Archive for the ‘Stock Photography’ Category

Photo usage in ‘Virtuoso Life’

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

I’ve just tracked down another usage of one on my  stock photographs sold through Alamy (er, yes, I was googling myself).


This shot, taken inside The Apartment Bar in Belfast appeared in the January/February 2009 issue of Virtuoso Life, “the flagship magazine of Virtuoso member travel advisors”.  Apparently Virtuoso is the industry’s leading network of luxury travel agents.


It is not the most exciting shot, but it is probably an unusual angle on a pretty common subject.  And for this article, is perfect for demonstrating that Belfast bars are not all about Guinness and old men in corners with fiddles…

This photograph was taken on the same photo shoot as my favourite takeaway restaurant photo (which sold again yesterday).

Photos in The Independent

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

The sales report from my stock agency today highlighted two images sold for a UK newspaper usage.  The reports usually don’t include the name of the client, and can be a bit vague on dates of usage, but after a bit of digging around on the web I managed to track them down to the The Independent on Saturday 10th January.

Ice Climbing in the Gorzderette at Champagny-le-Haut, France.

These shots were taken at an ice-climbing competition, the Gorzderette, in Champangy-le-haut, France.  Myself and Neil were taking part for most of the day, but there was still plenty of time for pictures.  The two the paper have chosen are not actually my favourites – I prefer this one:

Ice Climbing in the Gorzderette at Champagny-le-Haut, France.

When I was at Uni The Independent was my favourite paper, and it was my greatest ambition to get some photos in the paper – it was then at the pinnacle of classy photo-journalism. I think their standards have dropped some since then, but still – another ambition ticked!  Unfortunately now that I’ve had a lot of photos published over the years, my first thought was not

‘Wow, I’ve got a picture in The Independent

it was more

‘Wow, The Independent doesn’t pay much, does it?’

Two Bums

Friday, March 13th, 2009

It still amazes me what photos will sell for stock – as this one did yesterday.  In this case it is quite literally a  ‘stock photograph’ in both senses of the word.

I took this photo about 3 years ago at a the West Fife agricultural show.  I’m not quite sure why I did – but it seems it was the perfect shot for somebody’s text book.

Stock Photography

My best selling stock photo – believe it or not

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

My most frequently sold image has just been sold again – yet another European text book.  Every time it sells I am amazed again! I originally took this shot in Belfast when I was working on the photography for a city guide.  This restaurant was one of those reviewed.  When I came to send all my images to my stock photography library I only included it because it was already scanned, so I might as well (this is back in the days when I was still shooting film).  I never believed it would sell as well as it has – a total of 10 times over the last few years.

It always seems to be used in text books, so it’s not my biggest earning image, but it is the one that appears most regularly in my sales statements.