Looking for advice
Hello! I am hoping you all may be able to help me.
My name is Caleb Faulkner, and for the past 8 years, I've been in the airline industry, having the opportunity to travel all over the world. Because of this unique opportunity, I wanted to be able to share my travels with my friends and family, so I picked up the hobby of photography, sharing my pictures on Facebook.
As I improved in my picture taking, many suggested I try to sell my pictures. So a little over 3 1/2 years ago, I created a website to sell my work...www.calebfaulknerphotography.com...but selling pictures is HARD! I created an account with Smugmug, and since creating my website, I've only sold one picture, yet I'm losing money each year to keep my site and domain name up and running.
The initial approach I've tried to take is one that has something for everyone. So with that in mind, I split my website up into sections. Portfolio (my favorites), Places, and Categories. While my site does provide something for everyone, I'm finding that it can come across stressful and overbearing, as I have SO many options to choose from, and it also seems as though people just don't buy pictures this way.
This is why I'm looking for help from a community of link minded individuals, many of whom I'm sure share in my desire to share/sell their work but don't know how to go about doing it. I've toyed with the idea of starting a travel blog, to have a place to both share in my travels as well as promote my pictures. I've also thought about minimizing my site to only a couple pictures from each location, or drastically cutting the cost and selling digital copies just to get something in return for my efforts.
I'm just looking for any and all advice/critiques/ideas/suggestions on where to go from here. The initial fun I had in sharing my journey with friends has slipped away in my pursuit to sell, yet I feel I'm wasting an opportunity by not trying to sell. Thank you all for any ideas you may have!