Yeah that's me 100 years ago at a gallery show that took place "earlier in my career."

Yeah that's me 100 years ago at a gallery show that took place "earlier in my career."

Making the most of your opening

Whether it is at a coffee shop, art gallery, gift shop or book store, it is always a proud moment when you have your first photography show. It can be just as nerve-wracking as it is rewarding if you aren’t prepared. So to make sure your first show goes better than mine did, here are some tips that should help you find success.

SCHEDULING

The first thing you have to do to improve your chances of success involves knowing when (and when not) to show. Check the local events calendar for the date of your opening. Is it homecoming weekend? Then don’t schedule opposite the prom or the big game. Is it the season finale for Fox’s hit “American Idol?” If so, pick another night.

You simply can’t buck local trends and traditions. If you live in a highly churched community, don’t open your show on Wednesday night. If it’s Spring Break, hold your opening the week before or the week after.

By carefully scheduling your show, you can make sure to maximize your potential audience. Continue reading