How I Got Into Stock Photography

Rainbow over windmill stock photo

Photography is somewhat of a hobby for everyone these days, wouldn’t you say? It’s been great seeing the explosion of creativity from everyone now that it’s so much more accessible to take beautiful photos. Unfortunately I feel like the spotlight has been taken away from passionate artists who put their blood, sweat and tears into the photography business.

Now you will see a wedding photographer who spent 20 years learning the craft losing out on business to an iphone x owner. It’s just the sad reality, though with the right marketing tools and the right talent you can make it as a professional photographer, no doubt. I however, decided to take my love of photography and business and combine them together in another way.

While I loved doing family photos, events, weddings and kids portraits, I also loved taking photos of just about anything. I found that some of the things I would take photos of were things people wanted for their own business. Websites need to get their photos from somewhere, and not every business is interested in taking the photos themselves. Some will hire a stock photographer and some will use a stock photo site.

I am a stock photographer. I take photos and allow people to buy the exclusive rights to them so their websites will be truly unique. When you buy custom or exclusive rights from me nobody else will be able to use the photos. Now, I also have galleries that anyone can shop from that don’t come with exclusive rights and those will cost less of course.

I love the freedom I get with stock photography because I can come and go as I please, and don’t have to stick to a schedule or shoots. Which is too much for someone who is neurodiverse like I am.

Long Time Client Chris

I’ve been producing private collections of customized stock photos for my client Chris, of Sydney, for quite a few years now. It’s been 10 years of him ordering from me but I can’t share any of the work with you, in order to prevent piracy of the photos. He paid rather handsomely to get these photos from me, and they were of some unique scenarios.

Some things you just can’t find on a stock site or if you do, it’s still not QUITE what you need. I help people who need something more specific to their brand so they don’t have to spend hours on the hunt!

You simply fill out the provided form and then wait for the required turn around time. You pay half when you fill out the form and the other half when you download the photos. That way neither one of us has to worry about being taken advantage of.

My customized stock photography will help bring your brand to the next level. We can work with whatever ideas you have, be they legal and not pornographic (suggestive nudity is okay).

I look forward to creating more customized stock photos and videos for my clients. Please don’t hesitate to email with any questions you may have.

My Favorite Client

I love to work with dogs for photos! They are too much fun because they are always on their most REAL behavior. Dogs never hide what they are feeling or thinking, do they. If they break into the trash and make a mess we all know it because their guilty faces give it away.

Are photographs of dogs looking guilty something people would want to use for their own website? Feel free to purchase photos off of my website to use for your own commercial purposes, just so long as you pay for the right license. With a license to use the photo on one project you can use it over and over again on the same website, but you can’t use it on more than one website. You’d need a multiple-use license then!

But that’s really not the point of this post. This post is actually about how much I love photographing dogs because you can always capture their truth. They don’t hide and it’s revealing to me how much people pressure themselves to be a certain way instead of just being. Like a dog. They just be. They just experience and live. If they feel hungry they eat, if they want to run they run! Humans are much more self-conscious than a dog is.

Humans, you don’t need to be self-conscious!!! Just be you! It makes for the best most interesting photos of yourself when you let your guard down and just enjoy being in life.

Life Through the Lens

After years of chronicling life through the lens I have decided to take my business to the next level by providing an opportunity for others to use my art. What I see, what I create, is not just for me. I’ve been given a way to show others how I see the world, with my neurodiverse mind so I will embrace that.