highlights and THEN they get to the real reason they are likely to engage with me : my work. Without the Story Highlights, they can see six posts and 1/5th of another three. With the Story Highlights they can only see the first three posts in their entirety, which, to me, is unacceptable.
Every Monday, I will put up the Q&A box on my Instagram Stories and attempt to answer about 5-10 questions. I will also document those questions on my blog, similar to today’s blog post.