I get questions all the time from people asking me if I sell my digital images. I’ve actually gone back and forth and back again. This is a really touchy issue in the photography industry. I could go into what it all takes to run a photography business – web space, cell phone bill, gas, camera equipment, licenses (city, state AND county), taxes (not sales tax, but taxes on equipment – yes it exists), computer programs, internet access, etc. etc. etc. It’s not as though a camera just fell into our laps, we take a photo, upload it, then move one with our day. We spend time going through the photos, tweaking them, adding our own artistic touch. But if I went there, this blog post would be too long and you’d probably stop reading it. So let me just say,
Photographers cannot just give away their images. Right, they aren’t prints and we aren’t going through the trouble of printing them. But we also aren’t making the money we would if you purchased prints. We can’t work for free. Plus, we have our labs that we trust to make our images, YOUR IMAGES, look their best. If you take our digital images to Wally World, they aren’t going to look that great. Besides, would you go to a painter, ask for a blank canvas, his oil paints, his brushes, take his easel, ask for an idea, then take it to someone else to paint or worse, try to paint it yourself?
So to answer the question, yes I do sell my digital images. But they come at a price. This is my job. This is how I help my husband provide for our three kids. Yes, photography is fun for me and I’m grateful for that. But fun doesn’t put food on the table.
Thanks for listening.