I’ve been trying to teach photographers that there are essentially two teams left in the photo world: Team Cheapo or Team HighEnd (the middle is gone). Of those two, only one has a chance at long-term survival for the individual photographer. I’m sure you can guess which that is– HighEnd.
Now, HighEnd means different things to different people, and that is fine, but what it doesn’t mean is trying to skate by on the cheap. To be in the HighEnd world will require effort and investment in your business. You can’t do it for a buck and a quarter and good intentions.
Most importantly, it means making great work, of course. That always always comes first.
But, it also means promoting your work as a high value offering. You must value it highly yourself, and you have to put it out to the world that way too. This post from Fresh Produce (Art Producer) shows this concept well in the stock world. Read the interview and look at how Trunk Archive has positioned itself, and how well it is doing in that rarefied atmosphere.
Cheapo can kiss my Polish dupa. You want to make money in this business, join the HighEnd team.