Full Frame Offensive

Started Apr 16, 2014 | Discussions thread
erichK Veteran Member • Posts: 6,426
Re: Full Frame Offensive

Rich Z wrote:

Hey, Doc, don't get your dainties in a pucker. Back when I was soliciting work, I'd simply take them a few nicely framed 16x20s of a wedding, or real estate, portraiture, or whatever their subject was. I almost always got the job. However, it's much better to do fine art, hang it in a commercial gallery (and don't let them screw you), number it 1 of 100 (or whichever number of the 100 it is) and let them fight over it. You make sure the gallery is willing to give out your references even if no sale and you get jobs from that, too. I did senior citizen restorative photography for a while, hung a few in a gallery, and got lots of work from that. Nothing like having an old woman burst into tears when she sees your finished work. BUT, photography is more fun when it is not for a living. Dig ditches to support your photography, if you have to, it is worth it. Remember: Professionals worry about sales. Amateurs worry about gear. Photographers worry about the light. Rich


Very well put, Rich.  I have had much the same experience even to, in nine months or so of making a living at photography, ending up having my most rewarding jobs and experiences in photo retsauration (and portfolios for artists).

Ditch-digging is much more emotionally and physically healthy and financially reliable, especially when it is punctuated by shows of one's best.  And yes, these, with the help of the careful processing one tends to do for them, do, indeed tend to generate solid appreciation of the quality of one's work...even that of it taken with a P&S or a pinhole camera.

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