Looking back you can see how far you have come...

So here I am editing my new pictures for my soap, getting an amazing response from my soaping group....overwhelming because since I ASKED for advice, EVERYONE gave me their opinions. **sigh**

My background, my angles, my twinkle lights, my lighting...WERE ALL WRONG! Yep, I asked for this. They gave it to me, not in a mean way, by any means. I was feeling quite crushed.

  Comparison photo, originals were quite dark, twinkle lights distracting, eyes go to website not the soap.

Comparison photo, originals were quite dark, twinkle lights distracting, eyes go to website not the soap.

So I ended up re-shooting the photos. Taking into account everything anyone complained about, and there were still more critiques. One person gave lots of comments. Then I looked at her work, and well, her crap was spot on! Great fancy OUTSTANDING soaps, photographed to perfection. So before I got upset, I decide to listen to her advice. So after reshooting my pictures....I edited them some more. **sigh**

  New photo with improved previous items, cropped and adjusted the brightness and contrast to make the Soap, come alive...because before it was LIFELESS.

New photo with improved previous items, cropped and adjusted the brightness and contrast to make the Soap, come alive...because before it was LIFELESS.

There were several people that made very nice comments, and were very encouraging. I appreciated their kindness. So I looked at the BIG PICTURE. I wanted to be better, and they were guiding me where I wanted to go.

Then as I was searching for my edited pictures, I saw my pictures of the first tube of lip balm I started with back in 2016 with some foam core board, duct tape, fluorescent lights and a cell phone.

 First Loaf of Soap, first bar ready for people to try with samples in snack baggies, and my first tube of lip balm.

First Loaf of Soap, first bar ready for people to try with samples in snack baggies, and my first tube of lip balm.

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I had improved. I have been improving the whole time. It was only when I stood back to look that I could see how far I had come.

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My advice...   "GO. DO. BE." ~Trish Riley quote right there, people.  Go and try. Do it and do it again, and do it again, you need the practice. Then you will BE what you have endeavored to be.

The Lord has truly blessed me. He's been watching the whole time, and putting people in my path that I need to learn from, that I need encouragement from because he knows the desires of my heart even without me uttering a word.

I say these things in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.  

 

 

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