In this day and age, having one’s photography more readily available thru on-line venues (stock photography, Etsy, photo providers, etc) is essential. Not only does it help boost credibility but lends to expanding the bank account when you least expect it!
Lately I added digital downloading to my photography Etsy account. Even tho my sales show low numbers, I’ve had several requests off-line for my photographic items. The competition is fierce with photography. Some photographers have fantastic work and make lots of $$ selling photo cards, prints and framed pieces. The majority have great items mixed with OK. What I’ve come to realize over the years is that no matter how good of a photographer one is, we all want someone to appreciate our work. But let’s face it, we all can’t have our mother’s buying all of our inventory! All I can do is to strive to improve my images and what I let the camera lens see.
I’ve been posting a lot more to flickr than Etsy, simply because of ease and time. I struggled with the concept of Digital Downloads – was it a sell out to the almighty dollar at hand instead of selling the actual print at a gallery or show? Would I loose inventory control?
This weekend – June 6th – you can find me down at the Artist Garage Sale in Everett from 9am until 3pm. [This is a FREE event – but a fundraising event is from 8am to 9am with early bird tickets.] Print this post out to receive a FREE Artisan Photo Card from my inventory!
Take a peek at a few Digital Images posted on Etsy. If you see anything you happen to like, let me know. Yes, it can be for sale. Feedback always welcome. ~Enjoy!
First of all Happy June 1st everyone!! Can you believe we have crossed the 6th month mark today? We’ve seen a lot of changes this year. Artist friends of mine have been busy creating some fantastic pieces. Small businesses are coming to life again. And the internet is buzzing with changes in the social media area, as well as retail sites.
Anyone loving Pintrest as much as I do?? I really enjoy how visual that site is. It’s simple, straight forward, and it works form someone like me who wants to “pin in & leave it”.
Speaking of visual, here’s my newest images on iStock — you may recognize the Bear from the Olympic Game Farm! I’m letting the internet work for me & my photography these days:
Do you remeber watching the movie “Freaky Friday” as a kid? [They also updated it with Jamie Lee Curtis in 2003.] The whole premise is wanting to be somebody else so badly that you wake up one Friday morning & you are… and what we learned was that it’s not always what we see that’s what we want. Perhaps it’s just the mere perception of what we see.
I sometimes think of taking photographs that way. What my Artistic eye sees isn’t always what’s in front of the lens. I use cropping methods, lighting techniques, and angles to involve my audience into something they may not have seen if they had been where I was looking. I like to engage people into the scene sometimes. Get them engaged with their senses other than eyes. Invole a response:
“That reminds me of our vacation last summer…”
“Can we go there to see that?”
“Where in the world was that taken?”
** Make sure to check out the 30 Day Challenge photos. At the end of this month I’ll be asking you to vote for your favorite!!
Examining Passion vs. Goals:
Recently read a blog entry from Mom Drop Box. She explored the differences between passion & goals. Interesting entry. I liked the last paragraph she wrote & wanted to share it with you:
“I think it’s good to assess your life, and change what you can in a way to make your life sync with your goals and passions. But it’s also good to realize that sometimes, there are trade-offs, and in those times, it’s okay to be at peace with the fact that we really can’t have everything we’ve ever wanted all at the same time. ”