Picture: Early Morning Solitude; Fisherman on dock at dawn, Lafayette Reservior, Lafayette, California
What was the first picture you sold? (Yes, for real-live money…)
This was mine, with all thanks going to my wife, Connie, who convinced me to go out that day. It was 6:00am on a cool December morning. I looked out of our apartment bedroom window and saw clouds. I started to get back in the nice warm bed. My wife said I was already up, so I might as well just get dressed and go. I got there about 15 minutes later, and walked a few minutes down the trail to this spot. As I was setting up the camera and tripod, a gentleman walked by and said “I’ll buy that.” I asked him if he’d at least like to look through the viewfinder, since I hadn’t actually taken the photo yet. He said no, but he gave me his card and said give him a call when I got the film developed. (Yes, I just dated myself.) Sure enough, within the week I called and invited him over to look at the slides on my lightbox. He chose this image as a 20×24″ print that I sold for nearly $300.00. (I learned early on through my old boss that it is OK to place a real value on your creative work.) That was the first photo I sold. Actually getting a check in my hand was probably more validating for the quality of my work than any amount of compliments previously given to me by friend or family.
I’d love to hear your stories. Please feel free to share a link to your photo along with a brief (Reader’s Digest version) story of how the sale came about.
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