I currently have a small website - lawelles.com -that I created when I left my prior job and needed something so show people. The plan was that I would work as a site designer/photographer.
Reality was that I signed up as a Real Estate photographer (fun, and I get paid for it!) and only found a little web design work. Not that I tried too hard . . . but I digress.
I am occasionally offered a photography job outside of the Real Estate realm, and today I had a last minute "can you take a group photo of graduates?" There were only 22 of them, and no individual shots, so I said sure, and took the job.
So I find myself in need of a site where I can sell photos.
What does everyone recommend? I've set up a temporary site at Smugmug.
And the big question - what are the chances of my actually selling anything? Seriously.
Today's shoot was a little different: the school photographer was not able to make it, so she asked me (I had met her photographing her home for sale). The usual process is that the school photographer lets them download the photo for no charge. But in the future (like the kids BD party I did recently), it would be nice to point prospective customers to a site where they can buy photos.
I'm also setting up an account with Zenfolio as I've seen lots of great reviews here for them as well. Gotta love free trials.
#1. "RE: Selling Photos From Web" | In response to Reply # 0cogrady Nikonian since 29th Jan 2009Wed 18-Jul-12 11:56 PM
I use Zenfolio and I like what they have to offer. I've heard good things about Smugmug as well. When I do portraits I use my site for proofing by giving clients a private, locked gallery. I can see how many unique visitors click on each photo. Depending on the package they've purchased, they may or may not purchase prints through my site. Fulfillments on Zenfolio are handled through Mpix.
I occasionally get gigs doing an event, like a marathon, or Santa pics. The place where I normally do Santa pics makes them pay for a print from me on the spot, which I think is perfect. I bring my Epson along and print while they wait. People will often ask if they can get an extra print, and if I have time I'll do one for them on the spot, but otherwise I direct them to my site where I'll load up all of the images. I can see that people are visiting the site and certain photos, but generally they don't buy once they've left the event.
I once did a marathon and got a few images of a particular runner. She was a young woman, maybe college age, looked like she was having a lot of fun. Her image got about 250 hits, which probably means she sent out the link to all her family and friends to view. Nobody bought a single print.
Just my $0.02.
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#2. "RE: Selling Photos From Web" | In response to Reply # 1lawelles Registered since 20th Nov 2010Mon 23-Jul-12 03:29 PM
Thank you, Claudia. Very interesting.
I don't presently anticipate throngs of people going to my site and buying prints, but mostly need a way for people to see proofs and/or order.
I'd read some reviews of SmugMug where the common complaint was that ordering was sometimes not user-friendly. So I decided to go with Zenfolio. I even ordered 2 8x10's to see how that worked and was very pleased with the results.
I certainly understand how people are much more inclined to buy when they can walk away with their merchandise.
I wish people weren't so invested in showing off pictures on their camera or camera. That'a a pet peeve of mine - "Look at my darling dog and what he was doing yesterday!" And you are stuck trying to decipher a 2" x 2" photo (if you're lucky) and coo over it. Ugh. Show me the 4x6 print and I'll look at your photos all day long. Just don't make me scroll through tiny pics on a phone. The modern day equivalent of, "We have all of our vacation slides to show you tonight!"