Photography is my calling.
Photography is my calling.
My 2nd Annual Fine Art Photography Show opened last week here in town. The Artist Reception was from 3-5 pm and the show continued into Saturday June 18 from 12-5. We had food, punch, water, a slide show with music playing on the big screen TV, a "Win This Print" $1.00 raffle contest for a chance to win one of my images (valued at $140), a place where customers could order photo t-shirts, and of course many prints on display in both large and smaller sizes. We did it up bigger than last year for sure!
We also changed the venue because it just made sense to have it in the Arts Center. We sold several big pieces this year but also had orders too! Last year's show was a HUGE SUCCESS with people who came from as far away as Portland, Eugene and Coos Bay. This year didn't disappoint. We took way a lot of learned lessons from last year though, like not ordering too much food. This year we used Pavilion Catering, they're new to town and the Florence Events Center hired them to do all their events. I really like them and their food is excellent!
Ken standing beside one of his sold pieces! We also hired a photographer who did a good job capturing the artist reception yesterday. One of Kim's friends came to both days to help her run the raffle and sales table. This was huge because last year Kim ran the whole sales table alone and we knew we couldn't have that happen again this year. I was incredibly grateful to FRAA for allowing us to be the first artist to have an exclusive show there so we gave them 25% of our total sales to help benefit them as well.
It was a HUGE success! Kim and I are beyond words of gratitude at first show! We hardly got anything to eat, we were so busy :) We loved every moment of it and we got to meet people in person that have been following us on Facebook so that's always a good thing!
Can we rest now? Nope, not yet! Thank you cards to go out, packing it up, placing customer orders, and putting the rest on sale at FRAA! Kim is going to handle the financials and paperwork. And yes, we had a LOT of food left over! I'm sure we'll have a business meeting to discuss everything that went right and what we can improve on next year. The best thing about this show is we earned 2x over our entire cost! Whoo hoo!!!! I think I'll go crash now!
After last year of just selling locally and on the website, it was time to take the next step, my own exclusive show. Boy, was I up to the challenge of all the work ahead? Hmmm.... well it's almost here, next month in fact! Kim's been a big help and because we're coming almost to the end of the prepping, we can breathe a little easier.
We've done flea market sales for years in Florida so we understand what's involved but when it comes to your own show, there's much more to it. For one, we had to pick the venue, catering, decorations, designing the flyers and posters, presentation supplies, funding, and do all the advertising and printing. It started out with how many pieces to sell and what sizes. Kim and I made a list and then divided it up. she took care of the catering, registration, decorating, and website advertising. I took care of the ordering, pricing, social media advertising, installing the wiring and hanging for each piece and also packing and set-up.
Remember my post cards I shared in this post?, well, they're all sealed and priced for the show! We live in a tourist town so these will make great gifts to share our picturesque place!
We've gotten such incredible support and feedback. Friends are coming from all over to see it and we're ecstatic! Kim also got some of our friends to help work the event since we decided to do an artist reception for Friday evening and the show on Saturday. We hired a good friend of ours to take photos from the camera club and Kim developed a slideshow that will play both days with music too! The big day is coming in just a few weeks!
"When I found photography, I found my purpose."
New on Facebook