Mixing Portraits with Landscapes (oil and water)

September 22, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

After last night's unbelievable event, I want to talk to you all about my two favorite styles of photography and how hard it is to mix the two. As a photographer who specializes in both portraits and landscapes, the biggest question that comes to mind is how do I promote both styles of photography? The response I got last night was truly interesting. 

So there I was, a young artist at his first public event. Nervous and confident, all in one, my attitude was sales oriented. I was there to promote myself. My goal was to get the word out about my portrait services while selling my landscapes. I had two 6'x6' metal display walls that looked great. The walls were populated with landscapes on the left and portraits on the right. The middle had a selection of smaller matted prints for sale. The event was promising, although only 3 hours in length, the foot traffic would be good. I was off to a great start. As soon as I started promoting I noticed my issue. The contrast between the two services and the clientele of each was astonishing.

Able to promote each service, landscape and portraits, I feel successful; however, I think I pushed away potential landscape sales while trying to promote portraits. I am excited to say after sleeping on the events of last night, I have come up with a solution. At my next display, instead of a raffle for portraits, I want to offer a beginners landscape photography tutorial. I am curious to know what you all think of the idea. Feel free to comment below. What would you like to see at a beginning photography course? 


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