It’s iStock official! (Is that a thing?) After years of casual blogging and photography, I’ve finally started to release much of my archives for licensing through Getty Images and iStock. Pop some champagne! This is a huge undertaking and we’re all going to have to drink more to survive it.
iStock is self-described as:
“…one of the world’s leading stock content marketplaces, offering millions of hand-picked premium images at ridiculously low prices that you can only get from us.”
Ultimately, it’s a licensing site that gives businesses, publications and individuals around the world access to photos, illustrations and video produced by creatives.
Why is this exciting?
Each year I snap thousands of photos. Most are edited and delivered to clients. Some are shared on my blog and social networks. But many — like a near literal ton — go on a hard drive for archiving and are rarely seen again.
That just seems like a waste, right? So, with some help, I’ve taken on the insane task of combing the archives for great shots that still have some marketing value to them. They’re being added to my iStock collection as we speak. And, if all goes well, you’ll see them popping up across the web soon — kind of like in this article for Philadelphia Magazine!
Think of this as a second chance for photos that were once captured and quickly retired. Recycle, reduce, reuse. It applies in the digital world, folks.
Where can I find them?
Keep in mind that we’re still processing much of the collection and that the upload process seems to take months. Photos are already trickling in, but there’s many many more on the way. Ultimately, all of the photos will be available in my iStock portfolio.
Love an image you’ve seen on the site, but don’t see it there? No worries at all. Reach out directly for specific licensing requests, custom prints or photo shoot arrangements.