Stock Photo Sunday – when the model is me in Iceland!

The majority of my 40+ years as a photographer has been behind the camera lens with rare photos of me as as an actual participant even during family events. Due to painful complications from successful cancer surgery in 2016, my previously active life has encountered some serious challenges forcing me to adjust how photography fits into my new phase of life.

Over the years, I’ve dabbled in contributing to various photo stock agencies like Alamy with modest success and only a handful of sales. My youngest son and former travel companion (he has a serious girlfriend now lol) was always happy to indulge me in “posing” during our trips. Two of the pictures I took and submitted of him were accepted as stock images. Getting a model release from my son vs a stranger seemed like a no brainer and he’s quite photogenic.

My next, very recent, ah ha moment was to begin submitting photos of someone else I know, me!! So far I’ve submitted four and all were accepted.  I’m pumped!

This newest one of me was taken during a birthday trip to Iceland in January. I updated it by adding a fun comic art filter to give it a bit more pop and sent it to my stock agency with my fingers crossed that they’d accept it. They did! “African American Woman Comic Art” is now part of my Alamy portfolio.

Next steps; manifesting some appropriate sales of my stock images and submitting more selfie images and those of my family members.

Stock Photo Sunday – when the model is me – Westman Island, Iceland!

 

The majority of my 40+ years as a photographer has been behind the camera lens with rare photos of me as as an actual participant even during family events. Due to painful complications from successful cancer surgery in 2016, my previously active life has encountered some serious challenges forcing me to adjust how photography fits into my new phase of life.

Over the years, I’ve dabbled in contributing to various photo stock agencies like Alamy with modest success and only a handful of sales. My recent, ah ha moment was to begin submitting photos of someone I know, me!! So far I’ve submitted four and all were accepted.  I’m pumped!

This is one of me taken during my son’s 21st August birthday trip to Iceland with an overnight stay on Westman Island. It was accepted as taken, no filters, no clean-up and is now part of my Alamy portfolio.

Next steps; manifesting some appropriate sales of my stock images and submitting more selfie images and those of my family members.

Stock Photo Sunday – when the model is me!

95% of my photography career has been behind the camera lens with rare photos of me as as an actual participant. Due to painful complications from successful cancer surgery in 2016, my previously active life has encountered some serious challenges forcing me to adjust how photography fits into my new phase of life.

Over the years, I’ve dabbled in contributing to various photo stock agencies like Alamy with modest success and only a handful of sales. My youngest son and former travel companion (he has a serious girlfriend now lol) was always happy to indulge me in “posing” during our trips. Two of the pictures I took and submitted of him were accepted as stock images. Getting a model release from my son vs a stranger seemed like a no brainer and he’s quite photogenic.

My next, very recent, ah ha moment was to begin submitting photos of someone else I know, me!! So far I’ve submitted two and both were accepted.  I’m pumped! Next steps; manifesting some appropriate sales of my stock images and submitting more of me and my family members.

 

 

Sunday Sales Summary – Rejected, Accepted, SOLD!

Wow, photo fun with stock photography. Since my medical diagnosis after surgery (September 2016) I’ve had to re-evaluate several areas of my business as I’m currently unable to do too much in the way of travel.

I decided to re-visit photo submissions to Stockimo (using iPad) and with
1 rejected and 1 accepted I was thrilled to see 1 SOLD!!!
Yes my 1st sale on Alamy is $.13😀👍 I will take it.

my first stock photography sale
Selling Stock Photos online

Abstract commercial art

Rejected,rejected, rejected ACCEPTED! Perseverance or craziness, I wasn’t sure which category I fit but creating abstract photo-graphic art has been a mini passion for several years. Appealing to buyers using print on demand sites has been an exciting challenge, yet I knew I should try taking it to the next level.

Incorporating abstract commercial art print on demand products with companies such as: Zazzle, Cafe Press, Print all over me, Society6  with stock photography seemed like a nice natural progression. The challenge was taking taking that first step of signing up with stock photo agencies and getting the applications approved.  Being accepted by a few agencies and celebration when my first image was uploaded and accepted for commercial art was joyous.

Several “rejected” images later one after the other with various agencies, I was ecstatic to have my “Colorful Confetti Paint” accepted by one agent and posted to available on Alamy.com

Marching to my own tune throughout my life has toughen me up somewhat which comes in handy for times when those commercial art submissions ultimately get “rejected”.

🙂

Colorful graphic art
Colorful Confetti Paint by khoncepts

Stockimo Stock Photography Submission!

Thrilled, excited and feeling hopeful that I may have found a stock photography company that likes the type of graphic artwork I spend hours creating, titling and dreaming up appropriate, buyer specific key words.

Sharing one of my accepted stock photography submission, “colorful 3D Stain Glass” image.

If you are a buyer, which stock company is your favorite?

If you are a contributor which company have you found the most success with?  🙂

3D Stain Glass Commercial image
Colorful 3D Stain Glass Alamy image by Khoncepts