31 Types of Photographs You Can Use to Promote Your Art

Don’t underestimate your audience’s desire to know more about you and more about your life as an artist. And never underestimate the story that a good photograph can tell.

How about sharing photos of . . .

Your Art

    1. By itself – professionally photographed (you know – the usual)
    2. In situ at someone’s home, office, gallery – even if you have to stage the photos
Adele Sypesteyn paintings in a room

4 Horse paintings by Adele Sypesteyn.

  1. Works in progress
  2. Art lined up or stored in the studio
  3. With the collectors who bought it
  4. If your work is functional, show others sipping, wearing, sitting on, washing, stacking, etc.
  5. Packing it or shipping it

Your Office

  1. Your giant wall timeline that shows your commitments and projects
Sally J. Smith organizer

Sally J. Smith’s visual organizer for her art business.

  1. Your piles – in all their glory
  2. Your paper calendar that reveals everything you juggle in your artist-life
  3. Your colorful files or wacky way of filing
  4. The office pet – because everyone loves pet pictures


    Lindsay Wynne’s cat, Quinn, makes sure Lindsay finishes editing her photos.

  5. Your view, whether it’s gorgeous, surprising, or uninspiring
  6. Your bulletin board of inspiration and reminders
  7. Your bookshelf – for inquiring minds
  8. Your desk – because we love to peek

Your Studio

Kathleen Probst's Studio

Kathleen Probst’s studio. Used with permission. Image ©Kathleen Probst.

  1. The interesting way you have enhanced your entrance door
  2. The studio pet – Do I need to say it again? We like animals!

    Rebecca Latham's studio

    Rembrandt helps keep Rebecca Latham’s studio chair warm. How thoughtful!

  3. Your messy palette – because we don’t have one and that’s really cool
  4. The dribbles, dust, and scrapes on your floor – the personality of your space
  5. A pile of the scraps of paper you use for your collages
  6. A row of glazes you use before firing
  7. The collection of hooks and clasps you use to make jewelry


  1. Actively engaged with other artists – perhaps at another artist’s studio or at a meeting
4 Artists in Denver

Alyson with 3 artists before attending an artist lecture at the Denver Art Museum: Julie Powell, Lisa Call, me, and Janice McDonald.

  1. Shopping for art supplies
  2. Talking about your art to a group of people (Staged photos sometimes work best here in order to avoid the gaping mouth or closed eyes. Trust me. I speak from experience.)
  3. Working with a piece of equipment that most people can’t fathom using
  4. Looking at other art in galleries and museums
  5. Contemplating your own art
  6. Making art – look at the camera, look down, look pensive – try a variety
  7. Researching – wherever you do that best

I’ll bet you already have a lot of these photos, but are you showing them? Could you share a quick link to them if you were asked?

Feel free to share the link to your best photos (not straight art, please) in a comment here.

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