25 Apr 2008 Do You Photograph Yourself for Microstock?
Are you photogenic? Do you have a photogenic partner or family member? If so you have a strategic advantage as a microstock contributor. Look at the evidence:
Super microstocker Andres Rodriguez has the reputation of being the nicest guy in microstock, and he’s also very photogenic. A large portion of his photos feature himself.
Andres has accentuated this advantage by including his also-photogenic wife and also-photogenic sister who are both also unmissable in his portfolio.
iStockphoto ambassador Lise GagnÃ© mastered the self-timer before moving on to shooting models as her microstock career advanced. Many of her photos both past and present include her husband Louis LeBlanc.
Market dominator Yuri Arcurs also took a few shots of himself in his early microstock days but it doesn’t look like they sold well enough for Yuri’s current expectations.
He switched to shooting his girlfriend and shortly after rose to the top of the market (no surprise why!).
Diego & Silvia
Diego Alvarez de Toledo and Silvia Boratti are an Argentinean couple who are both exclusive contributors at iStockphoto. They’re a variation on the photograph-yourself theme as they mostly shoot each other. And when you look like they do, why not?
Do you photograph yourself for microstock?
Do you photograph yourself, your partner, or members of your family? Does it give you an advantage?