12 Places to Sell Your Photography

By Mike Panic / April 4, 2010

Photography is a very rewarding hobby – one that allows you to capture moments and relive them whenever you want.  It's also one of the few hobbies that you can actually make back the money you've invested in gear, create a nice side income or turn it into a full career.  Here's a look at 12 places to sell your photography.

Friends and family.  The first place you should always start is with them.  Even if you offer to shoot them for free and then sell them prints after the fact, it's a start.  Once the ball is rolling, they will be telling their friends and family and so on.

Teaism Tea Shop

Photo by La Citta Vita

Cafe's and coffee shops. Independent businesses, specifically cafe's and coffee shops are usually very open to the idea of displaying and selling your work, some will even help promote and host an artists night and stay open later.  They usually only ask for a very small percentage.

Doctor offices. Family doctor practices are often a great place to display photography and doctors are notoriously cheap about wanting to spend money to decorate their own space.  Approach them about putting some of your work in on consignment.

First Fridays.  Many cities have a First Friday event where local businesses stay open a little bit later, usually retail establishments, and have acoustic music or a DJ play music and some even have art shows inside of them.  If your city does a First Friday, talk with the businesses that are involved about doing an art show.

Summer festivals. Most cities have some sort of summer festival that involves live music, art and live performances.  Rent a table and display your work.

Etsy.  Etsy is a place to buy and sell all things handmade. This includes photography.  It's simple to setup an account, receive payment and their fees are really low.

Stock photography.  It's possible to make money selling digital photos by using sites like iStockphoto or Getty, both of which sell your digital files and you'll get a percentage of each download.  Because they are buying downloads, once you have the images uploaded and key-worded, it can become a nice passive way of earning income.

DeviantArt. Deviant Art has a huge community, it's one of the largest places to display and get critique on your work, but they also have a prints section.  You can allow prints to be made from any of the photos you upload, they'll handle the credit card transaction and printing then mail the print to whomever bought it.  They then pay you a percentage of each sale.

Shopping Cart

Photo by Яick Harris

Your own shopping cart / website. While this can be much more time consuming, requires specific knowledge of how to setup a site, blog or shopping cart, and doesn't already have established traffic going to it, running your own website with shopping cart can work.  With WordPress themes become more and more creative and companies like ECWID offering true shopping cart solutions with both Paypal and merchant services for transactions, the doors are now open for everyone.

A Gallery.  Art galleries are a bit tougher to get into and usually require a specific theme, but the opening receptions along with the traditional 1-3 months your work is displayed is a great way to get your name out and sell some prints.

As a service. One of the newest trends for photographers is during meetings or group activities.  Say you have a local political party get together once a month, work with them to setup a small on-site studio and take professional head-shots for them to use on their business cards, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts.  Think corporate photos that are more approachable.  This can work with the aforementioned group, local clubs and even small businesses.  You can decide to do little to no post production and / or automate some of your post on the spot, burn a master copy to disk and leave, payment in hand.  Typically you could expect to charge $5-10 per person for 2-3 shots and with the proper workflow could easily do 30-45 people or even more in an hour.

Overview of living room

Photo by jimmyroq

Real Estate stager. Staging a house is making an empty house for sale on the market look like someone lives in it, to better give buyers a feel for what it could look like when they move in and not just a big empty space.  Both agents and specialized stagers often need to borrow or buy furniture, rugs and wall decorations to use in the staging. Either selling the work directly to them to use, or having them resell it to the new buyers could be a new revenue stream for you.

Selling your work can be a completely rewarding feeling, knowing that someone likes your work and is willing to pay for it has a feeling like none other.  To better your chances at selling, only sell your best work and explore as many of these options as possible, don't focus on just one.

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About the author

Mike Panic

is a professional photographer. See his site at Mike Panic Photography.

  • photoboothrentals says:

    Another great place to sell photos is your local craft shows. You'd be amazed at how many people are open to photography there, plus you can usually find some goo connections to the framing business there. Framing companies are always looking for sample photos to include with their frames, and people who are buying a frame may also be looking for something to fill it.

  • photoboothrentals says:

    Another great place to sell photos is your local craft shows. You'd be amazed at how many people are open to photography there, plus you can usually find some goo connections to the framing business there. Framing companies are always looking for sample photos to include with their frames, and people who are buying a frame may also be looking for something to fill it.

  • Awesome tip! Thanks for sharing!

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  • Jack says:

    Another option is http://www.focalpop.com. Image seekers request images at a price and other photographers submit photos from their library or go out and shoot something original. The seeker selects and pays for the photos that they like. Its a great way to make some money and gain some publicity by sharing your photos.

  • JFM says:

    Re your own website: there are some specialized services to help you setup your own stock photography website – check e.g. http://www.photodeck.com!

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  • Charlie Jones says:

    I tried to sell my work on http://www.fotoviva.co.uk but they are pretty strict on the type of photographer they want to use. I had better success with http://www.istockphoto.com although they are completely different. One sells wall art and the other stock art.

  • KS says:

    I believe,”Every Tip is valuable just like you never know which photograph will get you penny out of it.”

    I loved the article & have experienced some of it in my career too.

    Kapil Semwal Photography™
    India

  • Johny5 says:

    great article! i’m looking everywhere online for a website or template to sell photos as:
    *prints
    *wallpapers for phone/desktops
    *etc

    any website that does all that, not just sell prints?

  • BrandonFG says:

    Awesome article! I’ve dabbled into photography and a friend I work with also suggested doctor’s office or places like real estate firms. She said it’s actually those types of firms/offices are great for displaying photography.

  • Fabien says:

    Another Great place i would suggest is http://www.pictorem.com ( http://www.pictorem.com/collection ) Selling photo under Canvas or Poster prints.

  • dana says:

    what do you say abut selling instant pictures on a beach ? do you think this will be a good bussines? would you accept t give 3 $ for a pic ? even more ! would you give 3$ for that pic if that pic could bring you a camera just like that the pic was taked ? please tell me ur oppinion!thx !


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