Selling your pictures and turning pro

A reunion of sorts with my former students Jina Jani and Mary Hamer

Recently I visited with 2 former students who have begun their journey towards becoming professional photographers.

Mary Hamer and Jina Jani are good friends but I believe their competitiveness spurs each other on, much in the same way as when I worked amongst 20 other photographers at the newspaper.

Though Mary and Jina both shoot events, portraits and fine art, they have very distinct tastes.

I caught up with them at an Arts & Crafts fair at the Hillside Farm in the city of Norco.

While in my class, they were highly motivated to learn and they never missed class.

Taking the big step


Mary Hamer poses with her sign which she uses to direct buyers to her booth.

Having another means of income while trying to make this big move is a big advantage.

It’s really too bad, colleges and schools that teach photography never make their graduates take business classes.

It’s as if the folks who prepare dictate the curriculum assume everyone wants to just be an artist or worse, become a professor who teaches.

That leaves those who aspire to be independent to have to fend for themselves.

Mary Hamer with her body of work which has a distinctive equine feel.

It’s great to see Mary and Jina take on this challenge on their own.

They have to be excited that a stranger wants to pay them for capturing something in their cameras.

I have no doubt before long, I will be asking them what I should do to grow my business and how to set my prices.

Jina with her super saturated photos printed on aluminium best-selling prints.

Jina, for instance, had still lifes of cars and colorful buildings with lots of saturated colors and best of all, they are printed on aluminum and ready to hang.

Mary who has horses and lives in the horse-friendly city of Norco specializes on horses, animals and pet photography.

Over time, I think Mary and Jina will come to know how much inventory to keep, which images sell in what locales and what is a good asking price for their work.

I tell my former students I am always accessible via email for advice or just to stay in touch.
Peter Phun Photography

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One thought on “Selling your pictures and turning pro”

  1. Hey, Peter…
    Mary sent me this blog you wrote. I like the way you portrayed us. You are right… it’s really hard to figure out what inventory to bring where and what people will pay for it. One thing I struggle with the most is minimizing my own work and underselling myself….meaning I should just set a price and that should be the price unless I absolutely want to get rid of something.
    I am going to set up my booth differently this weekend and try to cater a little more to the direct Norco audience.
    Like I said before, it was great seeing you at Hillside Farm. I hope we get to see you again soon!

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