A question re content...need your opinion please.

I have a question to anyone who has an opinion please. Out of my 162 uploads, only 44 of them DON'T have people in them. (they all have model releases attached). How are people pictures selling, or should I add more diversity of places, or things to my portfolio? I currently have 26 different models so they are not all of the same person, or "kind" of persons. (altho most of them are of children) Are there contributors that only submit pictures with people? I would love to hear what kind of advice you all might offer. Thank you so much.

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September 28, 2011

Laqhill

Thanks Toynutz, I loved them both and added them to my collection. Love your pictures.

September 28, 2011

Toynutz

If you browse the best selling stock photos, you might notice that they most often have people in them. Senior citizens, children, active families and ethnic minorities sell well, as do shots of business and health care settings.

In addition, check out these photos to add to your Bridges of the Northwest collection: 10996701 and 8244744 - Dana Kenneth Johnson, Bend, Oregon

July 31, 2011

Livingstonatlarge

I also agree with Mvogel ......I try and get as many aspect of something as I can. I wish I could show you but what I am talking about they are all in review. I have stand up paddle boarders on the river and also the paddle board with just the people's feet gripping it, the board and the paddle, just the paddle and a shot of the really hot tan chick's butt and paddle :) (You know...because I could ...and sex sells.)

July 31, 2011

Heywoody

I don't speak with any particular expertise but would agree with the "do what you like best" advice as the results will be more natural. I wouldn't worry about too many child pictures because, compared to what is out there, it's still going to be a drop in the ocean. Also, suspect that images of kids doing stuff as if the camera wasn't there (instead of posing) are more likely to sell.

July 31, 2011

Laqhill

Mvogel, I see what you mean, I should have gotten some more pictures of such things along with the people pictures. Good advice, thank you. This is all very helpful, and I thank you all.

July 30, 2011

Mvogel

It would not hurt to have more diversity in your portfolio. All of your pictures are great but you have a lot of multiples of the same subject in the same cloths, etc. This limits the chances that someone will purchase a photo on any given day from your portfolio. There are photographers that focus on one style but the successful ones have a lot of pictures in their portfolio.

From looking at your pictures I would say that you are passing up a lot of opportunities for pictures that could add to your portfolio. Take the water skier for example. You could have easliy taken pictures of the water skies in the back of the boat or on the dock or of the boat to add to the portfolio. Not all pictures need to have people in them to sell. Most of my pictures do not have people.

Good luck.

July 30, 2011

Vilaimages

There's never too many if the pictures are good, and yours are great. Lovely models.

July 30, 2011

Dark3y3s

You should think about "too many" when the images look very much alike (same pose, same clothing, same idea.. but usually they get rejected for having too many on the same subject) :) Otherwise, it's ok to have more of a kind (but still, different).

You're very welcome and thank you as well. :) Good luck with your sales and photos!

July 30, 2011

Laqhill

Dark3y3s, thank you for taking time to reply. I do appreciate your comments. I was just thinking maybe I had too many pics of kids.... but it is what is handy to me currently. Maybe you are right and I could diversify the location a little more. Thank you, and you have some REALLY nice pictures!!!!

July 30, 2011

Dark3y3s

In my opinion you should not think about this, you should focus on the type of photography you like most. However, to answer to your questions, as I noticed, people photography sells very very well, especially when the models are expressive and the photo has commercial potential. I think that diversity is quite important as well.

Photos of interesting places (related to travelling, for example) sell quite good also, but they really have to look amazing.

What I noticed to sell well also, are photos related to construction, manufacturing.. one proof is the most popular photo in your gallery :)

And of course, food, but I think this area is way overwhelmed. Maybe photographing traditional types of food, those that you rarely find good photos of.

Overall, diversity in your portfolio leads to a greater number of possible customers from different areas. However, I think it's more important to provide quality photos in a single area, then plenty and weak photos in many areas. So,...

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