I always read First impressions count
But when I joined faa , I only joined because I was looking for a site that could put my painting image on a cushion (pillow)
And I found faa fineartamerica.com and I was overwhelmed wow my painting images looked great on there products.
I placed my orders and was very very happy after receiving my beautiful products.
Family members then started to comment on how good my paintings looked on my products and asked where I got them done. I told them it was fineartamerica.com.
My sons and husband then checked over the faa website and said mum you should add your paintings to the site of faa and sell them.
I laughed and said don't be silly.
But agreed I was so happy with how my paintings looked to me they are incredible, but thats because its my art lol.
But it was lovely to hear family and friends now saying how wonderful they look.
Especially because I only started painting as a therapy after having to retire from working due to a work injury.
So after considering family and friends thoughts I then checked out the site and divulged into what it was all about.
The fineartamerica.com website blew me away, the incredible art paintings, photography, digital art all of it absolutely amazing I got lost in the beauty i had never seen a site like it.
I thought could I really be apart of this hmmm???. Was I good enough hmmm? Was it easy to join hmmm?. I am no tech savvy person hmmm?. Would people want to buy my images hmmm??.
I then thought how would I feel if someone bought one of my images ( I knew it would bring a smile to my face).
Thats all I needed to know, so I joined and have been very happy ever since .
I have now been here two years joined in 2018 and I have sold many to family and over the last year started selling to people I do not know and every sale does bring a smile to my face.
I have learnt and listened to others in the discussions and this has helped me greatly.
I mainly paint landscapes and flowers when my health permits .
My paintings are all from my imagination sitting in my spare room, which is my own uniqueness I have been told.
And over the two years of joining faa I have managed to build a nice portfolio of collections, I have added many and deleted many , so I believe First impressions count for a starting point, but then we learn as we go on what needs to be tweaked added or deleted what works what doesn't and hopefully someone will give us a second chance and take another look as we learn.
What was your first impressions of faa website and what made you join .
I found FAA 8 years ago when I was looking for somewhere to sell my work. Before any products were offered.
I was blown away by the fact that I could add exactly what markup I wanted to each size of artwork and the fact that I could have my own premium website to promote to customers for a very reasonable $30 a year.
When I researched other POD sites I thought they were no where near as good as FAA and I’ve never looked back!
I joined FAA last March because people had expressed interest in obtaining prints of my work. Originally joined 'free' but soon upgraded to premium. I am really glad I did; I have learned a lot and 'met' some very nice people. And, seen some amazing art!
Right after joining in 2013, I nearly left because I was outraged by "misstatements" (to put it kindly) in FAA's spiel to sell premium accounts. They claimed to offer "fully-customizable" AW. We know what a joke that is, especially back then, but I didn't find that out until AFTER I paid for AW. I was expecting to actually customize my AW to fit my vision, rather than only get to do tiny, cosmetic tweaks to a canned format. Then, after posting my first bunch of pics, they were sorted by "Best Sellers" even though I'd sold nothing whatsoever! That REALLY ticked me off. Maybe I'm a bit funny when it comes to deceptive practices but I felt it downright dishonest to give buyers the impression that I was already selling a bunch of stuff when I hadn't sold a thing. But FAA is a take-it-or-leave-it sort of place, and I'm a pragmatic sort of person. Thirty bucks is a small gamble to find out if there was anything in it for me. Well, FAA has proved to be legit money-wise so I'm not sorry that I'm still here after nearly 8 years.
It's good to make a bit of money but even if I sold nothing, I'm grateful for everything I'm learning here, and especially grateful for the people I've come to know. Advice on the forum has helped improve my photography & editing capabilities, and that's great but more importantly, kind-hearted people have helped me grow as a human being. I want to send a shoutout to all of you who freely share. And I thank you for your art. Seeing it makes me want to get off my sorry butt and get out there to give it a try.
Most of all, I thank our dear Abbie for her extraordinary forbearance and judgement. If she wasn't here to weed out the baddies and gently steer us back when we transgress, I'd never set foot here.
I'm still quite new -- officially I joined back in November, but I only started to upload my photos in the last few weeks. So these are very much my first impressions!
I get the sense there are a lot of nice people here. The willingness to support each other and promote each other is pretty fantastic. I'm totally new to selling art, so I'm also using the advice so many have patiently taken the time to share in the forums to navigate that whole side of things.
Which is another first impression. I think there is a lot of marketing material for FAA that's all about "start selling!" I'm not saying it's false advertising by any means, but it took me a couple of weeks to realize just how important it will be to reach outside of this platform in order to generate sales. So now I'm staring down the daunting task of learning how to use social media for all that :)
My last first impression is perhaps a little unfair...but I'm a user experience designer by trade. I see plenty of opportunity to improve this site / platform. Some are silly or easy things that I think would enhance the experience (like full time stamps on forum posts -- especially helpful for the daily promotions threads). Others would be more significant investments. I guess sometimes FAA just feels a little unfinished to me as a digital product. I'm sure there are plenty of features on the roadmap already, and I definitely feel like the artwork itself is presented well. Also, my family has liked the quality of the products they've received (my only sales so far! haha), and at the end of the day that's what truly matters!!
I've been a Premium member since 2013 and embarrassed to say that I've only recently been clicking on Discussions. There is much to learn by doing so. I have my social media sites and never considered FAA as one. My loss.
My personal journey has been a multi-decade one that began as a writer, speaker, and slide photographer that sold primarily to the print media, calendar companies, etc. Then I began doing shows: art, hunting & fishing, home, conservation, Christmas, and garden shows, printing my own images, along with doing all the matting, framing, stretching canvas, promotion, putting up and tearing down of the display, manning the show, etc., along with my wife Debbie. I also promoted my FAA site at shows, by email and on social media, as a site to order what we didn't have at the show or from our original website, or when we were limited as to the size of our printer. It worked out so well that the decision to no longer do shows, (the year before all shows cancelled due to the Pandemic), was an easy transition. Of course, we don't sell the number of prints that we did while on the show circuit by losing that impulse buy, and by not being present to speak with people.
We're still discovering and researching ways to better market minus the shows. That is another reason FAA discussions are valuable; the ability to learn from others, saving time and money by avoiding their mistakes. And for the inspiration! I've had my first book published this past Spring and it includes 40 chapters, each a different story plus around 200 images. We decided to create a gallery of the book's images so that those in the book could purchase a gift item or print for themselves, or for those who are in the book.The extra gallery cost nothing but time to create. And we've made several sales from it, thanks to FAA.
There is nothing we don't like about FAA and Pixels, and always recommended it to other artists and photographers we'd meet at shows. There may be improvements suggested, but that's important to stay relevant. Very satisfied customer here, and look forward to learning more to maximize all that the site offers for subscribers!
What a nice story Angela...thank you for sharing! I joined (a couple of months after Covid hit), as a way to try and get my art "out there". Not doing any (or very few) in-person shows brought me here. I'm glad for that part at least.
Sticking with it here and LOVE it when I get a surprise that something sold!!
Angela, I took a peek at your portfolio and you just gained another follower! Lovely work.
I started on a stock site (that doesn't exist any more) that was charging a 50 dollar yearly fee. Toward the end of the first year, I sold a low resolution image, my commission of which - no joke 99 cents. Or maybe it was $1.98 - (It's been a while). So I thought, "hmm, maybe I'll start selling now" and I forked over another 50 bucks. Toward the end of that SECOND year. I sold another low resolution file for another $1.98. Well fool me once, and all that, and besides that it was turning into a pornography site, and another member reached out and said "Hey, come over to Fine Art America" (which was the only site back then). "You can set your own prices and it's not a porn site" (even she had noticed the trend). So I schlepped myself over here from there and I've enjoyed it ever since.
Are there things here that bug me? Yes, you can't please all of the people all of the time, but everything I've ordered from here - which was work by other artists and some gifts for relatives of my work - has been very high quality, and I do really like the company here. I've made fast friends here over the 10 1/2 years I've been here. I'm also following about a bizillion people here (now including you) because there's a ton of talented people here and I have pages and pages and pages of favorites saved. I should go through those more often.
I found this site in 2012 when I was looking for a place to get a metal print done. At the time FAA didn't even offer metal prints, but I was impressed with the site. I am exclusive with Getty images and they are a bit picky about where I park my portfolio, but FAA was approved as they did not claim excessive rights to my images as did some other portfolio sites. . I really wanted order fulfillment so I did not have to deal with it locally. The search was a nice plus, but I had no expectation that I could sell anything by just uploading.
I uploaded 25 images. The ones I thought could compete here because of scarcity in some categories. I popped in top the forum for some help navigating the site. I noticed that some images did not display correctly, even though they looked fine on other sites. At the forum I got the usual dumb explanations. Also Mike pointed out my avatar was oversaturated. actually it was taken under a red spotlight to hide my vitiligo. I was about ready to move on, but eventually I found that the problem was on the FAA side and had to do with browser compatibility. That was soon corrected and my images displayed the way they did on other sites.
After a few weeks a buyer from Australia bought 3 large prints. I decided to stay and I uploaded my entire print portfolio. I had been selling prints locally for almost 15 years and I was glad to have a chance to reach a wider audience. Soon after I got a big order from South America. I was impressed
In the forums there was a lot of hostility toward photographers. I found that strange on a POD. I learned that the site was not always a POD. I got called a stock photographer like it was a bad thing and despite the fact that I had showed and won award at some of the top Florida shows and also had a feature in a local gallery. Nonetheless I found that a lot of people didn't know how online sales differ from gallery and show sales. I began to extoll the wonders of titles keywords and descriptions. BTW my stock sales far outpace my sales here. For example last month a photo of a rocket launch netted me a 20% commission on a $400 license package and I had many other sales, albeit much smaller.
One thing that has disappointed me is that my sales did not increase as I uploaded more. That is because the competition had outpaced my ability to create new images. I am ok with that, but I am still hoping for that viral image. I still have not found a better site, although I am on a few others to test the winds.
I was looking for a site around 2 years ago as i thought about selling Edinburgh themed art & photography, i have to admit that i scrolled past Fine Art America as i thought it was way beyond my level.
Then i came across Pixels and not knowing they where the same company i signed up mainly because at $30 bucks a year there was no real financial risk or unaffordable commitment to me.
At first i thought i’ll give the free 25 a go, but then as i learned more and more about Pixels i got the bug to commit to what is now a fantastic lifetime hobby, hey if i make a few dollars here and there and my subscription is paid why not hang around here. I do not use any other POD i’m fully committed to pixels and FAA. I know what’s it’s all about and you only sell if you tell and show the world what your selling.
I can't thank FAA enough. People in my city see my website and get ahold of me to see if I still have this or that original. Since 2018, I've been selling original's every week and am shipping across the globe even to this very week. While I'm not wealthy by any means, it's an understatement to say this site hasn't made my day every week since 2014.
I don't want to be famous, well known, exhausted by my art hobby, but I have more business then I ever thought possible. In 2014 when I started, I had only sold one original for 20.00. Six years later, I sell every week more than several hundred dollars. With my sales proceeds, I often buy my own work and those prints sell immediately in the galleries I'm in and again, I'm overwhelmed by how gorgeous my work looks in product or digital format.
I never wanted to be a graphic or digital artist, that was not my dream, but I am. I have over 500 images licensed out and now I'm on Youtube. I can't believe that when I look for myself on Google, I'm the first artist that shows up. There are several Lisa Kaiser artists out there much more talented or skilled than I am, but thanks to FAA, I'm the one that shows first.
So in a nutshell, I am thankful to fineartamerica.com and I love my website: Lisa-Kaiser.pixels.com, I'm still too lazy to be ambitious, but I like the fact that my simple decorative paintings are out there!
I'm here 'for the duration', by choice, and that's IT. Why? Because, I am exceedingly happy (in my particular siituation, especially) and, most of all,
GRATEFUL ! to all who live here with me, for your support, care, wonderful ART, that I devour! on my daily visits; to Abbie (whose patience I KNOW
makes all the difference!), TYSM, Abbie! and thanks for this lovely thread, Angela, and to all who post here: YES !
I just joined FAA this week. I am very impressed with what it has to offer so far.
I have been asked a few times if I had a website for selling my photos. I did not. Any sales I have done in the past were basically one offs and I managed to get it handled. I ran across FAA from a friends page on Facebook. I took a look at it and thought: I wonder if I could do this / if this would work for me? So, on Monday I took the leap. I figured $30 for a year is a minimal investment to see what could happen. I just finished uploading several photos today (more than 25 which is why I went with the premium membership) and got all of my defaults set, etc.
So we will see what happens. I have always wondered if my photography work was good enough to sell, especially to people I don't know. I figured a global market is a good place to start. Who knows. The sky is the limit right? My next step is to search the discussion forum to find tips and tricks to getting noticed. I know I for sure do not know everything and could always use the insight / wisdom of others.