Friday, January 22, 2010

What Sells?

One of the best markets for landscape photography are annual calendars. Recently two of Jay's images were chosen by a local company for publication in their large art calendar. This photo, titled Reflections of Beauty, was selected for the cover.


This one - titled Stranded - was selected for the October page.


Images for calendars like these are chosen based upon location, theme, or terrain (seascapes, forests, waterfalls, mountains, etc.) - and shots from National Parks are some of the most popular. Most of the time, the calendar company is looking for landscape images that are appropriate for a particular season - so we try to make sure that we shoot in a variety of seasons. For example, if you have photos of Yosemite in Summer, but not in Winter, the publisher will have to go with someone else for those winter images. We visit locations more than once to fill in gaps in our portfolios.

Several months ago, we got a call from National Geographic asking about images for their 2010 Calendars. In the end, they selected two images from National Parks which were published in their 2010 National Park's engagement calender.

The market for landscape photography for calender companies is pretty broad. You can maximize your chances of getting published by expanding your portfolio to include a diverse set of images from a variety of locations - during a variety of seasons.

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5 Comments:

Anonymous Greg Russell | Alpenglow Images said...

Fantastic images and thoughts. I've recently realized the potential in calendars, and am working on figuring out who is best to contact. For someone new to the "business" this is a very helpful post.

Cheers,
Greg Russell

January 27, 2010 at 11:28 PM  
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