I’ve been selling my photos through Getty Images for about six years. They initially recruited me via my Flickr account and in those early days the process of selling images was quite an easy one. The Getty team monitored your Flickr uploads and specifically requested to licence those photos they liked. Then you just had to fill in an online form and your photos were on sale.
When the Flickr/Getty deal came to an end, us contributors switched over to a new slightly less intuitive system and as a result the number of new images I was licensing tailed off, although the sales continued and every few months I’d get a nice surprise payment in to my bank.
After getting to grips with a few problems I’ve had with Getty’s system I’ve decided to be more proactive this year and spend time uploading new images to licence, whilst making more of an effort to analyse the kind of photos that are selling. So as part of this process I thought I’d start an occasional series of posts about the images I have sold recently. This latest batch cover the last six months, but as I have doubled the number of photos I have listed this week, I am expecting the number of sales to increase over the year.
Bella The Beagle Shot From Overhead – This photo was taken last summer as part of the Home Life Project. It’s one of a very small number (15) of photos I licensed last year (due to problems with the system). It sold for the first time in January for quite a large sum to an advertising agency in San Francisco. Unfortunately I have no idea who or what they used it for, though looking at their client list my best guess is that it may have been used by their client Rover.com. Although it may look a little unremarkable, I think part of the reason it sold is because it’s got a lot of good space for text and would therefore work well in an editorial piece or as an advert. Photos with Bella in seem to sell well, so I’m taking a mental note to upload some more!