the writing and photography of Neil Kramer

Next — Selling Photos

If you know me, you know how hard it was for me to put up that revolving banner advertisement that was on my sidebar for the last two months. It was a good experience though, because it forced me to go I beyond my comfort zone.

The last straw that broke the camel’s back, like they say, is that after I pressed publish on my last post, a gentle tale titled “My Friend in McDonald’s, I immediately saw my own advertising server hawking back at me a personalized ad from Ronald McDonald himself, “Hey there, wouldn’t you enjoy having a juicy Quarter Pounder with Cheese right now?!”

Maybe if I was making $10,000 a month in advertising, I could compromise more, but for the $2 a month I was receiving for my banner, it felt humiliating.

But it was a good experience, like a teenage virgin having awkward sex for the first time and getting it over with.

This entire preamble is an anxious introduction to telling you that I am going to sell prints of my photos.

My Photo Store is Open for Business.

I’m going to start slow, because I’m a newbie at this.   So, to begin, I’m just going to offer seven photos taken in New York City.   Imagine it is a limited edition selection available just for my closest friends.   I tested each photo myself to make sure they printed well, so I feel confident that they will look good as 8″x 8″ prints, despite their humble origins as iphone photos.

If you want a print of a another photo in my instagram gallery, just contact me.  I will test it to make sure it prints well.  As I test other photos, I will add new photos for sale.

For now, I’m going to charge $20, no tax. I’ll make the print at a local lab, using the best resolution digital image, then mail you the print in a sturdy envelope. I’ll use the profit to either buy a nicer winter coat, or buy drinks for some chick at a bar and then try to go to bed with her. It all depends on how many prints I sell.

I know I’m not a big time photographer, so for added value, I will sign the back of the photo for you, and even include a personal message if you ask politely.

Email me if there are any problems with the shopping card or dealing with Paypal.

Again, my photo store is here.

Thank you for you inspiring me to do this, and giving me the confidence to believe in myself.

15 Comments

  1. VDog

    You continue to amaze & inspire me, Neil.

    • Neil

      I’m not sure why, but that was very kind, V!

  2. grandemocha

    Yeah for new adventures! You are really pushing your safety zone. How many photos do we have to buy to get you to buy a girl a drink in a bar and blog about it? I’m in for that.

    • Neil

      If I meet a girl in a bar this week and take her to bed, I will send everyone a free print!

  3. Sarah Piazza

    I’d like to buy a print of the pic you took this summer of the reflection of the building in the puddle on a cobblestone street in the Village.

    • Neil

      Ok. Let me print it first and test it. Not ever photo ends up looking as good as a print. Out of ten I tested, I was only happy with seven of them.

    • Neil

      I’ll send it to you next week and you can tell me whether it looks decent.

  4. Salena of The Daily Rant

    Fantastic. Just fantastic!! You inspire and amaze me. And I’m pretty sure at some point, I’ll be buying a print. I see a Neil Kramer Original being on my Christmas list.

    • Neil

      Oh crap, it’s almost Christmas time!

  5. Miss Britt

    I am so excited to see this! Good for you, Neil.

    • Neil

      thanks, I actually was energized after reading the tweets of you talking at blogher pro, and I was all “I’ll show that f***ing Britt!”

  6. Kizz

    It also depends on the bar…and the number of drinks required.

    • Neil

      sounds like you have experience in this “drinking in bars” thing….

      • Kizz

        Think of me as Goldilocks. Yes, I have experience “drinking in bars” but not too much experience and not too little, juuuuuust the right amount.

  7. unmitigated me

    http://instagram.com/p/fu_Beljgb8/

    I just joined instagram, just so I could wallow in your photos. Would love a print of this one. Really, would love to buy 20 of them, although I would have a hard time narrowing it down!

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