Uploaded: March 2011
Collection: Sig+ / E+
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Today I’m trying the new embed feature from Getty Images. Apparently this measure was made in response to piracy – bloggers/pinteresters/facebookers seem to steal images to put on their social networking pages. So Getty decided to give access to most of their catalog for free with this embedding technique. Of course it’s just for private use with this very small size – if you want larger, or tu use it commercially,  follow the link (click on the image) and buy a proper license. Will this work? One can hope. It’s simple enough to go around it if you want the image without the link, but please don’t. We’re making a living out of these images. Don’t steal them. Embed them.  Istock is probably not far behind: their removal of Extra-Small size last month seem to point that this is in the works also for their site. God, I hope this works out.

This said, apologies for slacking off on the blog: I’ve uploaded several hundreds images last month, which is a lot as I operate alone. You’re welcome to see them and buy them in my portfolio. I just want to be done with my back catalog before Summer. And I have a lot to go through.

So hmm back to this list. New work will follow after I’m done. I promise. Number 11 is this not very instagramesque food shot (we’ve been told to shoot food as if using instagram), photographed in my old home studio. I did a series in, like, 30 minutes upon coming back from the take-out restaurant, just to try and reimburse the cost of the meal. Little did I know that I would end up making a very nice profit, mainly with this photograph and this one, which has been quite a hit at the subscription site Thinkstock. I haven’t done a lot of food photography since, being more attracted by learning how to properly shoot lifestyle images. I have no solid plan to shoot more this year, although I did put a quick shot of a raw beef brisket meat cut last week, since there was none available on IStock.

Stock Image: Now she gets it

Stock Image: Now she gets it

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Uploaded: December 2010
Collection: Sig+ /E+

This was shot during the Sutton-a-lypse in 2010, completely unplanned. As I arrived in the room with the model, I spotted this old phonograph and just got hit with this image, so I placed the model, gave her instructions, and lit the scene and shot it, along with a few variations. Years later it still sells and is probably one of the best concept shots I have. It can be read and used in so many ways… I don’t do a lot of concept photography. Maybe it will come more naturally to me eventually as I master other areas and keep growing. For now, I’m polishing composition, simplicity and finding that sweet spot between eye-catching and over-processed. Funny how this one nails all of these points. I guess I have it in me somewhere.

Stock Image: Winning Lottery ticket

Stock Image: Winning Lottery ticket

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Uploaded: January 2011
Collection: Sig+ / E+

Part of a test shoot I did with Marie-Claire, a model I would work with on a regular basis given the ongoing success of this first series. She is quite the actress, honest, with lots of energy and self-abandonment, the mark of a great stock model. Yes, she also does well on softer scenarios. You can view most of my work with her in this Istock lightbox.

Stock Image: Elderly couple slow dancing in kitchen

Stock Image: Elderly couple slow dancing in kitchen

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Uploaded: June 2012
Collection: Vetta

Love this one! This composition happened by intervention of a Getty art director at the Berlin Istockalypse. I had asked the models to start slow dancing in the kitchen and was shooting versions of this when I was pulled aside by the AD who moved me to this angle. I’m quite thankful.

You can view my images from the Berlin Istockalypse here.

Stock Image: Bald man using digital tablet while waiting for subway

Stock Image: Bald man using digital tablet while waiting for subway

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Uploaded: July 2012
Collection: Vetta

After a few vertical versions of this concept, I decided to shoot one horizontal, as I like these better personally. I was just coming back from Berlin and I had been told to shoot vertical for magazine covers, so I did more of these than usual on this shoot. But as we see in this countdown, way more often than not, it is horizontal framing that catches the eye of the buyer. So much so, that in London this year the tune had changed. I was advised to shoot mostly horizontal, and to not waste my time on square, vertical or panoramic frames. Well, I’ll keep doing all 4 types… it really depends on the subject. But given the results this year, horizontal wins.

You can view all my work with this model in this lightbox.

Stock Image: The music room window

Stock Image: The music room window

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Uploaded: April 2013
Collection: Sig+ / E+

Ah, the always useful lived-in interior shots. The messiness of life, and the homey feelings… it’s got atmosphere! I don’t nearly shoot enough of those. Perhaps it’s because they’re not especially fun or challenging to do. I sent this one in after another shot from the same apartment became quite a hit for me (more on that later), and it’s done surprisingly well, income-wise. And… uh… I don’t know what else to say.. it’s a lovely room with a window?

Stock Image: Construction manager working outside

Stock Image: Construction manager working outside

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Uploaded: October 2012
Collection: Vetta

This is one where I tried to cram as much information as I could in one frame. I had the model juggle 3 props, placed him in an area with strong background information, a sense of place, story and season. Then I had him do a serious take and this lighthearted version. Well, as is usually the case, the serious one didn’t do very well while this one enjoyed some large sales. I’m still going to shoot both when I think about it, even though downer photos are a harder sell. Personally, I find them more interesting.

You can view all my work with this model in his lightbox.