June 15, 2024
A close up of a pond

Knowing where the buyers are is the first step toward building a successful photography business. Here are some ideas on where to sell your prized photos.

Local Businesses

Businesses in your area may be in need of wildlife photos. Cold call businesses with nature themes, such as vegetarian restaurants and exotic pet stores.

Stock Photo Agencies

Typically, a stock photo agency will pay a commission per photo sold. This commission is often low, maybe 25 cents to 35 cents per photo. However, with online agencies able to reach a greater number of buyers, this small change can add up quickly. istockphoto is an agency that sells wildlife photography.

Book Publishers

Search online or browse through Photographer’s Market to find book publishers interested in buying wildlife photos. Companies with an educational or environmental slant are your best bets for selling your photos.

Conservation Organizations

These organizations use a number of wildlife photos to get their message across. Send out queries, including samples of your photography work to spark their interest in buying your photos.

Nature Magazines

Browse through the magazine area at your local library or do an online search for nature magazines in need of wildlife photos. Photographer’s Market is another source for finding magazines that buy wildlife photos.

Portfolio Website

Showcase your portfolio of wildlife photos on your own website. The use of SEO tactics and an online marketing plan will help potential buyers find your website. Your online portfolio is also useful when querying via email to buyers, as they can simply clink on a link to view your best work.