This was a rough month, from sheer craziness including my ax wielding neighbor and the loose dogs to unexpected financial expenses including a few extra unexpected road trips in my gas guzzler truck. Picture sales always dip in the summer and I took a couple days off of work to climb mountains so needless to say, money is running short! Last years trips to the auctions left me considerably downsized, so I don’t own much of any value at this point.
So this week I was face with being stuck at home with nothing to eat and no money for goodies at breaks for work. My backup camera is already in pawn as well as the new hydraulic jack that I don’t need for awhile and a couple of pairs of snowshoes that I don’t wear anymore. One of those was my huge back country “Black Hawks” and the other was my late wife’s lightweight pair which I kept, I guess on the remote chance that I would find a girlfriend who wants to snowshoe! Lol… so far that doesn’t appear too likely :
I don’t have any big mountain climbing trips scheduled, at least until Ralph recovers from his spinal shots and is done with hunting season. As far as I know there are no events this week to photograph and I haven’t seen any decent opportunities to shoot the local deer all summer. Well ok, I thought, maybe I’ll be safe to take my main camera in for a few bucks until Thursday when I get my paycheck from my day job. Well, low and behold, the next day after I take the camera in the deer show up. I couldn’t believe it.
So to make a long story short, people started contacting me wanting my address so they could help, some of whom had expressed an interest in purchasing pictures. So I said, hey weren’t you interested in such and such, just buy one! That would help and you would get something for your trouble 🙂 Then I got to wondering, I wonder how much that would cost them? After reviewing my prices, I discovered that the price for my prints on Pixels.com were way out of line with what people might be willing to spend, at least anybody I know! So I have spent my morning redoing the prices and the landing page for my pictures. I also noticed that I have some way cooler captures to use for gallery logos so this whole episode may have been a blessing in disguise.
I also noticed that a number of new products have been added since I set up my default pricing, I now sell prints on metal, acrylic, canvas and traditional paper with optional frames. There are T-Shirts, phone cases, beach towels, tote bags, shower curtains and all kinds of novelties available! Stock images for personal and business use have also been added for those needing to use images for their publications and advertising campaigns.
In the meantime, I’m looking forward to payday tomorrow… Thankfully it will not be docked for last night’s damages 🙂 I was struggling to pull about a thousand pounds of dog food onto the floor with a pallet jack. The warehouse didn’t stack the pallet very well and it was leaning to the side and as I passed the picture frames it must have clipped the end cap. The pallet was so heavy I didn’t even feel the obstruction and didn’t know about it until I heard the screams and the ensuing crash and fearsome sound of breaking glass 😦 Many thanks to the nice picture frame ladies who helped me restock the shelf with the non-broken ones and to the manager who helped me rebuild the shelves!
Steve Krull is a prolific sports and nature photographer selling prints and stock images online as S.W. Krull Imaging at various sites and agencies. Click this link to view all the products and services offered by Steve Krull and S. W. Krull Imaging. Additional services include, wedding photography, portraiture and model portfolios, and event photography.