Here are a few files from a new series of stock photos I shot last week of a woman working from home (in her PJs, because let’s be honest, who doesn’t?). Â The series is available for purchase on Stocksy. Â Today is also the last day to use the promo code “STOCKSY15” to get 15% off your purchase.
If you need to buy any stock photos today, use the Stocksy promo code “TUES” for $20 off! Â Today only!
I have a new (old) series of royalty-free Halloween stock photography in my Stocksy portfolio. Â This series was previously available on iStockPhoto, and features two adorable young brothers trick-or-treating.
See the rest on Stocksy.
These kids were the cutest, and I think it’s about time I did another shoot with them!
I have a Stocksy promo code to share! Â Using the code FREELOVEÂ will get you $10 off your first purchase at Stocksy. Â Cool beans!
My friend and fellow photographer Stacey Newman and I did an experimental business photoshoot earlier this month. Â We wanted to create a series of raw business stock photography with natural lighting, so we got a group of awesome models (seriously, one of the best groups I’ve ever worked with) and had them work in an unstaged office setting. Â I put both of our sets of images in a gallery on Stocksy. Â You can see my images here.
If you haven’t checked out Stocksy yet, maybe start with a gallery I made of some of my favourite images from other contributors.
I added some aerial images to my Stocksy portfolio from a helicopter trip in Nevada.
This shot was curated (meaning the editors put it on the main page).
This is a shot of an unfinished subdivision, with the roads laid out but no houses.
This is an overhead view of Lake Mead.
I will be adding more images to this gallery soon. Â You can see them all here.
tl;dr summary: Â now you can buy my images on Stocksy.com!
When I left my job to pursue professional photography, I told myself I’d try it for 6 months, and if it didn’t work out, I’d find another desk job or maybe go back to school. Â I didn’t even call myself a “photographer” for the first year or so. Â My first business card said:
I was scared of the title “photographer”, so I went around telling everyone I “do photography”, with a little exclamation point at the end to make it sound more casual. Â I was also terrified the first time I charged someone money for my services. Â Pretty funny to think about now.
I started selling stock photography around that time, in January 2009. Â And by “selling” stock photography, I mean that I made 84 cents in my first 3 months by uploading (let’s be honest: terrible) images like this:
I realized that if I wanted to make a decent income selling stock photography, I needed to do a better job. Â iStockPhoto was incredibly motivating. Â I posted in the Critique Forums, and other photographers gave me their – very honest – opinions about my files. Â iStock is fairly strict about the files they accept, but over time I was able to bring my acceptance rate up from 35% to 80%, and I actually started to see steady sales. Â It made me a better photographer. Â In September 2010, I qualified for exclusivity with iStockPhoto.
I’m happy to say that I did NOT have to quit photography after 6 months! Â Today I am doing photography full-time, and I have a beautiful studio and amazing clients.
But, on the stock front,Â things changed. Â Things are still changing. Â And although I still appreciate iStock dearly, it is time for me to make a change as well.
In February, Bruce Livingstone invited me to submit an application to his new agency, Stocksy. Â I did, and to my complete shock, (and even though I accidentally uploaded one of my application images twice) I was accepted. Â Browsing through the work of the roughly 100 accepted members (at the time), I was completely blown away by the quality of the images, and how different the work was from traditional microstock photography. Â I fell in love with not only the site, but the payment structure – artists get 50% of sales, 100% of extended license sales, and the company also pays 90% of their profits back to the artists at the end of the year. Â Awesome! Â I’m so excited to work with this amazing group of talented people.
Stocksy officially opened on March 25th, and I went to Australia a few days later. Â The day after I returned from my trip, I decided to end my exclusivity agreement with iStockPhoto. Â As of today, I’m officially an independent stock photographer! Â You can still find some of my older files, editorial files, and everything taken at an iStockPhoto event, here. Â You can find my newer files, and more creative work,Â hereÂ at Stocksy.
Right now, my portfolio on Stocksy is fairly small. Â One of the series I have up is my ballerina series, including some new edits:
There’s also a shoot I did on Valentine’s Day with this adorable couple, Erica & Jessica:
As well as a new series of studio portraits with this lovely model, Kaitlin:
I’m very excited for my Stocksy portfolio to finally go live, and for developing my photography with this wonderful company. Â If you buy stock photos, or just enjoy looking at awesome photos, consider checking out the Stocksy library.
In October, I went to Raleigh, North Carolina for an iStockphoto event. Â Nearly 30 photographers spent 3 days shooting at amazing locations around Raleigh, including Seven, Tucker House, and C. Grace. Â We shot everything from vampires to burlesque dancers to ghost children.
Here are a few nightlife / bar themed images from the shoot:
You can also have a look at the group lightbox to see images from all of the photographers who attended.
Earlier this year, I did still photography on a show for the W Network called “BackyardÂ Inventors“. Â It was an extremely fun project, and I’m excited that I can finally share a few publicity stills.
The show premiered May 16th at 9pm, and it will play again on Sunday May 20th at 8pm. Â You can see the full schedule here. Â I’m definitely going to be watching, because I want to see the fates of a few of my favourite inventors! Â You can also keep track of the show on their Facebook page.
Here are a couple of my photos in the Toronto Star on May 1st.