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Claire Bonnor of www.austockphoto.com.au is someone I discovered while chatting over Messenger with photographer and premium member Caro Telfer.
She was talking about shooting for a stock library and how it was making her think differently about her business.
I’m not quite making a living out of it, but it has given me a new option and changed how I work.
I’m a founding contributor (since 2016) to the Austockphoto Library.
Claire Bonnor is the principal at Austockphoto, and I think she’d be good as a guest on the podcast.
So far, I have about 5,000 images on the Austockphoto website. Until last year (which was a disaster health-wise for me), I had been adding, on average, 1,000 new photos each year. Last year my gross sales came to just under $20K. Considering that I hoped to cover my weekly coffee spend when I first signed up, it exceeded my expectations!
That was enough for me; I was 100% keen to learn more about stock libraries and how they could help produce an income for photographer listeners.
Here's some more of what we covered in the interview:
- How Claire got into stock photos and creating a stock library
- Is there a demand for stock photography
- Why use stock photography
- Why should a photographer submit images to a stock library
- The selection process involved which photos to submit to stock libraries
- How much do you earn when submitting stock photos
- How pricing & licensing work with stock photos
- The importance of adding metadata to uploaded photos in the stock library
- The resolution needed for stock photos
- Discussion on model releases and their scope
- When should you secure model release forms
- What are the most saleable photos in a stock library
- Having a variety of stock photos gives more chances of selling more
- Are you allowed to photograph certain buildings or architecture for commercial use
- What photos are not allowed to be uploaded in a stock library
- Always think about the end-user when uploading photos into a stock library
- Will the presence of AI affect stock libraries and business
- Can stock libraries benefit from AI
- Are stock photos secure once uploaded to a stock library
- Usage rights and licensing of stock photos
- Claire's advice to those who want to do stock photos
- Claire's reason for building a stock library business
- Earning passive income through stock photos
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The basic licenses range from currently $10 to $110 and photographers get 50% of every image that's licensed. – Claire Bonnor
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What is your big takeaway?
Following this interview, I’d love to know if you're taking anything from what Claire shared. Is there something you heard that excited or motivated you to the point where you thought, yeah, I'm going to do that! If so, leave your thoughts in the comments below; let me know your takeaways and what you plan to implement in your business due to what you heard in today's episode.
The stock photographers who do well in our library are the ones that are shooting a great range of types of shots within that one shoot. – Claire Bonnor
If you have any questions I missed, a specific question you’d like to ask Claire or if you want to say thanks for coming on the show, feel free to add them in the comments area below.
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Thanks again for listening, and thanks to Claire for sharing her thoughts, ideas, tactics, and processes for generating an income with stock photography and making it a viable money-making opportunity.
Our focus has always been authenticity. I just think we're still a long way from being able to convincingly use AI to create images that just feel as real as what we're going for and what our customers are loving. – Claire Bonnor
That’s it for me this week; I hope everything is going well for you in life and business!
Thanks, and speak soon
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