There's always something to photograph

I don't know about you, but photography is something that gives me real pleasure. It's nearly always on my mind: planning the next project; scoping out new places to shoot; reading as much as I can about new techniques; appreciating other photographers' work; checking out the window to assess the light; scouring a well known auction site to look for my next longed-for piece of equipment.

Technology Laptop Paper and Pens

But, as is true for many of us, the "day job" can be a major obstacle to growing my photography portfolio. Add a 3 year old child into the mix, and the very wet weather we have in Cornwall, then you can probably guess I don't get out to photograph my much-loved landscapes and nature as often as I'd like.

Common Garden Snail Underside View Glass Window Horizontal

The really great thing about microstock photography, though, is that you don't have to step outside of your front door to make amazing, phenomenal and creative imagery. Life happens all around us, all the time. Assuming you can produce an image that is technically sound, of high enough quality and that successfully communicates a multitude of messages, then your photographs should find a place in microstock.

Welcome home

Take the image above, the one of the red shoes. I took this on what was probably to most hectic day ever: after a full day of work, attending to household chores and playing with my toddler. But there was still enough good quality, natural light coming in through the window to make this shot viable. It took minutes to get the photo I wanted. Fair enough it sat on my hard drive for another week or two (or three, or get the idea) before I had time to keyword it, but it is now one of my best-selling images on another site.

Top View of Collection of Colorful Pencil Crayons Lined Up in Rows Together Meeting at the Tips or Points

My point is this: yes, time is pressured and short. Yes, it can take a while to build up a productive and versatile portfolio. Yes, it can be a struggle to find the time to keyword your images properly. But there is no reason not to be adding to your image library regularly. Never give up. There is always something to photograph.

Photo credits: Jennifer Jordan.

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June 17, 2016


Thanks to everyone who commentef on the post. So glad to hear you liked it and found it useful :-)

March 08, 2016


This is a great post with some sound advice. Thanks for posting. I am looking forward to reading many more of your post.

March 06, 2016


I agree!!! Awesome photos :)

March 06, 2016


Positive attitude always helps too!

March 04, 2016


Inspiring blog, Thanks so much for posting this "pep talk" in the winter months when getting outside to shoot is such a challenge. I love your snail photo and your little red shoes photo! Lovely examples of what we can do even inside!

March 04, 2016


I think there will always be something to photograph. Give me a hotel room and I can spend the whole day there taking photos.

March 04, 2016


Great pictures, and a great attitude! ;-)

February 29, 2016


Nice topic!

February 27, 2016


Thanks again everyone! It's good to hear you found this post useful. And thanks for your lovely comments about my images :)

February 25, 2016


great way to look at things and awesome images!

February 25, 2016


Nice images!

February 21, 2016


Great perspective and photographs!

February 20, 2016


I like your article and your opinion.

February 17, 2016


Beautiful pics.

February 17, 2016


I totally agree! Nice images!

February 17, 2016


very nice pics

February 17, 2016


Thanks everyone for your positive feedback on my post and images. I'm so glad you found it interesting, and I hope it encourages you all to pick that camera up even when you think there's nothing "interesting" to shoot. You may see your own home environment everyday, but don't overlook the potential there for some great lifestyle shots. MY portfolio isn't growing fast, but it's growing... Keep going everyone!

February 17, 2016


I understand you perfectly, I'm in the same situation as a mom, with time, portofolio....
I like your positive and encouraging message, this year I can do more...

February 17, 2016


This is very inspiring. As a mom of two, one now in college and the other in high school, it's very difficult to get their modeling consent. But I never thought of photographing all their stuff. Great idea! Thank you.

February 17, 2016


Great post Jennifer - so true!

February 17, 2016


Excellent post and images, I agree with you that photography is my most exciting activity, as you say our duties don't allow us to make it a full-time job and when we have no time (or cash) to travel we should sniff around us and use our imagination to figure out what "Dreamstimeable" subjects are waiting for us.

February 16, 2016


So True !

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