Photography Workshop and Social

The Holt Cafe - Reserved from 12pm

We all know that photography is a big factor in selling our work on Etsy. It’s always one of the key messages from Etsy and many of the team have talked about improving the photography of their products at different times.

We’ve also talked about meeting up in a more social way – we have monthly meetings, but they don’t always leave much time for chatting and getting to know one another. When the opportunity to combine photography and a team social arose, it was too good to miss!

Heather (one of our team members) is a professional photographer and offered her photographic services, with team members able to book a 30 minute photo shoot of a number of their items.

The Venue

The Holt kindly reserved us a table and let us use their space in their industrial cafe freely. In return we agreed to drink lots of coffee and book lunch with them – this did not prove to be a problem!


Photography Social - HeatherSeveral of the team booked Heather to take photographs of their items to use in their Etsy shops and publicity, ranging from jewellery to knitting and crochet.

Heather worked with the team members to provide advice about what would be best for their products to fit in with the Etsy style and to find out the type of images they wanted.

Photography Social - Lisa from Altered ChicOther members of the team bought their own cameras, equipment and props to photograph their items in the former industrial space. Others of us just came along for the food and a chat!

There was lots of talk about our shops, sharing of photography tips and our Etsy Made Local Market. There was also some cross promotion of items from team members in the same shots.


After an hour or so we had a fantastic lunch with more coffee, and of course cake… We’d pre-ordered the lunch so we could concentrate on the talking and photos!

Photography Social - Lunch


Photography Social - Cake!


After lunch more photos, and some of the team (aka Donna) got roped in for modelling duties – which as you can see, she loved! Donna is seen here modelling a shawl by Katie and a one of Barbara’s bags.



It was a great opportunity for us all to have more relaxed meet up, take lots of photos and to think more about photographing our products for our Etsy shops. This was our first event like this and it proved to be a popular venue and event – I don’t think it will be our last! You can see a brief snapshot of what we got up to below:You can read more about taking photographs for your Etsy shop via our product photography blog. Heather specialises in weddings, events, portraits and product photography. You can reach Heather via her website at

The Holt can be found at 156 Arundel Street, Sheffield S1 4RE and offers a fantastic range of drinks and food in a quirky, industrial setting that was perfect for our event.