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Stephanie Wolden’s photo sales are some of my favorite because her photography has improved so dramatically in such a short amount of time—and goes to show that you don’t need years of experience to sell photos as fine art.

I hope you’ll find her story, along with Kyle’s, motivating. It’s still the beginning of the year. Get out there and make something with your photos!

>>>>Photo Success Case Study #5: Stephanie Wolden

Professional background: Wine educator/sommeliersell photos as fine art like Stepanie

Main photo market: Publications

See her work at http://savvytravels.net/gallery/ 

What’s been the most rewarding thing about adding photography to your repertoire?

I’ve always been more creative than cerebral. The ability to learn and grow in the medium of photography has breathed new life into the artist in me. I find it an honor to contribute something to the creative community through the lens.

What’s the most recent photo you’ve sold?

Sell photos as fine art

A friend of a friend who had followed me on social media recently reached out about my photography. She was interested in purchasing some images that would then be donated at a charitable auction event (yes, please!). We agreed on three different themed sets printed on metal: Napa Valley, night photography (including the image above of the Hagia Sophia), and landscapes of Africa. 

The auction itself is still a few months away, but I’ve already been paid and am looking forward to the added exposure!

What would you tell someone who is hesitant to give photography a try?

Photography goes where you take it. You can stay in auto-mode and be there forever if you like. You can learn a couple of things online and practice. Or you can go all in and dedicate yourself to becoming a better, more skilled photographer. In any case, a camera in your hand is a means of capturing the world around you through your eyes. Give it a go and see where it takes you!

>>>>Photo Success Case Study #6: Kyle Wagner 

Professional background: Journalist; travel editor for The Denver PostSell photos as fine art like Kyle

Main photo market: Personal sales

What’s been the most rewarding thing about adding photography to your repertoire?

I never thought that I would be a photographer or that I would come to love it. I’m a word person, and I had wanted to be a writer from a very young age. 

But then I was named the travel editor for The Denver Post in 2005, and the first thing my boss told me was, “We can’t afford to send a photographer with you on trips, so you’ll have to learn how to do it yourself.” And so, I did – and I quickly realized that I really enjoy adding my own visual component to my stories. 

What’s the most recent photo you’ve sold?

Sell photos as fine art

Even after taking my own photos for 9 years as the travel editor, I never felt completely comfortable with my camera. Then, last year I went on the Tanzania Photography Expedition with Great Escape, and instructor Bonnie Caton made a compelling argument for selling our photos. 

In addition, instructor Daniel Nahabedian shared his insight on Lightroom, which was a game-changer, and I came away with a much better understanding of composition and editing. 

One thing Daniel said really stuck with me, and that was that you should only post fabulous photos on your social media sites. 

And sure enough, someone shared one of my Tanzania photos with someone I didn’t know, and that person contacted me on Facebook to ask if he could buy it. I paid $20 to put the photo on a canvas, and I sold it for $100. The whole process took me about 45 minutes, including shipping it to him. 

What would you tell someone who is hesitant to give photography a try?

You will never know what you can accomplish unless you take a chance on a new experience. You may find, like I did, that you love being a photographer and want to do more of it. 

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