I’ve got a dilemma.
I was contacted by an important and famous stock photo agency to join the club and sell my work. You can imagine my first reaction, right? (¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡:D:D:D:D:D!!!!!!!!!!!) (I get excited very easily and for very tiny details, you pick me up from work or surprise me buying me a cookie somewhere nice and I’m the happiest person in the world… I’m THAT simple) So I joined in. Easy. Signed some papers. Done.
problem issue came afterwards when I realized most of my photography they were asking for was part of my personal portfolio and I got…. “jealous”? I don’t know if that is the word. I guess it’s normal to sell your work and make money from it, but that’s why I decided to be a wedding photographer, because I love taking portraits, because I LOVE taking normal people’s portraits and it was my way to sell my work, working for someone, making them look nice and part of a beautiful photograph, and that’s it! At the end of the day I could go home and play with my own photography, my personal one, and be free with it and yet, make a living from photography. That was my plan!
(she’s also known as Cookie monster)
Selling prints in art galleries (an Art gallery is soon exhibiting and selling limited-edition prints of my work. YAY!) is ok for me because they are prints and if someone wants to hang my photographs at home I’m very happy with it. BUT. Selling one of my personal images for an ad… hmmmm…. do I want that? (and yet, can I choose?)
I know it may sound very arrogant and “very artist thought”… I know, and I apologize for that because I tend to hate that behaviour…
Since a few years ago I became very jealous of my personal photography: places I love, places that mean something to me, things that mean something to me, people I love, moments that I don’t want to forget… they are part of my personal photography and I decided no to show it any more… yet, my street photography is pretty personal, they are my children, so to speak. So when I was asked for so many of my photographs (the ones I show) and I can’t control its use 100%… I got a dilemma.
What should I do? What do you think about it? Would you sell?! (sell sell! haha this sounds like a wall street broker…)
This is not a fairy tale. This is real world and maybe I should sell and start letting my namepromote myself and run free to photo agencies?