I've just about got my first real portfolio put together and am thinking on looking for gallery represenation. Note that I live in an area with a huge number of galleries which exhibit all sorts of artistic media - some do represent photographers.

I haven't ever worked with galleries before so what should I expect? I've heard that commissions are now up to 50% and possibly more. When approching galleries, should I have unmounted prints in a folder, or should I bring a good representation of matted/signed prints ready to show. Do galleries typically mount/frame the artwork themselves or is this something that the artist normally does. What other things are there that I'm not thinking about?

I know that there are a lot of you out there who are represented by galleries, so any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Dan