...This morning I have been focusing on submitting more of my stock photography to Fotolia. I started submitting images to Fotolia in August of 2006 about a year and three months ago. My husband Adam bought me my first "Popular Photography" magazine and in it was an article on Stock Photography, the story was written by a woman that had nickel and dimed her way to purchasing her own photography studio, by selling images on Fotolia and other different stock sites. I had never heard of "Stock Photography", but I love any photography...so I read on and was very impressed to learn what it is, they are the pictures that you see on billboards or brochures in business offices or magazines,I had always thought that those businesses or companies did their own photo shoot and hired models for their billboards or brochures, but basically people buy your images at Stock Photography sites to use as advertising for whatever product or concept they are trying to sell. That same evening I joined Fotolia (it is free to become a member and submit photos, you just have to go through a little tutorial,which is very interesting, it lets you know the type of photographs they are looking for and the type of quality and sizes they accept and what sells most) and I was amazed and proud that they accepted my photographs. You start of with the rank of "white" and work your way up to "bronze","silver","gold",and all the way up to the eighth level ranking of "Diamond"...So I dove right on in and began shooting with stock photography and advertising in mind, it was challenging to think outside the box of the type of photogaphy that I was used to, at first I just photographed objects and then I realized that "People Shots" are what sell,that and "People Business Shots" and "body part shots" So I became my own model (because I couldn't explain the concept I had in mind that I was trying to achieve) so I just posed myself ( I do however, apologize in advance for some of the body shots that are in my portfolio, they are a little sexier than I intended them to be, but once you submit a photo you can not delete it or believe me I would), Well anyway then I started involving my family and getting them to model for me. My husband became my biggest selling model...and within 6 month I became bronze ( which I found out later that most members dont reach that ranking for atleast a year) so of course I was ecstatic . My goal was to be like Andres Rodriguez and reach "gold" in 9 months, but I haven't gotten gold as of yet, I slowed down in my submissions due to things going on in life: trying to get my portrait studio going, family life, My Meetings at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses , etc.! But in the last few days I have been going strong at it again. I only have 18 more photos to sell to get to "Silver" ranking (WooHoo!)
I will attach a sample of my "best selling" photograph on Fotolia it is of my husband Adam dressed as a Blue Collar Worker...Hey Monster Template bought this photograph and are making web templates using this photo!
Well, Anyway go and check out http://www.fotolia.com/partner/119628 and see what they are all about and also check out my personal Portfolio on Fotolia as well http://www.fotolia.com/p/119628/partner/119628, And the reason I slowed down in Fotolia in the last few months is that I have been working on my own website trying to get it going and stuff at http://www.leticiawilsonphotography.com ...I will write more about that at a later date. Well, please feel free to leave me any feedback on either my pictures or what I have had to say in todays blog and any future blog entries...I look forward to hearing from you ALL!
Love to all,
"A Mother who radiates Self-Love and Self-Acceptance, actually Vaccinates her
children against Low Self-Esteem!"