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Do Dirty Pictures Make you Want to Buy Mosaics?

Sometimes we fabricate a concept board in unique colors and it gets sent to a showroom, never to be seen again–by us at least. When we do this without photographing it or at least scanning the pattern, I call it “sending the intellectual property into a black hole”. Duh.

Jacqueline Vine handmade mosaic in tumbled Chartreuse marble (New Ravenna Mosaics)

Take this board (our Jaqueline Vine pattern, usually shown in white), for example. Recently, one of our showrooms returned it in the hopes that we can match this lot of green. Seeing it in our offices by Sally’s desk, I immediately snatched it up like a lost child and started scheming about how to quickly take a portrait.

Jacqueline Vine in tumbled Chartreuse (New Ravenna Mosaics)

Due to the miracle of digital photography, even someone like me who is NOT a photo genius can take decent product shots. So after brainstorming with the angels who pose as design center staff during the day, off I went to Ace Hardware and bought some props, which you see used in the photos above.

However, someone–a smart aleck–I won’t name names, but you know who you are and your name rhymes with “contrary”–had the gall to suggest that my props did not look very…authentic. The next day she brought in what she deemed more appropriate:

Okay, maybe she has a point… :) I do like it. At least it’s never boring here.

As clients, what would make you more interested in buying this particular floor or wall? The photo with clean props or the photo with props that look like they’ve done some time in the Augean stables?

9 Responses to “Do Dirty Pictures Make you Want to Buy Mosaics?”

  1. kristi says:

    as i look at the photos, i do agree that the dirty props add a realistic dimension to the overall feeling of the tile shot – as a consumer, the touch of reality creates a connection between me and the product…. kudos on the idea :)

  2. Karena says:

    Ha! Love the differences in the photos, it must say something about me, I like yours beat!!

    Art by Karena

    I have a New, very fashionable Giveaway on my site!

  3. Anonymous says:

    it doesnt have to be that dirty.kinda in between clean and a lil rust on the shovel and a lil used glove shud be nice .plus it wont look superficial.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I think the dirty shot is a bit off putting. The clean shot's gloves and handle match the color scheme of the product, where the dark dirty textures of the later image draw the attention to them, rather than the design. I fully agree with what Anonymous above me says in that they should be a bit dirty, but no where near THAT dirty.

  5. Sara Baldwin says:

    Yes, I agree that the Suggestion of Use would probably make a better photo than "shouting" it. But we did get a lot of pleasure out of "Mary's shot-what REAL gardener would have on hand" vs. "my shot–what looks pretty"! Maybe one day after the clean spade rusts we'll shoot it again! In the meantime, we got some photos from a job (thank you Mission Tile West and Fireclay Tile!) where this color Jaqueline Vine was used in a shower floor with fabulous green tile on the walls…and it's stunning! Maybe I'll try to post those shots soon.

  6. annporter says:

    I agree – a little worn is the better option. Tender use doesn't need to shout pretty because it shouts love.

  7. Paula Grace says:

    Here’s the thing Sara, I would buy your gorgeous tile if it was buried three feet under dirt and tar. I would carefully clean off my treasure and enjoy it forever :)

  8. really like your site and products…I think a slightly dirty prop works well, red gloves offer nice contrast. I would probably try some fresh cut flowers in the shot!

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New Ravenna Mosaics founder and Creative Director, Owner, Sara Baldwin Design, Bass guitar player, Envisioner, Appreciator of the Sublime and Ridiculous.


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