I never thought as an
untrained photographic artist I would be able to sell my images. As a lot of my
creations are photo manipulations I refer to myself as an artist rather than a
photographer. I still work mainly with post processing and don’t have the
photographic knowledge of many of my colleagues, but it works for me.
I have only been taking
photos for about seven years. I took a few images with a friend and started to
mess about with them. I’ve never thought of myself as artistic but to my
surprise I started to produce some half decent art work. I noticed my friend
was selling on Photo4me so I joined, and it wasn't long before I had a sale. Over the
years I have sold 33 images on Photo4me and I’m proud of my achievements. I
have sold all over the world through other outlets but mostly through Photo4me
in the UK.
moment so far was when my Egret image was featured in Peter Andre’s 60 Minute Makeover
on national TV. I also had an image selected to be on display at a
Hospital. It's strange to think someone has your photograph or artwork hanging
up in their home, it still amazes me.
secret to my sales I think is my diversity. I have created images from most
genres, ranging from Flora, Architecture, Wildlife, Sea-scape to Abstract and
Digital montages. I’m a big fan of Topaz software and prefer post processing
images rather than taking them. I love messing around with an image in Photoshop
or creating something new digitally.
is to stick at it and imagine what your image would look like up on the wall.
Is it art? Would you buy it? Be diverse and open minded as buyers may love
something you would not choose personally yourself. Art is very personal and it’s
hard to predict what a buyer wants. Take time to look at other portfolios as
you can learn a lot and gain inspiration. I view the world through a lens and everything I see is seen as a piece of art.
now is to get the chance to photograph polar bears in their natural habitat,
but if I can't I can appreciate all the beautiful images out there to see.
has amassed a magnificent collection of over 1500 artwork images on the
Photo4Me platform and would appreciate your feedback and comments on the
platform. View all her work on her members page.
This morning I had a lovely email from Steve Purnell contact me with a great example when we mention a emotional attachment is a definite bonus.
A lot of discussion in the past has centred around the ‘emotional attachment’ behind sales.
I recently made a sale of a greeting card on another pod. The following morning I got up to find the following mail in my 'Other' box on Facebook:-
'I am the "buyer from Fairborn, Oh," lol. I wanted to tell you how your photo of the "star-crossed lovers" means so much to me. I am pushing 50, but almost exactly a year ago, my first high school boyfriend found me on Facebook. For over 32 years, we had each kept every photo, letter, momento. My health is failing and we will never be. I saw your photo a while ago when I googled "star-crossed lovers" and couldn't get it out of my mind. It is the expressions, in stone no less, but also how you so beautifully captured them in your photo. So I sought it out again to give him this card on our "anniversary" of being reacquainted. I just wanted to thank you for the breathtaking photo and thought that you might like to know how much your work meant to a total stranger.'
It is an image of a stone ornament in our garden that I never thought would sell in a million years but emotional attachment has obviously played a huge part in this.
You can see Steve's "star-crossed lovers" Photo by going to the link below.
You can see Steve portfolio by going to:
Thanks for the email Steve!
This week we had Dawn give us her insight on how she, or rather a members perspective on selling through Photo4me. Have a read!
"One of the most asked questions on Photo4Me (P4) has to be “How
can I earn money on P4”?
There is of course no easy answer. Some have sold well because
they have a niche market, for example this past year we have seen a lot of
Aviation Images sell well. One member in particular has done extremely well
with over 30 sales in the month leading up to Christmas and including the month
of early November when buyers were thinking about the 100th Celebrations of the
start of WW1. Why did this one particular member sell so well when there are
many members with similar and equally as “good” images? I believe because that
artist has built up a dedicated following of his work which he has promoted on
many different sites that are into Aviation or WW1 memorabilia.
So how can you sell if you don’t have a niche market? If you are
like me and probably a lot of the photographers on P4 do not have a particular
genre of photography then good for you! You have the whole world at your
fingertips. I’ve been a serious photographer for about 5 years now and have
been consistently selling for almost 3. P4 is the first site I sold an image on
and it gave me such a buzz! Someone liked my work so much they have it hanging
on their wall! I’ve deleted the image now it was such a bad image . Why did
they buy it then? It was an image of a statue in the Winter Garden of a local
park and university grounds. Who knows why, they do and that’s what matters, it
mattered to them. It had meaning for them. Whether it was the statue itself or
the place it was situated we will never know.
I have sold images of a single Ox Eye Daisy I took in my garden
and then had my first ever go at using textures. Again not a “good” image but
it sold as an A1 Framed Print 5 times in the same sale to be used in various
hospitals in the North of England. Why? A simple happy image that had a
soothing calming effect I guess? I woke up one day and a pal put on Facebook
that there was a pig flying around Battersea Power Station. I lived 20 minutes by
train from there so up I got and off I dashed to grab a few pics. This was a
recreation of Pink Floyds The Animals album. I took hundreds of shots to get
the right composition, I didn’t want a shot of the pig’s backside and because
of the wind and the fact that it had a leak and had to be brought down many
times to be refilled it was a long session but I got some good shots and this
has proved to be one of my best sellers.
I am not a great photographer and Photoshop still baffles me! I
can use Lightroom and do to bring out the best in my photos as much as I can
but most of my work is pretty much as is taken at the time. I believe the
reason for my success is the amount of time I’ve put into promoting my work.
It took me 8 months before I sold my first image on P4 and from
then on I pretty much sold an image every month, more sometimes . I must have
driven my Facebook friends nuts as every time I uploaded an image to P4 I
linked it to my wall which was connected to my Twitter account as well! I
joined various “arty websites” and gave blogging a try. I paid to have my P4
URL included in search engines, I had some of my work printed and managed to
get them displayed in local cafes and pubs. I got some cheep business cards
printed with my current “best image” on and handed them out to all and sundry.
I even gave prints away to folk who I knew who would then go on to tell loads
of folk about their “gift”. Anything and everything I could think of and it
worked for me!
As I said, there is no easy formula, if there was we would all
be selling bundles every day, its all trial and error and luck! All I can
advise is get out there take all those pics and upload your best work. None of
us know what the buyers are going to eventually spend their hard earned cash on
but if its not up there it certainly won’t sell!"
You can check out Dawns portfolio by going to: