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etsy modeling for a product - May 13th 2017, 09:04 PM

so I have a shop on Etsy where I've sold some of my paintings and stuff.
I recently made a really cute bag out of some old jean shorts and so I'm ready to sell those too.
the only problem is, I wanted to have a picture of someone wearing the bag, but obviously my shop isn't professional enough to have actual models. I took some pictures of me wearing the bag, just to see, and they actually turned out good enough to use. I'm cropping it to under the face so i won't be as recognizable.

the only thing is, I want to post about my new store addition on my Instagram, and I don't know if my acquaintances will be able to recognize those pictures as me.
and if they do, is it even that bad?

there's not really a book of etiquette for sellers and I haven't been able to find anything on whether it's "bad taste" for sellers to model their own products.
I guess it's stemming mostly from insecurity, but I do like the pictures. is it seen as "rude" or arrogant to use your own pics for selling? because that's definitely not what I want my store to represent.

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Re: etsy modeling for a product - May 13th 2017, 09:12 PM

Hey Jess,

I don't think there's anything wrong with using photos of yourself modeling your products for your shop. Because you cropped your face out, it's possible that your followers might not even realize that it's you in the photos. But, even if they do, I don't see why there would be anything wrong with it. You're using the resources that you have available to you to display your product the way you want. That's something that I think anyone who understands anything about small businesses would understand.

Best of luck to you and your endeavors with your Etsy shop!

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