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Thursday, April 30 2015

Photographing dead people was my bread & butter for many years. You can actually get kinda artistic with it. More than once we joked about making a Crime Scene calendar for the unit where we selected our best shots of the year to submit. I distinctly recall one of my favorite shots was a picturesque view of the bayou winding its way to the skyline of the city with the afternoon sun behind the buildings. It was a Chamber Of Commerce shot. And if you looked really closely, you could see a body floating in the bayou. It was some of my best work.

(No, I can't show you.)

That said, there are a lot of things more fun than taking pictures of dead people, for instance, taking pictures of soap. I know. I know. The lighting is better. The smell is better. You can rearrange things the way you want. I mean really, what's not to like?

One of the best parts of selling soap is photographing the individual fragrances. Frankly, one bar pretty much looks like another with slight variations in color or shape, but I like to compose a still life to represent each fragrance. I'm going to have to start over again with many of them because I lost the laptop that had the original photographs and all I had left of some of those shots are grainy photographs that I took with my cell phone. (But you still get the idea!)

 Take just plain soap,

and jazz it up with some props!

Rosemary Mint -

Cucumber Mint -

Barbed Wire -

Lavender & Oatmeal -

Sweetgrass, Cedar, & Sage -

Fred, the garden gargoyle, helped me take these shots for my Dragon's Blood fragrance:

Just clean soap porn! Can't you just smell it?

I'm really thankful for Clover, my first dairy goat, who introduced me to the world of making goat milk soap and a different angle on ranching. When I was raising meat goats, the babies were sold and probably eaten. (which can be a downer) You raised a baby or two from one mother and your profit was just the price of the baby. With dairy goats, not only can you sell the babies, but you can make much more money through the sale of dairy products or soap.  They require a lot more input and care for your profit, but the profit is greater and the time spent is far more pleasant.

Posted by: forensicfarmgirl AT 09:44 am   |  Permalink   |  12 Comments  |  Email
No bugs on the soap, either. RIP, Clover.
Posted by Peg H in Wisconsin on 04/30/2015 - 11:19 AM
Two words: Goat Butter I lost my local source, but it is a-mazing.
Posted by Peggy on 04/30/2015 - 04:39 PM
I've never made butter from goat milk. I heard it was really good though. Did you use a cream separator?
Posted by forensicfarmgirl on 05/01/2015 - 10:44 AM
Unfortunately, I didn't make it - it was a friend who had both the goats and the butter-making skills. I just spread it on toasted sourdough bread and shoveled it in my mouth. Best snack ever. Sadly, the friend got out of the goat business. I asked the Amish lady selling goat cheese at our farmer's market about it, and she said she'd been unable to make it without a separator.
Posted by Peggy on 05/01/2015 - 01:30 PM
Sheesh!!! I've got goat's milk soap of my own, but whenever I see pictures of yours, I want some. Jazzing it up must work. And just what is Dragon's Blood Soap?
Posted by Patty on 05/01/2015 - 04:08 PM
What does "barbed wire" soap smell like? It's sorta sticky, right? LOL.
Posted by Christine on 05/03/2015 - 07:46 AM
Dragon's Blood: an oriental blend of orange, rose, carnation, patchouli, and vanilla The way I describe it: An earthy masculine scent that women adore too. If Aragorn of Lord Of The Rings wore a cologne, this would be it. This is hands down, my best seller for men. It's popular with women too, but if you want a soap for your man and you don't know what to buy, this is it.
Posted by forensicfarmgirl on 05/06/2015 - 06:59 PM
Barbed Wire - A rich, sporty scent with notes of sandalwood, iris, clover, French verbena, violet leaves and ambergris. Popular with both men and women. Great fragrance. Holds its scent a long time.
Posted by forensicfarmgirl on 05/06/2015 - 07:00 PM
Patty, don't feel bad! I'm on these soapmaking Facebook groups and I see the soaps they make and am so amazed at what they produce! All I do is make the lye/lard soap, add fragrance, run a fork across the top, and cut it when it's ready. The soap they make is a work of art! It's so pretty that I'd hate to get it wait.
Posted by forensicfarmgirl on 05/06/2015 - 07:04 PM
WET! I'd hate to get it wet! Not wait. That's what I get for multi-tasking.
Posted by forensicfarmgirl on 05/06/2015 - 07:06 PM
Don't forget pine soap -- my favorite!
Posted by Terri's Pal on 05/06/2015 - 11:11 PM
Around Christmas time I make a lovely fragrance called Piney Woods that is just heavenly!
Posted by forensicfarmgirl on 05/11/2015 - 10:17 AM

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