a girl can learn a lot in 4 years . . .

I thought it would be fun if we chuckled together at the progress I've made over the last 4 years as the proprietress of jessjamesjake. We celebrated out 4-year anniversary on Etsy last Friday!

2008 - One of my 1st sales, using the bed as my "model"

My last sale of 2008, and I'm seeing a little improvement in the photography department (very little):

2009 was the year of models. I had 4 of them:
1st up, was my dress form (which I still own and love):

Next, was my lovely blonde model, Nicole, who was very talented but incredibly flakey. I could not get her to show up, even with extra $$ offered.

This model was sweet, but too over the top in her poses, so we only had 1 shoot.

At the end of 2009, I met Lauren. She was my next-door-neighbor and a natural beauty! I've been working with her ever since.

In the summer of 2010 I got a better camera:

In the fall of 2010 I accepted the fact that natural lighting + Albany, NY were never consistent, so I purchased a lighting kit.

And, at the end of 2010, I started shooting in a new room, to get rid of the seam across the wall.

2011 was pretty consistent - Lauren, decent camera, soft box and lighting kit: 

I am getting a new camera this year, so there will be continuing improvements (hopefully!) to the shop. In 4 years and over 4300 sales, I can say I'm probably most proud of my feedback. Keeping only positives has been a challenge, but each and every customer has been so great to work with on any little bumps along the way! We've had fun, and will continue to!

To celebrate, we've having 20% off the shop. Sale ends tonight at midnight with code 4YEARS.

xo, jess


  1. It is really nice to read about your progress, love your shop! Loved seeing your first sales photo and the blurbs on your models. Lauren is such a great model, beautiful eyes!

  2. :) You've always been so talented. Proud of you. xo Mom


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