One of my products at the time was a bookmark that I called "Horse of a Different Color", inspired by the horse in the Wizard of Oz movie. The design combined two things that I love: horses and color.
On a whim, I had taken a picture of just the blue horse, since blue is my favorite color, and used that (usually with a horizontal flip) as the picture for my avatar.... everywhere.
It is... a crummy picture. Taken with the camera before, the camera before, the camera I have now (3 cameras ago, if you count the one I use now). It was poorly lit (something I still struggle with, but I think I've gotten a lot better), slightly out of focus, and taken through laminate that I put on my bookmarks. The stamped image itself was not very clean either. It was certainly not made to be the "face" of a business.
My intent was to use it as a temporary picture, but when I recently updated my Etsy shop, I put it up there again - since it is on Facebook, ArtFire, and my website. I was reminded that I had always meant to replace it, or, actually redo the picture to be clear and sharp.
I hadn't been in a hurry to redo the blue horse, because I had thought that at some point I'd come up with some sort of snazzy logo for Horse Tender Studio; the blurry blue horse was just a placeholder. Well, I haven't come up with anything better, but I'm thinking I really should at least improve what I've been using. I'm not sure what a blue horse has to do with the name of my Studio, but... I love horses and I love the color blue, so... why not?
Here is the new and improved blue horse:
I did a fresh stamp, right in the middle of white card stock, then carefully colored him in. I fiddled with my lighting setup and camera angles and settings until I had some decent pictures. But I still wanted them brighter. I found an "auto adjust color" setting in the (very basic) program that I use for editing photos and the above pictures were the result. It made the background much lighter and made the blue horse really "pop". For the record, I tried that option on another picture and it did some weird stuff to the colors. So it apparently doesn't always improve the picture, but in this case, I do like what it did. Me thinks I STILL need to figure out why my camera won't seem to take bright pictures, even with a lot of light. Anyway... I'm happy with the new blue horse picture.
I'm still not sure the blue horse will stay on forever as my avatar/logo. At some point I may try to draw something original, get a good picture of one of my custom horses, or design some sort of logo. However, for now I'll stick with my little strolling blue horse.