#tbt | december 14th, 2016

Heyyyyy! I haven't done a Throwback Thursday in a while so I thought this would be a good opportunity to share these pictures.

Oftentimes, when I do a shoot that I'm not pleased with at all, I'll keep the pictures anyway. Then sometimes... I look through the shoot months (sometimes years) later and see something I didn't see before. That happened here. I took these in December of 2016 and wasn't happy with them. I saw them a few days ago and decided I wanted to try some newly-learned editing techniques on them. I'm so happy with the result. I hope you enjoy them, too!

I hated this one when I first took it and I'm surprised I didn't delete it... But now it's one of my favorites from this shoot!

I felt like I was in Narnia.

Another personal favorite...

Woodsy aesthetic shots, anyone?

This one is a little messy, but I like how the colors turned out.

Two similar shots, two different editing techniques (which one do you like more?).

Can you see the snowflakes? <3

I never imagined I would end up loving this shoot as much as I do now. If you're unhappy with pictures you've taken, or any other project for that matter, set it aside for a while. Go back to it later, and maybe you'll see things differently!

If you think any of these should be added to my shop, please let me know! You don't need to feel obligated to buy them, but it's nice to know what other people think would be successful.


- Victoria

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society6 | a seller's perspective

This post is not sponsored.

Hello everyone!

I promised this blog ages ago but I'm just now getting around to writing it. This blog is geared toward photographers and graphic designers, and those looking to sell their work. Many of you have requested that I write about selling on Society6 so I'm going to explain my experience with S6 thus far and why it's the best choice for me right now. You may or may not have seen the blog I wrote from a buyers perspective, so if you would like to check that out you can find it here.


why I chose S6

After years of being told I should sell my work, I decided to look into selling options about three years ago. I looked at a variety of different platforms, but I felt like Society6 was the best option for many reasons.

  1. There is no upfront cost to use the service
  2. I could sell products other than prints
  3. All of the shipping and handling, returns, production, and manufacturing is handled completely by S6

Later on, I realized another perk: advertising was not completely up to me. It helps a ton, but my work is searchable and so theoretically, if I did nothing there's still a chance I would make sales. S6 actually picked up one of my prints last year and featured it for a while, which greatly contributed to my sales. If I was hosting my own shop, driving sales would rely solely on me. Right now, I don't have the space in my schedule to dedicate that much time, resources, and effort into advertising. I also don't have the following to make something like that realistic either.


using S6

The seller's interface has improved so much since I starting using S6, and they are still working on new improvements. There's also an app available for iPhone users.

Enabling/disabling products is really easy. I've been a little behind on enabling new products but these screen caps show you the on/off switch. Depending on the size of the file, sometimes you have to resize and upload the resized file in order to enable certain products (as is the case for the towels in the last screenshot). Click a photo to enlarge

Here's an example of where you would upload a resized file, or move the photo around to better accommodate your art.


pricing + being paid

Society6's pricing structure is as follows: the cost of goods + S6's cut + your cut. For prints, framed art prints, and canvas prints, you are able to set the price and how much you make. For all other products, the pricing is set by S6. You can find a breakdown of all of the products pricing here. For some of the products, it may seem unfair that you are only making a few dollars compared to the price of the product. But remember: S6 is handling almost everything. If you are set on making more and are willing and able to do the work, then S6 is not for you.

When you first create your S6 account, there is a $1 fee to connect your PayPal. After that, you do not have to pay anything else. When you make a sale, it displays as "pending" for 30 days. This is to ensure that if the customer returns the product, S6 doesn't have to take money out of your account. After the 30 day period is over, your product is "cleared" and you will be paid via PayPal at the start of the next month.

Sale - April 20th
Cleared - May 20th
Paid - June 1st


There are two type of sales S6 runs, but they never mean you make any less on your products. The two kinds are 1.) run by Society6 and are site-wide and 2.) sales you have to enable by providing your followers with a special link. Both of these sales happen quite frequently and tend to boost the amount of product sales in your shop. (I actually just got an email about spring sales coming up soon!) These sales and special offer range anywhere from a percentage off certain or all products, to free shipping or a combination of the two.


other thoughts

I have ordered products from S6 and have been happy with them. The first time I ordered a product from them, it was a travel mug and they actually sent me the wrong one. Their customer service was very quick and friendly. Unfortunately, the replacement they sent me came in broke, but once again, customer service was extremely helpful and I finally got the right mug in one piece.

The bottom line is you probably won't be able to make a living off of Society6, or any other platform for that matter (but if you do, I'd like to talk to you). But if you're like me and want a convenient way to share your work with the world for profit, look into Society6. One thing I will note as I haven't given much criticism is this: S6 is much more geared toward graphic designers than it is photographers. However, I felt like it's better to create a community of photographers there than leave because there is none.

If you have any other questions, send them my way!


- Victoria

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adventures in ireland (pt. II) | february 4th, 2018

Have I mentioned how beautiful it is in Ireland?

These photos are from a trip I took around the Ring of Kerry. Absolutely gorgeous. The range of terrain around that area is incredible. Mountains, ocean, beaches, rocky stretches, unreal-green hillsides, dry, brown areas... It was an amazing experience. 

This was at a beach in Waterville.

If you love beautiful scenery, add the Ring of Kerry to your list of places-to-travel! 

- Victoria

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adventures in ireland (pt. I) | february 3rd, 2018

Dia dhuit!

(That's the equivalent to "hello" in Irish, but it translates literally to "God be with you!")

Yes... Hello from Ireland! I'll be adventuring here for a few months and I wanted to share some photos with you, because this place is gorgeous. But to be honest... I'm quite disappointed in some of these. I've never shot in these kinds of locations so learning on the fly is a bit tough. I decided to take a more artistic style with the editing on some of the photos I'm wasn't happy with. 

Beach at Lahinch. It was a bit chilly and rainy, but very pretty!

The Cliffs at Moher -- these are the ones I'm really disappointed with, but it was gorgeous in person! Getting to see it was a real treat.


The wind was unreal. There were a few times I had to fight to stay upright. If you ever go (which you should) and you have long hair, make sure you tie it back securely before getting up to the cliffs... Yeah.. oops.. I got pictures of the other cliffs but the shadows are harsh. The time of day was not ideal for picture taking.

O'Brien's Tower

Poulnabrone -- 3,000 year old tomb/burial ground

I have more to share of other adventures so far--look out for those next week! 

It's quite disappointing to get less than stellar shots of an amazing place, but it was an amazing experience. If you ever get the chance, go! Nothing beats seeing it in person. 

- Victoria

the best of 2017

It's still January so according to me, that's not too late to write a post about 2017!

How are you all?! It was a busy start to the year for me. I had it in mind to do something like this since the beginning of the year but hadn't gotten around to it until now. Looking back on 2017 in terms of my photography is exciting. My shop was the most successful it's been, a few of my photos were licensed, and I got launch this website and blog. The website launch enabled me to once again have more freedom to use Flickr as a way to express my art without being worried about how it made the "business side" look. The best part of all of this is that while I get a lot of enjoyment out of it, other people enjoy it as well. That is incredible to me and I am so thankful for each and every one of you. Thank you for making 2017 a great year in photography!

I thought it would be neat to show some of the "best of 2017." It's interesting for me to see which photos you like most!

Based on views and favorites, this picture was my most popular upload on Flickr in 2017! As many of you know, all of my Flickr photos represent something that has happened or is happening in my life. In this one I talked about going through hard times and how bitterness doesn't work. If you wanna read more, check out my Flickr. This photo was actually taken in 2014 but I decided to pull it out of the archives and upload it last year.

Top Instagram of 2017! It was great connecting with you all and with fellow photographers last year. Thanks for all of the love on this photo and all of the others! (Follow me @victorialivolsiphotography!)

This was by far the best selling product on my Society6 shop in 2017!!

Now for my personal favorite... I really like the light in this picture and the overall composition. Oftentimes, I'll skip over certain pictures I don't like but I won't delete them. Later on, I'll come back and realize how much I actually like them. That happened here! This was a Flickr upload about love and relationships. Again, check out my Flickr if you want to read more!

Thank you again for making 2017 so great!

- Victoria

polaroid throwback | 2015ish

This post is not sponsored.

Helloooo everyone! Today I'm sharing with you a little throwback. These are Polaroids I have taken over the years on various types of old Polaroids (let me know if you want the specific model for a particular photo). They are mostly artsy/aesthetic shots so I hope you enjoy!

optional history lesson: In 2008, Polaroid stopped manufacturing film for their instant cameras. The Impossible Project stepped in to continue manufacturing film for the Polaroid camera users still out there. However, the "recipe" for Polaroid film was top secret, so they decided to try to figure it out for themselves which gave them the name for their company. Fast forward to around October of this year and the Impossible Project has acquired the rights to the Polaroid brand and has transitioned themselves to "Polaroid Originals." They recently released a brand new line of old-style Polaroid cameras (with a few tweaks) which you can see here!

This photo and the one above it were taken on original Polaroid film. All of the following were taken on Impossible film.

I love film and I think the Polaroid model from the beginning is fascinating! Did you own a Polaroid instant camera when they first came out and if so, what was your reaction to it?

PS- Watch the socials this week as there will be sales in my shop everyday for the next six days!

- Victoria

finding beauty in everything | november 21st, 2017

Hey, remember me?

It's been almost two months, but I finally have something new to share! I have missed posting here on the blog but more than that, I've missed shooting. Life has been crazy and while I have been making time to be creative, it hasn't really involved a camera. And I'll come out and say it: this is my least favorite time of year to shoot. Everything is sort of dried up and brown and it's hard to get the motivation to try to take pictures. However, as cheesy as it may sound, I believe if we look close enough we can find beauty in unlikely places. This shoot was somewhat of a personal challenge...

I don't know what this is/was but it looked cool.

Again, no idea what this mini fluff puff plant is all about but look how cute.

Back at it again with the sunlight + leaves. Try it sometime.

I've gotta say, I'm developing a new appreciation for this time of year in terms of photography. It's very different from what I usually shoot, but it's good to branch out, right?

"Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it."

- Victoria

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it's october | october 1st, 2017

Helloooo everyone! I went back out this weekend to get new pictures. Have you ever picked up a hobby you set to the side for a while and then remembered how much joy it brought you?! Because that's what happened to me here recently. Like I said guys, get it done.


There was no need to edit the exposure or colors on this photo! Next time you're outside, pick up a leaf and hold it up to the sunlight.

...even if it's dried up and has holes in it!

Over-expose a photo once in a while. It's okay. Really.

The colors of fall. <3

Pretending to not be bitter about the photo-bombing bug...

I played around with my 50mm lens a bit on this shoot. I would love to use it more, but unfortunately, when I got it a few years ago I failed to realize that the auto-focus wasn't compatible with my camera. So I'm left with manual focus.

I hope you enjoyed! Remember to make time for your art. It should be a priority.



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get it done | september 24th, 2017

Hey everyone! It had been over a month since I picked up my camera, but last week I finally went out and took some pictures. Only a few, but it was nice to get out. Over that month hiatus, I kept thinking, "I need to make time to do photography... But I'm so busy!" I kept putting it off until a friend asked if we could go to the local park to take pictures. Since then, I've been nagging myself, "When can I go back out?!" (Anyone else ever experience that? ...No?)

I only got a few pictures because it was getting dark quickly. Somehow, my Pentax ended up being the focal point of all of the pictures I liked from this shoot...

Aesthetic. (Is that what the cool kids say?)

Have I ever mentioned how much I love my 35mm lens? Because I really love my 35mm lens.

"Don't think about making art, just get it done." Andy Warhol

I should really take my own advice...

Listen, make time for your art. Yes, you. You make art; I know you do. Maybe not with a paint brush or a camera, but you make your art is some way. Maybe you prefer a whisk and a mixing bowl over a paintbrush, or a football, or a pen. Whatever it is, get it done. Make time for your art. I firmly believe we were meant to be creative beings and because of that, creating is a key part of our humanity. We need to do it. So I am challenging you (and me). This week, make time for your art. I don't care if it's five minutes or five hours worth. Just get it done. Then come back and tell me about it.


- Victoria

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society6 product review with pictures + special offer

This post is not sponsored.

Hey everyone! As many of you know, I sell my photography through a company called Society6. However, most of you are not familiar with that company or their products. So I thought I'd share some of the products, my review of them, and include a special offer at the end of this post! I plan on also sharing a blog about selling from an artist's perspective for fellow artists at a later date, so if that's you, stay tuned!

Travel Mugs

This is a travel mug from Society6.

With a photo I took as its design.


This is crazy to me, that I am able to sell my photography on products such as this and that people are actually interested in purchasing them. I was really excited to see Society6 come out with this product a while back and I thought that since I’m selling this, I might as well try it out and let you know what I think!

Right now these ceramic travel mugs are only available in the 12oz size with white trim. Metal travel mugs are also available in 15oz but I do not currently own one.

Society6 description: Take your coffee to go with a personalized ceramic travel mug. Double-walled with a press-in suction lid, the two-piece (12oz) design ensures long lasting temperatures while minimizing the risk of spillage from kitchen to car to office. Standing at just over 6" tall with wrap around artwork, safely sip hot or cold beverages from this one of a kind mug.

While the lid does have a good seal, it is not completely spill-proof. The suction part of the lid does not go all the way around the mug. It’s fine to be in your car’s cup holder but if tipped on its side it will leak.

This is a great product and I do recommend it. I plan on using it especially through the winter seasons. I love that it is made of ceramic and not plastic, despite the risk of breaking it. Call me crazy but hot drinks in plastic mugs absorb the taste of plastic. (Gross.) This mug is dishwasher safe (although I personally still prefer wash it by hand). These would made great gifts!



This is one of my favorite products! These hoodies are light weight and are made from 100% California Fleece cotton. They available in pull-overs and zip-ups in a variety of colors. The print quality is great!

All Over Print Shirts

This is an example of an all over print shirt. This lovely lady recently purchased it from my shop and here's what she had to say: "I absolutely LOVE my new shirt with your photography printed on it! It is so soft and comfy. It really is beautiful. I look forward to acquiring some more. :)"


This is one of the Society6 prints from my shop, purchased by a friend.

Society6 description: Gallery quality Giclée print on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using Epson K3 archival inks. Custom trimmed with 1" border for framing.

Throw Pillows

These pillows are available in rectangle and square for indoor or outdoor uses!

Much more!

I offer over 40 different products in my store including greeting cards, phone cases, clocks, and even leggings...yes...leggings.

Product previews courtesy of Society6.


If you've looked through my shop, you know that the products seem to run a bit pricey. Before I go on, let me say this: never feel obligated to purchase a product from my store. I do photography because I love it. For years people asked me to start selling my work, and so I did. I share sales for those of you who want to purchase, so you can buy for a discounted price. But please don't ever feel obligated. Art should not involve obligation.

However, for those of you who are curious about how the pricing works, I will explain that for you. For each product sold, I make a set amount decided by S6, except for prints, canvases, and framed prints, for which I can set my own price. The price of a product includes the cost of goods, Society6's cut, and my cut. Above all else, the key principle of the pricing to understand is that you are purchasing a product designed with a one-of-a-kind work of art on a high quality product. You can't go anywhere else and purchase the same art.

Special Offer!

If you are looking to purchase something from my (or another) store, there is a sale happening right now! Click here to get 20% off + free shipping, now through September 4th, 2017.

Artists, I am working on another blog explaining why I chose Society6 and my experience with them thus far. Stay tuned, if you're interested!

- Victoria

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