Have you been taking a lot of food photos for yourself and not published them? In this post Evi shares with us how you can put those images to good use.
What to do with all these food images?
After 5 months of photographing food I have accumulated quite a collection of images on my hard drives. I was looking for a way to get them out into the world and a friend who works in the stock image industry recommended to submit my unused images to StockFood. I browsed their website and found that they have quality stock photos, a good reputation and professional photographers working for them. I love that they list their photographers and frequently send out image wish lists. You will find quite a few names you might be familiar with on their site. In comparison to Getty or Corbis they are a small and select stock house that takes time to connect with their photographers.
"Sure, why not!" I don’t expect to see a ton of revenue, but another income stream and the additional marketing will be great for me. I sent the StockFood representative a link to my website and they requested a sample submission from me. So, I took a day to clean up and prepare about 50 images and sent them out. The submission guidelines are quite specific. They accepted my submission and I just signed my contract. (Yippee!!!) The copyright stays with me and they have the right to market and license these images worldwide for the next three years in exchange I get 40% of the net revenue. Besides the marketing they will also take care of image editing, data acquisition, key wording in several languages, captioning, customer advice and customer service, order processing, photo dispatch, recipe text production and account settlement.
For my submission I was looking for beautiful images that are not too time or location specific and that represent my style. I submitted a bunch of images from the shot with the Crosstown Bakery, my recent shot with food stylist Laura Knoop as well as some of my own set ups. Here are a few examples:
After I am set up with them I am planning to contact the editor to see what kind of images they think I should work on and will set aside a few days a month to shoot stock. So keep an eye on their portfolio list, soon you’ll find me there on the very top!
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Here are other posts from Evi’s food photography journey–
- Starting in food photography
- Food photography portfolio event
- First photography shoot for restaurant.
- Her food photography studio
- Shooting first food video
- Food shoot with a food stylist
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