July 26, 2013 | Alyson Stanfield

31 Types of Photographs You Can Use to Promote Your Art

Don’t underestimate your audience’s desire to know more about you and more about your life as an artist. And never underestimate the story that a good photograph can tell.
How about sharing photos of . . .

Your Art

1. By itself – professionally photographed (you know – the usual)
2. In situ at someone’s home, office, gallery – even if you have to stage the photos

Adele Sypesteyn paintings in a room
4 Horse paintings by Adele Sypesteyn.

3. Works in progress
4. Art lined up or stored in the studio
5. With the collectors who bought it
6. If your work is functional, show others sipping, wearing, sitting on, washing, stacking, etc.
7. Packing it or shipping it

Your Office

8. Your giant wall timeline that shows your commitments and projects

Sally J. Smith organizer
Sally J. Smith's visual organizer for her art business.

9. Your piles – in all their glory
10. Your paper calendar that reveals everything you juggle in your artist-life
11. Your colorful files or wacky way of filing
12. The office pet – because everyone loves pet pictures
Lindsay Wynne's cat, Quinn, makes sure Lindsay finishes editing her photos.

13. Your view, whether it’s gorgeous, surprising, or uninspiring
14. Your bulletin board of inspiration and reminders
15. Your bookshelf – for inquiring minds
16. Your desk – because we love to peek

Your Studio

Kathleen Probst's Studio
Kathleen Probst's studio. Used with permission. Image ©Kathleen Probst.

17. The interesting way you have enhanced your entrance door
18. The studio pet – Do I need to say it again? We like animals!
Rebecca Latham's studio
Rembrandt helps keep Rebecca Latham's studio chair warm. How thoughtful!

19. Your messy palette – because we don’t have one and that’s really cool
20. The dribbles, dust, and scrapes on your floor – the personality of your space
21. A pile of the scraps of paper you use for your collages
22. A row of glazes you use before firing
23. The collection of hooks and clasps you use to make jewelry


24. Actively engaged with other artists – perhaps at another artist’s studio or at a meeting

4 Artists in Denver
Alyson with 3 artists before attending an artist lecture at the Denver Art Museum: Julie Powell, Lisa Call, me, and Janice McDonald.

25. Shopping for art supplies
26. Talking about your art to a group of people (Staged photos sometimes work best here in
       order to avoid the gaping mouth or closed eyes. Trust me. I speak from experience.)
27. Working with a piece of equipment that most people can’t fathom using
28. Looking at other art in galleries and museums
29. Contemplating your own art
30. Making art – look at the camera, look down, look pensive – try a variety
31. Researching – wherever you do that best
I'll bet you already have a lot of these photos, but are you showing them? Could you share a quick link to them if you were asked?
Feel free to share the link to your best photos (not straight art, please) in a comment here.

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