Picture Taking – Where Do You Draw the Line?

by Shirley George Frazier on November 10, 2009

do you take pictures of other people's gift basketsTaking this picture outside of a New York City-based gift basket and flower shop was no easy feat.

The shop is located on Broadway, and if you’ve never walked on that street, you can imagine how busy it is during rush hour (when the photo was snapped) or any other time, especially since it’s a few blocks north of Macy’s.

It’s almost impossible to take a street-level picture with people walking past the window every two seconds. Thankfully, there was a brief lull in traffic, and my camera was poised and waiting for that moment.

The photo was captured not for competitive reasons but to ask you the following question.

How many times have you seen a gift basket design inside a competitive store and wanted to take a picture to remember the technique?

The consensus on doing this is don’t. It’s considered as rude and simply not permitted on private property.

I remember reading, on a now-defunct message board, how one new designer was shocked that she was escorted out of a gift basket shop because of her in-store picture taking. She couldn’t understand why the owner didn’t let her take pictures “in the spirit of camaraderie.”

We’ve talked about taking pictures inside of other people’s shop at Ask The Gift Basket Expert, where you’ll find many insightful comments about this practice.

Even public photography can be viewed as dangerous. Although you’re outside on the street, the proprietor may still not be pleased with picture taking, as they don’t know if you’re friend or foe.

What’s been your experience with someone taking pictures of your gift baskets?


Consuela Greene November 10, 2009 at 2:46 pm


There is one shop in particular that I love to “window shop.” I have never taken a photo because I guess deep down inside I don’t think it would be right. Inspiration for new designs can come from so many other sources.

As for other people taking photos of my baskets, I’m not aware that anyone has. Although, one person bought a basket from me and later told me she took it apart to learn how I staged it.


Shirley George Frazier November 10, 2009 at 2:54 pm

Hi Consuela,

When I made gift baskets full time, I also did not photograph other people’s designs. Now I feel as though I’m providing a service when I snap rather than take maliciously.

I’ve also heard from other designers that some people buy our baskets and take them apart. In fact, I watched as one of my customers did this in front of my eyes.

She was mesmerized by the artistry and thankfully ordered many more over the years.

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