I recently saw an article on Pinterest talking about how to sell feet pictures for money and thought “wow, genius, why didn’t I think of that before?”.
After all, lots of bloggers use stock photos showing nothing else but feet to promote their blog posts.
Then there are companies that sell products focused around feet, skin, and toes too, they need models for that!
My entire idea of selling feet photos for money was around foot modeling.
However, after actually reading that post, I realized there’s more to the selling feet pics online buzz than just being a foot model and some of it didn’t sit well with me.
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So, I dove into research mode and decided to write my own article detailing how to sell feet pics for money without doing anything weird or “unmommylike”. Because even though this might seem like one of the many weird ways to make money online these days, there’s a very good business idea for moms here and at the very least, a good side hustle you can do.
Interested? Let’s dive in!
- First Off, Who Are The People Who Pay For Feet Pictures?
- How Much Do Feet Pics Sell For?
- How To Start Selling Feet Pics
- Step #1 Find Beautiful Feet To Fuel Your Photography
- Step #2 Invest In A Good Camera
- Step #3 Start Taking Photos (How To Take Feet Pics)
- Step #4 Set up your storefront
- Step #5 Promote, Rinse, Repeat!
- Where To Sell Feet Pics
- Best Tips for Selling Feet Pictures (Pay attention to these)
- 1. Take Good Care Of Your Feet At All Time
- 2. Understand The Best Looking Angles Of Your Foot
- 3. Watermark Your Photos When Sharing on Social Media
- 4. You Don’t Need To Have Pretty Feet.
- 5. You Don’t Need To Focus On Feet Pics Only.
- Is It Illegal To Sell Pictures Of Your Feet?
- How Much Money Can I Make Selling Feet Pics?
- Can Guys Make Money Selling Feet Pics?
- Does Age Matter When Selling Feet Pics?
- Bonus Tip: Become a foot model
- How to become a foot model
First Off, Who Are The People Who Pay For Feet Pictures?
In my search, I found 4 categories of people who pay for feet pictures. They include:
1. Bloggers like me and other digital publishers who use feet photos to illustrate articles and promote them on social media.
For example, here’s Goop.com using a feet photo to illustrate their article on the benefits of earthing.
2. Physical Magazines that need feet picture for an article.
3. Small businesses that need feet photos for their advertising and product packaging.
Here’s feet pics in action in foot care brand, “Baby Foot’s” advertising.
4. People who have a thing for feet and enjoy looking at pictures of feet and this is the one I don’t get. Lol.
It’s really popular, I’m not kidding.
Some Popular Foot Community Websites (Incase You Don’t Believe Me) Include:
- Wiki Feet (10 Million monthly visits)
- Wus Feet Links (200,000 monthly visits)
- Love Her Feet (400,000 monthly visits)
And lots more!
This fourth category is the one most articles and youtube videos teaching how to sell feet pics for money tend to focus on. But for me personally, and I may be wrong about this, it feels a little too weird to ship my photo off to a stranger to fantasize about. I wouldn’t want my kids doing that either, and I certainly wouldn’t promote it to other moms.
Anyway, back to the article…
How Much Do Feet Pics Sell For?
There isn’t a fixed price for feet pics, a photo can start for as little as $10 and go all the way up to $3,000 or more!
A lot of the prices are determined by where the photos are being sold i.e the platform you use to sell, who is selling them i.e how well known your ‘brand’ is, who is buying them, and the rights assigned to the buyer.
If you sell your feet photos on a platform like Istock.com and each Istock credit is around $10, this photo below which takes 3 credits to buy will cost around $30.
Of course, you the owner won’t get all $30 due to profit-sharing with Istock on this. But if you sell the photo on your website or store, you get all the profit!
Did you also notice that the license says “standard”? According to Istock, what this means is that “you can use our content in advertising, marketing, apps, websites, social media, TV and film, presentations, newspapers, magazines and books, and product packaging, among hundreds of other uses. Adding an extended license lets you use our content in even more ways.”
Buyers will have to pay more for an extended license.
And photos with exclusive rights (meaning you only sell that one photo to that one buyer) will have price tags in the thousands of dollars!
Similarly, if you are selling your photo to an established magazine vs a new blogger, their bargaining power will also affect your price tag.
The best answer, therefore, is “it depends”.
How To Start Selling Feet Pics
So now that you know that selling feet pics is not just some weird way to make money, let’s learn how you can make some money out of it yourself!
Step #1 Find Beautiful Feet To Fuel Your Photography
Most people who like feet don’t mind whether your feet are cute or not, but since we are targeting businesses that use foot photos, the first step is to find some beautiful feet to photograph.
Feet that are stereotyped as beautiful typically look arched with long slender toes, and of course, they need to be well cared for.
If your feet don’t naturally fall into the “pretty feet” category, no worries. You just need to find yourself a foot model. Your sister, friends, anyone willing to have their feet photographed.
I should probably mention at this point that you can expand your photo collection to include your children’s feet and other body parts too.
Step #2 Invest In A Good Camera
A photo is only as good as the lens it’s taken from right?
And if you are looking to get paid to take pictures of your feet (or your model’s feet), you need professional-looking, beautiful feet pics. You’ll need a camera with a very good lens.
Here’s a list of budget-friendly cameras you can invest in. But you can also just get started with your phone.
Most modern smartphones have really good cameras inbuilt already, and with a little schooling, you can learn how to use them to take pro-level photos.
If you would like to go with your phone, do take this course on phone photography by a successful stock photo creator.
Step #3 Start Taking Photos (How To Take Feet Pics)
If you take the course I mentioned before, you’ll already know what angles and lighting to use for the best effects. So all the technical stuff out of the way, here are some of the most popular positions for taking feet pics:
Position #1 -- crossed feet
Position #2 -- on your tiptoes
Position #3 -- toes pointed out
Position #4 -- feet up in the air
Position #5 -- soles of feet peeking out the covers.
There are lots of other positions you should try too. Just be creative and take photos for different angles and scenarios.
Step #4 Set up your storefront
The usual advice would be to join facebook groups, Instagram and twitter discussions around the topic or relevant hashtags. But since we won’t be targeting the 4th category of people with our feet pictures, here’s what we’ll do instead.
Focus on Stock Photo sites (I share some later down the page) or build your own site.
Stock photo sites typically pay by the download and if you set up your own site, you’ll typically bundle photos together for sale or sell memberships to your site. See an example of a successful stock photo shop here.
Don’t worry, men with a thing for feet won’t be buying your photos because the price point for those photos are typically around $5 while premium stock photos sell for higher.
Step #5 Promote, Rinse, Repeat!
You can use Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest to promote your photos. Remember to always watermark anything you share, and include hashtags like #footmodel and such for increased visibility!
Where To Sell Feet Pics
I already said that you can set up your own website to sell your photos yourself, here’s a guide to help you set up a website, but if you are looking for quick places where you can get started selling your feet pictures immediately for free, here’s a list you’ll find useful.
Websites For Selling Feet Pics
- Fotolia/Adobe Stock
- Big Stock Photo
Apps To Sell Feet Pics
Best Tips for Selling Feet Pictures (Pay attention to these)
1. Take Good Care Of Your Feet At All Time
If you are getting paid to take feet pictures, it makes sense to keep your feet beautiful and healthy at all times.
Remember to wear footwear when you step outside to avoid hurting your feet and keep it moisturized always.
Taking care of your feet will make it easier to take good looking feet photos and in turn, demand higher rates or at least get better rates for the time spent taking and editing images.
2. Understand The Best Looking Angles Of Your Foot
In addition to learning the best lighting tips (as you can learn in this phone photography course), study your feet and learn the best looking angles.
Do they look better from a certain view? Do certain colors make them glow?
Take note of all those things and use that knowledge more often to make your photos pop.
3. Watermark Your Photos When Sharing on Social Media
It’s easy for people to steal photos intentionally or not. Make it difficult for your feet photos to get stolen using watermarks when you post on social media.
Go to this website to watermark your photos, it’s easy.
You can also blur them using phone apps.
4. You Don’t Need To Have Pretty Feet.
Like I said before, you don’t need to be the model in your feet pictures.
Take photos of your children’s feet, your spouse, friends, and other family members too. Any feet can serve!
5. You Don’t Need To Focus On Feet Pics Only.
While there’s a huge demand for selling feet pics, most of it is powered by the foot loving community, so you don’t have to focus on feet pics alone.
You can take shots of other body parts, flat lays, and different scenes too.
In case you still have some unanswered questions, let’s look at some questions most people have asked before.
Is It Illegal To Sell Pictures Of Your Feet?
Of course not! It’s okay to sell pictures of your feet if that’s what you want to do, even if you are selling to people with a thing for feet.
Once you are 18 years old and living in a country like the United States, Australia, Canada, UK, and other western countries it is completely legal.
If however, you live in a country with strict religious rules or where 20-year-olds are still considered minors, it may be considered illegal in your country.
However, the laws of legality will most likely apply if you are selling to people who have a thing for feet which in this article, we are not. If you are selling foot pics as stock photos without any nudity or sensuality, it’s completely legal most times.
How Much Money Can I Make Selling Feet Pics?
The answer is “it depends”. There is no specific number and it could be anything from $100 to $10,000 or more per month.
Depending on where and how you are selling your photos, how good your photos look, and how well you promote it.
It’s not unheard of to make five figures monthly selling feet pics if you own your own stock photo store. I have a friend who owns a stock photo store and has thousands of affiliates helping her sell her photos and memberships monthly.
Can Guys Make Money Selling Feet Pics?
Yep! Even guys can make money selling feet pics whether that’s to people with a thing for feet or small businesses looking to advertise with feet pics.
The demand, while more in favor of women because there are more products targeted to women, has a place for guys too. Check out this section of premium stock photo site getty images featuring only male feet pics to see what I’m talking about.
Does Age Matter When Selling Feet Pics?
You’ll need to be 18 years and above to legally have an account on most websites for selling feet pics but if you are asking whether you are too old to be selling feet pics, the answer is no!
Most people still have wrinkle-free feet skin in their forties and that’s all that matters most times.
And even then, there are tons of advertising campaigns looking for older looking feet for their advertising needs.
So if you feel up to it, take some pretty pictures of your feet and start selling!
Bonus Tip: Become a foot model
Did you know that you can take things to the next level and become a foot model for professional photographers?
I’m not talking stock photos here, I’m talking an agent and real photoshoot bookings for company ads.
This option is definitely more time consuming but it’s still fairly flexible and the pay isn’t bad either.
According to an expert, Top foot models can earn from $500 to $2,000 per hour. In that article, she even says that foot modeling isn’t as profitable as hand modeling which can earn you up to $10,000 a day!
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So if you’ve got naturally beautiful feet, hands, lips and even hair, here’s how to get started.
First see this video where an expert, the owner of a parts modeling firm, talks about how to become a foot or hand model.
How to become a foot model
Step #1 -- Determine if your feet are suitable for foot modeling
To be a foot model, you’ll need to have the stereotypical pretty feet.
Since most of your clients will be fashion companies advertising footwear, your feet size should be around a size 7 so that you’ll be able to fit sample shoe sizes.
Slender feet, straight toes, high arch, attractive ankles, clean and uniform nails, and no calluses or blemishes of any kind, these are all expected of you as a foot model.
In addition, your legs will need to look toned as well because most shoots will capture some parts of the legs too. You’ll need clear skin with no varicose veins, scars, or discoloration.
Step #2 -- Care for your feet
Once you’ve determined that you have the legs and feet on an angel, ahem model, you’ll need to take better care of them.
Most foot models exfoliate their feet frequently and moisturize upwards of 3 times per day.
Your feet will need to be protected when you step outside all the time to maintain a spotless beautiful “to die for” feet.
Step #3 -- Practice acting with your feet
Ellen Sirot, a top parts model, says in that article I shared before that foot modeling isn’t just about having great looking feet.
You’ll need to be able to make your feet convey emotions too.
Start now to practice, moving your feet to convey the emotions you feel. Excitement, pain, anger, flirty, confidence…
Step #4 -- Create a portfolio of feet pics
Now that you have your feet looking beautiful and know how to make them show emotions, it’s time to create your portfolio of feet pictures.
Have a pro photographer take pictures of your feet.
You’ll keep these photos organized either on your website, an Instagram page or even in print.
Your photographer may already know this but you should take pictures of your feet in different angles, lightings, and poses.
You may also shoot short videos of your feet in motion to increase your chances of getting more video advertisement jobs.
Step #5 -- Signup with a Modeling Agency
Modeling agencies manage models, promote and book jobs for them in exchange for a cut in the pay.
As a foot model, you may decide to sign exclusively with one agency but it’s more advisable to sign with as many as you can when you are starting out to increase your chances.
You shouldn’t sign an exclusive contract with any agency until you are 100% certain that they’ll get you the best jobs and best pay consistently.
Also, always have a lawyer read any contracts that you have to sign before you sign them to avoid lawsuits and unfair treatment down the road.
So that’s it about selling feet pictures to make money. I hope you found this article useful.
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