Some questions about selling photography...(Some example pics too)

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Chickerdoodle13, Nov 15, 2009.

  1. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

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    I'm throwing around the idea of trying to sell some of my photography for the holiday season, but I have some questions for those of you who may be experienced in these sorts of things.

    I'm not new in photography, but I'm not a professional either. I've been dabbling in the hobby for about 4 or 5 years now and I bought a fairly decent camera (though not an SLR) a little over a year ago. I'm still learning, but I've managed to take what I think are some pretty nice photos. My dad keeps telling me I should try and sell some of my work, but I haven't had a chance to yet. Now I'm thinking about selling some of it for a little bit of extra money, but mostly to get my foot in the door. I figure I can sell the pictures for a little bit more than the cost of printing/matte/frame + shipping. I'd only be making a little bit of profit, but at least it would be getting my work out there.

    Now my questions are:

    What website would you suggest I use for showcasing some of my work?

    I figure it would probably be easiest to ship matted pictures, rather than framed pictures, but how would I go about shipping pictures without them getting crushed or bent? Also, how much do you think it would cost to ship something like a photo?

    I'm not sure about prices yet, but I was thinking something like $15 or $20 for a matted 8X10. Does this sound like a lot? I think the matts are $5-$7 depending on the quality and the photos are about $3-$4 to print. Obviously, 5X7's and 4X6's would be less.

    What would be the best way to spread the word about my photos without spending a ton of money to do so? Once I get more experience, I'm thinking I could do some local craft/art shows but I don't think I'm quite good enough to do that just yet.

    I know I have more questions, but I'll ask them as I think of them. Here are a few examples of work I've done already. Some of my work has won awards in local shows and some of my photos were showcased in the fair queen competition I entered over the summer.

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  2. hen-thusiast

    hen-thusiast Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just wanted to let you know, that your pictures are great! I don't think that is too much for a matted 8x10. Good luck! [​IMG]
     
  3. goldenchic

    goldenchic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    pictures look fab real professional
     
  4. Whitehouse Quail

    Whitehouse Quail Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2009
    Michigan
    wix.com makes it easy to create beautiful picture websites. There are a couple ads on the free sites, and if you go for a little bit more, they take off the ads.

    Webs.com is a widely used one, too. It's not as great as wix, but it is functional
     

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