Q&A with a Book Cover Designer: What Photographers Need to Know to Make Licensing Sales

Q&A with a Book Cover Designer: What Photographers Need to Know to Make Licensing Sales

For any photographer who is looking to break into the book cover licensing world, there are so many questions!

What makes a good book cover photograph in the first place?

How do you know that the images you are creating are going to help your portfolio stand out and make sales?

Well this week I decided to talk to a book cover designer to find out!

Eight Lessons I've Learned in Eight Years of Licensing

Eight Lessons I've Learned in Eight Years of Licensing

Licensing your fine art photography can be one of the most exciting and rewarding experiencing in your photography business.

But like any aspect of your business, it will come with its ups and downs as well as hard lessons.

I've been selling my fine art for book covers for nearly a decade now, and I still learn new things about the ever-changing market everyday.

Now I want to share those lessons with you.

Five Stock Licensing Mistakes to Avoid

Five Stock Licensing Mistakes to Avoid

Selling fine art photography for book covers can be a sustainable source of income, but there are a lot of mistakes that photographers who are new to the market make.

Oftentimes, when they make these mistakes, they give up too early and never end up seeing any sales.

I’ve even made some major mistakes. Which is why I want to help you avoid them so that your path to making licensing sales can be much smoother!

Why You Need a Model Release for Stock Photography

Why You Need a Model Release for Stock Photography

Having a model release is so important, especially if you want to sell or license your fine art photography!

Before I became a photographer, I had no idea how much legal documentation and how many photography contracts I would have to have!

But I quickly learned that whenever you are photographing a model or private property, and you want to use these photographs in any way that might bring you profit, you need legal documents giving you permission!

Model and Property Releases are legal documents, essentially contracts, granting you the use of a likeness in your photos.

Five Fine Art Stock Ideas You Can Easily Shoot This Week!

Five Fine Art Stock Ideas You Can Easily Shoot This Week!

Finding consistent inspiration to build your fine art licensing portfolio can be difficult.

A lot of photographers, myself included, find that it is really easy to get caught up in the mental trap of "not enough" - meaning "I don't have the right studio, models, gear, etc."

So to that end I wanted to give you some inspiration around things that you can photograph this week with the space and tools you already have at your disposals.