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But, like so many photographers, my passion for getting into photography had nothing to do with any of those things. So to be honest and fair, I did what I needed to do to earn a living and it wasn’t bad. Making money allowed me to buy the gear I wanted and stay cutting edge on my skill set.
One big difference from most photographers, I saw myself as an artist. I have a really good art background. By the time I turned 18 I was already collecting photography. I was lucky and through my Dad met with and worked with a lot of the greats including Josef Karsh and Arnold Newman, just to name a few…but that’s another story.
That was my key segue into fine art photography and changing my subject matter to taking images of things I wanted to photograph as opposed to being hired to photograph. I started to create images of things I liked. I surmised if these young couples were already buying my portraits, why not show them my fine art pictorials that in a frame would look great on their walls.
I’m betting most of you reading this have amazing shots you have done. In fact I’m positive you do., but you’ve never really thought about doing much with images you just did for your own enjoyment.
So that’s where I started. I had images framed and ready to show on my walls and I started by giving one away for each job I did. I had to make an investment in the dream I was hoping to turn into reality. I wanted my business to morph into fine art photography.
Who would have guessed all these years later I actually make a living at selling Fine Art Photography?
Over the last five years i have lectured at WPPI three years in a row and I did a program at Imaging USA called Selling your Photography in the Fine Art Market. There wasn’t one photographer I met who didn’t have amazing images to show me. These were images created from their heart and soul and often, just to use an old cliché, with blog, sweat and tears.
I know all of you have images like this. So, get out there and make me happy…no, make yourself happy… and sell a few!