What I Did This Summer .or. How Stock Photography has Changed my World

I think there is something magical about this time of the year on dreamstime.

Maybe I'm a bit of a voyeur,

but I love to browse through random porfolios

to get a peek into how my fellow contributors spent there summer holidays

(or winter holidays, for our friends in the southern half of the world)

As stock photographers, we have a tendency to leave a trail as we live our lives.

That got me thinking about my recent vacation

– cruising the Norwegian Fjords.

Oh sure, I took the standard pictures.

Went on the standard tours.

Did the normal tourist activities.

But I also found myself looking for those “special” pictures,

finding things that I wouldn't have regular access to,

using things in stock type settings,

looking to gain access to behind the scenes locations,

especially the less than glamorous ones.

That’s when it hit me,

Stock Photographers don’t take vacations

– we simply manage to find a little R&R time on one of our extended photo shoots!

So I started thinking how becoming a stock photographer has impacted other areas of my life …..

Will I ever be able to shop?

Or cook?

Or eat

without stopping to grab “just one pic”

(my husband sure is hopeful)

And don’t even get me started on the additional pounds I’ve gained from being "forced" to eat my “props”

Will I ever be able to throw anything away

– ever –

again?

(fortunately we have a large basement which my husband has surrendered to the cause)

Will I ever look at the news or world events

without trying to mold them into a concept photo?

Will I ever again buy things I need

for something other than pictures?

(oh, and while I'm there..let me just take one more ....)

Will I ever again look at the changing seasons

for something more than new inspirations?

Will things that used to irritate me

go back to being something bad?

I'm pretty sure I know the answer to these questions,

And I have to admit that I'm certainly glad for that!

I hope your world view forever changes for the better as well!

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October 10, 2012

Lenutaidi

Nice images! Great blog!

September 24, 2012

Tridgers

Completely agree with what you say. Nice article! ;)

September 24, 2012

Studioportosabbia

Great article and excellent shot. Hope they "work" for you!

September 23, 2012

Karenfoleyphotography

Thanks @Peanutroaster. I'm sure my husband rues the day I picked up a camera - but he sure is a good sport about it!

@Hannamariah what a sweet thing to say, thank you so much!
K-

September 22, 2012

Hannamariah

You're not only a talented photographer, but a talented writer as well! All of it so true, thanks for making me smile!

September 22, 2012

Peanutroaster

Enjoyed the trip! So very true and its great having a supporting spouse!

September 22, 2012

Karenfoleyphotography

@Georgeskyrillos, @Inyrdreams, @Laurasinelle, @Hanbaoluan, @Giannit and @Thanatonauti - thank you so much for the kind comments. I'm glad you enjoyed my little ditty.

@Clearvista - you always have the nicest things to say. I think you hit the nail on the head, It's about the journey not the destination for us now!

@Egomezta - yes, September was very good for me! Hope to keep the momentum going into the fall!

@Vcarmstrong - I'm not sure I'd want to break my "addiction", but I think the First Step is "Admit you have a problem ...." At least we've all done that!

Thanks again everyone! K-

September 22, 2012

Thanatonautii

This is an awesome blog! I had lots of fun reading it and you very right in your affirmations.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

September 22, 2012

Giannit

Norway is simply the great place i've had the pleasure to visit...

September 21, 2012

Hanbaoluan

The pictures are beautiful!

September 21, 2012

Laurasinelle

Nice images! Great blog!

September 21, 2012

Vcarmstrong

Nicely done and I completely agree. It is almost like an addiction having to photography everything along the way of life! I wonder if there is a 12 step program? hahaha

September 21, 2012

Inyrdreams

hard to add any more comments to this other then nicely said!!!!

September 21, 2012

Egomezta

Wow, a busy summer. Nice images by the way...

September 21, 2012

Clearvista

A great blog as usual from you. Agree with you once you start stock photography then you see everything differently wherever you go. It has certainly opened my eyes and I no longer just walk to a location in a trance like state. I now see everything on my journey too, which is a fantastic bonus to the photography. Great portfolio, bet your "model" wonders what situation he will find himself into next :) Very inspirational, thank you.

September 21, 2012

Georgeskyrillos

A delightful read :) I guess we're all addicted!

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