Mother's Day is this Sunday and I'm sure you've got it covered, right? Maybe a potted plant, perhaps a brunch at her favorite restaurant...
Two years ago, when Tia and I first started Washed Ashore, we had a show two weeks before Mother's Day. It was very early in our business, back before we had a full year of art shows booked. I think it was maybe our second or third show ever when we met a nice young man. He came into our booth towards the end of the day wanting a gift for his mom. It felt good to think someone wanted one of our photos to give to their mother on Mother's Day. He decided on a matted/framed of one of our gull photos near the sunset.
It's wonderful to sell our art to people who appreciate it. Believe me, to see how our customers react when they see a favorite photo is worth more to me than anything. It validates why we started this business: to make people happy while showing them the beauty of the Jersey Shore.
Since our first year in business Tia and I have learned a lot about where we want Washed Ashore to go. Our first year we booked six shows and spent the whole summer on the shelf. This year, we have 12 shows confirmed with two to three more possible before the end of September. And we love doing more shows during the height of the summer, when people really enjoy the beach. This summer, you can find us in places like: Stone Harbor, Long Beach Island, Hereford Lighthouse, and Island Beach State Park.
This weekend we'll be in Fanwood, NJ; one of our only shows not near the shore. We'll be at the "Celebrate Spring" Arts and Craft Fair at the Fanwood Train Station from 10am to 5pm. If you're in the area please stop by to say 'hi' and maybe pick up a gift for mom for Mother's Day!
J. R. Warnet
Washed Ashore Photography