Balboa Pier, Newport Beach

Newport Beach photos seem to be in high demand lately.

I love this shot of the Balboa Pier at sunset.

Click on photo to purchase, or view larger, in 24atHeart gallery.

It would look stunning as a metal print.

By the way, when people hear me say “metal print” they often think of the cheap, sort of cheesy, prints they see at swap meets.

THIS IS NOT THAT.

Seriously, there are no words to describe how beautiful these metal prints look.

(I’m not trying to give you a sales pitch, it’s just so difficult to describe in written words how something LOOKS.)

I’ve been wrestling with a dilemma lately.

I’m leaning towards ONLY selling my photos on metal.

It is, in fact, what I’ve wanted to do (from an artistic standpoint) for quite some time.

But, metal prints are very expensive to make.

If I only sell my art via metal prints,

A lot of potential buyers will be excluded based on cost.

However,

My prints aren’t cheap even now.

Therefore, most of my customers end up being from an affluent demographic.

I’ve been having an artistic quandary over this for months.

These are the type of business decisions that keep me awake at night.

Sigh.

Tonight I’ll be up late sorting my biggest-ever shipment of prints.

Every print I sell feels like my CHILD.

I know that sounds ridiculous, but I become emotionally vested in them.

They’re a part of me, a reflection of me, a glimpse into my (completely naked) soul.

I need to get over that, don’t I?

9 Responses to “Balboa Pier, Newport Beach”

  1. Michelle

    Of course you become emotionally vested in your prints. They are your art. And an artist who is not emotionally connected to what they create, isn’t really an artist! As to the metal dilemma, I have no answers for you. Sorry.

    • Suzanne

      Thank you for understanding my emotional attachment to my art! : )

  2. Jan's Sushai Bar

    I don’t have an answer for you about the metal dilemma either, but having an affluent clientele isn’t necessarily a bad thing, you know.

    • Suzanne

      Yes, it’s certainly better than not having a clientele, isn’t it? : )

  3. Shawna

    I finally just sent one of my prints out for a metal print because 1) it’s probably the best picture I’ve ever taken 2) all of your posts about the quality of metal prints have had me itching to try 3) it will be a great sample 4) and dammit! I really really want one! lol!

    • Suzanne

      Yay!
      I hope you found a good company to develop it for you.
      There’s a huge difference between developers.
      If you aren’t happy with it, let me know and maybe I can give you a name or two to try next time.

  4. Erica

    “They’re a part of me, a reflection of me, a glimpse into my (completely naked) soul.”

    I would love to have that feeling.

    It’s okay to have your work be out of the average person’s price range if that’s what your gut tells you to do. If you’re successful, think of it as the world letting you know how good you are in the only way it can.

    Besides, there’s a good chance that one day quite a few people will discover your dusty metal prints at garage sales and they’ll be really happy when they show up on Antiques Roadshow and get an impressive appraisal.

    You may actually be creating opportunities for potential joy for future generations. 😀

    You could also do a few generically acceptable prints in bulk, so they’re cheaper, and sell those through lower priced department stores.

  5. torby papierowe

    Today, I went to the beach with my children.
    I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She placed the shell to
    her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear.
    She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is completely off topic
    but I had to tell someone!

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