Sell Photography Online

Quick steps detailing how to sell photography online.  If you shoot weddings, engagements, birthday parties, school pictures, or families, you need an online photo proofing website to allow your customers to buy photographs via the web.  First off, you should find a company that allows you to upload proofs and sell your photography online through their website.  Some of the photography selling websites allow you to link a PayPal account so your customers can not only view photos from their event, but also purchase them seamlessly through the proofing website.  If you don’t have your own website, when choosing a place for your online photo proofing it’s recommended that you choose one that offers a free photography website within their domain where you can host all of your event proofs for purchase.   This is the website or url that you can use to show off your work when trying to win clients or just provide to your customers so they, as well as their families and friends, can view and purchase photos from their sessions with you.

Many of the websites that allow you to sell photographs online will give you a free trial, in making a choice it’s recommended that you look for a website that doesn’t charge a percentage of your sales after the trial, you should go for a website that just charges a low monthly or annual fee.  Taking a percentage of your sales, often 7% – 20% for some of the proofing websites, can really eat in to your profits!  While you are in the trial period, you should focus on reviewing two important items: the photographer control panel and the viewing experience/options for your customers.  Ensuring the website has a strong control panel is a must, this is where you should look for a website with an easy interface to upload photos for sale, add/edit events, set custom price sheets, and mange your orders.  Just as important is the viewing experience for your customers.  You must be impressed, your ability to sell photography online is a reflection of not only your photography skills, but how the photos are presented to your customers.  The minimum capability you should look for is the ability for your customers to favorite photos, compare multiple images for purchase, and generally easily navigate the website.  Leave a comment and we would be happy to make some recommendations based on the websites we have used to Sell Photography Online!

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