So, a few weeks ago I decided to print some calendars to give to Chris's family members (the ones I don't know well enough to choose Christmas presents for).
I took one into work to keep on my own desk, and had some great responses from colleagues wandering by.
As a result, I've sold a calendar (and signed it, at her request!) and am in the process of selling a very large print of one of my favourite photos (above).
My next step is to learn a little more about business - in particular, the photography business. I don't think I have time (or experience) to be a wedding photographer, but I do apparently have a flair for landscape and nature photography.
I'm currently reading a great book - Marketing Fine Art Photography by Alain Briot. Once you get past the airy-fairy artiness of the first chapter (not really my style), it has some great thought-provoking information.
I'm also looking into a website (as opposed to a blog). First, I need to think about what my business would be called, and what exactly I want from a website. Chris and some other acquaintances have had good experiences using Merog Design. He'll be the first guy I call upon - he's creative and fast, plus good value.
(note: neither Merog nor Mr Briot know who I am, and I don't expect anything in return for mentioning them. I just hope that they get the recognition they deserve for the good work they do!)
What do you think? Anyone else had any experience or thoughts about setting up a little business?
***Update: I sent an email to Alain Briot. I really just wanted to express appreciation for his book, which I have now purchased in 'e' format... and he very kindly responded! So extra props to someone who is dedicated to his art, but is also a friendly human being ;-)
(PS: highly recommend expressing appreciation to people, it isn't done nearly enough)