How To Sell Photography Prints | #askVENTH EP48


Boa tarde Brian Boa tarde Cassandra Thank you Cassandra: That’s alright, I have a question from Riley on Twitter Hey Riley! Is this Riley that we’ve had a question from before? Cassandra: Yes, @rileybigworld Well, hello again Riley Cassandra: You’re famous on the show now Cassandra: So they ask how you go about selling, because people have started asking them if they do prints? Oh cool, that’s a good question, so how you go about selling… There’s a couple of different options when it comes to doing
prints. Obviously there are pre-packaged services that already exist, there’s a few out there
which you can offer through your website, there’s things like SmugMug, Zenfolio that
have kind of like a built-in print on demand service that’s already set up for you and
they can actually host your entire website if you want to, something like that could
be worth looking into. There’s also a service called Fine Art America which isn’t too bad,
they also do print on demand type stuff and they kind of host your stuff separately from
your website, but it does have the ability to incorporate that into your website as well,
so you have galleries that people can click on them to order prints. There’s also of course
the option where you can set this all up yourself as well through your website, obviously in
this way you have to contact your own printers and it requires a little bit more effort on
your end. If you’re not really into the technical aspects of that sort of thing and also it’s
going to take a little bit of time to develop the relationships as well with the printers
that you want to work with and all that sort of stuff. So potentially utilizing one of
those services that I mentioned, there’s a couple of other ones as well, they’re just
the ones that I know off the top of my head, they also have really good reputations as
well, but utilizing one of those services is going to get you something that’s ready
to go straight out of the box without too much messing around on your part. On top of
this I suppose you’ve got to really think about, who is your customer and what are they
actually wanting to buy? Are they your customers that you’ve done photoshoots for and they
just want to buy prints? In that case, services such as SmugMug and Zenfolio are probably
the ones that you’re really looking at, they really focus a lot on this kind of client
delivery system. They’ve got a lot of cool features where you can have private galleries
just for the client, they can make selections of images, that sort of thing, it’s really
quite intuitive and useful. If you’re just taking art shots or something like that and
you’re looking at selling prints of works that you’ve done to other people, something
like Fine Art America might be a better option for you. They are quite a bit cheaper I believe
and they also have their own in-built marketplace. Now their kind of goal is more selling more
unique works that you’ve made to a customer as a product, rather than the photos that
you’ve taken for a customer, if that makes any sense whatsoever. I suppose figuring out
which is more applicable to you, what kind of additional services you require will dictate
which one you want. If you’re taking your photoshoots and then selling it to the customer
that you’ve done the photoshoots for, you’ll want one of those services that really caters
to them, Zenfolio, SmugMug, Photo Shelter, etc. etc. there’s a bunch, and then you’ve
got your other option which, in my personal opinion from my research, if you’re just selling
prints of more art-based work that you’ve done, Fine Art America are really the go to
guys at the moment. That pretty much sums it up really I think, what do you think? Cassandra: I think you nailed it, so as always we’ll link to the blog post that accompanies the video
which will have more information for you Yes we will link to the blog post down in the
description and we’ll pop in the links to the sites we’ve mentioned as well so that
you can check them out more for yourself and figure out which is going to be the best option
for you. So I’m going to wrap myself up! Thank you very much Riley for another great question
and I hope it helps you out or at least points you in the right direction of what you need
to start looking into. If you have a question out there in internet land, feel free to ask
it using the hashtag #askVENTH on Twitter, look at that I said Twitter almost normal,
or you can just ask them in the comments down below, I like getting comments it makes me
feel loved! Please do like this video, share it around and what was the other thing I need
to do? Oh yes, subscribe to the channel and welcome to 2016! This is the year, if you’re
watching this, this is the year where you get to work and you start making some money.
Do it. Do it now. Anyway, I’m going to get back to work, speaking of work, so I’ll talk
to you all later, bye!

20 Comments

  1. Cassandra Hendriks February 12, 2016 at 10:15 am

    A+ advice as usual Brian 🙂

  2. gul March 9, 2016 at 2:20 am

    Just subscribed, from UK & want to get into photography and hopefully sell prints. Like your video on this subject, many thanks….. P.S. would you give advice on release forms & what type of photographs (i.e general public, buildings) require release forms with the exception of individual models which is obviously a must. Thank you Brian 🙂

  3. Sarah Moulton May 1, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    you've given me my start to start selling my art!! thank you!!!

  4. Calsefire May 6, 2016 at 9:38 am

    This is a silly questions, but Fineartamerica does the actual printing and shipping?Basically "Post an image, someone buys it, FineAA prints and sells, right?Thank you for the information.

  5. _1990_babyface May 9, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    are there any legit sites where I can sell my photos?

  6. Charlie O'Sullivan June 3, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    Hi I would really love to start selling prints and wondered the best places that I could sell that are not online. If you have any places that you would recommend.
    Thanks
    Charlie

  7. Instant Regret August 16, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    Newbie here…
    Does zen folio and smugmug print the photos for the client and ships it to them? Cause it would be very difficult for me to print and ship.

  8. Hozuki Mangetsu May 14, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Nice video content! Sorry for the intrusion, I would appreciate your initial thoughts. Have you thought about – Riddleagan Money Shot Remedy (erm, check it on google should be there)? It is an awesome one off guide for getting paid from photography online without the normal expense. Ive heard some super things about it and my best friend Jordan finally got cool success with it.

  9. Kryssii June 8, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    forgive me if I'm asking the "wrong question"…I have photographs I'd like to sell but not have to print & ship. is there a way to download my photos & sell on Etsy? so basically they click on photo they like, buy & they can select size & print themselves? if not Etsy is there a easy to use site (free) that is good for ppl like me….not tech savvy.

  10. 0rgasmic Face September 9, 2017 at 10:50 am

    What is the paper to use for printing

  11. DineroCoin November 11, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    here's a few suggestions for how to get paid for photos
    Use you facebook and twitter accounts for promotion
    Get your own blog
    Join a suitable course or site for marketing photos
    (I discovered these and the reasons they work from Hartlyn Photo Pro website )

  12. Myke D November 13, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    The problem with host sites is that they take way too much of the cash so you have to jack up your price and/or settle for crappy profits.

  13. Rick Johnson November 27, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    Thank you for the informative video.

  14. jinhi9005 February 28, 2018 at 5:34 am

    I have spent months researching into earn cash with photos and discovered an awesome resource at Hartlyn photo pro (google it if you are interested)

  15. Shark Boy April 28, 2018 at 4:22 pm

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  16. Luis Gonzalez August 7, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    Thank you!

  17. Jonny Essex August 22, 2018 at 7:51 am

    I already have a website, which would be the most suitable platform to sell images through that doesn't need me to build another website or pay monthly…. Thank you (UK)

  18. Joe Glover August 25, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    Hiya – I'm trying to find a way of selling prints on my WordPress site, i.e. via a plugin, with a 3rd party who then fulfils the order. I can only seem to find plugins that allow digital downloads, rather than the actual print & fulfilment… Do any of these companies offer that… or does that even exist..?!

  19. M_Bergeron June 30, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    The exact answer I was looking for. Thanks!

  20. Ednilag August 8, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    you seem like such a nice guy

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