Selling photos is not your job, your job is to click the beautiful pictures. When you will search how to sell photos, you will get a number of options but it can still be difficult to understand how to sell photos online. Stock photography sites aren’t the only options. Different companies have developed ways to help photographers sell their work online through their own website, and many of these options allow for the sale of both digital (downloadable) files as well as prints. Some of them even handle the printing and fulfillment for you.
Some of these options allow designers to create customized sites for their clients, so if you work with a lot of photographers these options can be worth exploring. If you’re looking for some stunning pictures, check out our post on action photography.
SmugMug gives you a customizable website to host your photos. You can choose from their selection of templates, customize it without any coding, or make changes to the CSS to fully customize the look of your site. SmugMug sites are a response, so they’ll look good on mobile phones and tablets in addition to desktops. You can sell your photos as prints or as digital downloads. The prints can be fulfilled and shipped directly to your customers. You can upload photos to SmugMug directly from Lightroom, Aperture, iPhoto, and others. Prices range from $5 per month to $35 per month (or $40 per year to $300 per year).
With PhotoShelter you get to choose from one of their customizable templates. You will upload your photos to the site and visitors will be able to buy digital photos or prints. You can choose to have orders fulfilled by their lab, or you can fulfill orders yourself. Plans range from $9.99 per month to $49.99 per month.
Zenfolio allows you to create a portfolio site of your work. You can upload photos, create galleries, password protect galleries, and make your photos available for purchase. For e-commerce, you can choose from different labs to fulfill your orders, or you can fulfill them yourself. Prices range from $25 per year to $250 per year, with a 14-day free trial available.
Fotomoto is different than the other options listed here. With Fotomoto you get a widget that integrates with the existing website that allows you to sell photos. They handle the product fulfillment for you. Pricing is a combination of a monthly fee ($0 – $25 per month) and a transaction fee (22% – 10%).
Collages.net allows you to create websites for your events (like weddings) where customers can view and purchase prints from the event. You can choose between auto or manual fulfillment. It includes a discount tool that allows you to setup package pricing or other discounts to make more sales. Monthly prices range from $19 per month to $29 per month (both of those plans include unlimited galleries), or you can pay as you go at $7.99 for an event site.
Fotomerchant allows you to choose a website template and add a blog and galleries to your site. Each plan comes with unlimited storage and hosting so you can upload as many photos and create as many galleries as you like. The websites have an integrated shopping cart to allow you to sell your work to website visitors. You can choose to fulfill orders manually, or auto order fulfillment so prints will be shipped directly to your customers. Prices start at $8 per month, but you’ll need at least the $16 per month plan to use your own domain name, opt for direct fulfillment, and to have a blog.
With Exposure Manager, you will get a website to sell your photos. You can use your own domain and customize the header and footer. Upload your photos and create galleries, which can also be password protected. For selling your work, photos can be sold as digital downloads or prints. Prints can be fulfilled by their lab, or you can set it up for self-fulfillment. Prices range from $14.99 to $24.99 per month.
DigiLabs allows you to create photo galleries that integrate with your own website. DigiLabs can fulfill your orders or you can fulfill them yourself. You’ll also have the option to choose a plan with a flat fee or one with a commission from sales. Prices start at $40 per month.
With ifp3 you can get a website to sell your photos online. You can set up galleries (public or private) and pages to show your work. For e-commerce, the shopping cart can be set up to sell an unlimited number of products, both downloads and prints. The price is $30 per month if paid month-to-month or $16 per month if paid in advance for one year. A 10-day free trial is available.
But do you think it so easy to manage these sites? NO, you have to upload regular photos to each and every site manually.