I thought I’d give you a little update on my latest happy little side project, selling prints of my Paris photos over at my Paris Print Shop. It’s been open for about two months now, and both the response to the initial launch and the business since have been surprisingly –and consistently– great. I say “surprising” because there’s always an element of self-doubt associated with an endeavor as risky as this one. In the beginning, “What if no one ever buys anything?” and “Why are you even bothering??” frequently ran through my head like a scrolling marquee of insecurity. But now my local printer knows me by name and pulls my prints out of the stack when he sees me walk in. I’m an expert at the USPS click-n-ship online postage service (though I still think the Post Office could launch itself out of debt in a week if it changed its open hours to times when everyone ISN’T AT WORK). And I’m so, so happy, especially because other people are happy having my prints in their home.
I’m thinking of adding new prints to the shop, but I can’t decide which ones. That’s where you come in! Which photos from this album would you want to see for sale? More Eiffel Tower? Flowers? Street scenes? I’m too close to them to see them objectively (god help my poor editor if this novel of mine ever makes it that far) and if there’s one thing I learned in college during my photography studies, it’s that the photographer is usually the worst at guessing which photographs everyone else will love. Often, during our weekly critiques, I’d think, “Really? That’s the one they like?” Couple that with a bias towards all of my photos from Paris, and I’m stuck. I’d love to hear what you think!