Order in time for Christmas!

Our last orders for delivery in time for Christmas will be the 13th December. All our images are printed to order, so please allow time for us to send them to you to avoid disappointment on the big day!

See below what customers in the Shed Gallery recently bought for inspiration!

Changing Tide by Iain Tall

Changing Tide by Iain Tall

Off to Work by Emma Burton

Off to Work by Emma Burton

London Love by Christine Santostefano

London Love by Christine Santostefano

Corfe castle ancient misty castle by Shaun Jacobs

Corfe castle ancient misty castle by Sh

The Cobb Lyme Regis by Benjitas Photography

The Cobb Lyme Regis by Benjitas Photography

Our printers will be resting between the 22nd of December and the 2nd of January

Over the Christmas break you can still place your orders online and our exhibitors will be updating their profiles with new images over the holiday period!

Photography: The beautiful Christmas gift….

Now is the time of year when people start searching for unique presents for Christmas. Photography is a beautiful gift, you can send someone an image of something they love.

This could be wildlife…..

Barn Owl by Simon Wythe

Barn Owl by Simon Wythe

Perhaps somewhere they remember fondly such as a favourite holiday destination….

A place to refect by Rob Nolan

A place to refect by Rob Nolan

 

Or maybe you can think of the perfect spot to hang an abstract image in the kitchen, bedroom or bathroom….

A blue sunset by Margaret Preuss-Higham

A blue sunset by Margaret Preuss-Higham

We have thousands of images to choose from in our online gallery that are easy to search by category such as Architecture or Black and White….

After the storm in West Bay by Nathalie Roberts

After the storm in West Bay by Nathalie Roberts

Prices start at £20 for a simple print which you can frame at home or £35 for a photograph mounted onto aluminium; which is waterproof, elegant and comes ready to hang.

Why not take a look at our extensive gallery of wonderful photographers and artists!

Golden Rules for Selling Photography and Artwork focus on Christmas

Now is the time of year when people start searching for unique presents for Christmas which means if you are a photographer or artist now is the time to get your work online ready to sell. If you are interested in selling your artwork then set up a profile in our gallery.

Photography is a beautiful gift, let people know how wonderful your work is. If you already have a portfolio in our gallery then take a some considered time to refresh, renew and upload work.

Once you commit to selling your images there are some ‘Golden Rules’ for selling your work. We have many years experience of dealing with both sides of the process as printers, artists, photographers and curators. The romantic idyll of being discovered in our studios by a benign wealthy benefactor or collector are long gone, now it is a game of hide ‘n’ seek in the vastness of the internet that can seem strangely intimate and also the loneliest space to occupy.

Here are a few guidelines to help you get ahead and hopefully be seen in amongst the millions of images out there.

Tag, tag, tag and imaginatively title your images.

A full description however over simplistic it may seem to you is incredibly important. ‘Tags” are embedded in the image and that is what the little spiders, both on our website and on google, search for.

You may know Corfe Castle is in Dorset but it doesn’t mean someone from Norfolk or Australia would. We deal with many enquiries via email and if the image isn’t well defined the client can forget which image it is or who by that they are interested in and they lose interest quickly. A great example of a well titled image is ‘Archway to Heaven’ which is memorable as well as a stunning image.

Two beautiful images recently sold by Shaun Jacobs

Durdle Door illumination by Shaun Jacobs

Durdle Door illumination by Shaun Jacobs

 

 

 

 

 

Corfe castle ancient misty castle by Shaun Jacobs

Corfe castle ancient misty castle by Shaun Jacobs

 

 

Be generous be Bold.

There is so much goodwill towards what you do either from friends or family or in our community. Engage with other photographers praise and share their work, ask advice and you’ll see how encouraging their response is. Ask questions about your own work, this is your free ‘market research’. Buy samples to decorate your home or office or give your work as a gift this Christmas. It will be the start of many conversations ‘Wow where can I buy another copy like that’ ‘I didn’t know you were a photographer’. Small A4 prints on aluminium make alternative Christmas ‘cards’ that will then be propped up on mantelpieces or kitchen windows for years. Photography cries out for being printed in large format. Our most popular sizes that we sell are 60cm x 90cm and they look stunning and elegant on aluminium which is waterproof, UV resistant and the modern way to show photography, what’s not to like in your sales pitch!

The Golden Rule and Social media.

The Internet is a wonderful time wasting, soul destroying, mystifying, potential market place. Social media is about directing traffic to your profile not away to further social media platforms, don’t give your client the opportunity to get distracted and click away to a video of kittens. Make every tweet, post, blog a ‘Call to Action’. It may seem trite but our motto is ‘Likes are Vanity, Sales are Sanity’. Every single time you post an image anywhere it is imperative that the link goes back to somewhere it can be bought from.Keep your public informed. Lean in, as the Americans say, point out in bold letters BUY this image HERE! Why else would you post on the Internet? To be copied to give your angles and ideas away? No, it’s to find a client. So before you post your new work, upload it first to your profile where it will be watermarked. Someone who is busy does not want to write an email asking if it is available to buy. If they have a query we are here to field those emails. Make it obvious and make it simple. Copy the URL from the top of your profile or the image itself and include it in the post.

Enthusiasm.

Refresh your portfolios, show an interest in what you do. Keep your groups to no more than 15 images. If you have too many in any one portfolio the buying public lose interest and stop scrolling. Keep them well edited and short. This forces the viewing public to come back to the beginning or search for more. If you show enthusiasm in what you do this will show through your work and resonate with the buying public. You may only ever sell one image over and over again however it is the body of work around it that gives the buying public the confidence to invest in you and your story.

Love what you do.

This, above all, is what will make you successful!!

Salthouse Exhibition and Summer Holidays.

The Salthouse exhibition has come to an end, follow up orders and enquiries have been dealt with and we can now move forward thinking about new work in the gallery and the summer holidays.

Rough sea East Beach West Bay by Andy WhiteSOLD AT THE SALTHOUSE: Rough sea East Beach West Bay by Andy White

In this era of everybody has a camera ‘I can take that too’ attitude it is very, very difficult to convert interest in photography into a sale. It is infinitely easier to sell photography when it is presented as a print in person not just an image on a screen which is why it is imperative to print your work and hold small exhibitions or take part in group shows. Take pride in what you do, the positive energy you give off when talking about your own work means those that wish to invest in your work also invest in you, the story behind the lens.

Mother Nature meets the Cobb by Andy LyonsSOLD AT THE SALTHOUSE: Mother Nature meets the Cobb by Andy Lyons

Now is the time to capitalise on the goodwill from the exhibition even though the Salthouse exhibition’s door is closed and use your own artwork as a springboard to hold your own exhibition and create more interest. It is vital to keep the positive feedback alive in the public eye. Let people know what you sold and what you have to sell. It is not about being pushy its about being proud of your practice and letting people know about it. Never underestimate the support of friends and family even if they own your work they may still talk to friend of theirs or share your work online or come along to events because they are pleased to support you.

Spirit Level by Catherine GillinghamSOLD AT THE SALTHOUSE: Spirit Level by Catherine Gillingham

When following up think about writing a press release about the event and sales made. Mailchimp is an excellent tool to collate contacts collected from people who have visited your other exhibitions and friends and family. Advertise locally through social media, write a small blog keeping people interested in what you do, tag possible outlets that may buy the work or wish to exhibit it. Contact like minded photographers and approach them to see if they would like to share the cost of running a show.

The Beer Fleet by Paul NewmanSOLD AT THE SALTHOUSE: The Beer Fleet by Paul Newman

Have a wonderful summer and we look forward to planning our next event soon!

Chelsea and Ben

Shed Summer Exhibition 13th – 16th July at the Salthouse, West Bay.

The closing date is fast approaching for our upcoming Shed Summer Exhibition 13th – 16th July at the Salthouse, West Bay.

Final selections are being made and submissions need to be finalised by Friday 16th of June and payments received by the 23rd June.

We will then send you your labels which need to be signed and returned as soon as possible.

Once chosen, please put your selection in a separate file titled Salthouse Exhibition. This way we can find the image quickly and easily if an order needs to be made from the show in a smaller or larger size or as a simple unmounted print. It is very important you start to promote the images and get your clients, friends and family along to the show or direct to the images in your profile. If you are on social media please help promote the exhibition too.

Time will fly between now and then and we are both looking forward to seeing you and your wonderful work in West Bay!

Ben and Chelsea

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