Most expedience photo you have sold

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Brianks239 Contributing Member • Posts: 527
Most expedience photo you have sold

What was the most money you have made off any one given photo and how much money did you make after all your costs?

slowhands Veteran Member • Posts: 5,470
Profit percentage, or raw sheckles

Sold a 4x6 for $20 USD that cost me $0.13 to print at SAMS CLUB
That was a SERIOUS percentage over product cost

or are you asking about the CD of images a mag editor paid $4k for, and even said...no PP required... we'll do all that. Oh wait... I had to split that with a 2nd shooter, pay for meals, etc...etc... but still the CD/DVD only cost me a buck or so, including case. SERIOUS percentage ??

of course I'm kidding...(maybe)
and you're really just fishing (right?)

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BigPixel Veteran Member • Posts: 3,371
Re: Most expedience photo you have sold

I sold a 24"x24" print to the Queen of England for 2,800,000 Euro. She really likes it.
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Jeff Seltzer Senior Member • Posts: 1,791
What's wrong with people?

Man, what a bunch of rude answers. I never understood the logic of responding with such a mean-spirited response like the ones above. Why not just NOT respond?

To answer your question: The most I've sold a photo for has been $500 (several times) 12x18. I printed myself on a high-end Epson onto Museo Silver Rag paper. The paper probably cost about $5 to $10 sheet, plus cost of ink (which isn't cheap!).

I currently have a print at a gallery in Toronto in which the gallery owner priced the image (a 20x30 or so) at $1,500 - if that sells, it will be my most lucrative image (that did cost me $300 to frame, though).

Hope that helps,
Jeff

Brianks239 wrote:

What was the most money you have made off any one given photo and how much money did you make after all your costs?

angstrom Regular Member • Posts: 279
my best seller

is a shot of the pyramids ... 350 sales (and counting) over 19 years, something north of $50k
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BigPixel Veteran Member • Posts: 3,371
Re: What's wrong with people?

OK, I (we) deserve that I guess. Just having a little fun.

The most I have been paid for a print was $850. It was purchased by the Hawaii State Art Museum and is now a part of their permanent collection. They didn't reserve a sales commission and so I got it all. It measured 34"x46" framed (5" matt around a 24"x35" image). The simple wood frame cost $150.
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neilcrichton Regular Member • Posts: 179
Re: Most expedience photo you have sold
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Once shot a wedding, during which I got a quite spectacular special-effects photo during the ceremony. The bride's mom loved it and ordered a bunch of 16x20s to send to her relatives in Europe. Got about $2400 for the reprints, which was more than I got for the wedding.

Also lucked out on a slide show I made for a home builder, documenting the construction of a "super-insulated" home, for which the builder received a government grant. Later, the government department involved ordered 10 copies of the slide show, at $800 each. Eight grand wasn't bad for a bunch of duplicate slides and eight Carousel trays.
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OP Brianks239 Contributing Member • Posts: 527
Re: my best seller(Have it on-line)

Do you have that photo on-line?

BAK Forum Pro • Posts: 22,813
Re: Most expedience photo you have sold

I don't sell pictures one at a time.

Some freelancers photograph celebrities or news events, and then sell the photo, often through agencies, repeatedly, and can eventually get hundreds of thousands of dollars for a rare image of a celebrity that appears on magazine covers around the world. But not me.

BAK

angstrom Regular Member • Posts: 279
its with getty

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Re: its with getty image does not work

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neilcrichton Regular Member • Posts: 179
Re: my best seller(Have it on-line)

Brianks239 wrote:

Do you have that photo on-line?

No, not yet. I'm planning to scan a bunch of old negatives this winter, including that one. So, soon, I hope.
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(unknown member) Forum Pro • Posts: 19,115
Re: Most expedience photo you have sold

Well, I think the best sellers for me (in relative $$$ terms) were the skin-mag centre fold studio shoots I did back in the 1970's when I just got out of photog/art college. That paid pretty well, especially in the UK...Nave, Men Only, Penthouse, stuff like that.

I did a lot of travel related stuff for about 15 years...that was kinda erratic tho.

Food shots have always been good sellers too...lots of sales but lower $ per photo...

Nowadays I don't really care coz I'm rich, kinda lazy and retired.

I still sell my work and do small private jobs...although I've changed the genre somewhat

as you can see...
http://kvincentphotography.ca/designerflorals
http://kvincentphotography.ca/macro
http://kvincentphotography.ca/still-life

Thanks for asking...

KEV

R Neil Regular Member • Posts: 452
Re: Most expedience photo you have sold

We are portrait photographers, and over the years have sold a number of 40x50's and a few 40x60's ... some of those had smaller prints from 20x24 to 4x5 as part of the sale ... probably the most from one image in a session around $3800 or so; after image-prep/printing/print-finishing expenses (the frame was sold separately per image) probably had a gross-net about $3000.

Then of course, you've got all the expenses of overhead/staff/etc. that got us to the point we could take and sell and deliver the image. Those do add up, and a LOT more than most in-experienced businesses realize.
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Larry Berman
Larry Berman Veteran Member • Posts: 3,833
Re: Most expedience photo you have sold

Impossible to add it up. In the early 1980's I shot a three image sequence of a heart washing away in the sand. I sold prints at art shows in three variations of those images for approximately twenty years and at most art shows it was 20% of my gross.
http://bermanart.com/gallery-i-love-you.htm

I did have the most commercial photography ever sold at art shows and the "I Love You" sequence was just part of it.:
http://bermanbears.com

Brianks239 wrote:

What was the most money you have made off any one given photo and how much money did you make after all your costs?

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cshess Regular Member • Posts: 472
Nice website...

Enjoyed your photos.

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