NY-based photographer Daniel Arnold was facing bankruptcy. He only had $90.03 in his bank account until he used Instagram to make him $15K richer in just one day.
Here are a few of his Instagram shots using his phone or at times, his 35mm:
The Brooklyn photographer had over 23,000 followers (Now, over 30,000) when he decided to sell his photographs at $150 each to his followers on the eve of his 34th birthday. He seized the opportunity and posted, “Hello, I just turned 34 this second. For one day only I am selling 4×6 prints of whatever you want from my Instagram archive for $150 each. I swear I will never sell anything this cheap again. If you’re interested, send a screenshot of the photo(s) of your choice to firstname.lastname@example.org (one d) and I will send a paypal invoice, followed by a signed print. Easy peasy. Happy my birthday. I love you”
The response was overwhelming. People quickly turned in their submissions, with one even offering to pay $1,000 for whichever prints that garnered at least 1,000 likes. Even actor James Franco got in on the action. He realized he was able to earn $15,000 in just one day.
Now, he’s working on his backlog orders since he doesn’t want to turn down any opportunity. “I’ve been eating toast three meals a day all February. And it’s not like I’m any kind of entrepreneur. I’m a business idiot,” Arnold quips.
Curious? Follow him on Instagram: @arnold_daniel