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Chris Sebastian
  • Seattle, WA
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Landscape Photography Commission

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Sebastian Jul 31, 2015. 4 Replies

I'm not sure if I'm posting this in the right place.  If I got it wrong, please redirect me.I've been approached by someone who saw my photography at the last art festival I did. He would like to…Continue

Questions about selling wholesale

Started this discussion. Last reply by Wendy Rosen Dec 9, 2014. 7 Replies

I just got an email from someone who saw my photography at the last show I did.  She owns a furniture store and is interested in displaying some of my work in the show room.  She asked if I would…Continue

Jury images different style than majority of photos in booth?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Connie Mettler Nov 4, 2014. 5 Replies

So I'm considering using 4 B&W photos for my jury images for a couple show applications, but most of my photography is color.  I end up with about 25% of my framed photos hanging on my walls at a…Continue

New images with each application to same show?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Sebastian Nov 1, 2014. 8 Replies

I'm new to the art show business (photography), and have gotten into 2 juried shows.  I have a question about applying for the same shows for next year that I applied to for this year.  Do you need…Continue

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Mehdi Kajbaf replied to Chris Sebastian's discussion Wholesale framing supplies?
"I'm the owner of Matboard and More, and I'd like to add we have loads of custom matting and framing options and the discounts begin at quantity 2! There's a lot of flexibility. Let me know if I can be of assistance."
Jul 2
Chris Sebastian replied to Chris Sebastian's discussion Landscape Photography Commission
"Yes Bernie, that is my website.  Thank you for the vote of confidence.  I do feel that I can get shots that will please him.  The only question is can I do it in a single trip out there each season, or am I going to have to make…"
Jul 31, 2015
Chris Sebastian replied to Chris Sebastian's discussion Landscape Photography Commission
"Larry, Thanks for the insight.  I am not familiar with doing commission work, so I definitely have that going against me.  And this isn't exactly the most straight forward one to start with given the long distance and needing to…"
Jul 31, 2015
Barrie Lynn Bryant replied to Chris Sebastian's discussion Landscape Photography Commission
"Chris, the first thing I did when I read your scenario is looked at what I suppose is your website, chrissebastianphotography dot com. If that's yours, I can see how someone would ask you to do some work for them and that they'd be…"
Jul 30, 2015
Larry Berman replied to Chris Sebastian's discussion Landscape Photography Commission
"I see this as much too complicated to end well for both of you. What if more than one trip per season is required because the conditions, when you get there aren't right? I'd suggest he hire a photographer local to the area and pass. What…"
Jul 30, 2015
Chris Sebastian posted a discussion

Landscape Photography Commission

I'm not sure if I'm posting this in the right place.  If I got it wrong, please redirect me.I've been approached by someone who saw my photography at the last art festival I did. He would like to know if I am interested in doing some commission work for him. I've never done this sort of thing, so I have some questions. He's interested in landscape shots of two locations on the other side of the state from where I live. He wants one shot from each season taken from the same location. It would…See More
Jul 30, 2015
Chris Sebastian commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Holding Down the Booth: Part 3 - Commercial weights
"Ernie - Keep in mind that you'll need four times the length in 2" pipe to equal the weight of 4" pipe.  So you'll be looking at 12 ft of 2" pipe to get the same weight as the 3 ft long 4" pipe. I ended up going…"
Apr 1, 2015
Wendy Rosen replied to Chris Sebastian's discussion Questions about selling wholesale
"My husband had an office furniture store and successfully sold 60,000 per year in his photography and a friends work.  It's a natural fit for office furniture stores... people have a generous budget to re-do a whole office... they leave…"
Dec 9, 2014
Chris Sebastian replied to Chris Sebastian's discussion Questions about selling wholesale
"Thanks everyone for the comments and advice.  I've gotten a little more info from the store owner about what they are looking for. Wholesale: They would be looking to start with three of my B&W images in 18x24 or 24x30 framed sizes…"
Dec 9, 2014
Kathy Rose replied to Chris Sebastian's discussion Questions about selling wholesale
"Honestly - I've decided to quit shows entirely for 2015 and only focus on building the wholesale business. I've participated in a wholesale trade show for the past few years - and have picked up quite a few stores. For me - with the…"
Dec 9, 2014
Cindy Welch replied to Chris Sebastian's discussion Questions about selling wholesale
"I am thinking of increasing my wholesale price but can't decide if it'll push it too high.  The main place I wholesale to is a local upscale gift store.  They keystone their prices.  I originally started w/them when I was…"
Dec 9, 2014
Robert LeHay replied to Chris Sebastian's discussion Questions about selling wholesale
"I think what Kathy said above is excellent advice.Kind of in-line with Chris’s comment – one of the great things about wholesaling is that once you get your wholesale customer base in place your expenses should start to go down –…"
Dec 9, 2014
Chris Hoyt replied to Chris Sebastian's discussion Questions about selling wholesale
"The one thing to remember if you're doing this by yourself is, unless you have a big enough order to make it worth your while, you're working just as hard for half the money. "
Dec 9, 2014
Kathy Rose replied to Chris Sebastian's discussion Questions about selling wholesale
"I sell a lot wholesale -- I would always suggest you set a minimum order - and Yes, usually the wholesale price is 50% of retail. If the market at the store can support a higher price, you could do 60 % of your normal retail - and they can set the…"
Dec 7, 2014
Chris Sebastian posted a discussion

Questions about selling wholesale

I just got an email from someone who saw my photography at the last show I did.  She owns a furniture store and is interested in displaying some of my work in the show room.  She asked if I would consign or wholesale. I'm thinking I'd prefer wholesale, but have never sold anything that way, and don't really know how it works.  I have some questions.1. If I sell wholesale, should I expect to sell a certain quantity, or insist on a minimum buy?2. I've read that wholesale is typically 50% of…See More
Dec 6, 2014
Connie Mettler replied to Chris Sebastian's discussion Jury images different style than majority of photos in booth?
"Here is the other thing, Chris. My husband was the artist/photographer. His background was in b & w, but everyone told us "you can't sell b& w." He taught himself to "see" color and we started with an all color show.…"
Nov 4, 2014

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At 9:03pm on March 5, 2013, Connie Mettler said…

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