A few weeks ago I got an email from the photo editor at NewWest, offering to purchase 'the use of' one of my photos.
Now, I know I'm just a snapshotter, and this really exciting experience brought home to me a lesson I've seen mentioned in several places -- that often a photo sells, not because it's a great photo, but because it fits a very specific need. In this case, something emblematic of our town, that could be altered to suit the new banner design for NewWest's Missoula page.
This one fit, and was in the right place -- the NewWest flickr group -- at the right time.
I'm not planning an attempt at a new career, but it was very fun to feel like a 'pro', even for a moment -- and, actually, for several moments to come.
Please do consider this a promotion for NewWest, a site I've mentioned several times before, and read every day. It offers news and intelligent commentary for residents of Montana, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming.
Oh, and it has a great banner!