I have mostly focused on the journey of photo taking and not very seriously on the money end of things for several years -- actually about 7 years -- and am finally going to take my passion to the presses. I'll have an online store soon on this website where customers can buy LIMITED EDITION PRINTS on their choice of canvas, metal or photo paper. Work comes framed or unframed. I also have photo books and greeting cards.
First things first. I'm organizing thousands of photos that are on various portable hard drives and scattered in more places than I can count. I need to locate the high resolution images and sort through for the ones that print well and make up the best of my best work. I also need to figure out what's marketable. I could have an image of something I love and it could be spectacular, but nobody would pay to put it on their walls.
I've been designing marketing material all week. Some will be for brochures to hand retail stores. Others will be printed as posters for fairs. Below are samples of some of my first designs. I'm wondering how much marketing can be done electronically and how much needs to be face-to-face meeting potential vendors?
You can follow along, and learn as I learn, about how to market photography and art. I have way more questions than answers. I don't have a mentor and I wish I did. I'm just diving in and using the old trial and error method until something better comes along. Not knowing how to do something has never intimidated me, but it does exhaust me. This is when I would love to have a business partner or agent. As almost all artists feel, I'd rather spend my time devoted to taking pictures and to painting, while handing over the marketing to someone else. But that's a fantasy as this point in time. So rather than entertain those wants, I'll push them aside and make room for designing a full blown marketing plan. Stay tuned ....
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