Trading and bartering is awesome!!!
Awhile ago I wrote a post titled My 5 Favorite Old Fashioned Habits and one of them was how I just love trading and bartering to get something I need or want! This is something I don’t really know how to go about doing as much as I want to do it more.. There’s always the rare joyous occasion when I just come across someone who needs my services and has a business of their own who wants to trade. (But this doesn’t happen too often.) So here I am putting myself (and my services) out there for anyone who may be interested in trading or bartering with me!! I also wanted to tell you about my most recent experience trading services with another creative professional because we were both just completely thrilled with the experience!
For those who don’t know, I’m a designer and photographer in addition to being a blogger. I had my own photography business for 4 years before taking this year off. I’ve been doing logo/graphic design for several years too! A few months ago, I met my new friend Alexis from My Dearest Creations in a photography group we’re both in. She wanted me to design a logo for her new art shop. She draws custom portraits of people in her own cute quirky style (Faceless! Kind of like those Willow Tree people statues people love.) Anyway, her paintings are absolutely ADORABLE and as soon as she showed me her shop I knew I wanted one for myself. I proposed a trade deal to her and we worked it out and were both completely thrilled! I designed her an adorable logo that she loves, and I got this custom portrait of Ryan and I! I’ll treasure it forever. It looks exactly like us! She put so many little details in there. Ryan’s watch, my pearl necklace I always wear, and my beloved orange rain boots. 🙂 If you need a unique gift for someone, a custom portrait is the perfect idea. I know I would absolutely be shocked and overjoyed to receive something like this.
And here’s the logo I designed for her shop. All graphics I made by hand in ArtRange Studio and Photoshop!
Does anyone need photo or design services and want to trade with me to get the logo or photography work fo FREE??
Things I’d be interested in trading for include but are not limited to: Food! Anything home made/grown/raised like meat, milk, eggs, veggies, grains, honey, bread, pastries, etc. Services like hair stylists, chiropractors, seamstress, carpet installation.. Creative products like paintings, art, photo prints, decor, furniture, quilts, clothes, portrait photography etc. Equal value store credit for any little shops, cafes, restaurants, markets, etc. Ad space or advertising for my blog if you have a platform to do that sort of thing.. Lessons on things like sewing, quilting, cheese making, canning, etc. Vacations, or experiences are great too if you have a vacation time share, campground, bed & breakfast or anything similar. If you offer any product or service I didn’t mention I’d definitely still be interested to see what you offer!! I’m also open to partial trades either way if our services/products aren’t equal (or close to equal) in value. 🙂
Here’s a bit more in detail what I offer:
Photography! See my full portfolio at www.rachelkalyphotography.com
My photography services right now are strictly trade-only, meaning I’m not taking any “normal” paying clients right now. I may or may not decide to open my doors for that again, but as for now I’m closed for business but always open to trade! I specialize in portrait photography but also am able to do product and food photography! Here are some highlights!
All of the graphics/illustrations in the logos above are drawn by hand! I can also do custom illustrations. I tried to include MOSTLY the style I’m known for, the cutesy flowery girly stuff, but included a few really super different styles just to show what I can do. 🙂
Here are some examples of photo retouching I can do as well:
So, who wants to trade services with me?!
This is me just putting myself out there to see what kinds of opportunities might come my way! I can obviously only do photo work for people who live locally in Middle Tennessee, or in/around Lexington, Virginia when I come home, but I can do logo or graphic design work for anyone anywhere!
Thanks for reading!! If you don’t have any services to trade but still need any logo or graphic design or retouching work, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or message me on my Etsy shop page HERE and I’d love to work with you!