“Fear of failure for an artist, be that a photographer or creator of any kind, is deadly -it stunts growth.”
–McGunn Media (Anna Gunn and Filipe Martins, Portugal)
Take an hour and listen to Matt discuss marketing, working with magazines, finding work, keeping motivated and traveling the world making photographs for a living.
From Seth this morning:
“Culturally, we create boundaries for what something is worth. A pomegranate juice on the streets of Istanbul costs a dollar, and it’s delicious. The same juice in New York would be seen as a bargain for five times as much money. Clearly, we’re not discussing the ability to pay nor are we considering the absolute value of a glass of juice. No, it’s about our expectation of what people like us pay for something like that.”
And that is the problem – and the solution.
If people are complaining that your photography prices are “too expensive” they may be telling you loud and clear that what you are offering is not ‘worth it’ to them.
That your work is “too expensive” gives absolutely no actionable response. We don’t know what that means. Whether they are low on money or are comparing your pricing to their brother-in-law’s new portrait hobby.
But if they say “your work is not worth – to us – what you are asking for it” then we have something to go on. We can ask why they do not value it more. We can look into creating a value that surrounds the imagery by creating a better story about it. The story is the thing that makes it different.
Things that are ‘worth it’ are usually accompanied by stories that create the value. Without a good, compelling story, it is just a photograph… and that may not be worth it to anyone.
What’s your story?
Photographer Andras Deme.
Assignment shot for Project 52 PROS: “Time Travel”.
Andras used collage techniques to show the same woman in antique garments and a future wardrobe. The image was shot in London.