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Booth shots


#1

I have a question I’ve been wondering about and thought maybe someone
out there would know the answer too. When I submit a slide of my
booth. Would I be better off not having any kind of poster or picture
in the background? Or would it be ok if I had a picture like I
normally do and remove any identifying name or website in Photoshop.
It looks rather dull with nothing but I’d rather have dull then be
eliminated because of a picture. Also it’s virtually impossible to
show jewelry in cases. I’m assuming they are wanting to see the cases
themselves to see what your “display” looks like Please correct me if
I’m wrong. thanks

God Bless You
~ Poppy ~


#2

Hi Poppy,

When you are submitting a slide of “YOUR” booth, and you are selling
"YOUR" work, then by all means, have your identifying information
visible in the slide. The jurors aren’t necessarily looking at your
contact but want to know that the way you create your
booth is a fit to the overall look of the show. This is how the
trade show producers sell to the population for the price point that
will be charged. Some want to know that you are making the work and
not reselling work from overseas.

-k

Karen Christians
M E T A L W E R X
50 Guinan St.
Waltham, MA 02451
Ph. 781/891-3854 Fax 3857
http://www.metalwerx.com/
Jewelry/Metalarts School & Cooperative Studio


#3

Poppy,

I think any posters, company signs, etc… are very important in your
booth shots. Since you’re sending slides and usually a line sheet
they can already know what your jewelry looks like. I think what
they’re looking for in a booth shot is how professional and buyer
friendly the booth is. To make sure that you’re not just bringing out
jewelry rolls and laying them on a table, that sort of thing. I think
posters and signs should be in the photo. I had my booth "critiqued"
a while ago at a show and the first thing she said was “you need
large posters of your jewelry, and signage so the buyers can see who
you are”.

Just my two cents…
-Amery


#4

Hi Poppy:

Would I be better off not having any kind of poster or picture in
the background? Or would it be ok if I had a picture like I
normally do and remove any identifying name or website in
Photoshop

I’m sorry that I don’t know the exact answer to your question, but
there is this one point in it that really confuses me. Why would
someone be eliminated if they had a picture in the background? I go
to shows all the time and see exhibitors who have blow-ups of their
work hanging from the walls of their booth. It’s a good way to draw
in customers from afar (I think). I think, as you do, that the booth
shot is to let the jury know that you have a professional
display…not just a card table type thing. Last year, I was buying
new cases so I submitted drawings (pretty specific ones) and I got
into the show. Is this unusual? Should I not submit drawings to
shows?

So sorry to have more questions than answers

Kim Starbard
Cove Beads


#5
        When you are submitting a slide of "YOUR" booth, and you
are selling "YOUR" work, then by all means, have your identifying
visible in the slide. The jurors aren't necessarily
looking at your contact but want to know that the way
you create your booth is a fit to the overall look of the show.
This is how the trade show producers sell to the population for the
price point that will be charged. Some want to know that you are
making the work and not reselling work from overseas. 

Wait! Nope! I have had multiple show promoters of “blind” juried
shows say very directly and clearly to me and in my presence “The
artists should know better than to have their name in the photo.” In
one case I saw a show where they used black marker to cover artists
names on booth signs. I believe you could have your photo of your
work visible, but no name. If they want to maintain any pretense of
anonymity in the jury process there can’t be a name showing.

Karen SE


#6

Dear All,

The shows I have applied to that require a booth shot are generally
pretty specific about its requirements and purpose. Most require no
people or signage be visible. Posters are ok, as long as they don’t
have your name emblazoned across them. I believe this is because the
jury process is generally supposed to be anonymous- the jurors are
not supposed to know the names or faces associated with the slides
they are looking at. As for the purpose of booth shots, it is to
show the jury you have a professional set up and that you will
contribute to the overall look and feel they wish to promote. I
generally set my booth up with everything except my sign and then
photograph. I do have large posters at the back of the booth, but no
names are visible.

Various shows will have different requirements; call the contact
person for the show if you have specific questions or concerns. They
are usually pretty helpful.

Brenda
Nesheim Fuller Design
Mason City, Iowa enjoying 80 degrees again today, but looking at
only 50 degrees expected tomorrow!


#7

At one time I helped put on the Mill Valley Art Festival. We
followed guide lines from ACC.

As I remember the one thing for slides was not to have any indication
of whose work was being presented; i.e., your name should not be
anywhere in your images. As I understood it, the purpose was not to
prejudice jurors one way or the other by identifying the applicant.
Posters of work would, I think, be an attractive addition to a booth
shot.


#8

Hi

I just thought I should clarify why I was questioning having a poster
showing in a booth shot with my website address on it. I was told
that you should not have any identifying on any of the
slides that are used for jurying. This is so that the jurors aren’t
influenced by names but only images themselves. That would also mean
that you wouldn’t have a tag with your name on it on your booth
either. Or your business cards showing with your name. Therefore, I’m
not really concerned about the picture per se, but the fact that it
has my website address on it that includes my name. I could take it
(the address) out in Photoshop. Thanks

God Bless You
Poppy
www.jewelrybypoppy.com


#9

The general rule for booth shots is that there should not be any
identifying signs in your booth. No names. Pictures are great as
long as they are in your actual booth. The booth shot should be what
your booth will look like at their show. Just a tip, be sure and
project your image. Years ago I had the most beautiful booth shot of
my career until I projected it and saw the 12" of bright orange
extension cord peaking out (before photoshop days).


#10

I have never heard of booth shots not including signage, yikes!!!
Could you guys with this experience share with us what shows you’re
doing that require no signage in the booth photos so we don’t send
them by accident.

Thanks,
Amery