Show your artwork in context.

There is no substitute to showing your photography or prints of your artwork hanging on a wall. Here are some examples of how the image can transform from a simple digital image to a piece of artwork.

Rob Nolan’s Pier Tranquility on display in his office.

Pier Tranquility by Rob Nolan

Pier Tranquility by Rob Nolan



Order some samples especially in large format and place them in and around your home, office or offer them to local cafes or bars. We specialise in printing your images in large format and mounting them onto beautiful aluminium, ready to send to your client.

Our Large Format PrintersStart a conversation on social media about where you could/should hang a the artwork. Give people ideas and then a direct link back to the gallery so that with a couple of clicks the buying public can buy an aspirational piece for themselves. This piece is by Chelsea Davine and titled Pale Meridian.

Pale Meridian by Chelsea Davine

Pale Meridian by Chelsea Davine

Happy New Year from the Shed!

The New Year has started as we left off with wonderful new work arriving in the gallery every day and clients buying beautiful artwork. Congratulations to Ian Holloway and Shaun Jacobs who have already made sales this year!!

Tracks by Ian Holloway

Tracks by Ian Holloway

Now is the time of year to refresh and double check some important details in your portfolios. Please take some time making sure of the following:

Every image you upload MUST be individually tagged and titled. This way the image will appear in the correct category in the gallery.

Make sure each image has a unique title. If you have multiple images within a similar portfolio with the same title its very hard for us to refer a potential client to one particular image if there are 5 or 6 images that vary slightly with the same title.

Keep your portfolios short and sweet with a maximum of 15 per portfolio. Feedback from potential clients is they get lost scrolling through too many images so it is better to divide in multiple portfolios rather than have too many in one.

Please make sure we follow you on social media and you us. Sometimes if your avatar is nothing like your name it is difficult to know we are following the right person!

Every time you upload an image to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or tell people your news of prizes, sales, exhibitions, trips and so on. Make sure you’ve uploaded the relevant images to your gallery page first. Then simply copy/paste the URL at the top of the image and attach to your tweet etc this way if someone falls in love with the image they can click through and buy it!

Durdle Door Sunburst by Shaun Jacobs

Durdle Door Sunburst by Shaun Jacobs

Most importantly tell us what you are up to, we are here to help you sell your work and the more personal we can make it the more it connects with the buying public.

Don’t be shy to tell people to buy your work, you’ll be surprised how many people post photography and artwork without giving a simple, easy way for it to be bought!

If you haven’t read them already read our Golden Rules for Selling article.

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!

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.


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