Hi everyone! It has occurred to me that I've become one of those bloggers that drive me crazy...you know..the kind that hasn't posted in a month? Well - there are some pretty serious changes coming for BethLaurren Photography and my mind power and time has been sucked into that for now!
One of the changes I'm making specifically to my blog is that I'm going to start posting about more than photography. I got into the wedding photography business because I. Love. Weddings. Everything about them. The dresses, the decorations, the favors, the planning, the details. Being at dozens of wedding over the last two years has done nothing but make me love it all more! So along with posting about my fabulous clients, I'm expanding to incorporate all things wedding! So keep checking back for ideas, tips, vendor profiles and more!
I'd like to start my vendor profile with the illustrious and beautiful Tally Atkinson, owner and creative mind behind Tallyana Jewelry. I ran across Tally's work on facebook and asked if I could do a profile peice on her, because I had just been talking with one of my brides that was lamenting that custom made jewelry is so pricey, but she couldn't find anything off the shelf that fit what she wanted. I saw Tally's work, and thought to myself that she was a perfect solution! I met up with her to take a few sample shots of her necklaces and do a mini interview...check it out!
How did Tallyana Jewelry come into being?: I originally just starting making jewelry just for myself. I enjoyed making necklaces to wear that were unique. Someone saw one of my pieces I was wearing and asked if I could make her one and she said that she would pay me for it! Of course I said yes! Once I gave it to her she put the idea in my head of making jewelry to sell. At first I didn’t really think that I ever would. Then randomly one day I just decided to start and give it a try, if I failed then it wouldn’t be that big of a deal. I made four or five necklaces, made a blog and then prayed that I would sell them. I sold all of them within a couple weeks! So, I just decided to keep trying. That was a little over a year ago and now my jewelry style has evolved into something totally different than I ever imagined. I got a few ideas from some books, and then just ran with what seemed to be selling!
What is your vision for Tallyana Jewelry?: I love making jewelry that is unique, that someone would be so proud to wear everyday. I want to make jewelry that would truly express the person’s personality and life. Lastly, I want each piece to be eye catching and beautiful to look at.
Can a client come to you with a photo of piece they love and have you re-create it?: Yes definitely! Sometimes this is easier for me because I can see what they are really wanting. I try my hardest to make it look exactly like the picture.
Where do you find your materials?: Well, it depends on what the materials are. I get several things from several different places. I do a lot of shopping at antique stores for broaches and earrings, and some vintage beads and pearls. For all the findings and wire I get that at my local craft store, like JoAnn Fabrics or Michael’s. I order my chain from a company in California that sells bulk 24k gold chain and Rhodium chain. (Rhodium is basically platinum chain, silver in color but made from gold.) I also get my leaves from the same company. They are real leaves that have been preserved in some way, and then hand painted with gold, copper, or rhodium.
How long does it typically take to make each piece?: Well again, there is a broad range of answers to this question. It really depends on what type of beads I am working with. When I work with seed bead strands it takes me considerably longer than when I would work with a pearl sized bead strand. It usually takes me up to 30 minutes to figure out my picture for the piece, what looks good together, if I will use a pattern etc. I lay the beads and materials out of my jewelry board first to make sure that I will like the finished product. Then I string the beads and attach the strands to anything that it needs to be attached to. So, all together it takes me anywhere from 1 ½ hours and 4 hours.
Give us one fun fact about you, as the artist: I am about to be a mom for the first time coming up this April or March! I hope to be able to continue to do my jewelry business so that I can work from home and take care of my baby!
And the beautiful Tally herself:
You can view more of Tally's work on her blog at www.tallyanajewelry.blogspot.com, find her fanpage on facebook, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My first necklace is coming and I'm so excited about it!