As you know i’ve been involved in lots of different roles as a photographer which has given me the opportunity and freedom to travel which has been great.
But if you’ve ever wondered which of the gigs with private clients provide the best paydays and allow me to fulfill ambition to travel (and be flexible with where I stay) then you can’t beat stock photography
It’s the gift that keeps on giving
I’ve been lucky to have a few stock photo’s really take off and these royalties come in nice and regular, drip feed over time.
The main sales seem to come from the larger industries like Real Estate, Motor Industry and of course Travelling
Good stock photo’s in these industries, get used over and over again on numerous sites.
The Real Estate industry for example, where you think most photo’s would be unique to the house or flat that’s being sold, still rely heavily on stock photo’s.
From the smiling pictures of the family happy they’ve just sold their home, to the happy couple first time buyers just getting on to the housing ladder.
Often these pictures are pulled from stock photo galleries like Houses and sellers stock photos
I’ve been lucky enough to get some of my own pictures on these sites which has been great for business.
This steady income is what funds my travels…. who do you think pays for all the nice hotels and beaches!
They don’t always get picked up, but the one’s that do, seem to end up on your typical estate agents or private housebuyers websites
Either way it’s good for me, because it helps spread the word and gets my images out there, and if that helps to sell some houses along that way that can only be a good thing.
The good thing about these stock photo’s are that once their taken and uploaded, you just leave them to run.
I’ve been offered (and have done a few in the past as my main bread and butter income) private client shoots to help present and showcase homes.
These are especially lucrative on the higher value properties where images can really help sell the deal, and when your talking about a million pound house, you want to attract the very best buyers.
The problem with these private clients is that there one off shoots. The images are fantastic and would sell brilliant as stock images, but there solely for the private use of the sellers.
It would take a few of these to keep my travelling going, and would mean I have to keep coming back to these types of clients.
On the other hand stock photography provides a perfect win:win
It always brings in recurring income and a couple of well placed shots and a bit of promotion from
Estate Agents helps them to tick over.
In the end as much as I love the intimacy and paycheck of private clients for selling houses, you can’t beat the ‘wage’ that comes in from stock photography. In the long run they earn more money and helps me keep my passion of photography, travelling and property going