I was using google to read various comments about how to get into a gallery some where with your photography.
I learned a few things.. and it sounds like this is really a place where you NEED to know someone who knows someone.. blah blah blah.
Well. thats not me.
So I have some ideas I want to throw out and would love some help, suggestions and I am always open to someone telling me if I am doing something wrong. Im working on this with only my set of eyes so outside input is not only welcome, but needed
I have a 2 week goal here.
Yup. Pressing this gas peddle yall. Really
In 2 weeks I want to have in my hands -
1) a book produced that will be of nothing but my photos, my information and a way for people to order prints of the photos they see in this book.
This book will also be a portfolio of sorts so that I can approach businesses, people and companies with a professional sample of my work.
After coming to the conclusion below, I will need 2 of these. But to stay realistic, I am keeping the one book in 2 weeks goal.
2) at least 10 prints. 8x10 photos with a 16 inch frame and mounts
3) at least 2 scheduled.. or "in the works" places to show my photos.
2 weeks. Reasonable? One week is better..
My idea is to maybe get the library to give me some wall space.. Or a restaurant to show my work , or a coffee shop, or or or ? My hope for this is that I will find some place that may announce my work to its customers in some way.
OOHHH!!! ding ding.
While typing I got an idea.
I have been to this place before and know it is a great spot. It is a coffee shop called Ruta Maya. It caters to local shows, acts, AND artists.
I have been in there many times and have seen the work people put up for sale . Not being rude.. but I have seen utter crap on the walls and I know it sold. This is a family friendly place too having childrens shows on Saturday and Sunday mornings. This is the place to put up my childrens photos.
Wonderful.. just writing this out I have a new idea. So dont be surprised if I write out everything that ever enters my head. I have been in this place before, wanting to do this, but never with clarity or conviction.
I need 2 books.
One of family photography and another of .. other stuff.
Ruta Maya is a family photography showing.
Another idea I have is to maybe attempt product photography for small starting companies, or web based small businesses. What I want is little work like that to be supplemental.. my key income , the cake so to speak.. should be weddings right now. Gallery selling and shows the thick creamy icing
I am setting my wedding price at 5,000. No less. NO way. No how.
One every other month is MORE than enough income for me to get by on so I wont have to panick and work several times a week to pay my bills.. Not like I have to now.
But, that is the later plan.......right now I need to get a base of exposure.
Coffee shop . Excellent.