Join us for another exciting installment in our Seller Spotlight series, where we celebrate the array of talented independent designers selling in our marketplace. In this edition, we chat with Sabine from SabineBPhotography.
Image Credit: SabineBPhotography
Sabine's shop caught our attention after seeing her Round Wood Door Sign Mockup trending in the Craft Mockups category. With her stunning mockup photos, Sabine helps make marketing and advertising easy for designers, crafters, and bloggers. She uses real props; all staged to perfection!
Read on to discover Sabine's creative process, top tips for other sellers, future goals, and so much more.
Hey Sabine! Could you tell us a bit about yourself?
I met my husband in Germany when he was stationed there with the US Army. We met in a bar, of course... that's usually how it starts! Ha! Long story short, we got married, and a couple of years later, we moved to the states. I was only 18 when we got married, and I had never been to the states before, so it was definitely a culture shock for me. Now I couldn't even imagine living in Germany again..so crazy.
All the jobs I did for years had absolutely nothing to do with what I am doing now! One day a friend got me into taking pictures just for fun. Of course, that turned into more than just a hobby. I was a portrait photographer for a couple of years but was horrible at promoting myself at the time. One day, a designer friend asked me to make mockups for her. I had never heard about it before, and I was so confused about the whole thing. After she made me redo several images because they were useless to her, I finally understood what she was going to use them for. She encouraged me to open my own shop and sell the images online. I had nothing to lose because my daughter was still at home with me at that time, and portrait photography didn't bring in the kind of money I wanted. I opened my shop, and the rest is history!
I think my clients appreciate the fact that my images are real photographs and not digitally put together. Keeping it simple has been my style and seems to be popular with designers.
What (or who) inspires you to make new designs or create your products?
I look at what shops are selling (physical products), and I also have designers telling me what they are looking for. If I like the idea, I create the image. But not everything goes with my shop. Some things would just not look good with my style, and I have to keep that in mind.
What does a typical day look like for you behind the scenes?
Once I drop my daughter off at school, I go up into my office and create, talk to clients, work on client orders, work on social media and post new listings into all my shops. After I pick up my daughter, I do all the housework because I can't stand clutter, and I'm a clean freak. It's really hard for me not to start cleaning while I'm supposed to be working. It easily distracts me, and I have often a hard time keeping a good balance. One day though!
What is your designing tool (or tools) of choice?
My camera is a markiii. I edit in Lightroom mostly and then finish up in Photoshop if needed. Though I'm not very good in PS, to be honest. I would rather just get it right from the start, so I don't have to edit much.
What's your best-selling item?
I honestly just had to look that up. It's one of my Santa Sacks Mockup.
Image Credit: SabineBPhotography's Christmas Canvas Santa Sack Mockup
What's something you wish you knew when you started designing or creating?
At the very beginning, I wish I had known the correct sizing for the images. I started out with a lot of square and vertical images that people could not use in their shops.
What tips would you have for any new designers or sellers wanting to start?
Do not try to make what everyone else is making. Don't even look at their shops or designs. Don't compare yourself to them because it will just bring you down. None of that!!
Try to find your own style and create things that nobody else offers.
Do you have any future goals for your Design Bundles shop?
I want it to be as successful as my first shop at a different marketplace. I started out late in my Design Bundles journey, unfortunately, and I'm still learning how it works, honestly. So I still have lots of research to do!
Thanks so much, Sabine, for taking part in the Design Bundles Seller Spotlight series. We loved learning more about you, your creative process, inspiration, and top tips. And a big thanks to our wonderful readers and designer community. Stay tuned for the next installment of the Seller Spotlight series.