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Winning the Lottery

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  SimplyImp

When I woke this morning and opened my curtains to check out the weather, Mt. Cheam is the first thing I saw. I just love being able to see the mountain when I wake up, even when a fedora of clouds hides it's peak.

On the left, a Japanese cherry blossom tree is in full bloom and absolutely gorgeous. But there's something a bit wrong with seeing the cherry tree in full bloom and a fresh snowfall on the mountain behind it. If the roof of the house next door wasn't in the way, it'd be a great photo! Hmm... maybe I'll try something.

Yesterday I received a phone call from the photo finishing place in my old community and will have some of my photos displayed there for awhile. That's the second place I'll have my photos, so I'm pretty excited and have to choose a bunch of photos to be printed for these displays.

Last night I posted a photo of a tulip I'd taken from the bunch I'd bought at Easter. This particular photo just struck me as it looks so delicate in the photo, almost like a painting rather than a photo. In fact, one person posted on my timeline asking me if it was a photo or painting and didn't believe me when I said photo. lol. She was extremely complimentary about it, which was nice.

Sometimes, with photos as with any artwork, we get emotionally attached to it, thinking it's a better photo than it is. I'm very aware of this, so I'm pretty critical of my photos. I'm so used to my photos being picked apart at the photo club, that even when one is 'good', I don't always recognize it.

That's what happened with the tulip. I really liked it, as it just had something about it that was appealing to me, the light shining just so to illuminate the tips of the petals. Two of my peers commented on it, which is unusual, as they are not likely to comment if they don't like a photo.

I'm feeling pretty good about it, and might enter that one into one of my displays. I do have to go through my photos though, to choose some that are indicative of the area. Not that I don't have thousands to go through. I best start on it, as it'll take awhile to choose some.

I'm pretty excited about having my photos on display. Never in a million years did I ever figure that would happen. I have to write a bio and get some business cards printed up so the photo finishing places can hand out my contact info. I'm so excited, I feel like a kid at Christmas having just received the thing they wanted most.

Between travel writing and photography, I feel like I just won the lottery in pursuing the things I love most.







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Comments:
Fayvorite

Apr 12 @ 10:53AM  
I've been so busy jumping between sites and flirting that I haven't hung on FB so is that photo there? If so I must go see your tulip. You are such a harsh critic on yourself, you crack me up.

Too bad you can't see me and take pictures of my crazy hair colors from my failed experiment. When I was pink I got compliments but the color I'm wearing this week is making people keep their mouths shut. So it will be interesting this weekend if I decide to try to go back to normal or will I keep experimenting, one never knows with me.

But I must see the tulip. One of us has to get rich so we can fly to the other and meet....maybe half way, like Greece?
SimplyImp

Apr 12 @ 11:20AM  
Greece sounds good, or Spain.

Yes, the photo is on FB so you can see it over there.

jimnastics1

Apr 12 @ 11:23AM  
Suggest that the owner of the area of photo display offer your photos for sale
on a consignment basis. Split the sale price. Tell them it can be another stream of income for them and that you will replace the sold photo with an equally appealing photo.
Fayvorite

Apr 12 @ 11:29AM  
Oh I respectfully beg to differ with Jim. Offer them 20% which is a fair price for consignment. You can always offer a bit more if they decline the 20% but I would never offer 50%, remember you are an ARTIST, that's worth you getting the 80%.

Fayvorite

Apr 12 @ 11:29AM  
Oh and ps....tell your accountant that you only got 50% The devil made me say that.
SimplyImp

Apr 12 @ 11:30AM  
Jim - the photos are for sale, no commission to them at all. They just want people to use their photofinishing.

SimplyImp

Apr 12 @ 11:31AM  
Fay - thanks! The photos are for sale, the store doesn't want commission, they just want people to use their services.

jimnastics1

Apr 12 @ 12:05PM  
Oh I respectfully beg to differ with Jim. Offer them 20% which is a fair price for consignment. You can always offer a bit more if they decline the 20% but I would never offer 50%, remember you are an ARTIST, that's worth you getting the 80%

In theory you are right.
But, in practice what usually happens, is that I give them a price I want.
They then decide what price to offer it.
The store then usually doubles that price and thus, they usually keep 50%.
If a buyer offers a lower price, that's up to the store to decide if they accept
that price. But, either way, I get my price and I don't get bothered with calls
asking if I would accept a lower price.

I prefer this arrangement, as they then have a vested interest in selling my photos
and also in posting my photos. I want them to be successful in the arrangement.
It turns out to be a win-win-win arrangement.
jimnastics1

Apr 12 @ 12:08PM  
Jim - the photos are for sale, no commission to them at all. They just want people to use their photofinishing.

See how it goes. If they actively sell your photos it's a terrific situation.
However, with that arrangement they have no vested interest in selling the photos.
Indeed, they benefit if they don't. They get a free display.
Fayvorite

Apr 12 @ 12:31PM  
The store then usually doubles that price

We work with different business minds Jim. I totally understand yous. You must be offering them a wholesale price because I would think if they double your price, they price it out of being affordable to the buyer?

I suspect it is different in different areas or where the art is displayed as well. For me I did lots of consignments and 20% was all I paid and I never dealt with calls to lower it, and like you I would not deal with that.

Andrea beats us both because she doesn't have to pay anything, maybe we are doing something wrong
SimplyImp

Apr 12 @ 12:41PM  
Lol Fay - I've done consignment before and imo, because they don't have any money already invested in the item, they don't have the motivation to ensure it's sold. It's easy to give someone back their items because they 'didn't sell'.

If they have some monetary investment in the item, they have a vested interest to ensure that investment shows a return. As they are paying for my photos to be mounted on foamcore, they have a vested interest in ensuring they sell - and to sell their photofinishing services.

jimnastics1

Apr 12 @ 1:17PM  
I've done consignment before and imo, because they don't have any money already invested in the item, they don't have the motivation to ensure it's sold. It's easy to give someone back their items because they 'didn't sell'.

There's some truth in that. It's better if they pay for the item up front.
I don't do consignment with the natural gemstone jewelry.
The 3 jewelry stores that I sell to pay me upfront and I am done with them,
until I re-supply.
Consignment is an initial way into a place that wouldn't sell items otherwise.
After they turn a profit, they are more likely to pay upfront later.

However, there still IS some motivation to sell in a typical
consignment situation. #1. Profit #2. Limited space.

If they have some monetary investment in the item, they have a vested interest to ensure that investment shows a return. As they are paying for my photos to be mounted on foamcore, they have a vested interest in ensuring they sell - and to sell their photofinishing services.


If they invested money and they were making a profit directly from it, that would be true. But in your case it's the opposite.
If they invest money in them and get no financial return,
they have a vested interest in NOT selling them and keeping them as a display.
Otherwise, it would cost them money every time they sold one of your photos.
Certainly, this would be less motivation to sell them and more motivation to keep them.

But again, see how it goes. If there is no movement, offer them to add a commission price to the total price and see if there is a difference.
jimnastics1

Apr 12 @ 1:32PM  
I totally understand yous.

Fay, I have total respect for you and your terrific business skills, and I like you a lot.
However, unless you've RECENTLY sold photos, understand
that you do not "TOTALLY" understand my perspective.
Nowadays every one and their brother THINKS they are a photographer
simply because they always have a cell phone with them that can take photos
and no matter how bad that photo is, or how bad the resolution is, they are very proud
of their photos. So much so, that they can't tell the difference between their photos
and ones done very well.
Thus, it is a lot harder now, than it used to be to actually sell good photos
and photo places know this.
Fayvorite

Apr 12 @ 1:55PM  
Fay, I have total respect for you and your terrific business skills

Right back at you.

I can imagine the competition is rough. I have very few clients in the photography industry but the one that comes to mind is a young woman I started with years ago who has now become one of my higher end clients. I know she is a wildlife photographer too with making over $100K mostly from what I can tell prize money in the elite art shows along with sales of prints of course.

Long ago when I did shows, I went after the prize money as well as the sales and any consignment I could get or commissions I paid to other to sell my work. That was a wonderful chapter in my life and I miss being around all the other artists and craftsmen, not to mention all the bartering I got to do.

I LOVED TO BARTER. I would do Imps accounting for pictures of Bella. Except I hate doing Foreign Taxes about as much as she hates accounting.
jimnastics1

Apr 12 @ 1:59PM  
I tried bartering with Claudia Schiffer, but have been unsuccessful thus far.

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