Selling photos of boats

paul stenquist pnstenquist at
Sat Oct 24 18:27:07 EDT 2009

I sell photos to the owners of cars I shoot for magazines. Some for  
articles I write, but others just to fill the magazines art pool. But  
I get an e-mail address for every car I shoot. After processing, I  
create a folder for each car. Sometimes I overlay a semi- 
transparet "proof" mark on the pics. But if I'm fairly certain the  
owner is going to buy, I don't always do that. Here are two examples,  
one with "proof" overlays, one without:

The cuda owner bought $500 worth of pics. Haven't gotten an order from  
the Roadrunner owner as of today, but he seemed to be ready to buy. I  
keep the prices quite reasonable, because I've found that increased  
volume has proven more lucrative than a few high-priced sales. Prices  
range from $8 for 5x7s to $25 for full sheet 12 x 18 or 13 x 19.  
Shipping to any address in the U.S. is $15. All orders have to be paid  
in advance.
On Oct 24, 2009, at 5:23 PM, Larry Colen wrote:

> I was talking to Mom today and she mentioned that some friends of hers
> sell photos of people's boats:
> I know how the racecar photo business works, I've bought quite a few
> of those over the years. Living on the coast, I can see a business
> opportunity here, assuming it isn't already filled.
> It shouldn't be too hard figuring out how to get the shots of the
> boats, and with a bit of practice, a tripod and my bigma, I should be
> able to work out the technical issues, but I'm not sure how to work
> out the business end. How to connect with the customers to give them
> the opportunity to buy my photos.
> Any suggestions?
> -- 
> The first step is learning to take great photos,
> the second step is learning to throw away ones that are merely good.
> Larry Colen             lrc at  
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