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:

Andres Rodriguez

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 Rodriguez - Mugshot
Andres Rodriguez  in headset Andres Rodriguez  displaying a chart Andres Rodriguez - Doctor

Andres has accentuated this advantage by including his also-photogenic wife and also-photogenic sister who are both also unmissable in his portfolio.

Friendly Customer Service - Andres Rodriguez Business Woman and Team - Andres Rodriguez Database Structure - Andres Rodriguez Pointing at Graph - Andres Rodriguez
Girl with Shopping Bags - Andres Rodriguez Group of Friends - Andres Rodriguez Business Woman Portrait - Andres Rodriguez Customer Service Team - Andres Rodriguez

Lise Gagné

iStockphoto ambassador Lise Gagné 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.

Happy Couple - Lise Gagne Couple Watching TV - Lise Gagne Couple with a Rose - Lise Gagne Woman and her Team - Lise Gagne

Yuri Arcurs

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.

Yuri Arcurs - Young Guy Yuri Arcurs - Perfect

He switched to shooting his girlfriend and shortly after rose to the top of the market (no surprise why!).

Businesswoman - Yuri Arcurs Summer Days - Yuri Arcurs Perfect - Yuri Arcurs Woman - Yuri Arcurs

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?

Beach - Brainsil Yoga - Brainsil Business Man - Brainsil Summer Couple - Brainsil
Summer Model - Dphotographer Sexy Summer - Dphotographer Messenger - Dphotographer Couple - Dphotographer

Do you photograph yourself for microstock?

Do you photograph yourself, your partner, or members of your family? Does it give you an advantage?

  • R. Kneschke
    Posted at 11:04h, 25 April Reply

    I started shooting friends, but soon I wanted to expand the look of my models, since my friends are mostly in the same age-range…

  • Matt Antonino
    Posted at 13:45h, 25 April Reply

    I don’t think my comment went through because I tried to add links to show you what we do with shooting ourselves. But yes, our folio is littered with them here & there. 🙂

  • Photonomikon
    Posted at 17:43h, 25 April Reply

    Well fudge, you need the looks for that kind of thing.
    The only way I’ve shot myself so far is by including different body parts in the shot.

  • Macniak
    Posted at 18:22h, 25 April Reply

    Yes, I’m the most patient model for me 🙂 example: http://www.istockphoto.com/file_closeup/object/5653466_man_eyes.php?id=5653466

  • Rasmus
    Posted at 18:30h, 25 April Reply

    I’ve done it on occasion and if you’re short on willing models or too afraid to ask, it’s an obvious place to start. But to be honest, it’s not exactly optimal. In my experience, I get better results by focusing on the one thing I’m best at: Shooting! That said, there are some people who seem to have no problem at all doing both. 🙂

  • Nick
    Posted at 11:36h, 28 April Reply

    I just found an extra of Yuri, from his more “Chill Out” days 😉

  • Nick
    Posted at 11:38h, 28 April Reply

    hm.. the link didn’t work so you’ll get it here instead…


  • Destiny
    Posted at 11:30h, 29 April Reply

    My answer would be no, but I do tend to ILLUSTRATE myself a little better than I look in the mirror. 😉

  • kickstand
    Posted at 14:23h, 04 November Reply

    I started out shooting myself, but got bored with it. Now I shoot my kids more. Although the kids don’t sell as well, it’s beneficial for me for tax reasons. Paying my kids is very beneficial for them, and for my business.

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